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2018 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
I know this is a lovely wine from my previous tasting notes. As an experiment, paired this evening with pasta and red sauce. Not a good idea at all. Thought the acidity in the tomato sauce would pair well with the acidity in the Pinot. Next time will pair with a Tuscan or Piedmontese wine.
  • jkvedar commented:

    5/4/21, 4:43 PM - A good lesson for me. Had the other half of the bottle tonight with stuffed peppers and it was sublime.

Red
2016 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
12/21/2020 - jkvedar Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for 2 hours. Compared to Felsina Fontallaro 2017. Held its own when paired with pesto.
  • jkvedar commented:

    12/22/20, 9:49 AM - Exactly as you described it!

Red
2017 Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint Napa Valley
5/13/2020 - jkvedar wrote:
90 points
Sweet, dark fruits, graphite and mint on the nose. Full-bodied, but elegant on the palate. Soft tannins on the sides of the tongue. Very approachable now after a 2 hour decant. Finish is very long.
  • jkvedar commented:

    7/27/20, 6:15 PM - I am not sure it would achieve more than a couple of more points. This their 'second' wine; made to be approachable young. Very solid but does not have the depth of complexity of the J. Daniel Cuvee or the mole hill cab.

Red
2007 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/18/2020 - jkvedar Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped and poured. Vanilla, some leather, tobacco on the nose. Acidity jumps out on the palate. Great food wine. Very little tannin, mostly on the sides of the tongue. Again, acidity dominates on the palate.
  • jkvedar commented:

    5/19/20, 5:41 AM - Indeed, as we sipped it with dinner, noticed this effect. more oak, less acid.

Red
2015 Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco Langhe DOC
1/14/2020 - jkvedar wrote:
87 points
I opened, poured and paired with a pasta + vegetable dish. I expect a wine at this price point to be “pop-and-pour” worthy. After dinner, I.e., ~45 minutes, the nose is finally emerging. Tea and flowers, some vanilla mainly on the nose, though it was mute for a long time. Light on the palate. Good balance and good with food. Medium tannins; medium + acidity on the finish. I heard good things about this on a podcast, but will likely not buy again. I’ll put 1/2 bottle back in the cellar and check again tomorrow night.
  • jkvedar commented:

    1/15/20, 3:30 PM - Fair point and it was better on day 2. I guess if I wanted to decant for 2 hours, I would just open a Barolo��. I had hoped for $25 to get an easy drinking “Tuesday night wine”. I have had some Langhe Nebiolos by the glass at restaurants that seemed more approachable.

Red
2000 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/26/2019 - jkvedar Likes this wine:
92 points
Leather, tobacco, mustiness, mint on the nose. Soft tannins on the palate integrated with acidity, though the fruit is faded. Medium body. Tannins come through on the finish
  • jkvedar commented:

    1/3/20, 7:11 PM - About 3 hours

Red
1998 Vérité La Joie Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend
5/28/2018 - jkvedar Likes this wine:
96 points
Exceptional!! Mostly vanilla, spice and graphite on the nose. Crisp acidity, bright fruit on the palate. Exceptional finish. A real wow!!
  • jkvedar commented:

    5/28/18, 3:43 PM - It is showing well now. Fruit hasn't faded at all. I would expect it to last another 5 years or so.

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2005 Vérité La Joie Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend
12/25/2017 - jkvedar Likes this wine:
96 points
These wines are unique . Evolved over 3hours. Pencil lead, tea and tobacco on the nose. Delicate and well-balanced on the palate. Very long finish.
  • jkvedar commented:

    3/27/18, 12:35 PM - it sat in a decanter for a couple of hours

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2012 Stags' Leap Winery The Investor Napa Valley Red Blend
11/26/2017 - jkvedar wrote:
85 points
Perhaps it is fading?? Hard to believe for Napa 2012. Or going through a “dumb phase”. Again hard to use this explanation . Despite a 2 hour decant, the nose is mostly vegetal. I believe that is the Petit Sirah influence. Very tannic, but one’s palate gets used to that over time. Not much fruit on the palate - slightly out of balance. The other Petit Sirah blends I’ve had have been younger. Tart on the finish. Just couldn’t get excited about this one.
  • jkvedar commented:

    11/28/17, 8:32 AM - It sounds to me like your experience was similar to mine. I thought about bad bottle too, and I thought about the possibility that it is too young, but if the fruit fades over time (which it will), I'm not sure there will be anything exciting left.

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2009 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste Nebbiolo
8/11/2017 - jkvedar wrote:
Incredibly refined wine. Dried cherry and cranberry, dust, mushroom, slight barnyard on the nose. We'll-balanced on the palate . Long finish.
  • jkvedar commented:

    8/12/17, 5:24 AM - I didn't consider the slight barnyard aroma to be a flaw.

  • jkvedar commented:

    8/13/17, 6:37 AM - pushed the wrong button. i've corrected it

  • jkvedar commented:

    10/20/17, 7:26 PM - i tried and i don't know how to undo my error

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2010 Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri South Australia
9/29/2017 - jkvedar Likes this wine:
92 points
Clean. Poured through an aerator. Blueberry,a touch of graphite and black pepper on the nose. Well-balanced and very focused on the palate. Great with food. Long finish. It is ready to go now.
  • jkvedar commented:

    9/30/17, 8:03 AM - i did not have the patience to wait :)

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2010 Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva Tempranillo
11/18/2016 - jkvedar Likes this wine:
90 points
Right out of the bottle, this wine is pleasant to drink. The aromatics are vanilla, caramel and a touch of dill. On the palate, dark cherry is dominant. This is an excellent food wine as the acidity predominates in a relatively balanced offering. The finish is where it falls off. For the price you can't do much better!!
  • jkvedar commented:

    3/26/17, 12:30 PM - i gave this wine as a Christmas gift to all of the folks on my team at work. it was a widespread hit.

Red
2006 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/3/2016 - jkvedar Likes this wine:
91 points
Tobacco cedar and dark berries on the nose. Well balanced on the palate with cherry and raspberry predominating. Pleasant finish.
  • jkvedar commented:

    3/26/17, 12:29 PM - I thought it was fully mature when I tasted it a year ago.

Red
2008 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Oak Knoll District Red Bordeaux Blend
5/3/2016 - jkvedar wrote:
94 points
Interesting to compare this with other, more recent Blackbird offerings. After a 30 minute decant, this wine comes into its own. Hints of green pepper, earth and tobacco on the nose. Dark cherry and other dark fruits on the palate. Mint, licorice on the finish. Had this with a vegan masala dish and it matched the tomato acidity perfectly. Great balance. Tannins are softer than the younger Pott wines.
  • jkvedar commented:

    9/6/16, 4:06 PM - Consumed a second bottle on 9/6/16. Same notes as before.

Red
2013 Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer South Australia
2/15/2016 - jkvedar wrote:
86 points
The label says drink through 2015, and that could be an admonition. This wine is hot. Hot on the nose and hot on the finish. This leads me to believe that the fruit has faded, allowing the alcohol (16% ABV) to come through. If you have this in your cellar, drink it soon.
  • jkvedar commented:

    2/15/16, 5:16 PM - I read about the shake. I should have mentioned I put it through an aerator first and decanted for an hour. I would advise consuming soon!

Red
2010 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
9/15/2015 - jkvedar wrote:
95 points
Amazing wine. Beautiful structure, perfect balance. Pepper and dark fruit as well as smoke dominate the nose and palate. Loong finish!
  • jkvedar commented:

    9/15/15, 5:32 PM - no. popped and poured. showing beautifully

Red
2009 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Red Rhone Blend
1/22/2014 - jkvedar wrote:
90 points
Red fruit dominant nose. Soft tannins. Lovely blend.
  • jkvedar commented:

    3/2/14, 12:36 PM - Quite right. Other years have had a pinch of other varietals. Missed that.

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