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Red
2018 Montedidio San Domino Salento IGT Primitivo, Zinfandel
Een wonderschone Primitivo. Perfect. Beroemd wijnmaker Mario Ercolino staat bekend om zijn wijnen met buitengewoon goede prijs-kwaliteit en dit is daar weer een goed voorbeeld van. Het is een ode aan het prachtige eiland San Domino voor de kust van Puglia, in de Adriatische zee.
In Salento in het Italiaanse Puglia, vind je olijfbomen en wijnstokken in overvloed. Meest bekend én meest gewild is de primitivo-druif. Die speelt hier een thuiswedstrijd. En als de koning der wijnen met buitengewoon goede prijs-kwaliteit zich focust op deze druif, dan weet je gewoon dat dat goed wordt. Deze San Domino is donker, zwoel en zijdezacht. Vol rijp en donker, zondoorstoofd fruit; denk zwoel dik bramenfruit, pruimen en zoete, zwarte kersen. Daarbovenop viooltjes, chocolade, koffie, tabak en vanille. De wijn komt als fluweel je mond binnen, zijdezachte tannines, rijp fruit en specerijen wisselen elkaar af.
  • benny-g commented:

    9/12/19, 6:37 AM - Laat de druiven lang rijpen en pluk dus laat in het seizoen. Dat is een simpel kunstje en dus wat Mario Ercolino doet en Luca Maroni hoog waardeert en aanmoedigt. Resultaat is jammer genoeg heel zoet en zonder complexiteit.
    Als je die lekker vindt, probeer dan de wijnen van Barbanera een keer. Die passen hetzelfde trucje toe.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut Champagne Blend
7/12/2019 - bartgerrits Likes this wine:
82 points
Helaas kapot gedaan
  • benny-g commented:

    9/6/19, 12:30 AM - Then don't rate it.

Rosé - Sparkling
2018 Egly-Ouriet Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
6/28/2019 - Fuberwil wrote:
91 points
Light on the nose. Subtle fruit sweetness
  • benny-g commented:

    9/3/19, 6:16 AM - Tasting a 2018 Champagne in 2019? I did not think this was possible.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Vranken Champagne Premier Cru Brut Champagne Blend
9/2/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
87 points
Amazingly neutral. Very gentle and cautious in its taste. Not a lot to like, but certainly nothing to dislike. Is this the style of the house? Where is the brioche/caramel/vanilla? Too much of those, like in some champagnes I tasted recently, I do dislike, but something should be there, right? Moreover, also the fruit is modest and limited to white/yellow, nothing more. Acidity? Hardly any. Maybe "neat" is the right word here.
  • benny-g commented:

    9/3/19, 12:25 AM - At a price of nearly 40 euros this is too expensive.

Red
2017 Barbanera Governo Toscana IGT Sangiovese
2/5/2019 - Glennve Does not like this wine:
86 points
I had this wine over 2 night. Night one, I had it alone and drank shortly after pouring. It was quite bad (high 70s). Night two, I let it decant for a bit and had it with dinner. It was much better. Not great, but much better. Probably an 85-87. Once dinner was over the score dropped back down. It had a 98 rating from Luca Maroni - Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani and was very inexpensive. I don't know this reviewer, but will avoid them in the future. I was trying it as a potentially good choice for large gatherings where I open lots of bottles, but this does not pass the test. For me, a good wine is a good. Food can enhance and change the experience, but shouldn’t be required.
  • benny-g commented:

    8/31/19, 1:41 AM - I actually avoid wines with a high rating from Luca Maroni. Stick to Gambero Rosso for Italians.

White - Sparkling
2014 Eugenio Collavini Ribolla Gialla Spumante Friuliano di Qualità Brut Venezia Giulia IGT
1/25/2019 - benny-g wrote:
84 points
Apple sauce. That describes the taste of this Italian sparkler. I expected more of it. No toasted or bread notes to be found. It is all about the fruit with a latent sweet undertone, luckily not overdoing it, and a bit of citric acidity. I also notice a slight stale touch towards the end and that's a pitty. My guess is 2014 was not the best vintage for this.
  • benny-g commented:

    8/24/19, 11:15 AM - The 2013 is indeed a lot better (see my tasting note there). So, beware with online buying, because I did order 6 bottles 2013, but received 5 X 2014 and only 1 X 2013. No reactions to my complaints.

White - Sparkling
2018 Ulysse Collin Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Maillons Pinot Noir
Disgorged March 2018. Really beautiful balance of acidity, fruit, and minerality. Gorgeous texture.
  • benny-g commented:

    7/29/19, 4:39 AM - Disgorged 2018, ok. But NV in fact, right?

White - Sparkling
2018 Franck Bonville Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
7/14/2019 - mpchs1988 Likes this wine:
94 points
Great nose. We’re new at champagne but found this very delicious.
  • benny-g commented:

    7/29/19, 4:38 AM - Well, the champagne itself seems to be newer than newest. Drinking a vintage 2018 champagne in July 2019 seems to be rather impossible, if I may say so.

White - Sparkling
2013 Altemasi Trento Millesimato Brut Chardonnay
6/26/2018 - agatti Likes this wine:
85 points
Spuma soffice e abbondante, bollicina non particolarmente croccante. Per essere un millesimato 2013 forse ci si aspetta un pelino in più di sentori, di lievito, di crosta di pane. Insomma un po' più corpo e spessore, ma come detto è pur sempre "solo" un 2013, e prodotto da una cantina che personalmente non amo. E' a livello di non millesimati più giovani, ma cmq una buona bottiglia per non sfigurare e bere un qualcosa che è a metà strada tra un banale metodo classico che ha appena terminato la rifermentazione in bottiglia, ed un serio metodo classico millesimato.
  • benny-g commented:

    7/23/19, 12:27 AM - Rating influeced by "una cantina che personalmente non amo"?

White - Sparkling
2018 Bérêche et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
3/16/2019 - Barry Rothof wrote:
90 points
Intense, vived palate, with richness, freshness and green fruit!!
  • benny-g commented:

    7/19/19, 8:14 AM - You tasted a 2018 champagne in March 2019? I did not think this was possible.

White - Sparkling
2019 Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
7/16/2019 - Taffy-on-Tour Likes this wine:
92 points
Absolutely delicious with scents of bready components predominating on the nose with a little bright acidity. Of late I have tasted bottles and halves and the quality has been remarkably consistent. With the combination of reserve wines and some excellent recent vintages wine, I do think that Bolly is very much on song. I do not think that it will suit everybody, I like my Fizz full and toasty, for those who venerate more delicate and floral, this is at the other end of the spectrum.
Mind you, I did taste the Bolly 1976 RD in maybe 1989 and that on the nose was like walking through the most amazing floral Spring meadow!!
That is my Bolly reference point and today I would mark it 98/100. Cristal gets top points from tasters, I have never had the pleasure but I have just snaffled some Bolly Grand Annee 2008, and live in hope?!? However, the Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV is enough to be getting on with, on a regular basis!! I do keep some in cellar, it does seem to do no harm. lol!!
  • benny-g commented:

    7/19/19, 8:06 AM - I suppose this is the non-vintage disgorged in 2019? I think the preference in CT is to stick to the vintage year, not the year of disgorgement. It is weird to see a tasting note from July 2019 for a 2019 wine.

White - Sparkling
2011 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
1/31/2014 - edwilley3 wrote:
91 points
I wanted to revisit this wine after not having it for a year. I believe that the bottle I had was a 2011. I did enjoy the old White Star, but my preference was the Imperial. Now that WS is gone, I still believe that Imperial is a great classically proportioned NV that is frankly a benchmack wine in the Champagne sector. Recently attended a large scale Champagne tasting and came away thinking that at all price points Moet has Veuve and Roederer beat, at least currently. (I keep hoping that VC will restore their quality.) This NV lacks the finesse of the vintage Moet bottles (very good, in my view, and a strong value), but it is reasonably complex, moderately intense bubbly with candied fruit notes, maybe some lychee, and moderate creaminess but still a distinct freshness and clarity. Instantly recognizable as a Moet product. This is not for the crowd who like straightforward lemony or apple-y bubblies, which do have their place, too. Works well as an aperitif but it also good with a range of appetizers and would pair well with some fish preparations. Overall this continues to be a satisfying drink and is an excellent buy if you can get it for $35 or so. At $40 it's more than fair.
  • benny-g commented:

    7/8/19, 1:58 AM - 2011 Grand Vintage from Moet & Chandon? They only make this for selected vintages, e.g. 2009 and 2012. Moreover, how can you have a vintage champagne less than 3 years after the harvest???

White - Sparkling
2012 Enrico Serafino Alta Langa Zero Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay
5/23/2019 - dkhara963 Likes this wine:
91 points
My first Alto Langhe Sparkling wine...loved it!! Not as complex as Champagne but minerality and raciness very comparable. Zero dosage put style right in my wheelhouse. Great start to a fantastic dinner at Case della Saracca.
  • benny-g commented:

    6/16/19, 7:59 AM - Nice to see such a positive review for an Alta Langa (not "Alto Langhe").

Red
2016 Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori) Bolgheri Il Bruciato SuperTuscan Blend
1/5/2019 - roybivens wrote:
Decent. Especially so given the recency of the vintage. Good palate. Chocolate notes with a nice, smooth finish. Enjoyable. Score = [50 + 5 + 11 + 16 + 6] = 88. Better than the score.
  • benny-g commented:

    4/20/19, 4:50 AM - Better than the score? Reconsider scoring method?

Red
2010 Podere Le Ripi Amore e Follia Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
4/16/2019 - Vinogan(s) Likes this wine:
90 points
Really like this. After some air the syrah characteristics really come through.
  • benny-g commented:

    4/17/19, 5:17 AM - Available in Belgium?

Red
2015 Montemajor Syrah Terre Siciliane Vendemmia Tardiva Maravento
11/9/2018 - Japhi Does not like this wine:
81 points
This wine is terrible. Sweet, tastes like an uber cheap port. Down the drain, mistake of a purchase, Vivino 98 points lol
  • benny-g commented:

    3/18/19, 4:20 AM - Very well said. I just received the offer from Vivino, Netherlands and checked it her in CT. This is another one made by Ercolino, praised by Maroni. To be avoided.

Red
2013 Società Agricola Nativ Irpinia Campi Taurasini Eremo San Quirico Aglianico
11/14/2018 - honest bob wrote:
86 points
From 75cl, absurd overweight bottle. Sweet, thick, amarone/shiraz/primitivo/merlot-blend-style red with 14,5% alc. Clean, well made, boring, cloying, hard to identify as 100% Aglianico but I guess it is. Who actually drinks or buys this stuff? 1. People who like big fat sweet heavy alcoholic reds (but wouldn't be seen dead ordering a full-throttle Australian Shiraz). 2. Restaurants who wish to lure punters with a "99 point" (Maroni) Italian at a price point well below Tuscany or Piedmont. 3. Idiots like me who were persuaded by Maroni's ridiculous rating and bought blind. How I wish I hadn't purchased 6 of these. Give me D'Arenberg or the likes of, any time. 86P(?)
  • benny-g commented:

    3/8/19, 12:16 AM - Agree to the first comment. "Maroni", especially in combination with "Ercolino" to me means: stay away.

Red
2010 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
Think Benny-G's was a bad bottle. This is sweet ripe fruit surrounded by pretty, grainy tannin. Rose, just-cooked cranberry, and blood orange. Think this'll age for at least five more years. Really good.
  • benny-g commented:

    2/22/19, 4:39 AM - Bushrandall,
    You could be right about that. It seems mine was at least, lets say, 'divergent'. There was none of the ripe fruit or blood orange, which I like so much in a good nebbiolo. I have one more bottle and I am eager to know now, but I 'll refrain myself from touching that one for a while.

Red
2015 Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco Langhe DOC
1/30/2019 - DesMarteau Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear, crisp...needs 20 mins to open. Nice shallow cranberries and chalky blueberries...young, bright, nebbiolo. I agree with WS...don't touch until after 2020. Will get a bit better
  • benny-g commented:

    2/4/19, 7:21 AM - What do you mean by 'sangioevese' (sic)?

Red
2013 Tenuta Cucco Barolo Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo
12/29/2018 - Dbesen wrote:
Never drank added in error.
  • benny-g commented:

    1/29/19, 2:40 AM - Then you could remove it from your cellar, instead of posting a tasting note.

Red
2012 Podere Il Carnasciale Carnasciale Toscana IGT Caberlot
Fantastic sangiovese, with years to go.
  • benny-g commented:

    1/28/19, 6:18 AM - This is not a sangiovese, but a caberlot.

Red
2017 Rex Mundi Vin de Pays d'Oc Shiraz Grenache Syrah Blend, Syrah
2/13/2018 - Ouldy Likes this wine:
100 points
Great flavour, lovely smooth wine
  • benny-g commented:

    1/27/19, 3:41 AM - Any acidity? Tannins? Or just sweet fruit?

Red
2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo Nebbiolo
2/12/2018 - CBRwineguy Likes this wine:
85 points
WSET Level 2 - Day 1 (Pialligo Estate, Canberra, ACT, Australia): Clear medium garnet with tears.

Clean developing nose with a medium intensity. There are distinct aromas of rubber and stewed black cherry. Swirling reveals notes of liquorice and aniseed.

The wine is dry with medium(+) acidity, high alcohol, and medium(+) body. The high level tannins are chalky in nature and very grippy on the gums and cheeks. The flavours have a medium(-) intensity and follow the nose with notes of black cherry. There are multiple notes on the palate that were not detected on the nose: subtle vanilla, and sultana and tobacco notes that develop on the finish. The finish has a medium(+) length.

This is a good quality wine. The flavours are somewhat restrained, but have a great balance with the acidity and the alcohol. The chalky tannins are quite dominant, building momentum over the finish. In its current state, the wine is showing complexity with primary, secondary, and tertiary characteristics. The subtle oak treatment allows the primary and tertiary notes to be fully expressed. The wine has a finish with great length.

This wine drinks well now, and is suitable for further ageing.
  • benny-g commented:

    1/18/19, 6:06 AM - One would expect a higher rating with this tasting note...

White
2017 Morgante Sicilia Bianco di Morgante Contrada Racalmare Nero d'Avola
1/3/2019 - Vinogan(s) wrote:
88 points
Exotic fruit, pineapple, agrum, peach, very expressive fruit.
  • benny-g commented:

    1/4/19, 1:51 PM - Just out of pure curiosity: did you read my tasting note before writing yours?

Red
2015 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
5/21/2018 - IvanLi Likes this wine:
92 points
A very elegant slightly pyrozinic blend showing lots of sous bois, flowers, loam, cassis and spice.
This isn't a particularly big wine, it's elegant, refined and complex lacking just a tad bit of ripeness and power to qualify as truly amazing.
Medium bodied yet well structured with a medium plus finish, the wine constitutes a drinking pleasure right away and for years to come.
  • benny-g commented:

    1/3/19, 7:07 AM - Could you explain what "pyrozinic" means, please?

  • benny-g commented:

    1/3/19, 3:43 PM - Aha, you mean pyrazines. Not sure there is a deduced adjective to describe the taste. Thanks.

White - Sparkling
2017 Berlucchi Guido Franciacorta Brut '61 Franciacorta DOCG Champagne Blend
9/18/2018 - libero wrote:
89 points
Franciacorta Berlucchi 61 Brut was among my three favorites Franciacorta while traveling in Italy two months ago. This bottle is very close to the locals.
  • benny-g commented:

    10/16/18, 5:30 AM - Please correct vintage year to NV (non vintage).

White - Sparkling
2017 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine Pinot Noir
2/19/2018 - Heynetty Likes this wine:
90 points
Unit D's SCHOOL OF SELOSSE Champagne Tasting (Shady Acres. Houston, TX): NV

Unit D's School of Selosse Champagne Tasting

Group Note

A: Pale gold, fine persistent mousse
N: Pear, apricot, lots of physalis, ripe apple, caramel and red fruit. Developing
P: Aroma confirmed. There is also real wet stone here. Dry, highest acid of any in the tasting thus far (4th tasted), medium across the board for the remainder of the structure.
C: This wine is 100% Pinot Noir and shows great layers. Much of Bouchards land in the Cote de Bar lies on Kimmeridgian marl subsoil like in grand cru Chablis areas to the South of it. April 2017 disgorgement date. This is crisp and fresh with some more exotic fruit to accompany the pomacious, red berry and stone fruit. Roses de Jeannes is a tiny domaine in the Cote de Bar.
Bouchard is one of Selosse's students and i still think that his Le Creux d'Enfer (single vineyard, 3 pinot noir vines owned by Bouchard zero dosage rosé) is the best rose champagne available (find it, drink it, love it!).
This Roses de Jeanne was $68, i bought it in Arlequin Wine Merchant in San Francisco and it shows super QPR. Might be it again but there is so much fine champagne to try out there, it will take me a while to get back around to it.
  • benny-g commented:

    10/16/18, 5:26 AM - Since you are into details, would you consider correcting the detail of the vintage year, please? A vintage 2017 champagne is not available in February 2018. Most probably this was a non-vintage (NV).

White - Sparkling
2016 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
9/2/2018 - Ridgerunner Likes this wine:
93 points
We love Charlie
  • benny-g commented:

    10/16/18, 5:04 AM - Amazing that you are tasting a 2016 champagne already. Vintage champagne is not sold till at least 3 years after the vintage year.

Red
2017 Società Agricola Nativ Suadens Campania IGT Red Blend
5/20/2018 - Homer Holland Likes this wine:
87 points
Nativ, Suadens Rosso, Campania Rosso IGT, Campania, Italy, 2017
Hersteller: Società Agricola Nativ SRL
Weingut: Azienda Agricola Nativ
www.winenativ.it
13,5% alc.
Lot 2017 L8 3 18
EAN 8000255390613
Restsüße: 14 g/Liter (!)
Säuregehalt: 6,30 g/Liter
3 einheimischen Rebsorten: 33% Aglianico, 33% Sciascinoso en 33% Piedirosso.
Van oude druivenstokken die groeien op de vulkanische bodem aan de voet van de Vesuvius.
Appassimento method (dried on the vine). Ze worden pas in oktober geoogst – veel later dan normaal – zodat de druiven iets indrogen aan de stok en extra geconcentreerd worden.
Met een speciale techniek zijn ze geoogst op het moment dat de maximale fruitaromaticiteit bereikten.
De druiven zijn met de hand geplukt.
Nativ is met 15 hectaren een kleine wijnproducent in Paternopoli, in de streek Irpinia in Campania.
Wijnmaker Mario Ercolino wordt in Italië ook wel "Super Mario" genoemd. Hij hoort tot de beste wijnmakers van Italië. Het is een wijnmaker die de internationale wijnpers doet verbazen met zijn eigenzinnige werkwijze. Ercolino is ooit begonnen als hoofd wijnmaker bij het zeer bekende wijnhuis Feudi Di San Gregorio. In 2008 startte hij met wat vrienden het wijnhuis Nativ.
An again ridiculous high 99/99 (is his maximium) score from Luca Maroni (LM) and according to the LM sticker on the bottle neck the rating is issued in 2019 (sic !). But I noticed before that high ratings by LM are given to wines in extremely heavy bottles and so is this bottle.
02-05-2018
It was not sold as an off dry or semi sweet wine to me and I did not look on the label (but it is NOT stated on the label too !) or elsewhere before I tasted it, and I found it an appassimento method like wine and yes, I found that out after finishing the bottle and while writing this TN.
So, I found it far too sweet for a normal dry red wine, but for the rest, I did like it. Medium-plus body, also because of lots of sweet red fruits, sweet cherry liqueur like, but somewhat simple and short. A little bit of tannins and alcohol remain in the after taste.
It tasted like more than 13.5%.
Okay for € 15, but for € 22.50 a bit too expensive.
15-05-2018
Now a bit lesser sweet, more overall balance and more tannins.
Very good for in sauces, sorry.
18-05-2018 (= bottle finished)
Now at it's best.
Conclusion:
At first S=85, since no faults, later S=87.
Better give this wine lots of air before drinking.
And it will last, will most likely get (much ?) better, for a good while, let's say for 5 to 10 or even more years.
I guess my rating will be higher in a few years from now, but never 99 ..... .
S=87 R=8.5-7(15-23) 5/20/18 M=2018-2025/2030
  • benny-g commented:

    6/6/18, 3:58 AM - Is dit een tasting note, wirklich?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Laherte Frères Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Chardonnay
5/5/2018 - tcarter wrote:
90 points
Disgorged 04/2017
  • benny-g commented:

    5/21/18, 7:08 AM - 2017 champagne tasted in 2018? How do you do that?

  • benny-g commented:

    5/21/18, 8:02 AM - Should be listed as NV in my view and one can mention date of disgorging in a tasting note.

  • benny-g commented:

    5/21/18, 8:12 AM - The editions idea is excellent indeed.

White - Sparkling
2017 J.L. Vergnon Eloquence Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
Persistent perlage, crisp and clear
  • benny-g commented:

    5/21/18, 7:07 AM - Can you explain how you can taste a 2017 champagne in 2018?

  • benny-g commented:

    5/21/18, 7:23 AM - I would not indicate 2017 as vintage then.

  • benny-g commented:

    5/21/18, 7:31 AM - Alternatively one could start the tasting note text with the disgorging date.

  • benny-g commented:

    5/21/18, 7:48 AM - Wow, thanks a lot and enjoy the bubbles.

White - Sparkling
2017 Le Marchesine Franciacorta Extra Brut Franciacorta DOCG Champagne Blend
Sweet but nice
  • benny-g commented:

    5/21/18, 7:09 AM - Nice but nonsense. 2017 Franciacorta tasted in 2018?

White - Sparkling
2017 André Clouet Champagne Un jour de 1911... Pinot Noir
1/28/2018 - Mobra Likes this wine:
92 points
Full, rich, peach, apricot.
Very well with cream of smoked salmon on blinis.
  • benny-g commented:

    5/21/18, 7:04 AM - 2017 vintage tasted in 2018???

White - Sparkling
2017 Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Cuvée Sainte Anne Champagne Blend
12/22/2017 - DoubleMagnum Likes this wine:
89 points
Crisp, Bright, bubbly. Not too many yeast notes. The mousse is better day 2.
  • benny-g commented:

    5/21/18, 7:03 AM - How can you taste a 2017 vubtage champagne in early 2018?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Perrier-Jouët Champagne Grand Brut Champagne Blend
L16517 (disgorged June 2017 if I understand correctly). Ok, with a slightly sweet nose, with lots of bread and tropical fruit. Some sweetness and tropical fruit on the palate. Lower acidity than I would have liked, given the sweetness, but good aperitif.
  • benny-g commented:

    5/20/18, 2:02 AM - 2016 vintage champagne disgorged in June 2017? How can that be?

White
2016 Vinosia Greco di Tufo L'Ariella Greco di Tufo DOCG
1/5/2018 - AnseVata Likes this wine:
89 points
Nose and palate was green apple and grapefruit. Slightly sparkling. Structure was not rich, but food pairing was excellent. My favorite style was more rich one, but I like this wine.
  • benny-g commented:

    5/15/18, 2:45 AM - What food pairing?

White - Sparkling
2016 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
12/31/2017 - JRoberts15 Likes this wine:
94 points
Notes of lemony citrus, toasted Brioche, hazelnuts, marzipan, and apple still on the tree.

Ultra-fine bubbles that melt as you swirl the Champagne around your mouth.

Incredible wine.
  • benny-g commented:

    4/30/18, 11:00 AM - 2016 vintage, drinking in December 2017? Not possible. Must have been non-profit vintage.

  • benny-g commented:

    5/1/18, 5:42 AM - Many non-vintage (I dont know why in my first comment it says "non-profit", that's stupid) champagnes, but also other sparklers, are in CT with a vintage year indicated. It seems to be a difficult issue to correct.

White - Sparkling
2012 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
11/1/2014 - Aaalongi wrote:
91 points
Light, ripe pear on the nose. Refreshing snd elegant. Lovely in ordinary wine glasses, chilled, but not on ice. Paired well with soft cheeses. Thanks Eric Asimov!
  • benny-g commented:

    4/30/18, 11:10 AM - Drinking a 2012 vintage champagne in 2014 is impossible. Rather the non-vintage?

White - Sparkling
2013 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
11/27/2015 - shurpa14 Likes this wine:
92 points
This was very good. Had with Thanksgiving dinner. Nice bright yellow in the glass. Tons of yeast, dough, toast, pears, peach. Very crisp and complex finish. This is truly outstanding for the price and tastes better than many champagnes twice the price. Highly recommend.
  • benny-g commented:

    4/30/18, 11:07 AM - It is not possible to have a vintage 2013 champagne in 2015. This must have been the non-vintage.

White - Sparkling
2015 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
2/15/2018 - pclin wrote:
Lightly perfumed. Crisp acidity. Hints of citrus. Fairly clean and straight forward. Enjoyable.
  • benny-g commented:

    4/30/18, 11:05 AM - Are you sure this was the 2015 vintage? Practically impossible. Was it not the non-vintage?

White
2013 Château de Lancyre Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc Grande Cuvée Roussanne
4/8/2018 - benny-g wrote:
83 points
Intense golden colour. The smell reveals some oxidation. The taste also has the oxidated components as well as some mature yellow fruits unusually combined with unripe green berries. Honey like sweetness underlines the viscous mouth feel. This wine goes in different directions and is lacking a clear unity.
Colour, nose and palate are all indicative of some premox (premature oxidation). I will have to re-assess with the next bottle.
  • benny-g commented:

    4/29/18, 6:28 AM - 29 April 2O18: my second bottle. Yep, premox is confirmed. It's drinkable and I guess this is highly subjective, but I just don't like it too much.

White - Sparkling
2015 Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
1/13/2017 - Vstalam wrote:
90 points
Enjoyable, rich with hint of autolytic / yeasty notes and pairs well with food.
  • benny-g commented:

    4/18/18, 2:50 AM - 2015 vintage really or Non Vintage?

White - Sparkling
2015 Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
1/1/2018 - thebatcavewines Likes this wine:
95 points
Everyone loved it. I don't like champagne so i asked the 3 people that drank it to give me scores out of 100 telling them what the scores meant & the average came out at 95.
  • benny-g commented:

    4/18/18, 2:48 AM - Was it really vintage 2015 or rather the NV?

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Ca' di Pietra Melrose Pinot "Prosecco" Veneto IGT Rosé Blend
11/4/2009 - grantsky wrote:
88 points
Very nice prosecco. The Pinot Noir adds more depth and character to a normally light sparkling wine. Very good QPR.
  • benny-g commented:

    4/4/18, 1:44 AM - May be nice, but not a prosecco officially. The "Prosecco" on the label is misleading and actually just a designation or name that is aiming at doing just that: misleading the consumer.

Red
2012 Podere Castorani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Terre di Casauria Amorino
2/20/2018 - benny-g Likes this wine:
90 points
Fruity and rustic on the nose. The palate confirms this and specifies the fruit as amarena cherry. Is the designation a hint for this? Red berry fruit present constantly. The rustic, foresty undertone stresses the identity as being southern Italian. A wonderful concentration is paired with a good balance of sweet, fruit, acid and tannins slightly leaning towards the sweet. The length is good as well. Excellent value for money. I think I'll get some more of these.
  • benny-g commented:

    3/25/18, 4:49 AM - Indeed I did get some more ore of these.

White
2014 Domaine Yves Cuilleron St. Joseph Blanc Le Lombard Marsanne
9/5/2015 - KSWinegeek wrote:
90 points
Golden in color. Round, Full bodied,rich, with mineral notes. Delicious blend of marsanne and roussanne. From Jeremie restaurant in Paris.
  • benny-g commented:

    3/20/18, 7:24 AM - Meursault and roussanne? No, marsanne!
    What do you mean anyway with "meursault"? That is not a variety, that is a village.

White
2015 Villa Russiz Collio Pinot Bianco
Maybe its just a touch corked? The parent of the pinot grigio and he thinks the elegance of this variety is incredible.
  • benny-g commented:

    3/7/18, 5:02 AM - Is this actually, literally what you wrote?

White
2016 Montecappone Tabano Marche Bianco Marche IGT White Blend
8/30/2017 - to_sty Likes this wine:
90 points
Very interesting unique stuff. Sweet finish at first but this develops into a niece riesling like mineralogic.
  • benny-g commented:

    12/29/17, 8:31 AM - "Sweet finish at first"? Internal contradiction?

Red
2011 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Cultus Boni Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Medium-bodied, and more elegant than I was expecting from this (brutally hot/dry) vintage. Average freshness and complexity, I think this is already in the zone; was better after 60 minutes of air in wide-bottom decanter. 80% Sangiovese, with equal parts Ciliegiolo and Colorino, and other local varieties (e.g. Mammolo, Fogliatonda, Malvasia Nera, Sanforte, Pugnitello, etc.); should last another 5-6 years though some of the freshness might be missing by then - not sure I'd wait past 2021 if only because it's drinking well now. Kind of stands alone, and I like that. recommended

https://www.ItalianWine.blog
  • benny-g commented:

    10/15/17, 7:51 AM - I bought a couple partly because of your recommendation and you are absolutely right. This is what I want from a Chianti!
    Thanks

White - Sparkling
N.V. Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvée Prestige Brut Franciacorta DOCG Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay
7/15/2017 - olracx62 Likes this wine:
90 points
entry-level Cà del Bosco Franciacorta (Chardonnay 75%, Pinot Nero 15% Pinot Bianco 10%) which seduces with its freshness and educated minerality coupled with typical boulangerie notes and well balanced acidity. Best Franciacorta at this price point in my opinion. In a hot late afternoon at Chiavari before dinner at Portobello's celebrating Bea's graduation exam
  • benny-g commented:

    10/12/17, 1:00 AM - Chardonnay 75%, Pinot Nero 15% Pinot Bianco 10%

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