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Red
2016 Cerbaiona (Molinari) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
4/24/2018 - Yagil wrote:
93 points
Cerbaiona tasting (winery): BT
Odd dusty nose with toasted oak notes
dry, high acidity, high tannins, med body, elegant structure, more aggressive than the 2017 vintage, grass flavours, long finish
High potential
  • benny-g commented:

    1/7/20, 7:56 AM - Have you tasted the 2016 and 2017 vintages? And this is a Brunello? I was thinking release of a Brunello is in practice early January of the vintage year +5.

  • benny-g commented:

    8/9/20, 1:09 AM - Sorry

Red
2015 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
6/4/2020 - AusTxJim wrote:
flawed
For the price fantastic
  • benny-g commented:

    7/14/20, 2:36 AM - Fantastic and flawed at the same time? Weird.

White
2018 Volpe Pasini Colli Orientali del Friuli Friulano Zuc di Volpe
8/11/2019 - Taddon wrote:
Dana likes as similar to NZ Cloudy Bay.
This is a Sauvignon.
  • benny-g commented:

    7/11/20, 2:29 AM - Actually this CT entry is a friulano, not a sauvignon.

Red
2017 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Langhe Pinin Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
4/19/2020 - Les Bouchons Likes this wine:
88 points
Nose: leather, oak
Palate: liquorice, cacao, leather, oak
Decant: 15min (ready to go)
  • benny-g commented:

    5/26/20, 1:28 PM - A Barolo from 2017 tasted in April 2020? Should only be released in spring 2021!

  • benny-g commented:

    6/24/20, 8:41 AM - Ok, fine.

White
2018 Livon Collio Solarco White Blend
5/24/2020 - benny-g Likes this wine:
92 points
Livons 's Friuli whites; 5/20/2020-6/1/2020: Since we travelled now little over one year ago to the north east corner of Italy, I have developed a renewed love for white wines, especially for the typical grapes of the Friuli area. I don't think you will find a lot of ribolla gialla and friulano vinyards in other parts of the country or even the wine world. It is still intriguing that the focus between Adriatic sea and the Alps is on whites.
The Solarco from Livon is a cuvee of both these grapes. The modest yellow fruit nose comes out in full on swirling, adding a surprising greenish touch. A sip fills the mouth with a basket of yellow fruits from apple to plum to citrus. Balance and concentration are great. Crisp, clean and clear. The finish is quite mineral and leaves you with a pleasant lemon and orange aftertaste.
Great with sushi, by the way.

Edit 2nd day: I had a bit left, which a day later developed some clear almondy bitterness in the finish. Wether that means we should drink it all on the first day, I don't know...
  • benny-g commented:

    5/28/20, 10:31 AM - The score of 95 I had for this wine at first was a typo. Corrected a few days later

White - Sparkling
2019 Palmer & Co Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
2/28/2020 - MaxWinery Does not like this wine:
79 points
Lite för surt för min smak
  • benny-g commented:

    5/27/20, 1:38 AM - Vintage 2019 tasted in February 2020???

White - Sparkling
2019 Mailly Champagne Grand Cru Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
2/10/2020 - AWineForG wrote:
85 points
It was okay to me very linear was expecting just a tad bit more from this price point.
  • benny-g commented:

    5/27/20, 1:36 AM - Not vintage 2019, I suppose?

White - Sparkling
2019 Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru "Cuvee de Reserve" Champagne Blend
3/7/2020 - Vetzi wrote:
77 points
Quite sweet, flabby, and disappointing. Innocuous bubbly. His rosé and higher end offerings are immeasurably superior
  • benny-g commented:

    5/27/20, 1:35 AM - Vintage 2019 champagne is not released yet in March 2020. Probably you tasted the non-vintage.

Red
2017 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Villa Cavarena Corvina Blend, Corvina
5/23/2020 - Exquisitewoman wrote:
91 points
I want to buy this for myself
  • benny-g commented:

    5/27/20, 1:17 AM - Maybe you could tell us what you liked about it?

Red
2017 Trediberri Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Nebbiolo
11/19/2019 - Jeremy Holmes wrote:
Complex aromatics of cherry, lipstick, pomegranate and dried flowers. It was delicate and fine-boned, with chalky tannins underpinning the fruit.
  • benny-g commented:

    5/27/20, 12:57 AM - Was this a barrel sample? The bottles should only be released in 2021 according to the applicable rules for Barolo.

Red
2018 Allegrini Valpolicella Classico Corvina Blend, Corvina
2/1/2020 - Savignonmom Likes this wine:
100 points
Fantastic expression of Valpoicella.
  • benny-g commented:

    5/26/20, 3:39 AM - I am puzzled. Really a 2018 Amarone? Should not be released yet, I thought.

Red
2018 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera Corvina Blend, Corvina
2/8/2020 - jjklund Likes this wine:
83 points
Very typical Valpolicella. I like the simplicity of the good taste.
  • benny-g commented:

    5/26/20, 3:27 AM - Most probably this is not the Amarone that you tasted. An Amarone is released at the earliest on the first of January in the vintage year plus 3. This means a 2018 Amarone is only available in 2021.
    Reference: https://italianwinecentral.com/denomination/amarone-della-valpolicella-docg/

Red
2017 Palamà Mavro Salento IGT Negroamaro
5/22/2020 - benny-g wrote:
85 points
A touch of VA and a funky whiff don't give this one a favourable start. Luckily these are quickly overpowered by rich, (too) sugary red, dense fruits and sufficient, pleasant acids. Letting it rest for a while omits the lesser start, but unfortunately seems to concentrate the sweetness. The visible viscosity is also quite indicative of the latter, just short of cloying. Overall a just okay wine, with a good concentration, but, for me, a balance leaning to overripe, late harvest fruit and insufficient southern, Italian spirit.
  • benny-g commented:

    5/24/20, 2:14 AM - No, this time I do not follow Gambero Rosso where it made the finals.

Red
2015 Le Piane Piane Rosso Vino da Tavola Croatina
3/2/2019 - JWG wrote:
92 points
A gorgeous nebbiolo that is still young. It was delicious right at first, though hours later it had more depth and some underlying tannic bite that added a tingle. Nose was fruity, dark, earthy. Palate had more earthiness, leather, good acidity and later delicious tannic mouthfeel. Should get better over the next years.
  • benny-g commented:

    5/8/20, 6:37 AM - Croatina or nebbiolo?

Red
2016 Piaggia (Vannucci) Carmignano Riserva Piaggia SuperTuscan Blend
4/24/2020 - benny-g Likes this wine:
93 points
Sitting on my roof terrace in the late afternoon spring sun, after a week of teleworking, sipping this Tuscan delight, I am realising I sold this one short in my first tasting note. It is, I repeat, a delight, a joy to smell and savour this excellently balanced and beautifully integrated sangiovese. Fruity and flowery aromas mixing with foresty and mineral tones all contribute to the experience in an intense way. 2016 must have been a good summer in Italy, since this has a lovely southern character. I am looking forward to combining this with the steak and asparagus the Flemish way that are on the menu this evening.
  • benny-g commented:

    4/24/20, 2:58 PM - Oops, sitting in the sun and typing the note on my phone is not good practice. Sorry, Corrected.
    Thank you both for being so attentive.

White
2018 Costador Catalunya Metamorphika Macabeu-Brisat Macabeo
3/14/2020 - bevetroppo Likes this wine:
87 points
Several weeks ago I tasted an orange wine so revolting I hoped never to encounter another one from this pseudo-genre. A guest put some thought into bringing this bottle to my house and I felt obligated to wipe the slate and approach it with a fresh perspective.

The label seems to suggest it's Greek, but in all likelihood, Metamorphika is a fanciful coinage relating to its evolution in clay amphorae. It's made from 100% macabeu, but I have no idea on earth what the hyphenated Brisat refers to. It is not recognized as a grape by Jancis Robinson's Wine Grapes, and the only thing online with that name refers to an Indonesian satellite. I have no problem with flouting tradition in something so deliberately artsy, but it does not make the job of unpacking it any easier.

Yes, so it's fermented on the skins for 12 weeks in clay pots and then aged for 5 months in the same. In case the back label copy describing it's elevage isn't clear enough, the bottle is a marketer's dream and a conservationist's nightmare: a heavy, totally opaque clay-colored doorstopper that probably weighs three times more than a glass bottle, capped by a wax seal. You could probably kill this wine if subjected to excessive heat but there's no way it will suffer from exposure to light. Weirdly, it's almost impossible to tell how much is left in the bottle once you start pouring!

None of this necessarily bodes well for what is inside. Yet, it totally surprises on the upside. It's a dusky color that spans yellow and orange showing some bits in suspension. No filtration here. The nose offers notes of sweet Valencia orange (I made the Valencia part up because it's closest to Catalunya that I could think of), cream, honey, and a subtle earthy minerality. The mouthfeel is tender, with pleasant citrus fruit again verging towards orange/tangerine, with a good satisfying acid bite on the finish.

Net net, this is eminently drinkable, unusual and worthy of exploration. It may be overly precious in its packaging, but otherwise I could easily see it with a variety of tapas, nuts and cheeses. I guess I'm back in the orange game.
  • benny-g commented:

    3/21/20, 6:43 AM - I always enjoy your inventive and humorous TNs, so I would be one of the ten.
    Just wanted to say that in Spanish 'vino brisado' is a wine made from white grapes with prolonged skin contact. The Catalan term is 'vi brisat'. Apparently the terms 'brisado' and 'brisat' are now used to indicate an orange wine in Spain and Catalunya.

White
2017 Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo Cutizzi Greco di Tufo DOCG
Feudi di San Gregorio Società Agricola S.p.A., Cutizzi, Greco di Tufo, Greco di Tufo DOCG, Campania, Italy, 2017, 13%.
100% Greco di Tufo.
1 (750ml) purchased from WiB-205 on 05/16/2019.
Lot:
P177
0857
L S146513
EAN:
8022888760014
Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 'Cutizzi' Campania 2017 is gemaakt van 100% greco di tufo, afkomstig van de beste wijngaard van het wijngoed.
Na zorgvuldige handmatige oogst en een strenge selectie van de beste druiven, werd het voorzichtig geperst en gefermenteerd bij een gecontroleerde, constante temperatuur.
Dit werd gevolgd door verschillende maanden ontwikkeling op de gist.
  • benny-g commented:

    3/11/20, 5:56 AM - In principle a tasting note should be about tasting impressions, not describing how the wine is made.
    Normaal gezien beschrijft een proefnotitie de smaakindrukken van de wijn en niet het productieproces.

  • benny-g commented:

    3/15/20, 4:38 PM - Thanks Homer
    Just eager to know your opinion on the wine. I do agree this is useful information. Looking forward to the actual TN.

  • benny-g commented:

    3/15/20, 4:45 PM - Akward change of subject...

  • benny-g commented:

    3/15/20, 5:29 PM - Right

White - Sparkling
N.V. Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina Dubl Campania IGT
2/29/2020 - benny-g Likes this wine:
90 points
This is the result of an attempt to create a classic method southern Italian sparkler from the local falanghina, with the assistance of expertise from the Champagne region.
I must say San Gregorio is succeeding quite well in what it set out to do some years ago. I find lots of vanilla and yeasty notes in the nose accompanied by white/ yellow fruit. The corresponding palate adds some chalk, yellow apple with citrus and orange. The overall impression is quite refined, yet not very dry.
Different from champagne and franciacorta and that makes it interesting, but also somewhat difficult to assess.
  • benny-g commented:

    2/29/20, 12:07 PM - Judging from earlier tasting notes from others here, it seems they have toned down the flavours to produce a less outspoken fruity and acidic and more refined sparkler with more emphasis on the refinement yielded by the classic method.

Red
2015 Azienda Agricola Montevetrano Core di Montevetrano Campania IGT Aglianico
8/6/2018 - UFGators Likes this wine:
92 points
This is pretty closed right now. Took a lot of decanting and time swirling in the glass to get it going. Easy drinking and without any hard edges. I will revisit in a couple of years. I don’t see James suckling 98 rating.
  • benny-g commented:

    2/28/20, 1:09 AM - Is it actually their other wine, the "Montevetrano Colli di Salerno" which James Suckling rated at 98? The "Core" got 94, I think.

White - Sparkling
2019 Ferrari Brut Trento Champagne Blend
1/5/2020 - stet Likes this wine:
87 points
Nose: tons of underripe Granny Smith apple and fine yeast
Palate: pleasantly acid, again apple is dominant with some pear and stone fruit. Perlage Is fine, very dry for a brut
Finish: Yeast, dry, medium length
  • benny-g commented:

    2/6/20, 2:21 AM - Any Trento DOC is cellared for at least 15 months before release. This means a 2019 is not available in January 2020. This must have been the non-vintage, disgorged in 2019.

Rosé - Sparkling
2019 De Sousa et Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
Really perfect!
  • benny-g commented:

    2/6/20, 2:16 AM - Perfect? Rather absurd to drink a 2019 champagne in 2019. NV disgorged in 2019?

White - Sparkling
2018 Berlucchi Guido Franciacorta '61 Satèn Franciacorta DOCG Chardonnay
12/31/2019 - hbay Likes this wine:
90 points
Dronningens nytårstale
  • benny-g commented:

    2/6/20, 1:59 AM - This must have been the non-vintage, since the 2018 millesimato cannot be available yet in December 2019.

Red
2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/22/2019 - SMHalps Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid wine, with a pleasing palate cleansing acidity. It went very well with the food we had a NYC French Bistro. From a magnum.
  • benny-g commented:

    2/1/20, 8:24 AM - It may be interesting then to mention what that food was, no?

Red
2017 California Roots Red Blend
11/30/2019 - Jerickson608 Likes this wine:
70 points
Again another very good bottle found on sale. Good red blend
  • benny-g commented:

    1/27/20, 3:19 AM - If you are new here, you may want to check out the rating system. Your 70 does not correspond to your "very good".
    Find more about ratings and notes here: https://support.cellartracker.com/article/49-tasting-notes-and-ratings

Red
2015 Società Agricola Nativ Eremo San Quirico Irpinia Campi Taurasini Aglianico
10/2/2019 - Entrigo wrote:
78 points
I can't understand how this got scored 99 points by Luca Maroni. Nothing like a classic Aglianico, just fruit fruit fruit, swollen, sweet, overwhelming. No structure no tannins little acidity. Alcoholic fruit juice. Quite upset I bought two bottles of this following the reviews /advice on vvno.
  • benny-g commented:

    1/22/20, 6:24 AM - Indeed, I also learned not to go for the high scores from Maroni. Fresh grape juice would get the highest score from him.

Red
2017 Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba
Ok
  • benny-g commented:

    1/15/20, 1:29 AM - Would you consider some more explanation when you do rate a wine at 98, please?

Red
2016 La Palazzetta (Flavio Fanti) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
10/12/2019 - Nards10 Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for 2 hours
  • benny-g commented:

    1/7/20, 8:01 AM - 2016 Brunello decanted in October 2019? It should only be available early 2021!

Red
2016 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
9/27/2018 - T.U wrote:
90 points
dezent, leicht fruchtige Noten, leicht alkoholische Noten, gut integrierte Tannine
  • benny-g commented:

    1/7/20, 7:59 AM - 2016 Brunello available for you to taste in September 2018? Earliest release is normally more than 4 years after the year of harvest.

Red
2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
11/14/2019 - Burgundy Al wrote:
Gordon's Festa d'Italia (Artists for Humanity Center - Boston MA): Walk around tasting. Complex set of red fruit and spice aromas and flavors with good enough density, but intriguing layers of nuance. Very interesting already with clear upside, 91+ point potential.
  • benny-g commented:

    1/7/20, 7:52 AM - Really tasting a Brunello from 2016 in November 2019? I did not think this would be available before early 2021.

Red
2009 Mandrarossa Sicilia Cartagho Nero d'Avola
1/6/2020 - benny-g Likes this wine:
90 points
On pouring there is immediately an aroma of black fruit. The flavour is fruity with consistent tannins, a bit of bitterness and a rustic, earthy touch. It seemed quite thin and lacking depth when I had it while preparing the family dinner and I was going to score it at 84 then. But having it with the pasta with a tomato based sauce, it proved to be the ideal companion to the dish, so I gave it a higher score. It is without doubt the pleasant fruity acidity that made it suitable to accompany my pasta dish.

This wine keeps improving, developing a lovely florality. Probably should have poured it before to give it some air. Rating increased even more.
  • benny-g commented:

    1/6/20, 10:59 AM - I just checked others tasting notes for this wine. They are all from several (4 or more) years ago and the rating is rather low compared to my eventual score. This does show indeed that some wines do need some years to develop.

Red
2017 Angeline Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
12/28/2019 - Italy2020 wrote:
75 points
Sweet and dry
  • benny-g commented:

    12/29/19, 3:10 AM - ???

Red
2016 Elio Altare Langhe Giarborina Langhe DOC Nebbiolo
8/9/2019 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
96 points
The nose showed a dark, complex and inviting mix of crushed blackberries, dusty cedar, sweet spice, violet candies and a hint of savory, peppery herbs. On the palate, silky textures flooded the senses with tart red and black fruits, inner florals and savory herbs, as streamlined acidity added verve and energy against a wave of crunchy tannin. The finish was long and youthful structured, with saturating dark fruits and spice clinging to the senses, kept fresh by a zing of lingering acids as violet florals resonated for well over a minute.
  • benny-g commented:

    10/18/19, 5:26 AM - Pure poetry! Maybe the wine is, but certainly your note.

Red
2010 Ca‘ Rozzeria Chianti Classico Barberino Val D'Elsa Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
8/17/2019 - JimEaton Does not like this wine:
85 points
Disappointing. Lots of acid. Tastes like koolaid.
  • benny-g commented:

    9/19/19, 3:55 AM - Hi Jim
    I am trying to find out who is the actual producer of the Ca' Rozzeria wines. Would it be possible to check the back label for this? I have some indication of who it is for the Tuscan wines, but it would be nice to have it confirmed.
    Thanks
    Benny

  • benny-g commented:

    10/16/19, 3:12 AM - Thanks Jim,
    This does confirm that the Tuscan wines are from Casa Emma. The Piedmont ones still aren't clear to me.
    Benny

Red
2015 Casa Emma Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
I'm head over heels in love with this wine. The nose is simply amazing, and the structure and balance are most impressive. This is this kind of wine I like to get to know, slowly, and fully. Medium+ body, deep, layered and expansive flavors. A tremendous effort, and for those that enjoy very high quality Sangiovese (100%), this is worthy of a case purchase; just 10k bottles produced. Stunning. Drink 2019-2039. highly recommended

https://www.italianwinereviews.com
  • benny-g commented:

    9/19/19, 2:29 AM - I missed your notes for some months. Great to see this now. I suppose this is the "Vigna di Bufati", right?

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
N.V. 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
N.V. 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 Eremo San Quirico Irpinia Campi Taurasini 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.

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