Tasting Notes for Bam_Man

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Red
12/6/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
84 points
An inexpensive, right-bank Bordeaux from one of the lesser satellite appellations of St. Emilion. No nose to speak of. Medium-bodied and pleasantly fruity. Nicely balanced, with a moderate acidity and just a touch of oak. Shows decent depth on the mid-palate and a fruity finish that seemed slightly clipped. Simple, but enjoyable.
50+5+10+13+6=84
White
12/4/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
88 points
Medium-bodied and elegant in weight and texture. Just a bit too sweet on the front-palate, but then stretches out nicely on the mid-palate, where pretty flavors of apple, pear and citrus play out. Has a lovely, polished finish that features subtle notes of chalk and honeysuckle. Easy to drink, yet surprisingly well-crafted. Quite Burgundian in style. Could almost pass for a good St. Veran. Crazy QPR at just $6.50 a bottle.
50+5+11+16+6=88
Red
11/28/2019 - Bam_Man Likes this wine:
89 points
A delightful, food-friendly Chianti. Medium-to-full bodied, showing plenty of Tuscan terroir. Notes of leather, earth and vanilla provide ample complexity, nicely complementing its tart cherry and plum fruit. Shows good intensity on the mid-palate and moderate length on the dry, slightly tannic finish. From a sub-par vintage, but much better than the stingy 85 point WS score led me to expect.
50+5+12+15+7=89
Red
11/23/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
flawed
Slightly corked, but still drinkable.
Red
11/16/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
93 points
From a 3.0L double-magnum, provided for guests at our Marriage Blessing reception. Still youthful-looking in the glass - a pretty semi-translucent magenta, just lightening slightly around the edge. Attractive scents of crushed dark berries, earth and flowers on the nose. Medium-to-full bodied. Very elegant in weight and silky in texture. Amazed at how much fruit this still showed. Offers a tangy mouthful of ripe, delicious black cherry, plum and dark currant fruit, matched to a moderate acidity. There's wonderful depth and intensity to the mid-palate. The smooth, polished finish features subtle noted of bramble, spice and mineral. Long and complex in the end. So elegant, balanced and delicious. This stood toe-to-toe with a 2007 Ridge Monte Bello, a 2010 Petrolo Galatrona and a 2009 Grattamacco Superiore and was hands down WOTN.
50+5+12+18+8=93
Red
10/29/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
88 points
Agree with the other posters. For a $12.79 Bourgogne, this is surprisingly good. Has a lovely, silky texture and mouthfeel. Shows plenty of tart, tangy cherry and pomegranate fruit on the front-palate, with good depth and intensity. Finishes long, with prominent notes of mineral and earth. Just slightly bitter and "stemmy" at the very end, though. Could easily improve with another couple of years of bottle aging. Very good QPR here.
50+5+11+15+7=88
Red
10/26/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
This is the type of wine that the Spaniards really excel at. A rich, ripe, Garnacha fruit bomb, bursting with opulent plum and blackberry fruit. A moderate acidity keeps this from seeming flabby. Hints of cracked pepper, stone and mineral linger on the juicy, lip-smacking finish. Flat-out delicious. Don't know how this ever made #29 in the WS Top 100 of 2018, but it certainly over-delivers at just $12.98.
50+5+12+16+7=90
Red
10/23/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
93 points
This just keeps getting better and better. Still Burgundian in style and weight, but has added a tremendous amount of depth and focus over the past few years. So silky in texture. Shows a piercing intensity on the mid-palate along with a lively acidity. The long, mouth-watering finish is drenched in ripe, tangy cherry and raspberry fruit. Hints of spice and mineral linger gently. So harmonious, fresh and delicious. A beautiful "old school" Brunello from an often overlooked vintage, and an absolute steal at under $30 a bottle.
50+5+13+18+7=93
Red
10/21/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
flawed
Must have been an "off" bottle. Seemed rather lifeless and dull, exhibiting none of the signature characteristics of this wine. Simple, straightforward flavors of cherry, raspberry and plum with very little acidity. Showed tell-tale signs of having been heat-damaged. Hope my remaining two bottles of this vintage fare better.
Red
10/8/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
89 points
Attractive scents of crushed dark fruits, bramble and baking spices fill the glass. Full-bodied, though quite elegant in weight and texture. Surprisingly complex, offering subtle flavors of cola, dried herbs and black tea that deftly complement its ripe, juicy cherry and black currant fruit. Well-focused, clean and harmonious, ending with velvety, fine-grained tannins. A very good Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - especially so, given its modest price point.
50+5+12+15+7=89
White
10/4/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
87 points
An attractive pale, straw-gold in color. Subtle hints of flowers and citrus on the nose. Medium-bodied and slightly oily in texture. Shows a lot of sweetness up front, then transitions to a tangy, zesty mid-palate where flavors of pineapple, meyer lemon and mineral gradually emerge. Very nicely balanced. The absence of oak seems to work in its favor. Surprisingly long on the soft, polished finish. Light, clean and refreshing. A charming, unpretentious Old World Chardonnay. 87++
50+5+11+15+6=87
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Red
9/28/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
First bottle in almost two years and second-to-last of a half case purchased in 2016. This has held up very well and is now drinking better than ever. Very pretty and expressive on the nose. A little less sweet and flamboyant on the palate this time, with secondary notes of vanilla and bramble beginning to reveal themselves on the long, polished finish. Still leans a bit to the sweet side and could never be mistaken for a real, left-bank Bordeaux, but surprisingly good for a $17 Sonoma Cabernet.
50+5+12+16+7=90
Red
2010 Château Larose Perganson Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/24/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
91 points
Pleasantly surprised at how good this was. Really beautiful on the nose. Powerful, complex scents of crushed dark fruits, lavender and sous bois fill the glass. Full-bodied and silky in texture, yet still unmistakably Old World in style. Jam-packed with ripe, delicious plum, black cherry and dark currant fruit, matched deftly to a moderate acidity. Shows very good depth and intensity on the mid-palate. Very well balanced and harmonious. Finishes long with lingering notes of leather, coffee and mineral. A complex and delicious Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeouis gem.
50+5+13+16+7=91
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Red
9/19/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
92 points
Getting better with age, this is loosening up nicely and putting on a little more weight. Quite expressive now on the nose, too. Initially a bit tight and unyielding, but after about 45 minutes this really began to sing. Medium-to-full bodied, though quite rich and plush in texture for a Rosso. Shows tremendous depth and intensity on the mid-palate and a long finish that echoes ripe, tangy cherry and raspberry fruit, with subtle hints of earth and mineral. Beautifully balanced and absolutely delicious. Still has plenty of structure left for further aging, so there's no hurry to drink up. If this any indication, their 2015 Brunello is going to be a real stunner.
50+5+12+17+8=92
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Red
9/7/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
92 points
Brought with us to Vintage on 5th, Crystal River ($20 corkage). This has improved quite dramatically with bottle age. Not nearly as oaky as it was in its youth. Remains very plush and rich, bursting with delicious mouth-watering black cherry, plum and dark currant fruit. Still displays the ripeness of the vintage, but shows better balance now, with a moderate acidity and just a touch of oak. Finishes long, with notes of leather, espresso, earth and mineral. The slightly grippy tannins are becoming well-integrated. Has developed into a very fine Toscana that still has quite a few years left ahead of it. Paired beautifully with their fabulous filet mignon.
50+5+12+17+8=92
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Red
9/4/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
89 points
Freak QPR wine. No varietal character whatsoever - actually drinks more like a New World Pinot Noir or Syrah than a Merlot - but who cares? This is so round, harmonious and absolutely delicious. Shows very good focus and intensity, finishing long and smooth, while a touch of oak lends ample complexity. Maybe leans just slightly to the sweet side, but for $7.99 a bottle, I can live with that. This has been our house red to pair with pork and chicken for quite some time, and it never disappoints. Hope I can still find more of it.
50+5+11+16+7=89
Red
2015 Ca‘ Rozzeria Chianti Classico Barberino Val D'Elsa Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/4/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
88 points
Medium-to-full-bodied and fruit-forward. Lots of ripe, delicious cherry and raspberry fruit character to this. Has just a mild acidity, so the fruit shows even more prominently. Not particularly complex and definitely better with food. Paired very nicely with Kerry's beef lasagna.
50+5+11+15+7=88
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Red
8/20/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
92 points
We opened this for my 60th birthday dinner and finished it the following day. Subtle, complex aromas of flowers, earth and spice dominate on the nose. Full-bodied, but very elegant in weight and texture. Beautifully balanced, with just the right amount of plum, cherry and dark currant fruit matched to a lively acidity. Shows very good depth and intensity on the mid-palate. The long finish features pretty notes of licorice, mineral and spice. A bit austere, but very, very classy, harmonious and unmistakably Pauillac. The pedigree definitely shows, even in a slightly "off" vintage like 2006.
50+5+12+17+8=92
Red
2015 Bibbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/15/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
93 points
Very expressive on the nose, offering alluring, complex scents of cherries, earth, baking spices and dried herbs. Full-bodied, rich and velvety in texture. Bursting with tangy black cherry and plum fruit. Shows amazing depth on the front-palate, along with a bracing acidity. Tails off a bit into the mid-palate. Tightly wound and tremendously tannic on the mouth-puckering finish. You can tell there's an incredible amount of material here, but it's still very restrained. Just needs time in the cellar to unravel. Drinks like a very good young Brunello. Delicious now, but with such tremendous potential. Could be a real stunner in a few years, once it has softened a bit and loosened up.
50+5+13+17+8=93
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Red
2014 I Veroni Chianti Rùfina Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/10/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
88 points
Offers attractive notes of tart cherries, earth and leather on both the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with a vivid acidity. Noticeably lean and trim - which is typical of the vintage. Really explodes with flavor when paired with food, though. Went very well with our Italian pot roast. Old School Chianti Rufina. A nice Garagiste find for less than $13.
50+5+12+14+7=88
Red
8/2/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
Needed about an hour of air time to really get going. Quite aromatic on the nose, offering scents of crushed dark fruits, earth and pine forest. Full-bodied and silky in texture, but not over done. There's very good intensity to the ripe, tangy plum and blackberry fruit here. A moderate acidity provides a nice balance. Finishes quite long, with grippy tannins and lingering hints of mineral and spice. Satisfying, delicious and very impressive for its modest price point.
50+5+12+16+7=90
Red
7/29/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
85 points
A simple red. Offers straightforward flavors of plum and blueberry fruit, with a faint touch of spice. Not much depth or structure here. Short finish. Even at $17 on a close-out, has a poor QPR.
50+5+11+13+6=85
Red
7/26/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
94 points
First 2007 Torrione that I've tried since early 2012. Give this at least 2 hours of air. At around the 4 hour mark, this was at its very best. Full-bodied and plush in texture for a Torrione - clearly from a hotter vintage. Even so, the energy, purity and layered depth of the fruit here is truly remarkable. So much ripe, sweet, delicious cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit, perfectly matched to a lively acidity. Shows phenomenal depth on the mid-palate and a very long, fruit-drenched finish. Silky tannins, along with hints of spice and mineral linger on and on. Not the most subtle or ethereal Torrione ever, but quite possibly the most flat-out delicious.
50+5+13+18+8=94
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White
7/21/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
92 points
Brought with us to the Lowy's to share over dinner. Very fruity and expressive on the nose, with hints of honeysuckle and spice. Full-bodied, yet elegant in weight and texture. Surprisingly sweet, offering a generous amount of ripe peach, apple and citrus fruit. Nicely balanced, with a moderate acidity and a touch of toasted oak. Finishes very long, with lingering hints of sweet fruit, mineral and honeysuckle. Polished, delicious and harmonious - but not by any means a 99 point wine (as per Suckling). Paired beautifully with Louise Lowy's cioppino.
50+5+12+17+8=92
Red
6/19/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
96 points
From magnum, provided by the Petrolo estate for our wedding banquet at the Costa cottage there. Still a very young-looking, bright crimson in the glass. Absolutely phenomenal on the nose. Gorgeous, complex aromas of lavender, crushed dark fruits, spice and Tuscan earth fill the glass. Full-bodied, yet very elegant in style and weight. Even at 12 years of age, this needed 2 hours in a decanter before serving to show its best, and continued to improve throughout the evening. Offered a luscious mouthful of tangy plum, black cherry and boysenberry fruit, with alluring hints of vanilla and spice. Showed excellent depth and intensity on the mid-palate, and a long, silky smooth finish. Subtle notes of chocolate and mineral linger on and on. So harmonious, pure and delicious. By far the best Galatrona I have ever tasted and a fitting accompaniment to the fabulous meal that Graziella prepared for our small group.
50+5+14+18+9=96
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Red
7/12/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
Brought with us to Jon and Carolyn's to share over dinner with them and the Paffs. A very nice, mature Bolgheri Bordeaux blend. Lots of ripe, sweet, cherry, plum and boysenberry fruit, matched beautifully to a moderate acidity. Became more complex as the evening progressed, eventually showing subtle notes of leather, earth and mineral on the long, polished finish. Very smooth and silky on the palate.
50+5+12+16+7=90
Red
6/10/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
87 points
Faint aromas of cherries, spice and earth on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and plush in texture, but not over-done. There's an immediate burst of ripe, tangy blackberry and plum fruit on the front-palate. Transitions seamlessly to the mid-palate, which shows very good depth and intensity. Tails off very quickly into a bone-dry finish that is noticeably clipped. Subtle hints of licorice, mineral and cracked pepper linger gently. Well-crafted for its very modest price point and would have scored several points higher, if not for the definite lack of length on the finish.
50+5+11+14+7=87
Red
6/2/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
This was very earthy and leathery on both the nose and palate, not offering a whole lot of fruit. Shows excellent depth and intensity along with a moderate acidity and fine balance. Finishes extremely long, with lingering notes of mineral and licorice at the very back end. An unusual flavor profile for Brunello. Even on Day 2 this was still not very fruity at all, though quite enjoyable and interesting.
50+5+12+16+7=90
Red
5/27/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
93 points
First one of these in almost three years. No longer a tannic monolith, it is now finally mature. Still needs at least one hour of air to open up. Absolutely bone dry on the front-palate, but fleshes out nicely on the mid-palate, where its ripe cherry and raspberry fruit gradually emerge. Finishes very long and complex, with lingering notes of oak, tar, menthol and black licorice. Still slightly chewy, but the tannins have integrated very well. A wonderful Barbaresco that paired beautifully with our ribeye steaks.
50+5+12+18+8=93
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Red
5/12/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
Have only had Uruguayan Tannat once before - several years ago in Montevideo. This reminded me of how good the New World version of this varietal can be. Surprisingly approachable for one so young. There's plenty of tangy, delicious blackberry, plum and dark currant fruit here, with very good depth and intensity. Subtle hints of mocha, smoke and mineral chime in on the mouth-puckering finish, with tannins providing plenty of grip at the very end. Fruitier, more complex and far less tannic than a Madiran. An interesting and delicious expression of Tannat.
50+5+12+16+7=90
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Red
5/7/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
91 points
First bottle in almost four years, and the last of my only two. The first was so disappointing that I was hesitant to open this one. Very pleasantly surprised to find that time in the bottle has done wonders here. This has added a tremendous amount of depth and length. Has also smoothed out, but retains plenty of delicious, mouthwatering boysenberry and blackberry fruit. Velvety tannins caress the palate on the long, polished finish. Very delicious and harmonious now. Don't think I have ever seen a wine improve so dramatically (from 83 points to 91) with bottle age. Paired very nicely with the brisket that Kerry's mom made.
50+5+12+17+7=91
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White
4/25/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
We really enjoyed this. Definitely a step down from big brother Cervaro, but the pedigree still shows. Clean and refreshing, with pretty citrus, pear and apple aromas and flavors. Hardly any oak is noticeable, giving this a Burgundian feel. Balanced and harmonious, finishing with subtle hints of chalk and mineral. Could easily pass for a very good Macon-Villages. Understated, yet satisfying and delicious. Paired very nicely with the cheese platter we shared.
50+5+12+16+7=90
Red
4/22/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
93 points
Brought with us to the Zatzmans to share over dinner with them. Very attractive and powerful on the nose. Beautiful aromas of crushed dark berries, baking spice, earth and vanilla jump from the glass. Full-bodied and rich - but not overdone. Silky and quite elegant in texture for a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Offers plenty of juicy, delicious cherry, raspberry and pomegranate fruit with excellent depth and intensity. Exquisitely balanced, with a pleasant acidity and only a slight touch of oak. Finishes very long, with abundant, lip-smacking fruit and velvety tannins that are just beginning to integrate. Subtle notes of chalk, citrus and smoke linger on at the very end. Really delicious, but also very polished and complex. Incredible quality for its price point. Paired perfectly with the grilled leg of lamb that Michael made for us.
50+5+13+18+7=93
Red
2014 La Gravette de Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/21/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
Dark in color as well as on the nose. The 50% Cabernet Franc in the blend for this vintage is quite evident. There is a piercing intensity to the blackberry and dark currant fruit here. So much so, that this seems almost more like Chinon than Pomerol. Shows wonderful depth and focus on the mid-palate. Finishes with abundant, mouth-puckering, dark fruit and grippy tannins that are just beginning to integrate. An unexpectedly unique expression of Pomerol. Undoubtedly, an excellent second wine, but the QPR here is still somewhat underwhelming.
50+5+12+16+7=90
Red
4/19/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
93 points
This was absolutely amazing on the nose. Gorgeous, powerful scents of ripe cherries, spice and vanilla completely fill the glass. Traditional in style, with a medium-to-full body and an elegant, Burgundian texture. Bone dry, yet still offers a tangy mouthful of ripe, delicious cherry, blueberry and raspberry fruit, with excellent depth and intensity. Nicely balanced, with a moderate acidity. Finishes extremely long, with lingering notes of licorice, underbrush and mineral. Still slightly tannic and oaky, this will probably get even better as it fully matures over the next couple of years. So delicious, harmonious and complex. A beautiful "traditional" Rioja that paired perfectly with our grilled duck breast. Tremendous QPR here also.
50+5+14+17+7=93
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Red
4/17/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
91 points
First bottle in just over two years. This has loosened up slightly, but is still pretty tightly wound and very tannic. There is structure galore here. Shows plenty of dark, tangy plum and blackberry fruit, with striking focus and intensity. A vivid acidity provides a semblance of balance. Still a bit restrained on the mouth-puckering finish, where grippy tannins dominate and notes of violet and licorice gradually emerge. Such potential here. This could really be something special in another couple of years. Could almost pass right now for a Sette Ponti Oreno, at less than half the price.
50+5+12+16+8=91
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Red
4/17/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
92 points
From magnum. Brought with us to the season-end party at the Black Diamond clubhouse. Initially austere and a bit grapey, this took quite a while to finally show its best. This is "old-school" Napa Cabernet - not by any means a blockbuster. After about 90 minutes, the wine started to show beautifully. Very elegant in weight and texture, yet it displays excellent depth and focus on the mid-palate. Builds and builds into a long, silky smooth finish that features prominent notes of cedar, licorice and mineral. Very polished and complex.
50+5+12+17+8=92
Red
4/10/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
An attractive, semi-opaque garnet in color. Very floral, smoky and surprisingly complex on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and plush in texture. Offers a juicy mouthful of ripe, sweet plum and dark currant fruit, with very good depth and intensity. The minerality of the Lujan de Cuyo terroir is there in spades. Slightly jammy in the end, but this is very long and quite solid overall. May even improve slightly, near-term, as its flamboyant fruit fades a bit. Great QPR and well worth seeking out as a weekday drinker.
50+5+12+16+7=90
Red
2012 Fattoria Poggiopiano Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/10/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
I have been sitting on three bottles of this since 2015. There's cherry candy galore here, on both the nose and palate. Medium-to-full bodied, but absolutely bursting with ripe, delicious cherry fruit. Very well-balanced, with a pleasant acidity that nicely complements its fruit-forward character. Shows very good depth and focus on the mid-palate and a long, fruit-filled finish that features well-integrated tannins. Not particularly complex, but really delicious and very enjoyable. Outstanding QPR for a $16 Chianti Classico. 90+
50+5+12+16+7=90
White
4/5/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
88 points
Rich and creamy in texture, featuring prominent notes of pear, apple and honeysuckle, with a hint of spice. Slightly oaky and linear on the finish, but overall a nice mid-week, bargain chardonnay. Hard to do any better at $7 a bottle.
50+5+12+15+6=88
Red
2004 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/2/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
91 points
My last bottle of this and first one since 2014. Found those two bottles sitting on the "clearance" shelf at ABC for $19.99 many moons ago. Definitely better now. This showed amazingly well in the blind tasting that Kerry and I hosted last night. Displayed its pedigree with aplomb. So beautifully balanced now, still showing just enough fruit, along with excellent depth, focus and structure. So very poised on its long, harmonious finish. Stood toe-to-toe with wines costing three-to-five times more. Definitely lived up to its reputation as an excellent second wine.
50+5+12+17+7=91
Red
2000 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/2/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
93 points
Have been sitting on two bottles of this for over ten years now. Decided to enter one in a blind tasting with four other reds that Kerry & I hosted for friends last evening. Surprisingly young-looking in the glass. An attractive, semi-opaque crimson in color, lightening noticeably around the edge - but no bricking at all. Pretty, subtle, complex scents of cherry candy, earth and spice on the nose. Medium-to-full bodied, still offering a surprising amount of tangy, delicious plum, cherry and black currant fruit. Shows tremendous depth and persistence on the front- and mid-palates. Beautifully balanced, with a moderate acidity and only a trace of oak remaining. Finishes very long, with ample fruit and well-integrated tannins that provide just enough grip. This was probably a real bruiser in its youth, but has now come perfectly into balance. Displays quite a bit of elegance and finesse, now in its prime. Great Pomerol, and definitely worth the wait.
50+5+12+17+9=93
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Red
3/28/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
Second bottle from a case purchase. First bottle six months ago was so non-descript that I didn't bother to post a note. This one was much better. They produce enormous quantities of this, and there is obviously a considerable amount of bottle variation - clearly evident by the widely varying (82-92) scores here. This one was the Seghesio Sonoma County Zin that I know and was expecting. Lots of delicious plum, cherry and boysenberry fruit, with good depth and concentration. Hints of cracked pepper and bramble linger on the long fruity finish. Delicious. Could easily improve further over the next year or two, as the fruit fades a bit and secondary flavors more fully emerge. Glad to have ten bottles remaining.
50+5+12+16+7=90
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Red
3/27/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
92 points
First one of these in more than 4 years. Knew that one was way too young, and I was right. Noticeably better this time. Has put on weight and shows considerably more depth, intensity and length now. Still a bit shy on the nose, but on the palate, this really shines now. Big and rich, loaded with tangy, delicious plum and blackberry fruit, yet displays an undeniable sense of elegance. Very harmonious, polished and delicious. Could easily improve another point or two over the next several years, but given its hefty price, will probably never be a QPR champ.
50+5+12+17+8=92
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Red
3/12/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
89 points
Dark in color - an attractive, semi-opaque crimson, lightening right at the edge. Subtle aromas of dark berries, earth and a hint spice on the nose. Medium-to-full bodied, yet quite "New World" in style. There's plenty of ripe, juicy cherry, plum and dark currant fruit character here, along with what seems like a rather mild acidity for a Chianti. Shows good depth on the front-palate, but then tails off a bit into a slightly hollow mid-palate. Finishes with good length though, showing pretty notes of spice and mineral, along with drying tannins. Becomes outstanding when paired with the right food - in our case, Kerry's Spaghetti Bolognese.
50+5+12+15+7=89
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Red
3/8/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
92 points
Quite an unusual wine. Old World meets the New. Very powerful and complex on the nose. Aromas of earth, crushed dark berries, flowers and spice waft from the glass. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel. More New World in texture than a Chinon, but not over done. Immediately saturates the palate with tart, tangy blackberry and plum fruit, with a bracing acidity. Shows incredible depth and focus on the mid-palate. Has a sneaky-long finish that builds and builds, with lingering notes of chalk, mineral and vanilla cream. Extremely tart and quite tannic, but should soften a bit with a few years in the cellar. Clearly very well-crafted and quite fascinating. Looking forward to re-visiting this in a few years time. A beautiful New World expression of Cabernet Franc.
50+5+13+17+7=92
Red
3/3/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
96 points
Now finally down to my last 7 bottles from a 3 case purchase back in 2010. This one may have been the best yet. Still surprisingly youthful-looking in the glass. A pretty, semi-opaque, royal purple in color, right up to the edge. Absolutely amazing on the nose. Powerful, complex aromas of dark berries, leather, spice and violets fill the glass. Full-bodied and silky in texture. Immediately saturates the palate with tangy, delicious plum, blackberry and dark currant fruit. Nicely balanced, with a moderate acidity and just a touch of oak. Shows tremendous depth and focus on the mid-palate. Builds and builds into an incredibly long and complex finish that contains alluring notes of coffee, licorice, tobacco and mineral. The velvety tannins are perfectly integrated. Just goes on and on. Could easily stand toe-to-toe with an Ornellaia or Sassicaia from the same vintage. An amazing, freakishly good bottle of wine, which still remains my choice for all-time QPR champ.
50+5+14+19+8=96
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Red
2/28/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
90 points
First bottle in almost 18 months. Noticeably better than last time. Now more balanced and not nearly as oaky. Very ripe and bursting with sweet, delicious, cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. The Syrah in the blend really stands out. Shows better depth now on the mid-palate and a longer, fruit-filled finish. Not particularly complex, and doesn't have a whole lot of Tuscan character, but it's very enjoyable nonetheless.
50+5+12+16+7=90
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Red
2/26/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
87 points
Not bad at all for such a bargain basement ($7.50 on close-out) Carneros Pinot. Full-bodied and rich in texture, offering ample black cherry fruit with hints of bramble and just a touch of sweetness. Shows very good intensity on the front- and mid-palate. Tails off pretty quickly into a rather short finish that still manages to contain enough fruit and structure to keep it interesting. Certainly nothing special, but undeniably juicy and enjoyable. Was even slightly better on day 2. Definitely worth re-buying as a daily quaffer at this price.
50+5+11+15+6=87
Red
2/24/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
92 points
Virtually opaque in the glass right up to the edge. Dark in color for a Sangiovese - almost the color of eggplant skin. Full-bodied, rich and very plush in texture. Ultra-modern in style - could easily pass for the baby brother of a Flaccianello. Blackberries, leather and violets galore on both the nose and palate. Very well-crafted, but still a bit tight and tannic. Needs at least another 2-3 years to reach its fulll potential. Unfortunately, my only bottle from this vintage.
50+5+12+17+8=92
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