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Red
2008 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
6/22/2018 - _Xenon Likes this wine:
97 points
One of the best wine I had. #1winespectatorwineoftheyear. Not available on the market any more. Full, round, classy just by the perfume, promises kept on the tongue. Wish I had more.
  • _Xenon commented:

    9/27/18, 12:22 PM - Yes, 1 hour. Got better and was finished by one more hour. BR

Red
2007 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
4/12/2018 - Adam T 12 wrote:
88 points
Oh no, waited on this one too long. Fruit is gone, past it’s prime. Could have been an off bottle so take it for what it’s worth, but I would drink up.
  • _Xenon commented:

    4/13/18, 5:02 AM - I had many 07's and all of them were extraordinary! Still have one left.

White
2012 Wittmann Westhofener Morstein Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
5/19/2017 - _Xenon wrote:
Clear signs of aeging. Was already dark yellow. Not sure if it was flawed.
  • _Xenon commented:

    5/25/17, 7:30 AM - Agreed. That's why I did not score it. I'll see how my remaining bottles will do.

Red
2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin Grenache
12/3/2016 - _Xenon Likes this wine:
96 points
Fantastic showing! As always beautiful nose with cherry fruits & almonds, palate medium to full bodied, fine, no noticeable tannins any more, slightly sweet in the aftertaste. Drank it before and with dinner. What a treat!

I don't agree with other tasters that this wine is too young and some more years are required to fully enjoy this wine. It is perfect at present!

Note to myself: 8 bottles left. Two per year -> last bottle winter of 2020.

Note 2: Just for me. Not to be shared with anyone except my spouse. :-)
  • _Xenon commented:

    3/10/17, 11:11 AM - I totally agree with you.

    What is so special about this wine (beside the nose and taste) are the occasions, on which I had it. I shared this wine with my father on Christmas, who passed away half a year later. I shared it with my mum being a widow for 2 months. I had this wine with my former girlfriend in a hotel room in Paris on a cold romantic January night. And I enjoyed it with my current girlfriend on a terrace in the ligurian mountains with self cooked food and a view to the sea after visiting Nice that day.

    So, all in all it's not only the wine, but also the very special moments which makes it so special to me. So I rather drink it alone or with a loved person on very special occasion.

Red
2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/1/2017 - Arch57 Likes this wine:
91 points
I've checked my notes on CT and I have tasted 55 CdP's over the years with Clos des Pape and Pegau being my favorites. I've had several Beaucastel's and while they are very well made they never wow me. That being said this wine was decanted for about an hour and served through dinner and it did improve with air time as we watched a movie. Floral notes mixed with the dried fruit and a smooth finish. I am going to hold them for a few years to watch their development as I have the 09, 10 and 12 vintages.
  • _Xenon commented:

    1/2/17, 10:03 AM - I totally agree. My favourites are Clos des Papes and Janasse (Chaupin and VV). I never had an outstanding experience with Beaucastel, not even in 2007.

    Nevertheless I still got weak and bought new vintages based on good reviews. However, now I have a 2009 and two 2010 left and will not buy any more Beaucastel's.

    Best regards and happy new year from Düsseldorf!

White
2012 Weingut Keller Kirchspiel Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
11/28/2016 - Bradetti Likes this wine:
96 points
The Kirchspiel is the opposite of the 12´Hubacker.
Mineral-driven with some lime notes, wet stones, clear, fresh, razorlike focus, straight forward and more dry! Salty in the end.
It has also lot of power and acidity.
For the taster the Kirchspiel is more demanding than the Hubacker.
Its like a crystal-clear glacial stream. Wow.
  • _Xenon commented:

    11/28/16, 3:16 AM - Thanks for your note on the Hubacker and Kirchspiel GG! Are the already enjoyable at current stage or do you recommend to wait? Did you decant or pnp'ed them?

Red
1996 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/26/2016 - blaahhi wrote:
89 points
Blackcurrant, redcurrant, yogurt, cedar, some leather and developing tertiary notes on the nose. Medium body, medium silky tannins that have already settled noticeably. The primary fruit has already faded somewhat, empasizing the acidity. Medium to long finish. Interestingly, I found the same lactic, yogurt-like notes in '96 Léoville-Las Cases as well.

Well balanced and drinking well now, although will not probably improve anymore. It does not have the depth or the intensity of its more accomplished peers, but offers still a quite fresh, firm, classic claret profile without too much ripeness or extra frills.
  • _Xenon commented:

    11/26/16, 8:03 AM - Thanks for this note! Guess I will open my well stored bottle soon.

    BR from Düsseldorf

Red
2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/17/2016 - _Xenon wrote:
89 points
Slightly corked, not enjoable at all.
  • _Xenon commented:

    10/18/16, 2:39 AM - Ibetian: I was thinking to do so, too. However, the cork was fully ok (only the surface on the one end was red) and it was so slightly corked, it was still drinkable. So I guess it was bottle variation or bad storage. Based on this and one bad experience with a Chateau Figeac 1990, I tend not to buy old Bordeaux via Ebay any more.

Red
2007 Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
1/2/2016 - tychill wrote:
86 points
Was expecting a lot given the producer and the vintage but this was a real disappointment for me.

Nose showing pretty black currants, some anise and brambly note as well. In the mouth the initial attack is good but then this just absolutely falls off a cliff. Thin and hot on the finish with little fruit.

Not sure if this is gone or perhaps just in a dumb phase. I don't have any more but if I did, I'd hold a good deal longer.
  • _Xenon commented:

    1/2/16, 10:21 AM - I had the same experience. Still have 4 bottles. But I strongly believe, that the drinking windows closed a year ago.

Red
2008 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
12/2/2015 - tguerra wrote:
don't remember drinking it, just fouind it missing
  • _Xenon commented:

    12/2/15, 7:43 AM - I guess that's why Eric implemented options called 'Delete and exclude from consumption history' / 'Missing or presumed drunk'.

White
2012 Weingut Keller Kirchspiel Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
11/10/2015 - mwanasheria Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful yellow fruits, citrus, dirty minerality. Really nice.
  • _Xenon commented:

    11/11/15, 6:37 AM - Thanks for the note. Did you decant / air the wine before drinking?

    Regards from Düsseldorf

Red
2009 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
This wine screeches from the glass like Godzilla. Bright and expansive, even explosive, it begs for time. An aggressive approach, fascinating juxtaposition of old world Margaux terroir and a new world sensibility. This is a rare case where the label actually reflects what's in the bottle.
  • _Xenon commented:

    10/1/15, 9:22 AM - Nice note!

White - Off-dry
2012 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese Nahe
9/12/2015 - _Xenon wrote:
91 points
Comparable to the 2013 with quite high acidity. Probably would have been better if more aired. Still was a great joy to drink.

91+ with 29 € / bottle an average qpr. Already showed some slight petrol notes.

Tried my new Zwiesel 1872 wine classic select Pinot Noir glasses. Great combination!
  • _Xenon commented:

    9/13/15, 9:20 AM - Sorry, I meant 29 €. Which should be the regular average price.

Red
2010 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
9/5/2015 - cweiner Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted and served at a dinner party- a mistake; needs at least a couple of ears in the cellar before tried again.
  • _Xenon commented:

    9/5/15, 5:15 AM - I had the same experience. Not a joy on day one, much better on day 2. Also considering the few tasting notes for this wine in CT at this time, some more years in the cellar are necessary to enter the drinking window.

White
2012 Dönnhoff Hermannshöhle Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
8/17/2015 - alanr wrote:
91 points
Very, very young, but quite delicious. Definitely needs a little air time, as it shows a fair amount of lime phosphate acidity on first opening, making it a bit harsh and austere. After a few hours to open, there is medium depth of fruit, still strong acidity, but the rough edges have smoothed a bit. I contrast to most Austrian Riesling, this is more about the duality of fruit and acidity, as opposed to the minerality I find in Austria. Not sure why, just an observation. I won't open another of these for at least 5 years.
  • _Xenon commented:

    8/18/15, 4:28 AM - Tanks for the note. I realized that for young Rieslings, especially the Dönnhoffs, require lots of air. All my tasted Dönnhoffs (2012+) were better on day 2 than upon opeing. Nevertheless, I love them!
    BR from Düsseldorf

Red
2008 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/6/2015 - clairenclarence wrote:
93 points
pop n pour

complex nose:evident toast,bbq smoke,earth,pencil lead,cocoa,coffee,hint of cherry,plum,slight herbacious,hint of vege,touch of white spice

structure:gd ; intensity:close to gd; depth:close to gd; acidity:close to gd; complexity: abv average; texture:gd

palate:blue berry,herbs,liqourice,chery,graphite,plum,tobacco

conclusion:tis bttl seriously stil no sign of maturity.the expression of fruits is great but nt exeptional.veri nice texture which reflect elegance with power.to gain more complexity,i tink tis bttl nd at least another 8- 10 yrs time
  • _Xenon commented:

    7/7/15, 8:46 AM - First I thought it was me, drinking too much during daytime.... ;-)

Red
2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin Grenache
5/26/2015 - Rezy13 wrote:
91 points
Tuesday Night Double Blind $80+ (Bin 75): Dark crimson core with reddish rim; creamy, dark fruit, plum, raspberry, fig and almond paste; spicy palate, strong bitterness, grainy Grenache tannin, a touch of heat, creamy, briary, the finish is austere but the front end is more modern; very different from the last bottle just over 1 month ago, this was evolving at a much quicker pace and didn't have much potential to improve in the cellar except for texture; called '09 Clos des Papes.
  • _Xenon commented:

    5/28/15, 1:50 AM - I had the same experience with my last bottle (bitterness) although in general I adore the 2009 Chaupin. Hopefully it is not developing in the wrong direction....

Red
2010 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
5/27/2015 - mflesh wrote:
This wine has started to undergo metamorphosis. This wine was lighter at first, but the last 2 years this wine has started to turn darker. This bottle tonight was showing clove and truffle on the nose. The entry was black tea, eventually some earthy black cherry, with low acidity on the entry. The wine turned darker still in the middle, showing LOTS of soil and terroir in the middle, and a black earthy/woodsy finish with lots of stinky terroir here, cigar box and tobacco. A nice wine, and perhaps not really in the most key place right now. I think additional decanting time would have taken out some of these "stranger" notes. Really enjoyed this one tonight though.
  • _Xenon commented:

    5/28/15, 1:47 AM - Tanks for the note!

    I had the same experience on the first day. On day two the wine was way more enjoyable with a nice fruit core. I will start drinking my remaining bottles in two years from now.

Red
2010 Pavillon de Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/31/2015 - _Xenon wrote:
88 points
Obviously not a second wine of Poyférré but also from grapes of Chateau Moulin Riche: 'Mis en bouteille a la propriete.'

Was recognizable as a Saint Julien, but not worth the price of 33 €. Drinking window should be open 2016. Purple edges, high acid. There are better Bordeaux wines out there for this price.

60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Merlot, 8 % Petit Verdot, 2 % Cabernet Franc.
  • _Xenon commented:

    4/25/15, 4:00 AM - Russfoul,

    thanks for asking! Here are some Bordeaux alternatives with the same price tag which I have in my cellar:

    2009 Château D'Aiguilhe
    2009 Château Meyney
    2009 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit
    2009 Château Rol Valentin
    2009 Château de Fieuzal
    2009 Château Faugères
    2010 Château Cantemerle

    Most of them are from 2009, which I currently do enjoy because of more expressive fruit and earlier drinkability compared to the 2010.

    Hope this helps

Red
2010 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
4/2/2015 - _Xenon wrote:
flawed
Corked. Too bad. How can a just released wine be corked? :-|
  • _Xenon commented:

    4/7/15, 10:07 AM - I bought quite some bottles. This was 'just' a 0,375 but if any of my remaining bottles will have the same issue, I will complain. I'll try a regular bottle in the near future.
    Thanks, _Xenon

White
2012 Van Volxem Riesling Alte Reben Mosel Saar Ruwer
9/24/2014 - _Xenon wrote:
88 points
I expected more after trying the 2013 which was terrific!
  • _Xenon commented:

    12/9/14, 12:20 PM - That might explain the different characteristic. Thanks for the info!

Red
2010 Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond Coastal Region Red Bordeaux Blend
8/20/2014 - Wali183 Likes this wine:
96 points
Wunderbarer Wein. Elegante dunkle Beeren, intensive Vanille Note, exotische Gewürze. Samtig und vollmundig, herrliche Tiefe, groß und lang. Sehr gut.
  • _Xenon commented:

    11/29/14, 5:22 AM - Danke für Ihre Verkostungsnotiz. Ich habe mir eine Flasche gekauft und überlege, diesen in den nächsten Tagen zu öffnen. Ist der Wein denn schon trinkbar? Sind die Tanine schon (einigermaßen) integriert?

    Haben Sie ihn dekantiert?

    Danke für die Informationen und beste Grüße aus Düsseldorf.

Red
2007 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
11/27/2014 - KenPlace wrote:
96 points
Excellent depth and length. A touch hot on the finish.
  • _Xenon commented:

    11/27/14, 6:56 PM - Have you enjoyed the bottle pnp or did you decant it? I'm planning to open my first bottle within the next few days.

    Btw: its nice to see that we have quite some common wines stored in our cellar. Happy thanksgiving!

Red
2007 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
9/16/2014 - Yagil wrote:
97 points
2007 Chateauneuf du Pape casting - high-level wines (Osteria da Fiorella, Tel Aviv): double decanted 2 hours before
perfect at opening, but some minor deterioration within 2-3 hours.
(happened twice with the 2005 vintage till the wine wasn't drinkable)
dark opaque purple
intense aroma of black cherry, earth, animal, pepper, spice and a touch of oak-vanilla
full bodied, rich, thick, intense, mouth filling and rich array of flavours
dominant finish with structured fleshy ripe cherries
  • _Xenon commented:

    9/25/14, 3:35 PM - I feel that except for the 2010 Janasse wines, less air is sometimes more. I do decant the 2009 Chaupin / VV a maximum of 30 minutes before drinking. My experiences is (after drinking quite a lot of them): they don't get better with more air time. Best regards from Düsseldorf!

White - Off-dry
2012 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese Nahe
2/2/2014 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
93 points
Bonnie loves it and has, after tasting it, claimed her half of the bottle in advance of the meal, which is not a common occurrence. Very pale, you almost have to search for the color. Vibrant nose that stretches a bit out of the rim of the glass and offers citrus, mellow apple. On the palate add pineapple and red grapefruit. The first sensation is sweetness followed closely by acid and mild astringency that rests along the lower sides of the tongue. Thus it is a sweet wine but not candy sweet. But we're also enjoying it before the official drinking window opens, so perhaps all will integrate over the next few years.

We had the Josef Schmid Priorissa Sunogeln last week and loved it. We rated it 91, and it was $33. This was $52 and Bonnie immediately went 93, a high score for her. I asked if it was over a third better than the Schmid and she said Yes. I agree.

Update: 1.5 hours after opening, still in the bottle with a cooling sleeve around it, the acid is raging and pushing forward into the immediate tasting experience. So now the sweet and the acid hit you at the same time, and we love it. This is now tasting like a sophisticated wine. Chalk it up to our inexperience with good Riesling that we didn't realize it needed to open up this much. Next bottle we might actually chill it way down and then decant it for an hour. At least worth a try.

Update 2, ha! It's embarrassing to come back again this soon, but here's a combo you need to consider trying, a square of dark chocolate with sea salt caramel inside and a sip of this wine. It is insanely good.

Ok, I think we're done.

Kudos to Donnhoff!
  • _Xenon commented:

    7/31/14, 11:31 AM - I love the youn Dönnhoff Rieslings and I also found out, that they do best after some airtime. Realized this accidentially when drinking the second half of a bottle the next day. Wonderful!

Red
2011 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
6/30/2014 - Klugi Wine Likes this wine:
93 points
Quite open nose of ripe cherries and some pear and subtle minerality. It has a nice tannin structure and should be open for business as long as 2009 and 2010 are still waiting to open up.

Still very young but can be drunk now (if you like it on the fruitier side) or be kept for 2 decades.
  • _Xenon commented:

    7/3/14, 8:11 AM - I do enjoy the 2009 already right now. It was a hot vintage resulting in massive fruit, which I don't want to have lost during the years. Tannins are not an issue in this wine (at least for me).

    With the 2010 I agree with you. I will have it stored in my cellar for at least 6 more years befor opening the first one.

White
2012 Weingut Dreissigacker Weissburgunder trocken Rheinhessen
6/25/2014 - fc1910 Likes this wine:
90 points
and again: for me one the best Weißburgunder under 10€ I ever had in my glass! again oily, cremy, persistend, harmonic, limy, mineralic, stunning!
  • _Xenon commented:

    6/27/14, 7:49 AM - The Wittmann Weissburgunder 2013 is also great! Tried it on the ProWein as a Fassprobe and in the lately in the regular bottle. To me, this is one of the best simple Weissburgunder I had. Also suberp is the Dr. Loosen Weissburgunder 2013. Wonderful nose! At around 8,5 €.

Red
2010 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/1/2014 - Wdhortonii wrote:
Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013, #2.
  • _Xenon commented:

    5/1/14, 4:09 PM - And, what is your rating - do you like this wine?

Red
2009 Château La Haye St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/28/2014 - _Xenon wrote:
88 points
I bought this wine based on CT score and on a second place in a Decanter tasting. Thin, almost watery, no elegance, no class. Lots of graphite, average to low acidity. Almost no fruit. Although only 23€, I feel its not even worth this small amount.

Better on day 2.
  • _Xenon commented:

    1/29/14, 6:21 AM - No. I bought a bunch of different Bordeaux 2009, ranging from 20€ to 37€. I will test all of them the next days. The ones I like, will be stocked up in my cellar (6-12 bottles).

    CT is a big help. Filter by Bordeaux 2009, value 20-50 USD, sort by score. However, I onldy trust these ratings, where the amounts of tn's is at least 10. Unfortunatley I don't know how to filter this.

Red
2009 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
12/12/2013 - BBencz Likes this wine:
96 points
Wide open and drinking well. Funky, herby nose with red fruit, wet dirt and same garrigue on the palate. Long finish. Big alcohol, but not even a touch hot, even at this early age. 2010 vintage gets all the raves (WA 99), so can find deals on the '09, which is objectively a stunner in its own right.
  • _Xenon commented:

    12/12/13, 11:47 PM - I completely agree. I love the '09!

Red
2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin Grenache
11/23/2013 - Cadby Likes this wine:
96 points
2009 Domaine De La Janasse Chaupin CdP ++++ $90

Majestic and entrancing. A stunning mouthful of lusciousness.

http://8wordsonwine.blogspot.com/2013/11/2007-domaine-de-la-janasse-chaupin-cdp.html
  • _Xenon commented:

    11/23/13, 2:07 PM - Your tn is saved for the Chaupin 2009. Shouldn't it be stored for the 2007?

Red
2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
11/4/2013 - junglejuice wrote:
94 points
I can definitively say that this wine is approaching the end of its early drinkability and will soon be fully shut down. The showing this past weekend was truly a wild one as the wine never fully settled into any sort of cohesive drinking experience. The potential, however, was there and the wine showed truly impressive glimpses of the greatness to come. The notes ranged from balanced - with delicious black cherry and figgy coffee grounds intertwined with a fantastic minty herbaciousness, to totally unruly - dropping red and blue fruit dominated bombs with hints of alcohol and a wall of tarry tannin showing strongly. It never settled down to one or the other for any length of time and was truly a delight to follow over an entire day. That being said, unless you have a tremendous amount stashed away, it would be a shame to open now as this will be truly spectacular in the years to come. For now, it only showed glimpses. Over the course of the day my scores ranged from 92-96 so I will call it 94+ for now with a very strong likelihood of it reaching incredible heights in the future.
  • _Xenon commented:

    11/4/13, 7:31 AM - Thanks for the note! I will open my only bottle soon to detemine wether to buy some more to cellar it for the long term.

    How long did you decant it? After how much hours do you think it reaches its peak?

Red
2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
10/28/2013 - _Xenon Does not like this wine:
88 points
Quite a bad showing. After drinking a bit I took a look in some of the wine discussion forums. Here I found the confirmation: There seems to be quite some bottle variation in 2009.

And I also realized some kind of sparkling, which is mentioned as well.

It is sad to have such a young wine with the missing quality. With older wines you can blame it on bad cellaring.

I will not move forward buying / drinking pegau, though it is favored by a lot of people out here. But at this price tag I want consistent quality (at least for the young wines).
  • _Xenon commented:

    10/29/13, 12:12 PM - Dear all, thanks for your comments on my note. It seems that bottle variation on this Pegau is not so very common. However, I believe I can distinguish the symptoms of a wine being too young and this appearance.

    I found the sparkling disucssion here:

    http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=89845&p=1267130&hilit=pegau+sparkling#p1267130

    But probably I will try the 2010. We'll see. It seems that even the 2010 will be harder and harder to get.

    Cheers, Xenon

Red
2010 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
1/15/2013 - cr84 Likes this wine:
100 points
La Janasse at The Oxford Wine Circle (Oxford University): Atta kind of a wine! I would have made the trip to Oxford solely to taste this natural beauty. It extremelly more powerful and even more compex than the Chaupin of the same vintage; this Janasse Vieilles Vignes 2010 just blew my senses away. Scientifically...it has everything you would like to get from Chateauneuf-du-Pape vieilles vignes, Period.
  • _Xenon commented:

    10/7/13, 2:18 PM - I will open another bottle this weekend. Can you let me know how long this beauty has been decanted in Oxford? I guess with Christophe Sabon around, he knew the perfect timeframe.

Red
2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
4/25/2013 - kietkopelli wrote:
88 points
I don't know what the fuss is all about. I find this wine rather weak compared to the other offerings from Janasse especially the Terre d'Argile which can be had for $18-25. Nose has over ripe plums, moss, and mud. In the mouth plums and cherries dominates with hints of fresh flowers and vanilla to follow. Tannins are velvety. Finishes moderately long.

It's hard to fault this wine but it's not as fruit forward as the Terre d'Argile at half the price and not as complex as the Vielles Vignes with the crazy RP99 and 100 point scores. In a blind tasting I would have guess it's the least expensive of the 3 offerings and peg it the $20 wine. All the more reason to drink what you like and not pay attention to the label, price, or scores.
  • _Xenon commented:

    4/25/13, 8:06 AM - I abosutely agree. Being a fan of Janasse, I deleted the standard CdP from my shopping list. Interestingly the Terre D'Argile (for half the price of a CdP) will be sold in wooden boxes (á 12) whereas the regular CdP is sold in regular cardboard boxes of 6. Maybe this indicates the priority of the winery. However, I am not unhappy with this as I really like the Terre D'Argile.

Red
2006 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
undrinkable yet...
harsh tannic grip
but a big potential
  • _Xenon commented:

    2/6/13, 7:08 AM - I agree on your tasting notes, but not on the potential statement.

    Or maybe I just got a bad bottle.

Red
2004 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
11/23/2011 - Arch57 wrote:
95 points
Wow my faith in BdM has been restored with this bottle! After a few mediocre Brunellos in a row I was getting worried they have lost their way. So I reached for one of the 2004's that I had in my cellar. As I learned in Tuscany many of the vintners recommend you pop the cork 1 hour or more before drinking but without decanting. This has worked well for many Tuscan wines and this was no exception. By sniffing the cork and the top of the bottle I knew this bottle was going to be special.
Thankful for the holidays my son and daughter came home for Thanksgiving and before they could head out with their friends we shared this bottle with a wonderful homemade Italian feast my wife spent all afternoon on. Once I poured the 4 glasses and everyone sniffed after clinking our glasses we all said "wow" this wine was special. Classic BdM with earth, black olives, dark dried fruit and long finish and a perfect match for dinner. Everyone was sad when this bottle was done but the kids had parties to go to and friends to see so it was a pleasure to share this moment and have the family together to share the food and wine, after all that is what it is all about. Cheers.
  • _Xenon commented:

    11/24/11, 9:30 AM - Sounds like a wonderful evening with a wonderful wine! Still one of my favourite Brunellos so far (beside Siro Pacenti). If you love this one, try the Percarlo or Flaccianello. Best regards from Germany.

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