Tasting Notes for lorenzo

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Red
10/25/2010 - lorenzo wrote:
Better on day 2
Red
9/24/2010 - lorenzo wrote:
90 points
I really like where this is at. Straddling new world and old. Cherry, spicy red fruits. Nice balance of acidity and ample, harmonious tannins keeps this food friendly. Showing well on day 2.
Red
2/13/2010 - lorenzo wrote:
92 points
drinking really well right now.
Red
9/28/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
Full throttle. Dark, tarry, acidity and heat. More of everything. No problem with those that bashed it tonight, but I really enjoyed it... paired perfectly with roasted pig.
Red
9/28/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
94 points
Nice life ahead of it, but drinking wonderful now with some air
Red
9/28/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
WOW. More Massive than I could even imagine.
Red
9/28/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
93 points
Really Drinking Great right now.
Red
9/28/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
Big, incredibly ripe. Showing much too much wood for me tonight
Red
6/10/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
90 points
Perfect showing today. Hot Hawaii day, this wine came out chilled, showed a nice balance between fruit and acid. Perfect foil for the Sicilian chicken salad
Red
6/6/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
91 points
Different story tonight. This came out of the tunnel (er cellar) ready to roll tonight. Cellar temp advised. Stuffed with ripe rich red fruits. Much more integrated than last time out. Drink Now
Red - Sparkling
5/17/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
Pour carefully, shows better when not frothy. Nice Amaro flavors that mix well with Salumi and warm weather
Red
5/17/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
I was not very happy with how this wine showed tonight. Loads of Cedar and disjointed.
Red - Sparkling
5/16/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
Came out TOO Cold today. Bone Dry. No RS. Drops the crowd pleasing quotient a few notches... but when it warmed up a little it got more interesting. An Amaro/bitter backbone that I found pleasing. I believe others were left wanting for the lack of any sign of sugar.
Red
5/10/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
A crowd splitter of a wine. Way over the top for me, But I never circled back to try it with air. Butterscotch, roasted, extracted,
Red
5/4/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
This experience was much closer to the blind tasting outing.
With a few hours, Cedar, Smoke, Fennel, Cassis on the nose. Med Bodied but bringing plenty fruit to carry the wood. Nice outing
Red
2003 Château Pipeau St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/3/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
90 points
I enjoyed this better on Day 1 with a few hours of air. Smokey, baked berry tart, ripe plums on the nose. Shows plenty of fruit to balance out the substantial tannins
Red
4/30/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
90 points
still drinking really well. Day 1 to 2 open on the counter and shows no ill effects. Really good QPR. impressive
Red
4/19/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
94 points
Shiraz as an Amarone. pair wisely and will reward. Crazy Rich.
Red
4/19/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
Ouch. Heat taking over. Handle with care
Red
4/19/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
Wow. This came out to the gates crazy hot. Scary hot. Never circled back... but a bit concerned at this point
Red
4/19/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
93 points
Started with a bit of a spritz. But blew off with air, brambly and voluptuous. Still drinking great... crams great flavor into every corner. But never gets out over its skis
Red
3/29/2009 - lorenzo wrote:
91 points
a little spritz on opening. holding its fruit nicely. Cherry Jam with acidity still holding everything together
Red
2003 Tenute Dettori Tenores Romangia IGT Cannonau, Grenache (view label images)
11/5/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
95 points
Beautiful, Authentic wine.
Unfiltered, hazy cranberry cherry color.
Red fruits, fresh, citrus rind, bright.
Perfect food wine for us.
Red
9/1/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
94 points
Not nearly as ripe and concentrated as the Corsini. Lighter bodied, but beautiful texture. Impeccably balanced and an absolute joy to drink.
Red
9/1/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
91 points
Deep, rich and concentrated. A surprise for me
Red
9/1/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
90 points
Needs time to come together
Red
2005 Château Joanin Bécot Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/10/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
87 points
jammy entry but even after 2days open, still dominated by wood grain grippy tannins
87-89
Red
8/4/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
93 points
Super Rich and Thick. Dark Rasberry and Blackberry. Only a little heat on the finish keeps this complex, fruit rich pinot down lower... if it resolves this is headed up for me
Red
8/1/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
82 points
Incredibly rich. Cherry and Chocolate. Wood... comes across as manufactured and heavy handed to me
Red
8/1/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
79 points
Overt sugar (and I do mean SUGAR) has subsided a bit... but still way simple and syrupy for me. I need more depth (even dare say it oak) even at the $9 price
Red
7/31/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
86 points
Not nearly as integrated as I had hoped. Disjointed. Very Ripe. Syrupy red fruits, but heat and roasted notes poking out like jagged peaks. Hopefully time will smooth out OR that this bottle isnt representative
Red
7/31/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
92 points
The last time I had this wine (06/07) I thought it was tight and rather pedestrian. It tasted like a young bordeaux blend from inferior ingredients/winemaking skills. 2 years later, I have a much different impression. This has a very ripe, modern profile. It has fleshed out and deepend considerably. Deep, round fruit flavors, modern cab merlot blend profile. But there is more depth here... some earthy, smoky cinghiale (like the label), and currant flavors add interesting complexity.
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PostScript
Left on the Counter overnight this continued to evolve and provide enjoyment. Drank remnants against a Domestic Darling.
at less than half the cost, and considerably less fanfare, I thought this clearly outshone the KB 04 amber Syrah.
agree with the BonnyDooner... if this bottle was representative, I expect CT scores to rise FAST. If you are sitting on or have given up on these, pop one with some air and see if your mind has changed... mine has. Modern, not particularly Italian... but quite enjoyable with heartier fare.
Red
7/28/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
95 points
Cigarbox nose. Sweet Fresh Strawberries and Baked Cherry pie on the palate. Stayed remarkably fresh through a quick decant and 2-3 hours. Strawberries faded out, But Cherries stuck around strong along with pleasing caramel, leather, antiquey (?) flavors. Cinnamon, All Spice and persistent acidity. Spectacular Showing tonight... how long would this have lasted in the glass AND how long will at last in bottle? amazing.
Red
7/22/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
74 points
Wood - Fruit ratio out of whack. Heavy handed use of wood and not enough depth to the fruit. Sweet candied cherry that vanishes on the midpalate, leaving a tart/medicinal tinged finish. Not for me
Red
7/22/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
89 points
Huge fat fruit. Finishes, thankfully, with refreshing lift
Red
7/19/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
92 points
Opened a little tight and angular. Drinking its best towards the end of the bottle (3-4hrs.)
I think this has a few years of evolution ahead of it.
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I am bumping this a few points. Finish on this wine is really coming on. And it is putting on weight. Must be the 20% non Zin varietals... this has some structure that needs to unwind
Red
7/19/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
91 points
Big and Concentrated. Have to be ready for a Ripe Zin. Black Rasberry. Spicy and Lively on the palate. Paired well with Grill and Mexican inspired menu
Red
2004 Carlisle Three Birds Sonoma County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
7/19/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
91 points
Opened up around the 2hour mark. Red Fruit profile. Creamy, but maintains a nice backbone of acidity
Red
7/17/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
91 points
Wow. This was a pleasant surprise. Both because I didnt know I had any left (Sicilian Organization for my Sicilian wines) and I thought it showed way better than anticipated. Ripe Year for a producer taking a modern expression of this varietal. Ripe. showing a little heat, but vibrant and fresh red fruits littered all over the palate. Chocolate. Acidity holding things up nicely, sweet liquid tannins. A real crowd pleaser tonight
Red
7/13/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
flawed
Corked! But quality and depth of flavors evident in the background
Red
7/13/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
89 points
Zesty, Spicy Zin. Acidity some heat, punchy Zin flavor. Better showing than a few weeks ago, but still not getting the integration and creaminess I expect from Carlisle. A little more time hopefully.
Rosé
7/13/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
90 points
worked beautifully as a hot afternoon sipper. Kept it cold enjoyed with cheeses up to BBQ. Clean Cherry and Strawberry, acidity
White
7/11/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
88 points
Perfectly food friendly. Enough RS to keep non wine geeks happy, enough acidity to pair well. Finishes a little abrupt. Pleasant, but a little non descript and with so many Germans at such bargain prices... hard to justify. Drink Local, maybe?
Red
7/11/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
Shows some deep pinot aromas on the nose. But also some dark chocolate. Really dense entry on the palate. a little heat on the finish. needed time to open up, but I can't really assess where this is going. Will this open up and get better? Not a traditional pinot pairing wine for me now
Red
2005 Betz Family Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/11/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
92 points
Big, Juicy, Exotic and spicy. Jam packed. Finishes with a high note and enough acidity to keep it bright and food friendly. Betz is in the zone. (or at least in MY zone)
White
7/8/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
Hmmm. this was a "found bottle." sitting in the back of my cellar... luckily it was chilly back there. I thought for sure this was going to be a goner, very surprised. We found this quite enjoyable. Kept it cold and enjoyed the whole bottle while sitting outside on a warm Seattle evening. Tropical fruit has stayed fresh... its been a long time, but I think it is riper, perhaps carmelising ever so slightly. But enough acidity to carry it through its 8th birthday. Amazing and we were very appreciative
Red
7/6/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
on opening.... Big Dark, Extracted, Concentrated Blackberries. Somehow maintains some silkiness, Hitting the decanter for 5+ hours

at the 11hr mark, this is going in an opposite direction of the pax (04 Keltie.)
Acidity seems artificially pronounced as fruit starts to mellow.
Toasty and smoky aromas take over on the nose. Toasti-ness showing on the palate also...
this showed way better early
Red
7/6/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
95 points
on opening...Blackberry, Rasberry, Very Peppery and tannic. Gonna Give it 5+ hours in the decanter

LOVE the Nose. Sweet, cool and floral. Perfectly (but not overly) ripe blue fruits and beguiling rose aromas. Long on fruit, but remains fresh and food friendly. Beautiful palate, but even after 11hrs still tight and clenching on the finish. Still needs more time, and should age wonderfully. really like where this headed... mid to upper 90's
Red
7/5/2008 - lorenzo wrote:
Crazy Syrupy Raisins. Some dark cherry liquer also...a little hot on the finish. A cordial at this point and it worked well with the desserts rolling out
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