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2012 Castello di Cacchiano Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
9/22/2017 - Alpha L Likes this wine:
91 points
Full body. Dark ruby red.Long legs. High alcohol. Black cherry, dark fruit, chocolate. Very well balanced. Long finish.
  • Alpha L commented:

    10/11/17, 2:37 PM - Thank you for your comment. The one thing I like about Cellar Tracker is the opinions are usually from individuals that like wine, not professionals or those with agendas. I drink and enjoy a lot more wine then I review. I do not drink a lot of Chianti, but have preferred Brunello and Barolo with my favorite Italian being the super Tuscan Sassicaia. We spent seven days in September staying and exploring Tuscany usually drinking two different Chiantis at lunch and at least two at dinner every night. I lost count of the wines we sampled at the vineyard tastings. This was one of the better ones we drank and I realize Chiantis are not known for a true long finish (minute +), so I should have said it had a long finish for a Chianti. I counted 35 seconds for the finish. Every bottle is different and our experience of drinking this while in Tuscany might have helped. Please tell me some Chiantis you think are better and I would love to try them.

  • Alpha L commented:

    10/13/17, 9:36 AM - Thanks again, I have listed the wines on my personal wish list and so far, research shows they are hard to find in the US. I will keep looking. We knew Italy was more than one trip, so we we figure we have to visit at least two more times to see and experience the Country. If I don't find the wines in the US, I will make sure to get them when we return to Italy. We bicycle a lot and did not have time to do any biking, so also plan to do that on the next trip. Great wine, great bicycling and great food- doesn't get any better for us.

    Best, Alpha L

2005 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Nebbiolo
10/23/2012 - JohnFalstaff wrote:
91 points
Nose: powerful aroma of cornel, tar, sandalwood. Well balanced, tannins show ther is still a few years to wine maturity. Pleasant body fullness. A lot of fruit (cornelian and sweet cherry, prunes) coupled with reminders of wood barrel. Above average long bitter-sweet aftertaste.
  • Alpha L commented:

    1/3/16, 6:45 AM - We just had it New Years and you are right, it still needs even a couple of more years. This is three years since your note. Thanks

1998 Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
12/19/2014 - Zweder wrote:
DTC (@ SS Bordeaux: Left or Right bank?): In the bouquet a tertiary wine with tea, coffee and barnyard. On the palate also quite mature, but still juicy with sweet spices and autumn forest. A big wine, but past its prime. I see there are recent and quite high scores in Cellartracker. That is nice and I don’t know the history of the bottle we had tonight. No score from me.
  • Alpha L commented:

    12/27/15, 6:22 PM - We just had this Christmas day and I read your note about it. Thank you for not giving it a rating when you were not sure about the history. Too many people rate a flawed wine or wine past maturity with a low score.

2007 Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley
10/20/2012 - raypedia wrote:
89 points
Strong blackberry, black currant and cedar on the nose. Initial burst of black fruit, spice, and an earthy undertone on the palate. Full-bodied, very tannic, but with a structure that suggests it could improve with 3-5 years of additional cellaring. Long finish with cedar and tart dark fruit. Heavy sediment, so let the bottle rest upright for a day or two, or decant well. For drinking during 2012-2013, an hour or so in the decanter would probably give good results, otherwise lay it down until 2014, then drink for the next 4 or 5 years. (Drank at Yield Wine Bar in San Francisco.)
  • Alpha L commented:

    12/8/14, 6:36 PM - Thanks for the comment. I have always liked Hendry Cab and I just picked up several bottles of the 2007; I look forward to trying them.

2010 Alain Jaume & Fils Lirac Clos de Sixte Red Rhone Blend
The wine is young red purple in colour however its lip was quite transparent. There were predominate Grenache aromas of red fruit which followed through onto the pallet which despite the wine’s 15% alcohol content were not in the over ripe spectrum. The pallet was luscious and full had cherries, strawberries and a hint of floralness which was possibly rose and the tannins were soft. The wine initially showed some barn yard characters ( E did not get these) , however after about an hour the fruit began to dominate and was quite sweet and bordering on jammy. The wine was full bodied and smooth and the alcohol was not particularly discernible. The wine had definite legs and there was no sediment in the bottle. E thought the wine was fruitier at the beginning than I did.

Overall we liked: the fruit flavours, its balance and smooth full good mouth feel

Criticisms: Fruit is possibly a little too sweet for me; it was full bodied without much spiciness or additional complexity

Overall a nice wine with good fruit flavors we would be happy to drink again.

Notes: Composition 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre 14 months in 35% new oak. $35 from Vintage Cellars Ultimo.
  • Alpha L commented:

    11/25/14, 9:03 PM - Thanks, I enjoyed your note about the wine. I have six and have not tried them yet. I look forward to comparing them to your notes.

2011 Cornerstone Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
11/5/2014 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Mixed Blinds (My Place - Washington, DC): Bright red cherry colored. Cool red fruit bursts from the glass (strawberries, cherries and raspberries), along with a hefty dose of spice (oregano, black pepper, nettles) and some sweet coffee. Fresh and inviting on the palate with high acid, smooth tannins and tangy strawberries, raspberries and red currants. I like the kick of pepper, soy and wet leaves. The cedar and coffee notes are integrated well into the overall package. Bright and fresh but lots of complexity. Ready to drink but able to hold.
  • Alpha L commented:

    11/21/14, 9:32 PM - Very nice and informative note. I have several and cannot wait to try them.

2007 Jarvis (California) Winery Merlot Napa Valley
11/5/2012 - CarloVino wrote:
82 points
Tasted this wine in the Jarvis tasting room after an excellent tour of the property. Wine was delicious. Brought home, stored at 58 degrees for two years. Opened it and it was flat, boring, uneventful and clearly not something I would have bought. Cork was fine, no noticable "burnt" color on the edge, not much of a nose. I have to think this particular bottle was flawed.
  • Alpha L commented:

    10/25/14, 1:13 PM - Your note is real good, but if you feel a wine you taste is flawed, it would help if you did not rate it.

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