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2004 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
12/19/2015 - S_stas wrote:
95 points
Absolutely delightful. A four hour evolution of spectacular flavour.
  • S_stas commented:

    4/21/17, 5:29 PM - Decanted for an hour, then drank as part of a mini tasting over the next 4. I'd recommend two to four in decanter.

2010 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
5/16/2015 - Sennma wrote:
94 points
Drank from 500ml (which should be a more common format). While this wine needs a least another five years in the bottle, it is jam packed with potential. Classic nose with a deep rich palate. Right now it's all fruit but other tasty stuff will emerge with time.
  • S_stas commented:

    5/19/15, 9:11 PM - Had no idea they used that format! Thanks for the interesting note.

2005 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/30/2014 - rdsboca wrote:
86 points
Tight as a drum but started to open up after a few hours. Time will tell if this will rival the 2009. Fruit is there but too much structure for now. Maybe time will mellow it out.
  • S_stas commented:

    1/22/15, 8:16 PM - Typically "tight structure" is considered a positive by professional tasters. Just saying. Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if they give 86 points to a classically rated wine.

2010 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Côtes Capelan Red Rhone Blend
3/19/2014 - Decanting fool wrote:
95 points
W H O A ! This stuff is the shit, as they say. More than wonderful, it has every aspect of a great 2010 CdP in perfect harmony blazing right out of the bottle. Fantastic! An earlier commentator compared this to an American Syrah... please! I live in Sonoma and if there's a winery in CA producing anything remotely like this please let me know because I'll claw my way into the cellar. This is a dramatic wine, deeply flavored, bretty, terrestrial and celestial, animal, mineral and vegetable rich, gravely, seamless already and with a decade plus of primo evolution ahead of it.

Revisited this wine a month later: wow! have to add a point. The fruit is so rich and spectaclur, spectacular!, but the terroir is so profound it keeps it well on this side of fruit bomb. Sorry, but we're not in California anymore Toto. And this is not syrah. I don't know what the blend is, but this sings of Grenache.
  • S_stas commented:

    1/22/15, 7:37 PM - Agreed. Great, passionate, note! Cheers!

2010 Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona Toscana IGT Merlot
9/3/2014 - Gilles Ledesma wrote:
96 points
Big nose really good length and huge minerality. A msut have supertuscan. Why wait it is so good right now.
  • S_stas commented:

    12/7/14, 8:25 PM - You can google map the winery to see that it is clearly in Tuscany :)

2009 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
4/17/2014 - Sevencircles Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose: flowers, vanilla, sour oak, black currant. Screams quality supertuscan with Cab-Sangiovese. Great but not intense.

Attack: Sour oak and cherries, very tuscan. Like a hybrid between a leftbank Bordeaux and a quality chianti.

Midpalete: Very sour, wet rock, earth, black currant, sour cherries. More then mediumbody and balanced.

Finish: Dry, sour and long. A bit woody.

This is a very good wine now but don´t save it more then 6 years.
  • S_stas commented:

    12/7/14, 8:23 PM - When I enjoyed a 1990 Sammarco recently, which is considered a similar vintage in Panzano, the complexity had grown to a mountainous size. I would suggest that a min aging for Rampolla's poor vintages is about 10-15, and 2009 was not a poor vintage.

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