Tasting Notes for tomoem

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Red
2015 Pratesi Carmione Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/3/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

Once again this has a nose of sulpher, earth and cherry. In mouth the wine is smooth and round and has the structure to age. The palette is berry forward with cherry set in a more modern style.
Red
2016 Poggio al Sole Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/3/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

Nose of earth and cherry and really smoot mouthfeel. Almost round. A delightful wine with rich fruit lingering into the finish.
Red
10/2/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

Similar to the 2016. Nose of earth and cherry, on the palette wine is berry forward with cherry following in a richly fruit dominant presence. The finish becomes tight and reveals spice with quite present tannin.
White - Sparkling
10/2/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

A sparkling wine with quite an acidic tinge to it. Dry, sharp with lemon rind and apricot nut.
Red
10/2/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

A more pedestrian version of the Vino Nobile that we have had on this trip. Earthy, cherry and prune flavors held in check with restrained tannins.
White
10/2/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

Floral, citrus fruit, more Sauvignon Blanc like. Nice for this trip. All enjoyed the sharper edge acidity present in this wine.
Red
10/2/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

The best of the lot from Croce di Febo. I was told that this was limited to their best vantages. Not bad for about $40. I sensed a more modern version here with some creaminess mouthfeel and a vanilla tinge. Fruits are blueberry, cherry, and I get some lingering fig.
Red
10/2/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

Medium bodied wine with aromatics of currant, some blueberry and a noticeable hint of cedar. Quite spiced on the finish.
Red
10/2/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

I suppose that a small amount of Syrah makes the difference here. Light bodied with a lot of dark berry and some prune. Balanced approachable now and a great value.
Red
10/2/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

Really nice wine with strawberry, cherry, and soft round tannins.
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Red
10/1/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

Nose of earth and cherry, on the palette wine is berry forward with cherry following in a richly fruit dominant presence. Mid paleate and finish become stringent with tannin and reveals a spicy lingering mouthfeel.
Red
10/16/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

Lighter version of the Brunello but not significantly less enjoyable. Cherry dominant with in check tannin and acidity. Lovely for the price
Red
10/1/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

A fabulous showing for this Brunello. Rich viscous juice which shows berry, cherry and some earth. Aromaticly similar with a slight sulpher presence.
White
9/30/2019 - tomoem wrote:
87 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

Wild Apple flavors with a woody mid palette and a finish of lemon and orange and apple.
Red
10/16/2019 - tomoem wrote:
87 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

Purchased this after a visit to the Labirinto (an actual maze of tunnels in Orvieto). Mild juice with some fruits but flavors take turns with the earth in the aroma category. The finish is short and lacks depth. This is simply a more watery wine than we have had on this trip.
Red
9/28/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

A well balanced and approachable wine a tannin backbone which gives this the structure to continue aging. Classic finish with cherry and prune.
Red
10/15/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
I reiterate my recent notes as I found this wine as enjoyable as my recent notes describe. I am re-posting them here.

.... An awesome fruit forward PN. Rich, viscous, cloudy in glass and near perfect for such a young wine. Vivid acidity, spicy, and as much slightly rotted, and ripened strawberry as you can imagine in a wine. Just so sweet ! The finish is lingering strawberry and spice.
Red
2016 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/15/2019 - tomoem wrote:
87 points
A nice and well produced Chianti which falls short of being better than good. Bland fruits with Cherry being the most pronounced. Balanced it is but short on tannin makes me think this wine is not built to last. Thin and watery is my take away note.
Red
10/15/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
Fabulous .... simply enjoyable wine.

It's aromatics are pure fruit and it's in mouth flavors stunning. Layers and layers of varied flavors. All presented in a balanced expression. Initially flavors are cherry, then plum, then licorice and all just so smooth. Lovely mouthfeel. Ready right now to drink.
Red
10/13/2019 - tomoem wrote:
87 points
I had higher expectations but had to settle with a mediocre 97'. Acidic dominant wine with weakened and dimisnished fruit. The aromas were promising but that is where they ended.
Red
10/11/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Restrained aromatics but I did sense some cherry but more chocolate then sweet fruit. The tail end did finish of tobacco leaf. The palette is harsh and spece laden but delivers a resolved berry fruit set in cigar ash & dried cherry fruit sweetness.

I also got cranberry and blueberry with a hint of tobacco leaf at the mid pallete. Overall it seems to be declining fruit and dry mouthfeel. This wine was well built to age. That said it is probably not going to get better.
Red
10/11/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
The notes start with hard to find aromas of berry. Mild at best. On the palette this is a tremendous young wine. Starts with crushed blackberry and moves on to reveal sweet fresh asphalt. The mid palette shows a wine so large with cassis, strawberry jam, and a finish that includes sweet blueberry preserves. Wild good stuff !

Wine required about an hour of decant to really open up. Like before I found myself chewing through the finish. Long long finish that went on for over 1 minute. Spices emerge and then resolve to reveal fruit and then graphite. Full-bodied layered fi
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Red
10/8/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
A terrific showing for a modestly priced Napa Cab. Earthy aromatics with cedar, black cherry and some graphite. On the palette the wine is an acidic bomb with dominating acidity over the fruit. On the finish it does slightly resolve and reveals more cherry fruit but with the everpresent background acid which (though less) lingers.

Decent but not great but rich and slightly decadent.
Red
10/8/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
90 points
Really fabulous aged and ready to drink wine. Dark cherry, some tar aromatics, and a finish of mushroom, cedar and mulberry. Terrific layered wine. Especially for the price. $ 13ish.
Red
10/8/2019 - tomoem wrote:
91 points
2nd night notes.

Wow significantly better. Less violet and more black cherry. Rich and expressive with a noticeable leather in the aromatics.

This wine needs several years to mature. We got closer tonight after a 24 hour open bottle.
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Red
10/7/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Not sure about the ratings I read about this wine. I get a strong floral essence of violets on the nose. It is unique and enjoyable but just a little weird. On the palette it is a bit of a purple fruit but .... underdeveloped fruit set within a dry juice. The wine is spiced, racy and yet round.
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Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
96 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the Enoteca La Fortezza Di Montalcino. Line-up included Brunello's from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 2010. The 2015 was tasted but will not be released to us till next year.

Here we were treated to a bonus from Irald our server.

The 2016 Sassicaia is stunning, and for not the price, I would have purchased. The most powerful wine in the lineup but not the favorite.
Tremendous layers on the palette as the fruits take turns with the earth in the aroma category. More layers of flavors on the palette with a tannin laden backbone which gives this the structure of some of the greatest Italian wines ever produced. Reminds me of 2015 with even more structure.

It should place this wine squarely in line for one of the Wine of the year awards.
Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the Enoteca La Fortezza Di Montalcino. Line-up included Brunello's from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 2010. The 2015 was tasted but will not be released to us till next year.

To me this was the wine of the line-up. On the nose the wine has immediate flavors of bright cherry fruit simply wafting up from the glass. On subsequent wift's the aromas change to graphite and musty wood and even some undergrowth. This is a layered and expressive wine on the nose.

On the palette it is ripe black cherry, blackberry, cassis and has a smokey quality. I would say medium weight mouthfeel with savory notes. The finish is long and continues with berry notes, a touch of tannin and spice.
Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the Enoteca La Fortezza Di Montalcino. Line-up included Brunello's from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 2010. The 2015 was tasted but will not be released to us till next year.

An earthy nose with asphalt like aromatics. on the palette there is blueberry, raspberry, cherry, and all present with a spice driven finish. powerful on the palate

Given the line-up this was the most earthy nose. Modestly large mouthfeel but closed. Probably needs more time.
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Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the Enoteca La Fortezza Di Montalcino. Line-up included Brunello's from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 2010. The 2015 was tasted but will not be released to us till next year.

Another value player among the group but one which fell short given the stunning line-up. Cherry fruit set within a firm gripped tannin laden wine. Clearly its best days lie ahead. Today this simply did not show compared to the others
Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the Enoteca La Fortezza Di Montalcino. Line-up included Brunello's from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010. The 2015 was tasted but will not be released to us till next year.

Wonderful rich layered Brunello. The value wine of the group. Tannic and more closed than the others today.
Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the Enoteca La Fortezza Di Montalcino. Line-up included Brunello's from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010. The 2015 was tasted but will not be released to us till next year.

A well made wine which unfortunately fell prey to the line-up. Beautiful expression with still vivid Cherry fruits presented with 9 year old melancholy not easily understood by our group. I loved it as I love aged wine.

Thanks to Irald our waiter for the line-up today.
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Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the Enoteca La Fortezza Di Montalcino. Line-up included Brunello's from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010. The 2015 was tasted but will not be released to us till next year.

Rich and layered fruits which present themselves in a fully balanced manner from opened wines which may be from the previous night as they are all so creamy and balanced. Cherry and cassis fruit make this wine so delectable.

Bravo again to our waiter Irald for this line-up.
Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the Enoteca La Fortezza Di Montalcino. Line-up included Brunello's from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010. The 2015 was tasted but will not be released to us till next year.

The best wine I had the pleasure to have in Montalcino. Fruits (check), Tannin present and restrained (check), Acidity (check), Mouthfeel velvet like (check). What is not to like.

Asphalt, & cherry aromatics with blackberry fruit, cherries, some fig paste on the palette. The mouthfeel is truly impressive for this age. Clearly this wine must have been opened a day in advance as the fully balanced wine showed beautifully. Our waiter Irald should be complimented for this wonderful line-up.
Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the winery Podere Le Ripi.

A wonderful but "difficult to be convinced" expression of a IGT wine which breaks many rules. The winery should present this wine with at least 4-6 hours of decant as it was closed and simply not for the average taster, like I, who need to get past the tannin to really search out the fruit.

Clearly a well produced wine but oh so over-priced. At over 250eu this needed to be in the super Tuscan hierarchy to fulfill.
Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem wrote:
87 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the winery Podere Le Ripi.

A bit of a let down as it was a late minute add and of course way way out of order to appreciate. Hard to like.
Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the winery Podere Le Ripi.

The best of the bunch tasted thus far. Closed and overly tannic this wine seems built to age. Lots of asphalt and fruit on the nose with a rich in mouth feel of fruits. At mid palette they are layered with a present sweetness. In the finish there is residual fruit of cherry and some fig.
Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the winery Podere Le Ripi.

Better than the lesser brother 100% Sangiovese Rosso di Montalcino we had. Richer dark fruits with expressive cherry fruit dominating over the dry mouthfeel better than its lesser brother.

Built to perhaps age 3-5 years before drinking
Red
9/30/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the winery Podere Le Ripi.

A rich expression for a Rosso Di Montalcino. Fresh and balanced. Found myself drinking larger gulps in the search for fruit. Fairly thin mouthfeel and welcoming for a warm day. Nothing huge here but fairly refreshing juice.
Red
2016 Podere Le Ripi Amore e Follia Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/30/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano. We tasted this at the winery Podere Le Ripi.

While I do take seriously the winemakers care in this production, and uphold to traditional wine-making traditions, I really think that at the end of the day the wine product must shine.

In this production the wine is blended between Syrah, Sangiovese, and Merlot. It is good but not great. A little over-priced as well. Black fruits dominate with a fig paste like mouthfeel which lingers.
Red
9/28/2019 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5 to Villa Montepulciano.

A decent production which religiously adheres to traditional wine-making standards which are mostly no longer practiced for Vin Nobile De Montepulciano wines. We all really liked the richness and fairly well balanced tannin and acidity. Fruits are on the bland side but the richness of the juice and the in-mouth experience more than make up for the lacking of sweetness.

Bravo to Maurizio for holding tight to the traditional standards fro this region.
Red
9/28/2019 - tomoem wrote:
86 points
Dry, grassy and likely near it's aging limit. I enjoy the older wines but found this one a little to harsh with its acidity dominating any fruit.

Had this during our Tuscany trip with friends 9/28 to 10/5
Red
9/25/2019 - tomoem wrote:
Racy, aromatic spice driven nose start off this wine. On the palette just so spicy and acidic that it makes me wonder if this wine is still too young. It is at 5 years now and still delivers a pleathera of flavors. Lavender, purple notes, plum, black cherry and some bright acidic fruits.
Red
9/20/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
Trully grand modern Napa Cabernet. More fruit forward than restrained and after 2 hours and a decant it was totally singing. Balanced velvety mouthfeel with cassis, blackberry, some bell pepper and tobacco leaf. Long finish with more blackberry fruit and a tad of graphite.
White
9/20/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
A nice follow up tonight to a viognier from Pott vineyards. Sweeter and slightly more wood oriented. I and many tonight loved it in comparison. Nothing great but for $11.00 ... awesome !

I have been trumpeting this wine as a great wine for the price for the last 2 years. It is poorly treated in the formal prof wine crit's.
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White
9/20/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Like the 2016. This wine has a bit of acidity on the initial pallete. When in mouth the wine delivers apricot & brioche followed by pear and cream delivered in a creamy textured mouthfeel. Also just like the 16' the wine is more smoothing than the initial at the mid palette which really lingers.

In the finish a balanced large apricot nut with lemon, papaya, and citrus fruit. the wine is so balanced. WOW there are so many flavors.
White
9/20/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Just so rich and balanced this wine is so balanced. Opening the 17'
Red
9/19/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
2nd night. Equally as delicious as last night. Wines holds up well. Worth finding.
Red
9/18/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich velvety right from the PnP. Aromatic berries and dark fruits with a tinge of tobacco on the nose. In mouth -mulberry, dark cherry and cigar ash with a very velvety feel. Fabulous wine !!!
Red
9/16/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Immediately sort of closed with purple fruits and a menthol quality. I let this sit for 30 minutes and then BOOM come the fruits and the creamy mouthfeel. An hour later this wine was singing with blueberry, sweet plum, some cassis, and oak spices. Both start and the mid palette showed overall floral background.
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