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Red
2017 Kermit Lynch Selections Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend
11/19/2019 - Richard123 Does not like this wine:
80 points
Not bad, but was quite smoky and leathery, very unusual for CdR. Otherwise well made, but didn't really work for me. Maybe it needed a food pairing more like Bordeaux or something.
  • Richard123 commented:

    11/19/19, 7:20 PM - It was my only bottle. It didn't seem flawed, although there's no way to be sure. Generally, I've found that wine from good winemakers is rarely flawed...

White - Fortified
1949 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Selección Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez
2/20/2014 - Richard123 wrote:
There's some confusion here.

For reference, the picture with the white background is the publicity shot, and the two pictures (front and back) with the dark background are my specific bottle.

1) Most places, including Garagiste, are calling this "Reserva Especial". However, the label designation is clearly "Seleccion". Admittedly toroalbala.com lists Seleccions under the title "Reserva Especial".

2) The label on the bottle from Garagiste is not like the one used elsewhere. In particular, my bottle has a typo on the label at the top under the image. It says, "To. Alblala" with three "l"s, not "To. Albala".

3) There is a shiny sticker on the back that might suggest authenticity, but not the "seal" on the front seen on the publicity shots.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with this, but wanted to document what I got vs. what the various labels people are using.
  • Richard123 commented:

    12/31/16, 11:56 AM - I'm not wrong. I said above that the Seleccion bottles appears to have a seal on the front label but my bottle does not.

    You are confirming that there are bottles with the seal. The one I got from Garagiste does not have that seal.

Red
2005 Bernard Magrez Temperancia Toro Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
11/17/2015 - Richard123 wrote:
flawed
Opened three bottles last night, all were flawed and undrinkable. Obviously at or beyond its end-of-life.
  • Richard123 commented:

    11/19/15, 6:08 AM - Hopefully -- I have 3 more!

Red
2009 Vitae Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
11/11/2013 - Richard123 Likes this wine:
90 points
Great pinot noir; a little closed perhaps, even after air, but still a nice tart cherry pop with a little dark fruit mixed in and some minerality to boot. No tannin, of course. Really good QPR -- drinkable pinot noir under $20 is very hard to find...
  • Richard123 commented:

    11/19/13, 3:32 PM - Not that I recall... Certainly nothing I found unpleasant. I'll have to try another bottle and let you know for sure :-)

Red
2007 Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo
11/13/2012 - Employee500 wrote:
92 points
I've discovered the discrepancy in the bottles can be tied to the importer. The bottles from Domaine Select Wine Estates are the good ones (consistently 91-92 points for my taste) and the others (importer unnamed, but has the word "Palm" in the name) are not so good--maybe heat damaged, or maybe just got some lesser bottles. For some reason the same retailer (Costco) had loads of bottles from both of these importers. I returned all my non-DSWE bottles and exchanged them for DSWE bottles.
  • Richard123 commented:

    12/10/12, 3:52 PM - Very interesting indeed; I have seen this wine under another label, "Varej", imported by Palm Bay International...! I wonder if Costco sent them back to Palm Bay...?

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