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2005 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
10/7/2013 - brujazz wrote:
93 points
Absolutely beautiful bottle of wine. Probably entering the peak level of maturity. Even in this middle of the road vintage, this Brunello really shows it's pedigree. Full bouquet of berries and stone and dried fruit, that carries through the middle and ends in a long finish, all the while presenting your palate with different nuances of raspberries, plums, blackberries, figs....well you get it. The 2005 Castelgiocondo is a wonderful opportunity to taste one of the great Brunello winery offerings at an affordable price and get why Brunello is at the top of the Italian wine pantheon.
  • brujazz commented:

    10/7/13, 9:15 AM - We're of the same mind. I think that both the 2005 and the 2006 presented a great opportunity to enjoy the top Brunellos at a reasonable price.

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja ViƱa Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/12/2013 - brujazz wrote:
92 points
Dark, brawny and full bodied. A big bouquet of plums and chocolate with a very long finish. This is a full grown wine at the peak of its maturity. A tremendous mouthful of juice.
  • brujazz commented:

    8/12/13, 6:41 AM - Harley, I do believe you're correct. I was very surprised that the wine was where it was at maturation wise.

Red
2009 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Ranchita Canyon Vineyard Paso Robles
4/4/2013 - brujazz wrote:
85 points
This is a pretty clumsy wine. It really doesn't know what to make of itself and never comes together. There's a lot of big Zinfandel flavors mixed in with young tannins and a mature finish. It's all disconcerting and unpleasant. After being opened and aerated into a glass for over an hour, nothing really changed. Rosenblum was a real deal Zin producer, but since the sale to Diagio, quality truly appears to have suffered.
  • brujazz commented:

    4/8/13, 5:48 PM - Well, four days later, there was a half bottle left and it was four times better than the night it was first opened. Smoothed out and loaded with raspberry flavored juice. Everything the old Rosenblums used to be. It just took a few days to open up. Give it a new score...93.

  • brujazz commented:

    4/8/13, 6:10 PM - Well, four days later, there was a half bottle left and it was four times better than the night it was first opened. Smoothed out and loaded with raspberry flavored juice. Everything the old Rosenblums used to be. It just took a few days to open up. Give it a new score...93.

Red
2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard Russian River Valley
1/24/2013 - brujazz wrote:
94 points
Tasted side by side with a Kosta Browne 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot and a luscious New York strip steak. The Kosta Browne exploded in your face with a wave of berries and currents and long, but not overly complex finish. The Flax hit you almost as hard with a swelling bouquet of cherries, but then continued with an extremely loooooooooong finish that was so complex and elegant as to raise this wine almost to a classic level. There were bubbles of flavor, sweet and sour cherries, expanding and shifting in your mouth. This wine is sure to evolve to even more enjoyment over the next two to three years.
  • brujazz commented:

    1/24/13, 2:32 PM - Really love them both. Think the Williams Selyem tend to have a bit more complexity to them. Kosta Browne is a bit more muscular with a lot of in your face flavor. I really feel deprived...make that depraved, having a few cases of both.

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