Tasting Notes for Corrado

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2002 Villa Sandi Corpore Marca Trevigiana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/25/2015 - Corrado wrote:
Over the hill.
Red
This is the first Woot Wine I've had that I absolutely HATE. It's a perfect wine for a Sangria or something that would benefit from the perceptible sweet flavor and finish of the wine. I have 3 bottles left and my first thought is to make a "wine cooler" with a 50/50 mix of seltzer and Pour Pour Me. #DoNotLike
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Red
2005 Iron Horse Vineyards Pinot Noir Q Green Valley of Russian River Valley (view label images)
4/7/2013 - Corrado wrote:
Probably waited too long to drink this one; Came out of the bottle relatively flat and didn't really improve over the 2h the bottle was open.
Red
This is drinking very well right now. Full-bodied, almost cab-like. No complaints whatsoever!
Red
12/17/2011 - Corrado wrote:
Substantial improvement from its release. I waited a year to start drinking most and I think I started a year too soon!
Red
12/17/2011 - Corrado wrote:
This has held up surprisingly well for its age. Still drinking well, but likely in its decline.
Red
11/22/2011 - Corrado wrote:
Compared with the 1st, I was pretty disappointed with this, even at the price point. Very little depth out of the bottle and fairly thin on the palate. Improved somewhat for the second glass and overall okay QPR, but not nearly the effort of Monkey Prize.
Red
7/16/2011 - Corrado wrote:
Tasted as part of an 02/03/04/06 vertical. General consensus was that this vintage was still not ready for immediate consumption and needed considerable decanting/aeration to be as balanced as the 03 or 04. Clearly good potential in the bottle, but I'll probably put a personal drinking window on my remaining bottle for 2015+.
Red
7/16/2011 - Corrado wrote:
Surprisingly still a little tight out of the bottle and benefits from an hour+ of decanting. Also surprising was how the '03 (Napa) held up better into the following day for a re-taste than the '04.
Red
7/16/2011 - Corrado wrote:
Possibly a bad bottle given the expected aging interval, but when tasted as a part of a vertical (02, 03, 04, 06), the '02 was falling short with muted flavors and more of a porty nose than the other wines. This particular bottle would certainly have not be quaffable in 2019, but did not have any evidence of failure or corking. It just tasted like its best years were in the past.
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Red
7/16/2011 - Corrado wrote:
Drinking well, shows best when slightly chilled (~58F). Agree with the previous comment that the overall structure is lacking, but it's a very pleasant-drinking wine that probably has at least another year before dropping off.
Red
6/5/2011 - Corrado wrote:
Substantial drop-off from the last bottle I had. Storage has been proper, cork was intact, but the wine was beginning to develop port-like aromas.
Red
11/2/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Solid bottle of wine, still a bit rough right out of the bottle, but with an hour of decanting opened beautifully.
Red
9/4/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Mellowed since its release and much more drinkable. Never will be a stellar wine, but a nice $10 option to pull outta the cellar.
Red
2002 Kunde Estate Claret Sonoma Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2010 - Corrado wrote:
This has come a long way in a few years and continues to age gracefully. Drinking very well now.
Red
9/4/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Maturing in a nice zin. Poizins seem to take a year or two after release to really hit their peak drinkability. Woe be to he whom cracketh one upon the year of release.
Red
5/29/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Needs more time to be drinkable without decanting. Surprising amount of underlying structure and potential for an inexpensive cab.
Red
2/27/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Continues to prove the trend of Woot Cellars wines being best 1+ year after release. LOVED this tonight. Drinking very well right now.
Red
2/20/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Posting based on recollection from a few days ago (so no score). Solid wine that drank well, 88-90 points. Can't see it seriously getting 91+.
Red
2005 Woot Cellars Humbug! Sonoma Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
2/27/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Bottles are still a bit hit-or-miss. Last one wasn't as good as this one (which was good, but not great). Still very much "drink now!"
Red
2006 Little Vineyards Center Stage Sonoma Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/13/2010 - Corrado wrote:
I would hesitate to say that this is still in the "not quite ready" category. Very rough out of the bottle, tannic. Mellowed over the course of a few hours, but a longer decant is in order. Definitely more in an old-world-styled wine that does best with a rich meal.
Red
1/16/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Based on the other comments, I'm not going to give this wine a score/rating based on my assumption that the bottle I had was flawed. It was relatively flat and disjointed and tasted like a wine that was well beyond its prime.
Red
1/16/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Solid, full-bodied wine, not showing as much of the oak treatment as it was a year ago and that actually makes for a much more balanced glass of wine. This still reminds me much more of a New World styled wine than a 'traditional' Toscano.
Red
1/16/2010 - Corrado wrote:
My leaning is toward this being on the decline. The big nose and big fruit I recall from the last bottle (quite some time ago) has faded substantially. Still a nice bottle of wine, but if I had any left, I'd drink 'em in the next 6 mos.
Red
1/7/2010 - Corrado wrote:
flawed
Cork showed signs of leakage/failure. The wine in the bottle had turned and was undrinkable.
Red
1/5/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Seems to be falling away from its peak. Still doing better than at its release, but the fruit is fading.
Red
2005 Woot Cellars Humbug! Sonoma Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/3/2010 - Corrado wrote:
Agreeing with the recent notes. IMHO, the best days of this wine are in its past. It's still quite good in terms of QPR, but the fruit is falling away. Drink up, peeps!
Red
1/1/2010 - Corrado wrote:
89 points
Second Day review (preserved in the fridge overnight). The wine had some rough edges on entry that dissipated with decanting on Night 1. For night 2, the fruity aromas have faded somewhat and been replaced by aromatic woody (Sandalwood) and hard-cherry candy aromas. The tannins come through on the back of the mid-palate and power through on the finish. There was more dark berry fruit showing on night one, but there is a lot to look forward to for the second night. Solid Cab with time still left in the cellar, if you choose.
Red
1/1/2010 - Corrado wrote:
flawed
Cork had visibly failed and leaked. Sadly, I'm not sure how (if at all) the wine was affected. It was terrible bitter out of the bottle, but after a few hours actually mellowed and was quite drinkable. I marked this as "flawed bottle" because I can't guarantee that other 'intact' bottles will show similarly.
Red
12/31/2009 - Corrado wrote:
90 points
I am woefully disappointed that I drank my other bottle of this nearly two years ago. I pulled this out & drank it, assuming it would be over the hill, but I was so wrong. This wine is drinking tremendously well right now. The nose is full fruity/smokey and the flavors are fruit-forward Syrah with a round mouthfeel and a pleasant finish that is pleasant, if a bit short.
Red
12/27/2009 - Corrado wrote:
90 points
Having bought this on "clearance" for under $15, I'm pretty sure this has been pegged by someone as an "over the hill" wine. While I think that's probably the case, there is still a ton of solid flavor in the bottle. Color is dark & rich, starting to show a little bricking. After a short decant, the nose shows blueberry, smokiness, and baby powder. Entry is smooth, continuing the blueberry and adding licorice before finishing with earthiness and dark fruits.
Red
12/27/2009 - Corrado wrote:
70 points
I'm not sure what to do with my remaining bottle. This wine is puckeringly tannic & bitter to the extent that it is one of only a few truly unpleasant wines I've ever consumed. It cannot be drank alone and I'm not sure what it would pair well with. Maybe munching on a stick of butter or eating lard straight from the can. There is a LOT of flavor in the bottle, but it's simply overshadowed by the "boldness" of the structure. Rating 70 points based on CT's suggestion that 70 is the threshold between "Below Average" and "Avoid." I would recommend this as a "curiosity" only (sorry, Kent!)
Red
12/25/2009 - Corrado wrote:
90 points
This wine is still going strong and has maintained it's powerful nose and tremendous fruit-forward flavor & finish.
White
12/25/2009 - Corrado wrote:
91 points
Strong grapefruit & grassy aromas, crisp acidity, excellent citrusy flavor. Very fruit forward and drinkable.
White
12/25/2009 - Corrado wrote:
Good balance & mouthfeel, but way too buttery. 2002 vintage has likely slipped past its prime.
Red
12/25/2009 - Corrado wrote:
90 points
Everything I love about Pinot Noir. Big nose, eminently drinkable, full flavor, pleasant finish, and excellent balance.
Red
12/25/2009 - Corrado wrote:
89 points
Still very aggressive out of the bottle and benefits from decanting. The cork on this bottle was nearing failure (wine 90% up the side of the cork. After a few hours of air time, the tannic edge faded and left a full mouthfeel with good fruit and a pleasant finish. Best with food.
Red
12/24/2009 - Corrado wrote:
90 points
Not pop-n-pour at this point. Very green out of the bottle, mellowed with each glass over 4+ hours and was just starting to get good when the bottle was empty. Solid berry fruit balanced against bell pepper, very palate-coating, finishes smoother than the entry would lead you to believe.
Red
12/11/2009 - Corrado wrote:
90 points
Color/Appearance: 5/5 - Bold, dense burgundy (the color, not the wine) color right out to the edges.

Nose/Bouquet: 12/15 - Expressive nose begins with black pepper, blackberry and woodiness. Later, the black pepper fades and is replaced by subtle aromas of Twizzlers and sugar-coated blueberry candy.

Flavor : 7/10 - Better after a decant of a few hours. Entry is very smooth and the inevitable grip of the tannic jaws are carried nicely by the full body of the wine. While the structure and body are in full force, the flavors are missing depth. There's cassis, blackberry, and dark chocolate in there, but the overall effect is that of a VERY dark, bittersweet chocolate where you wish it was about 5% less pure cacao.

Finish: 9/10 - Initially this goes through a series of, "I'm fruity," "I'm tannic," "I'm oaked," phases before you're aware that your teeth have been frosted with delicious Petite Sirah, and then this nice amalgamation of bittersweet chocolate, blackberry, and vanilla that just glows for long afterwards.

Aging Potential: 3/5 – Hard to say. Right now, this wine will not see any improvement from short-term cellaring, making it either a "drink now" selection or a "wait a decade" wine to lay down through its dumb phase and hope it comes out of its cocoon well.

Overall/Quality: 4/5 - Of the three bottles I've had since 2007, my opinion is that this was drinking better then than it is now. It remains a solid, well-made, excellent wine.
Red
12/6/2009 - Corrado wrote:
Drank well after a short decant. Still best after a few hours of being open in the bottle. Fruit forward, carries its alcohol well, solid finish.
White
12/6/2009 - Corrado wrote:
Scored surprising well in a cohort of about fifteen $15 - $30 Sauvignon Blancs from around the world. There is no "NZ" nose or flavor to this wine, but it is a very crisp, light-bodied drinkable white wine that was appreciated by the blind tasting panel.
White
12/6/2009 - Corrado wrote:
Surprisingly, still drinking well. Scored respectably in a blind tasting I hosted of 15 much more youthful $18 - $30 Sauvignon Blancs from around the world.
Red
12/5/2009 - Corrado wrote:
This remains the best $20(ish) Pinot I've had. Huge nose, full fruit-forward mouth-feel, long, smokey, lingering finish.
Red
11/26/2009 - Corrado wrote:
One of (if not the) best Pinots I've had this year. Effusive nose, full of flavor, long, lingering finish. Definitely a fruit-forward styled Pinot, but done with restraint and balance.
White
11/26/2009 - Corrado wrote:
Decent bottle, nothing special, no faults. Not aggressively oaked.
White
11/15/2009 - Corrado wrote:
On the decline. Not nearly as impressive as the first bottle. Drink now.
Red
2005 Woot Cellars Humbug! Sonoma Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/8/2009 - Corrado wrote:
This has really started coming around and is a very fruit-forward, smooth drinking wine.
Red
3/4/2009 - Corrado wrote:
Unimpressive interpretation of the Pinot Noir grape. A weak cherry kool-aid nose leads to a hollow mouth-feel dominated by light berries and alcohol. My initial though from the first sample was that there were Saazish notes common in an authentic, but skunked, Czech Pilsner. I'd pick this over Pinot Evil, but both are wines that should be served to people who *really* like Pinot Noir. Easy drinking, *must* drink colder than normal (it gets uglier as it gets into the 60s).
Red
2/27/2009 - Corrado wrote:
Moving this to my "Drink Now" section. First bottle I've had that wasn't as good as the last. Entry is smoother than ever, but there's more of a bit on the mid-palate and finish than before.
Red
2/27/2009 - Corrado wrote:
89 points
No formal tasting notes, consumed with friends over appetizers. This was assumed to be a $30+ bottle (and I was playfully scolded for bringing something this good to an informal party).
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