Tasting Notes for Rollerball

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Red
3/25/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
89 points
Very polished on the outside; sweet and chrome like with oak, with just a small more interesting core of pits, agar, and menthol. Strong enough to peel paint.
Red
3/25/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Confirming the last bottle was flawed. This one was beautiful and just mature. Drink now- 2026
Red
3/22/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
flawed
This bottle a little over the hill and otherwise not quite right. Cloudy for starters. Still some positive features but the structure has dissolved and weakened leaving a sense of baked goods. Falling apart a bit.
White - Sparkling
3/22/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
89 points
Subtle watermelon juice that dries up wonderfully on the finish with a distant hint of Peach strawberry shortcake. Mildly tart. Curt. Very easy drinkin.
Red
2003 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/21/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Pretty rich. Enticingly ripe; aged with consistency. Plump. Would be great with a cigar or a dense dark chocolate cake.
Red
3/21/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
93 points
Wonderful. Drinking perfectly on pnp. Wish I’d held the rest til now!
Red
3/20/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Vigorously decanted night one and then right back into the bottle to take on a trip that didn't happen. Glass night two, night three, and now this review night four. I tell ya, it's gotten better every night. Full-clustered, low oaked, and fresh. 12.5%. Evenly split between Vijariego Negro, Listan Negro, and Castellana Negra. Warmly effusive and complex bouquet--saline, floral, and pastel berry--and good tension in the more autere, stellated flavors that surface a light, plush texture. Really lovely when given enough time (days) to air out.
Red
3/14/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
91 points
Pato Baga Tasting (at home): 11%-12% alcohol. Comparing this favorite unoaked, amphora-fermented Post Quercus to a mini-vertical of four other Filipa Pato Bagas, the '15, '16, and '17 Nossa Calcario from 80+yr vines.

We hunted for a case of Post Quercus in 500mL after a romantic experience with the ’16 at Belcanto, Lisbon.

The nose is more grapey than the three Nossas; and a little chocolatey too. Can’t say I love it as much on day-two as any of the Nossas’ bouquets. But the wine is the freshest most natty of the bunch. It’s pure and punchy with visceral berries, which are nicely ripe, and with slate and black and white pepper, all delicately folded. Lively structure with some real skin tannins making for a nice long finish. A food wine. A summer wine!
Red
3/14/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
94 points
Pato Baga Tasting (at home): Vertical of four Filipa Pato Bagas, the '15, '16, and '17 Nossa Calcario (80+yr vines) and the '17 unoaked, amphora-fermented Post Quercus.

12.5% alcohol. The '17 looks its age: inky red-violet; tyrian. And it shows the most boozy bouquet on opening, which quickly turns to desert flowers and cherry candy, and then becoming almost tangibly wet and sexy; a red river, then changing still, broader and deeper with floral cherry and rootbeer notes.

Flavors of black currant, bing cherries and licorice, little bit of coffee and mint. Lovely wood treatment. Spacious blood orange, mouthwatering, and expansive. Long, alluring sour candy finish.

Wonderful to drink now, especially with a ton of air. No sense of how long these last but there's a lot here now - 2028
Red
3/14/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
95 points
Pato Baga Tasting (at home): Vertical of four Filipa Pato Bagas, the '15, '16, '17 Nossa Calcario (80+yr vines) and the '17 unoaked, amphore-fermented Post Quercus.

12.5% alcohol. The ’16 offers the most balanced bouquet on opening; and on the second day the most complex and spicy with tar and orange rind highlights.

It’s the least drenching on the attack but then beautifully cavernous and very deep. This has the most tannic structure of the three. Berry-driven but more sour with black fruit than the ’15 and the most saline of the three. The tiny bit of reduction became well integrated but not completely absent on day-two. Nanette loves the smokiness. Minerally and herbal. Her top choice of the three vintages. It does stand out.

The lovely powdery texture finishes a little rough--gently bitter, gently abrasive--but long and exigent too.

Wonderful to drink now, especially with a ton of air, and increasingly approachable over 24 hours open. No sense of how long these last but at least 10 more years for the '16. now-2030.
Red
3/14/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
95 points
Pato Baga Tasting (at home): Vertical of four Filipa Pato Bagas: the '15, '16, '17 Nossa Calcario (80+yr vines) and the '17 unoaked, amphora-fermented Post Quercus.

The '15. 12% alcohol. Quietest bouquet on opening but warms to you on day-two, when the seductive red-pepper and licorice, and the minty, earthy notes are revealed under gentle wood.

Stunning on the palate, driven by flavors of small sweet berries and cherries, this seems to change by the minute (as do the other vintages). Crunchy and seductive, the juiciness bursts from the finely-knit, textured fruit. The range of subtle, complex notes are seamless and allusive. Grilled meat. At moments very ripe. Phenomenal texture that just drips over your tongue.

Though lacking the persistent tannins of the ’16, what does linger is beautifully sweet. Incredible with food. And often the most balanced of the three.

These really have me wondering about drinking windows, they're so beautiful today. now- 2027, though I see Mark Squires has it drinking past 2040.
Red
2016 Girolamo Russo Etna 'a Rina Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
3/12/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Bright, young, frank, and juicy; Balance, squirming and thrusting, all the way to the cone of the carnival ride. You know, it’s better than it was a year ago!

Day two the acid starts to outpace the fruit. Drink pnp.
Red
3/12/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
96 points
First bottle of this that’s been fully into it tertiary stage. Politel but quite regal. Rich, complex, and compliant.
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Red
3/5/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
93 points
OK that 4/19 bottle must have been flawed because this one's a beauty straight off a quick decant: minerally blueberry with sour cherries, baking spice, pink peppercorn, and dark-chocolate earth on a translucent, persistent frame.
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Red
3/2/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Last bottle of a case. A beautiful wine: browning, delicate, gently sweet and spicy, nice fruit.

Final note on light-weight, suspended sediment. Upright for over a week before opening; all particulate in bottom half of bottle. Poured and drank the top, crystal-clear half. Instead of cheese-clothing the remainder, we poured thrice through a coffee filter, which did wonders.
Red
3/1/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
90 points
Good density and plush complexity.
Red
2/27/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
90 points
Pairing red with shitake ramen ... and this worked! So earthy but with foundational dark-weathered fruit.
Red
2/27/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
88 points
So young it's better on day two. Delicious but sharp on the corners of the tongue.
Red
2/1/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
One year later: the bouquet and front end are balanced if muted, with cherry and earth notes, but once the lovely tannic structure unlocks on the finish like time-delayed flavor crystals, the long, more open hidden fruit and coffee notes emerge steadily and with sweetness. Probably still improving. Drink 2021-2025.
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Red
1/31/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Checking on this two years later, excellent but still a little tight. We did not decant but probably should have. Great for the next three-four years, certainly. -2023
Red
2014 Girolamo Russo Etna 'a Rina Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
1/21/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Though this has lost some of its magic, the age-mellowed version drinks like water. Receding but still food-friendly and affably balanced. Drink over the next two years -2021
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Red
2002 Frédéric Magnien Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/11/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
94 points
This has become as soft and perfumed as a single petal of a flower. As fresh as its delicate, crisp, light green stalk. Six hours after pouring half of it into a decanter, and four hours after pouring it all back in the bottle, this was splayed worn and hungrily with luxardo cherries, bitter caramel residue, and blue surgical fluid. Very sci fi; with gears; brown sugar; an industrial-age machine. Explosively of fruit if you listen closely enough.
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Red
1/10/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
93 points
Well it’s certainly not purple anymore but there’s no real bricking either. This is in its prime and ready to drink, but can be enjoyed in fruit-fading phases for another 6-8 years. Bouquet of peppermint hard candy, basil, and Creme de menthe. Complex flavors and finish featuring numbing mint chocolate cherry liquor waves that transition over a couple of hours after pnp to more ground coffee tones with a long earthly harmony ... though the nose retains an Asian-spiced sweetness. Now-2025
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White
2012 Radikon Oslavje Venezia Giulia IGT White Blend (view label images)
1/9/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Side-by-side with the '06, I prefered the '12 by a notch, though they are quite different wines. This was more clear and lighter-toned in the glass like an apricot gemstone. The funky, maple, orange-rind nose leads to a complex and engaging wine. And while there's plenty going on, what stands out is the beautiful tension and balance between (on the one hand) levels of essential oils and other beguiling elements and (on the other) an underlying cool sweetness that's subtly reprised on the pleasurable finish. Really memorable.
White
2006 Radikon Oslavje Venezia Giulia IGT White Blend (view label images)
1/8/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
91 points
Side-by-side with the '12. The '06 was deep copper-colored and appeared to be unfiltered next to the more cristaline apricot toned '12. The '06 was funky and fascinating on both the bouquet and palate. Nice flow but not without structure, this was lacking some of the freshness that gives the more unusual (at least to red/white/rose palates) flavors of these radikons good balance. The sweetness was still there and it had an appealing nuttiness but some of the liveliness was gone. For my palate I prefer the plenty-complex '12 to this ultra-complex and more fascinating but less fresh 14-year-old version.
Red
1/7/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Fruit and a little bit of red hots on the muffled bouquet then a burst of same plus sweet stalks and intriguing well-water minerality. The mild finish comes into beautiful focus. A couple more good years easy -2021.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
Drank too cold; came off as a little stern. I do think this should be allowed 30 minutes to open up and then served at 45-50 degrees F (7-10 degrees C).
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Red
1/1/2020 - Rollerball wrote:
97 points
Incredible things have happened here in the last 12-18 months. Like something beautiful stretching its wings. Here is a wine so breathtaking in its own right that still complements a variety of foods, whether or not traditionally "red wine friendly."

Now nothing short of moving in balance, presence, and purity, this is densely woven and silky but ethereal and buoyant too. Its deep-fruited and expansively mineral persona seduces with clarity and romance, and with intoxicating spice. Undeniable and true, it's still so accomodating as to have paired beautifully a surprising range of dishes: hamachi/ponzu/jalapeno, roasted baby carrots with cashew sesame dukkah and aleppo yogurt, and seabass with fennel, lemon, and Calabrian chili. Each of these enhanced and was enhanced by the wine. Heavenly bottle of wine.

Now thinking this might get even better. Peak 2021-2022. But if you have mulitple, pop one with someone special this winter; it's a dream. Drink now-2023.
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Red
12/20/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
Confirmed with this bottle, which was a little fresher than the previous last month, that these incredible Montille Rugines are drink now.
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Red
12/15/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
Can be enjoyed directly upon opening but so much better on day two.
Red
11/16/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
90 points
Young and available--cool underwater, inky--but too sweet and Veronical. A flow of silk at the directional tip of a spear. Lovely freckles of earth, bonbon, watermelon, and tobacco. And that was just the beginning; this evolved for hours.
Red
12/15/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
88 points
More bottle variation. Bold but sharp. Nanette actually disliked it and asked for a different wine! Lots and lots of aeration does help round it out. Dramatically better day 2.
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Red - Fortified
12/14/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
94 points
Double decanted and left the dwindling bottle open, no cork, for two weeks. At 8 days it had fully softened and very minty with black pepper, chocolate sauce, grape jelly, and clove. The pinched and squeezed top gave way to a long, gentle, rocky-road finish. Better with dessert than on its own.

Update two weeks open no cork. This relaxes and gets better every day. Increasing “with dessert” score from. 92 to 94.
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Red
12/11/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
Singing on pnp! Opened up for 30 and then consistently wonderful through dinner. Cab Franc gained some prominence toward the end. Great window for these right now.
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Red
12/12/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
Still drinking young but thoroughly available on pop and pour; noticeable oak but wonderful purity of fruit. -2030
Red
12/11/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
94 points
On pnp this was gorgeous to watch open in the glass. Gobs of plush, resolved fruit left in this bottle at least (as compared to others’ notes below). I’d say this has a few great years left -2022.
Red
12/9/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
88 points
Reduced (in the burnt tire sense) like so many from this producer. Herbs and some roots on a reduced (in the sauce sense) blackberry compote base.
Red
12/7/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
Decanted an hour, which certanly was not enough. Highly recommend a few hours' air
Red
12/5/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
I lovely treat, even for early winter; silky and coherent with no hard edges in sight.
Red
12/4/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
Anything I could say about this wine is eclipsed by worm farmers review below: Though the wine wasn't remotely a lithe and lively thing, the Oohs and Ahs had it.
Red
12/4/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Didn’t find this to be as over the top or divisive as others have.
Red
12/4/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
91 points
A gentle but drying cab franc with an American version of all the typical characteristics.
Red - Fortified
12/2/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
94 points
Reviewing on third night. Alluring, juicy cherry. A little bloody. The luxurious, cloth-like finish leaves you gasping for air. Very Byron and Shelley. Drinking now with room to improve.
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White
11/30/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Had mixed feelings about this some months ago. But tonight, pitting it side-by-side with a 2018 Vietti Roero Arneis, the Santenay really shone for its range and allure. To be fair it's probably double the price.
Red
12/1/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
88 points
Came off a little linear and acute on both night one and night two. Either this is getting ornery or the bottle was not a good exemplar.
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Red
11/30/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Softening now, with a texture that flows like an elegant dress and a welcoming palate that is clearly cab franc without leaning too heavily on its green pepper side. No need to decant and no reason to wait ... but I wouldn't expect that much change over the next five years. now-2024.
Red
11/30/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured, enjoyed over four or five hours. As is too often the case, last bottle of six was the best. These are drinking great right now with just a little time to breathe. All that density--the sweet earth, the fruit, tar, florals, and mocha--has unfolded and gently settled, finally presenting a wine appreciated across the range of tastes tonight. Drink at peak over the next couple of years -2021 though there's enough fruit that I'd expect a mild decline for some years thereafter.
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Red
11/30/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
92 points
Drank side-by-side with a Walter Fruhburgunder "J", primarily to learn about the other German pinot varietal. This Spatburgunder "J" was effusive, fresh, and aromatic in every dimension. Like biting into a ripe cherry the size of a peach, adorned with plenty of baking spices and earth, and a little something wild too. Great QPR. Decant a couple of hours and enjoy -2024.
Red
11/30/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
90 points
Tasted side-by-side with a Walter Spatburgunder "J" in hopes of understanding this earlier-ripening pinot noir sister varietal. I understand others' "disjointed" and "feral" comments below: the dark-fruit and mushroom bouquet and attack here are both daring and then suddenly the midpalate and finish are more red-fruited and fresh. Jekyll and hyde in a single sip. Fascinating wine though most preferred the Spatburgunder. Quick decant and drink -2021.
Red
11/28/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
Black but not port like as a pairing with a dick breast and confit. Not like itself a drizzle. Almost performing the opposite function— using its depth and consistency to even out hoisin and rich fatty confit. Very smooth.
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