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Red
2013 Tenuta Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
7/15/2022 - aero wrote:
(375ml) Absolutely needs 3+ hours of air to gain weight. Pretty anemic on opening but impressive bulking with aeration. My previous note from April 2021 still rings true (91pt).
  • Laz4wine commented:

    7/17/22, 1:39 PM - See my TN from 11 months earlier Mark - that was on a 750 ml, evidently Aero is of a similar mind. Must. Be. Patient. ;)

  • Laz4wine commented:

    7/17/22, 8:14 PM - Isn't it strange when 4+ years feels that long ago? The problem is decent BdMs take ~10 yrs to hit the window and even then they can still feel young, then the big names/vintages can sail to 15+ before hitting full stride. Kind of crazy but often worth the wait, key must be to have 2 - 3 cases aging from the better vintages so you can partake with little to no regret...or just move to Italy?!?!

White
2020 Domaine Chêne Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine Chardonnay
4/13/2022 - Watchster Likes this wine:
93 points
All I can say is wow! This is by far, for my palate, the best white burg deal on the planet. Nose of honeysuckle. Medium body. Taste of pear and milder acidity than most other white burgs. There is a vanilla creaminess that reminds me of a Meursault. Not the most complex finish, but it is intriguing. This wine punches way above its class. Just ordered 6 more bottles.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    4/16/22, 2:05 PM - Often wondered if it's just me but have had similar experiences with this wine in earlier vintages - and may have judged this one with some bias given those memories, thanks for the affirming TN, will pay closer attention on the next bottle and perhaps blind it side by side with a pricier peer to validate!

White
2020 Weingut Berger Grüner Veltliner Kremstal
Light and tasty
  • Laz4wine commented:

    4/12/22, 6:42 PM - Was the 68 a typo perhaps? :)

  • Laz4wine commented:

    4/12/22, 7:22 PM - Thought so, well done!!

Red
2017 Petra Zingari Toscana IGT Red Blend
Soyons non seulement honnêtes.
Ne soyons pas influencés par des notes superflues
Vin horrible. Je l’ai acheté à cause du trend.
C’est ma deuxième mauvaise bouteille. Demain je la retourne au 3/4 plein avec la 3ème.


Content de compter sur la connaissances et mes goûts et non des inventions malintentionnées.

* les bouteilles n’ont ps été endommagée dans le transport ou autre. Seulement un mauvais vin. Arrêtez de trouver des excuses.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    4/3/22, 9:36 PM - Don't punish the wine score for likely mistreatment by the transport/supplier - mark it flawed and move on svp.

Red
1994 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
2/26/2022 - atllam Likes this wine:
94 points
Purchased off the list at Saison. No decant and didn't need it. Still in a very enjoyable drinking window with some evolution over the hour+ it was consumed. Nothing really dominates; just well-balanced and elegant right now, though I suspect you wouldn't want to hang on to this much longer.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/2/22, 6:41 PM - No decant, hope the sediment rested or stuck as we had enuf throw for a meal on our first one, Santé!! (Wow that's quite a special list to navigate too).

Red
2015 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva Finca Ygay Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/4/2022 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
91 points
Pro reviews all on point, with WS92 notes most like my own...fairly chewy dusty tannins still, smoky toasty oak is a bit more overt than necessary but core of dark fruits and generous herbs and spices still shines through. Nice length and cherry-berry tartness on the gravelly finish, this proves to be a great buy in nearly every vintage. Hold 2 - 3 yrs before last one, CT's 2065 seems ridiculous, where in the world did that window come from???
  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/1/22, 6:34 AM - Thanks WC, see that now in Pro Reviews, I thought CT's dw was usually algorithm v. review-based, but seems not here at least. JS suggests 'long drinking window' from 2019 while WA and WS don't estimate - agree 2025 could be the entry spot but suspect it will not improve much, if any, beyond 2030.

White
2020 Trione Sauvignon Blanc River Road Ranch Russian River Valley
9/23/2021 - Twopawsup Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale lemon color with slow legs. Banana, oak and butterscotch on the nose. White pepper on the tip of the tongue followed by a mixture of tropical fruit. Long creamy finish.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    2/21/22, 4:24 PM - Gotta check out your TN before next bottle...intrigued

Red
2016 Monteraponi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
2/8/2022 - Laz4wine wrote:
Well WTF so disappointing, similar to DJC...was this a Top 100 or some stupid rating to make me bet on buying 3 bottles? Decanted for nearly 2 hrs then served with chx parm w/pasta and it's pretty much a mess of a wine. The funky smells did blow off slowly, then wall of bitter dark choc, dry sour cherries and balsamic dominate the palate. Fruit is so dark/plummy and bitter it was tough to enjoy modestly w/o food on every sip. Acidic and chewy, this either is variation or outright poor quality as I don't expect 5 or 10 years is going to correct the situation here. NR as perhaps it got cooked, but I tend to doubt it from experience...unless it died in shipment. FFFF
  • Laz4wine commented:

    2/10/22, 11:42 AM - Yeah misery loves company right....at least I found where I bought this in Oct 2018 to attempt a refund and they're sending a return label for all 3 since I'd rather not open the other 2 anyway..here's the hype I recalled, quite a disappointing contrast:

    95 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

    "A fresh and lively red with lots of vivid, citrus acidity, giving it a driven backbone down the center of the palate. Medium body with dark fruit. Drink now."

    93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous

    "The 2016 Chianti Classico is gorgeous. One of the more powerful, deep Chiantis of the year, Monteraponi's 2016 packs a serious punch of fruit and structure, all in the classic style that is so typical of the estate. Floral notes add freshness and lift, but the 2016 mostly stands out for its structure. This is a stellar showing. Don't miss it."

    Product Description:

    "I am floored by this wine. Incredible depth leaps forth from this aromatically supercharged release, bolstered with classic lines of deep black and red fruit, all beating in sync to a mineral vein that simply put, elevates this astounding Chianti Classico above that of countless other Italian red wines. Period." -Stephen C. Fahy, DWS

Red
2015 Cave de Roquebrun Saint-Chinian Roquebrun La Grange des Combes Red Rhone Blend
5/28/2019 - Bud Kreuzer Likes this wine:
92 points
Love this wine. Wine Spectator number 57 on the top 100 wines of 2016 with a rating of 91 points. Incredible value at $13 a bottle at Costco we bought 3 cases and use as house wine. 50 percent Syrah, 30 percent Grenache, 20 percent Mourvèdre. Nose immerced in garrigue; the Languedoc ground cover over the limestone soil made up of lavender, thyme, rosemary, juniper. Plum and black cherries with scents of blueberries and licorice. Palette showed huge fruit and the 14 percent alcohol when real young, this has matured into a sound and integrated foundation that is smooth and balanced. The finish is clean with a bit of spice. Perhaps it will be offputting at first for some but for me I see the clear blue skies and feel the warm sun of the Langeudoc in ever sip. Drink now at it's peak, it's not going to get any better with additional age.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    1/27/22, 6:59 PM - Didn't analyze to this degree but it's still really good and your TN is on point!

Red
2018 Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel Wild Thing Mendocino County
1/27/2022 - der Schmecker Likes this wine:
91 points
I've sampled Carol Shelton wines and Wild Thing Zinfandel in the past and enjoyed the experience, but never became a devotee, someone who made the effort to seek out her wine. Probably because I enjoy sampling a wide variety of wine from regions all over the world and because there are quite a few Zinfandel producers here in California. Now that I have sufficient experience with other vintners, I'm glad that the Wine Spectator's designation of this wine as #43 of Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2021 caught my attention and motivated me to buy this bottle. I sincerely endeavor to support independent wine makers because I respect their courage.
I've always liked Carol Shelton's Wild Thing Zinfandel. The key is that the fruit is from Mendocino, not the sun-baked, highly alcoholic regions of Lodi or Paso Robles. Mendocino Zinfandel's are mellow. And that's good, a genuine plus. If a Zinfandel can grow in Mendocino to ripeness, it will usually be worth drinking. Here is the proof.
Wild Thing 2018 has a muted nose, middle density, fruit forward in a bouquet flowery way, just a nice drinking wine that would complement dishes ranging from fish to poultry to pork to beef: basically any food. Mellow. Smooth. Not special. Not write your best buddy about, but a welcome glass, a glass to savor and think "life is good." Thank you.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    1/27/22, 6:50 PM - Nice note, thanks for sharing ur impressions, looking forward to trying soon. Don't put PR or Lodi out to pasture yet...real sea change in style is ongoing in Zinfanland. Try some J Dusi for starters, plenty of great restrained/balanced PR zins being released in the mid-tier ($25 - $45) when you take a chance to revisit, have been hearing similar from Lodi, DCV, and beyond. Cheers!

Red
2015 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Cornas Les Grandes Terrasses Syrah
1/21/2022 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Tasted over two days.

Pure Syrah! Pure Cornas! In that pleasantly lean, blue berry, root vegetable, lit cigar, sappy, peppercorn, smoky style. Riveting tension, precision, and lift. Seamless balance, notably perfect oak treatment and imperceptible alcohol, gripping, and oh...so...very...long. This over delivered in every way. I should have bought a lot more of it for about $30.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    1/21/22, 8:54 PM - Nice to hear and glad to be sitting on 3...for now.

Red
2018 Château Larcis Ducasse St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/5/2021 - GrapeScott wrote:
92 points
2018 BDX Blind (Chapel Hill, NC): #2 of 15 wines in our '18 BDX tasting. 89% merlot and 11% cabernet franc; 14.5% ABV. Admittedly, I threw this in the mix because it had an 100 point rating from Jeb Dunnick, and several other big scores from Suckling, Galloni and Perotti-Brown. This led to high expectations, and thus, a high likelihood of disappointment, particularly in a blind tasting. I Coravin'ed a glass 3 days before the tasting where my notes read: "Inky color with a rich, robust nose of charcoal, minerals, black fruits, cigar box and herbs. This is quite big and chewy, with rather chewy tannins, and flavors of bitter chocolate, black plums and ripe cherries, but it seems a bit hollow in the middle and shows a bit of heat. Seems somewhat unbalanced, and while the nose is lovely, it underdelivers on the palate." From the tasting itself (after a 6h decant, non-blind to me), my notes read: "really exotic nose of asian spice, kirsch, violets; rich, full-bodied, smooth long, smokey finish." Very solid wine, but no one in our group raved about it, and when revealed that this was the 100 pt wine, there were many surprised looks.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    1/21/22, 2:30 PM - Any consideration for the fact that many 18's are entering the dumb phase, and usually the better the wine the bigger the impact? Speaking from limited experience but seems a plausible explanation for the 'average' showing. Jeff Leve might have insights...here's JD 100: this monumental, legendary wine won't hit maturity for a good 8-10 years and will have 40-50 years of longevity if well stored.

White
2017 Vinos de Arganza Godello Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Século
2/26/2020 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
89 points
No expert on this varietal, but ARPERRYMD review was similar to our experience. Nicely balanced sipper as an aperitif or with lighter fare - complimented chicken w/ mushroom and smoked salmon on different nights. Not terribly complex, but enough zingy acid to be food friendly plus enough citrus/tropical/melon fruits and minerality to provide interest. Kinda fun and good sub for typical pinot grigio etc. especially at this price.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    1/9/22, 6:10 PM - None left here, hope it does Ok 4 u!!

Red
2017 B. Leighton Gratitude Olsen Brothers Vineyard Yakima Valley Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
12/3/2021 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
92 points
See SF's TN...potential for improvement, we'll see.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    12/14/21, 7:04 PM - I think it's got bones SRH, need to blind with some comps and see in a couple years...

Red
2017 B. Leighton Gratitude Olsen Brothers Vineyard Yakima Valley Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
12/3/2021 - sfwinelover1 wrote:
90 points
Just another evening of good wine and cheer (Chilly Noe Valley): Brought by Laz to our tasting with the remainder left with me. Fairly robust nose and palate with forest floor, Xmas spice, red and black raspberries, earthy minerality and a pleasing black pepper kick. Medium ruby, light+ bodied, light+ legs. Medium+ acidity, medium- tannins, no heat. Good complexity, persistence and intensity. I'd not heard of this winery, let alone bottling, before, but I do have a fondness for WA Rhone syrahs (although Mouvedres aren't typically favorites). I wasn't able to taste this at our tasting--there were too many other things of greater interest--but the plus of that is that I'm able to give it closer attention on the next day. This has a nice Rhone spicy-earthiness, and is elevated by good freshness and the peppery kick. It's completely pleasant and moderately interesting, but doesn't leave me craving more and makes me scratch my head about Jeb's 96. Enough freshness to likely be solid for 5+ years, although I'm not certain significant improvement is likely. 90+
  • Laz4wine commented:

    12/9/21, 6:23 PM - Well I'll just say I'm honored after 1+ week on the CA road to be part of this story - I liked this slightly more Coravined 2 days earlier however the TN is totally on point, would expect nothing less from our gracious host SF. Thanks again for an amazing CT pop-up tasting with the flyover country contribution! ;)

Red
2013 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione Alta Valle della Greve IGT Sangiovese
11/21/2021 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine:
95 points
Similar showing aromatic-wise to my last bottle, but this is starting to open up a little. It still needed a good 2 hours decant though. An excellent Sangiovese that combines freshness and tension with deep Sangiovese fruit and aromatics. This has still a good 10-15 years of development ahead. I will try to wait with my next bottle for another 2-3 years.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    11/22/21, 9:11 PM - Sounding more and more like my Medicare wine..

Red
2013 Antinori Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/27/2021 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
94 points
Delicious and perfect foil for gourmet neop pizzas, esp. the Ezzo pepperoni and Italian sausage. No formal TN as the decanter emptied quickly, but recall earthy, dusty, rustic mocha cherries and anise galore...aromas/flavors directionally on point with the triple 95 pt WS/JS/D reviews (yes, even JS calls it right now and then). Agree with others this easily has 5 - 10 years of life in it and will reward patience similar to the 20 yr old Felsina Berardenga CC experience, will try to hold last btl until 2028. 93-95+ potential.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    10/28/21, 12:15 PM - Thanks SF - yes stuck in flyover country, but do travel often....and hoping to be able to write off such trips in near future if all goes well ;-)

    Looks like next one is May 8-9 in NYC if website is accurate?

    https://www.jamessuckling.com/great-wines-of-italy-new-york-city/

    Looks like this travels around for proximity to you too?

    FYI - tentative plans to be out your way first week of December for the North Coast Wine Industry Expo in Santa Rosa, then heading to Paso for several more days.

  • Laz4wine commented:

    10/28/21, 8:12 PM - Glad to hear it turned out ok despite the timing...thanks for the offer, know that would be memorable, just trying to firm up my December itinerary and will get in touch as soon as I know more. Base will be Los Gatos, likely headed north 12/1 then south 12/3, could stay night in SF the latter...may be connecting with distant cousins in SF that evening who are into wine too.

  • Laz4wine commented:

    11/19/21, 8:27 PM - So will be doing the circuit north 12/1 and south 12/3, the latter to include a dinner in SF ~ 7 pm so a pre or post cork-popping might be feasible. Not sure how to take convo off CT, let me know best way to contact or shoot an email if still interested to explore it!
    -Laz

Red
2016 Marimar Estate Pinot Noir Earthquake Block Don Miguel Vineyard Russian River Valley
11/8/2021 - tarheel17 wrote:
89 points
This was a lovely surprise . Chris told me he bought “mystery wine” from a wine text site for budget price ($16?) and to say I was skeptical would be an understatement. But when I tasted it I congratulated him on finding the absolute best $16 pinot in the world. Definitely California fruit, my notes are from day 3 since it held up well for 3 days (corked) on the sideboard. I agree with the $40+ price tag.
Nose: berry & spice
Palate: elegant yet hefty. Smooth, substantial tannin. A little darker and a little more burly than the average.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    11/8/21, 3:18 PM - It was a Secret Deal but not $16...assuming it was the same service, this was listed at $66, winery wanted to sell for $40, but they got it down to $30. Hope that doesn't mar your opinion, perhaps not as massive a RRV value but sounds like it wasn't too over-hyped either.

  • Laz4wine commented:

    11/16/21, 2:41 PM - Looking forward to sampling likely with our mushroom stuffing, thanks for your preview!

Red
2013 Antinori Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
6/30/2020 - csimm1161 wrote:
93 points
Translucent red and black berry, dried cranberry, cedar, forest floor, mushroom, tobacco leaf, and slight citrus rind. Medium-bodied, decent complexity (eventually), with a light and racy delivery that stays primary at times but also manages to work a decent enough amount of flavor expansion out of its core after 3-4 hours of decanted air to provide certain enjoyment.

This could use another 4-5 years to fully flesh-out. It’ll never be a powerhouse of a wine, nor an incredibly deep specimen, but instead impresses for its finesse and food-friendly demeanor. My girl liked it more than me, citing a nice cut and more biting (but not astringent) grip on the very tail. Definitely better with food. 93+ points for me. Hold until 2025 and hope the fruit stays fresh and relevant enough in the face of the acid. An enjoyable drink once it had time to air-out, if not an especially memorable one for me personally.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    10/28/21, 6:08 AM - Had first of 2 yesterday, thanks for the detailed TN for reference, agree with both your and SF comments. The 2+ hrs decant certainly helped it open up at this point. Not one for the ages but quite solid and decent value for the ~$30 paid.

Red
2018 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
This continues to be my out of town in a hotel buy it and pop it from Trader Joe’s go to wine. Ready to drink and so good for what it is. Maybe I need to pick up more for home drinking?
  • Laz4wine commented:

    10/20/21, 8:19 AM - Well if you scan the latest NV/Cali cabernet report in WS you'll find this is JM's highest rated 2018 Smart Buy @ 93 pts and $44, meaning it's clippping right at the heels of mostly triple-digit priced 95+ pointers which validates your opinion. Since this can be found around $35 - $40 net, and has an excellent track record as SF mentions, I think it would be shrewd to go for 6 - 12 btls to sample 1 or 2 each of the next few years. Or if you can afford to shell it out 2 cases is not unreasonable at all - figure it's 2X+ as many bottles as the 95 pt Salvestrin or Snowden, and 4 - 6X+ the number of many other 95 pts rated over-priced name-dropper trophies. It may not exude the brand panache but it will reward in the glass and that's what really matters most, happy shopping and cheers!!

Red
2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Our 40th Harvest Sangiovese
10/15/2021 - Renevin Likes this wine:
92 points
Nez bien expressif. Fruit rouge, pomme verte, epinard, même pétrole. En bouche tout est bien équilibré, les tanins sont doux, chaleureux. Très bon.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    10/17/21, 7:38 PM - Si pourquoi un 79 avec 'tres bon' NdD?!?

Red
2012 Cantine Giacomo Ascheri Barolo Nebbiolo
9/29/2020 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
88 points
Expected more richness and body, fruit was muted, a bit thin and one-dimensional, hard to find typical magical florals on nose too. Perhaps an off bottle or still not RTD, may just need to be patient?
  • Laz4wine commented:

    10/17/21, 11:52 AM - Thanks for the note SF, I'm certain I gave this 2+ hours of decant time on day 1. My aged Barolo experience is novice+ (9 TNs in last couple yrs for 09-12's) however I've tasted many youngsters over several decades, including during Piedmont biz meals where I likely enjoyed older ones which were ethereal at times. The best so far were 2010 Cascina Luisin Barolo Serralunga d'Alba Léon (MY92) then 2011 Rivetto Barolo Del Comune Di Serralunga D'Alba (MY91). 4.5 cases in stock and also calibrate on Barbarescos such as 2005 Tenuta San Mauro Barbaresco Riserva Canova (MY94). I recall the deal on this was likely through Winelibrary so may have been same $25 per or even $20, and it was well rated though lost access to original critic reviews. Will likely revisit this one either this winter or next, appreciate the feedback, keep it coming!!
    Cheers, Laz

Red
2013 Calluna Vineyards Calluna Estate Chalk Hill Red Bordeaux Blend
10/12/2021 - cjsadler wrote:
Not great on first night, much better on day two. Will let my last bottle wait a few years. Have some of their 2013 Chalk Hill Cuvee and that seems to be similarly shut down.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    10/13/21, 12:00 PM - Sounds similar to my experience...wondering just how long this needs if you have any thoughts.

Red
2016 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
10/12/2021 - tomlee wrote:
93 points
Purple in color. 14.8% ABV. Splendid nose of red fruits, anise, flowers and pepper. Medium to full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Bursting with bright, juicy fruits. Black cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Super Zinfandel. As good as it gets from the Dry Creek Valley. This will age well. Best over the next 3-5 years.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    10/12/21, 6:55 AM - Thanks for the detailed TN, curious to see where this goes and trying to have patience for last 2 so this helps!

Red
2016 Carlin de Paolo Barolo Nebbiolo
4/21/2021 - Vinnut Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium reddish garnet in color. Full, forward & attractive nose of ripe fruit aromas of cherries, strawberries & mulberries with overtones of floral notes of roses & earthy/dusty notes, spices, herbs, minerals & a slight hint of cedar in the background. Medium-full bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, ripe fruit flavors of sour cherries, strawberries & pomegranate with herbs, spices & minerals. Lingering finish. Although it is presently accessible with decanting & extended airing, it will definitely benefit & develop further with additional aging & perhaps rate a higher score (91+) at that time. It is in the more "modern" style of Barolo with an emphasis on forward fruit. Very good QPR when found at discount.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    10/4/21, 12:34 PM - How does $17.50 delivered by the case sound?

Red
2015 Rocca delle Macìe Chianti Classico Famiglia Zingarelli Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Garbage not worth 3 dollars.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    9/28/21, 8:02 PM - Was it flawed or ??? Don't often see 50 vs. WS94, JS95, and CT88.8 - unless you just generally hate on CCRs I'd guess this was a corked bottle?

Red
2016 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Maremma Toscana Saffredi Red Bordeaux Blend
9/3/2021 - SMHalps Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened for 30 minutes, but not decanted, at a NYC Steakhouse. We had this alongside a 2015 Realm Falstaff, a 2007 Paolo Conterno Ginestra Riserva Barolo and a 2000 Chateau Gruaud Larose. Something has to come in last and this was it. Compared to my previous bottles, I was expecting much more, so despite the rating, I was disappointed. It just didn't seem as well balanced as the other wines. Not a bad wine, just in comparison, just not as good, it was the last one we finished, as everyone preferred the other wines.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    9/17/21, 9:44 PM - Seems apples and oranges and not a fair fight...especially against well-aged benchmarks from different regions plus a Napa beast. Hard to avoid bias here I think. Context also makes a huge difference, give it time and serve in a balanced/comparable line up next time and maybe the results are more in line?

Red
2018 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers Syrah
6/5/2021 - Sundbyberg wrote:
93 points
My second Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage and this was quite different from the previous (just the Crozes Hermitage 2016), but just as good. Not the same depth as the Voge Cornas vielles vielles 2018 I opened yesterday, but the berries av loveley and the perfume is jus great.

Got fuller and gained depth after being opened for 4-5 days.

Had a Chapoutier Hermitage 2006 (l'Ermite) a couple of weeks ago, but that was just jam. This is much better. Highly recommeded and a steal at 20 usd.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    9/15/21, 11:14 AM - Source for $20USD?

  • Laz4wine commented:

    9/15/21, 8:32 PM - I did, only shows 1 current US supplier @$46 list, so believe <$30 w/free ship here is very much in line, if not a great deal, and is availble elsewhere. (Note my PRO version expired last month, perhaps it shows other options if/when I renew)

Red
2013 Tenuta Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
8/15/2021 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
89 points
I expect this will get much better in 2 - 4 years, nose reveals promise of cherry-oak staves, but palate just a bit too dusty, bitter, and tight/tannic covering up the red fruits and lurking vanilla-pepper spice. Decanted twice and drunk over 3 nights so suspect/hope it's simply hibernating and not ready for prime time given the bottle from ~3 years ago was delightful.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    8/25/21, 9:47 AM - Me too Mark! May have been an off bottle, or still cracking the code on when to drink BdMs for best results. Seems like most quality producers benefit from ~10 yrs and easily glide into 20 before risk of fading. A really long learning curve!!

Red
2015 Saintayme St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
8/10/2021 - itsallaboutvinum Likes this wine:
90 points
👀 Deep Ruby
👃Aerate in glass for another half hour. This 2015 Denis Durantou wine opens up to black cherries and licorice. The attack are sour cherries. Swirling and introducing some air reveals more licorice and almonds at mid palate. Finishing with hints of vanilla.
👅 Full bodied, medium+ intensity, bright acidity. Velvety tannins. Well structured. Long finish. Rich, complex and elegant. Benefits with aging.
💭 The 2015 vintage is another amazing bottle from the vineyard of Denis Durantou . Full of potential. Can’t wait to open another in another 3-5 years.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    8/10/21, 7:21 PM - 69 points, did you mean 89 or???

  • Laz4wine commented:

    8/10/21, 8:03 PM - NP, figured a typo, we all get excited from time to time...especially with the good sh*t!!

Red
2015 Bodega Amalaya Malbec Salta
11/6/2020 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
89 points
Better than first bottle, opened up nicely with dark fruit and spice, touch of mocha, paired well w/sirloin and mushrooms. Smooth finsh, good value.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    8/10/21, 2:03 PM - YW, nice details, thanks for sharing!

Rosé
2017 Château de Corcelles Beaujolais Rosé d'une Nuit Gamay
3/26/2020 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
87 points
Studley notes pretty spot on - perhaps faded a bit but still lively and interesting as rose goes, total pain in the butt to store this sexy fat bottomed bottle, and not going to be any better than now - so drink up and make that rockin' world go 'round...
  • Laz4wine commented:

    8/9/21, 3:21 PM - Cheers friend...took you awhile!!

Red
2013 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso Toscana IGT Cabernet Franc
7/21/2021 - rcg62 wrote:
No rating (have a cold, my nose not up to it). Dark color. First taste out of bottle super tannic. Gave it a couple hour decant. Softened, but still a bit grippy. Definitely a “big” Bordeaux in style. But I don’t get the classic cab franc notes, which I suppose was disappointing as I bought it for that uniqueness (Italian CF). Suspect it needs 5 years. Think it’s nice one with time 90-94
  • Laz4wine commented:

    7/21/21, 7:15 PM - Perhaps avoid drinking $100 wines with a cold? This is a stunner which very likely does need some more time, good move on the NR.

White
2017 Grgich Hills Chardonnay Napa Valley
7/18/2021 - markcic Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine is definitely improving. The bottle I had in May was better than I had last October and this bottle was the best of all. Unfortunately for me this is the last of the 8 bottles I bought way back when. The nose was floral with hints of lemon. The palate was some white flowers, lemon curd, peach and just a touch of vanilla. It was mildly oaked and finished beautifully. Served with Sunday sushi.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    7/19/21, 11:26 AM - We had our first ever at ~10 years old in the mid-90s and it was exceptional / memorable - believe it's made in a style to peak around this 8-10 yr window - like CT dates suggest - many sites also still offering online $32 - $40+ (https://www.winetransit.com/grgich-hills-estate-chardonnay-2017-750-ml-5363.html) plus multiple Total Wine listings. Love Sushi Sundays, good to know :)

Red
2016 Dierberg Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
7/9/2021 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Critical reviews on point, very aromatic with red fruits, mushroomy earth and sweet floral-vanilla jumping out of glass. Loads of pure cherry-berry fruit on a broad frame with umami texture, silky tannins and nice length. Even made a non-PN drinker revisit it vs. his typical preference.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    7/14/21, 9:51 AM - YW Mark, hard to beat QPR at $20 via WineText too!!

  • Laz4wine commented:

    7/14/21, 10:59 AM - Winelibrary's text service, occasionally some super deals:

    Item Description Price Qty Total

    16 - DIERBERG PINOT NOIR (750ML) $19.99 12 $239.88

White
2018 Virgen del Galir Godello Valdeorras Maruxa
7/7/2021 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasty and similar to last TN, with touch of fennel and white peach, showed up in a mixed 6 and made a great book club summer sipper.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    7/8/21, 8:05 PM - Yup, win some and lose some Mark, this was in the W column for sure! Only wonder about the drink range on Godellos and if a couple years more helps, profile seems similar to most SB which generally tops out at 2 - 4 yrs tops.

Red
2018 Romain Duvernay Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
5/10/2021 - oakville72 Likes this wine:
92 points
A very tasty, indeed spicy Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a surprising amount of finesse and a long way to go. Bought it as part of a 4-bottle package from wtso.com — the other bottles being Cairanne, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage — for an astonishing $65 for the four. All in all, a super value, if you can find it.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    7/6/21, 1:37 PM - Thanks for your note, it's back this week - shhh!!

Rosé
2020 G.D. Vajra Rosabella Vino da Tavola Rosé Blend
6/12/2021 - chablis28 wrote:
91 points
More & more Italy is becoming "go to" for rose in my wheelhouse. This is my 2nd or third vintage & best yet. Loaded w/ strawberry & floral fragrances. Like everything Vajra makes, extraordinary balance & purity. Going back for more. Paid $16 locally. Easily drinks more like $25+. Comes w/ convenient picnic friendly screw cap. Said to be 85% Nebbiolo, 10% Barbera & 5% Dolcetto.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    6/15/21, 9:19 AM - Great note, very similar to my take on the 2019 and why I went in for the 2020 @ $15 on case sale, hard to beat this QPR for sure, cheers!

Red
2019 Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
3/29/2021 - Vinnut Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep, dark reddish-purple in color, essentially opaque. Full, forward, & fragrant nose of intense, ripe fruit aromas of dark cherries, blackberries & plums with overtones of briary & earthy/dusty notes, spice notes of cloves, pepper & anise, herbs, dark cocoa, minerals & a slight hint of cedar in the background. Full bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, plush, ripe fruit flavors of dark cherries, blackberries & plums with spices, herbs, minerals & dark cocoa. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present with decanting & extended airing but has the fruit & firm structure to continue development with further aging at which time, I expect it to possibly score even higher (94+). However, it is wonderful in its youth.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    5/13/21, 7:24 PM - With M-T doing his thing at Bedrock and Joel at O&F I'm not sure there is much need to buy any other Zins/Blends at ~$40-$50...Ok maybe some Carlisle, Ridge, A. Rafanelli, even Seghesio SV's and a little Turley sprinkled in....but boy do these rock your world!!

  • Laz4wine commented:

    5/13/21, 7:51 PM - Thanks MJP...poor cellar has cardboard on the floor now so T is still fitting...pic was wife's 50th Bday present, custom made ('Ask to See My Cellar' on back). O&F would be a great addition anytime anywhere, met Joel and tasted with him in Feb 20, amzing dude.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Maison de Grand Esprit Champagne Marquis de La Mysteriale Champagne Blend
Retail $40(?). 59% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir. I did not have high hopes for this champagne. It was not due to the fact that I had tried it before (I don’t believe I have), nor did I know anything about the producer or brand. The reasons for my skepticism? First, the name—it just seemed way too showy for me (Marquis de la Mystèriale? Seriously?). Second, I bought it from Wines Til Sold Out for twenty bucks. Now, I have bought a ton of wine from WTSO and I have been overwhelmingly happy with those purchases. But a Champers for $20? You usually get what you pay for. So why take a flyer on six bottles? Simple. To serve some “real” champagne when my in-laws come over for dinner. At $20 it was worth taking a shot at causing my father-in-law to think I am a much bigger shot than I actually am. A funny thing happened when I opened this first bottle, however. It’s actually a pretty good bottle of bubbles with an active sparkle, plenty of tree fruit (golden delicious and Granny Smith apple), a focused acidity, and a fairly lengthy finish. Sure, I would prefer a lower dosage (I am guessing it is around 10 grams/lier or higher), but here is to being pleasantly surprised!

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  • Laz4wine commented:

    5/10/21, 7:57 PM - Great note, very similar rationale and also pleasantly surprised, very few bubbles under $25 - $30 which outperform this little mystery ;)

Red
2013 Viña Robles Suendero Paso Robles Red Blend
Still drinking nicely but at its prime now.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    5/10/21, 6:47 PM - Blue - sound skeptical of CT window out to '28, kind of figured 8 - 10 yrs for Paso would peak, I need to make more room so will hit it relatively soon thx.

Red
2015 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
FBELL001 - what gives with a 71? Typo or flawed? If latter please do not rate and check the flawed box. If former then at least offer details as this is highly and widely well regarded by both CT and pro tasters.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    5/6/21, 7:19 PM - Yeah Ghengis, there is anti-trolling too I guess...either way a few legit 95+ ratings will marginalize the impact statistically. Once there are 30+ TNs this troll will be irrelevant ;)

Red
2018 Aperture Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
4/19/2021 - TMOVino2 Likes this wine:
94 points
I’ve had nearly every vintage of this wine back to 2012. This is truly the best yet. Like many 2018’s it’s a deep ruby purple color. Aromas immediately pop of plums, dark fruits, cinnamon, vanilla, baking spices. Similar to other 2018’s I’ve had it starts feeling a bit thin but that changes after some air time. Full bodied, creamy, sweet fine tannins. Fantastic wine that is great now and should age well also.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    4/19/21, 12:48 PM - Great to hear early commentary and comparisons, solid potential and consistent with WA notes as well. Scored 2 stacking multiple discounts just under $50 (would have been 6 otherwise), so the QPR could ultimately rival the best out there. Any thoughts on when to try first of 2 given your multi-year experience?

  • Laz4wine commented:

    4/20/21, 2:59 PM - Yes, TY for guidance, will likely hit 1st in 24/25 and go from there!

Red
2018 John Duval Wines Shiraz Entity Barossa Valley
4/17/2021 - JohnnyandtheNors wrote:
88 points
This wine is quite young and needs lots of time still. Tight, with some solid blackberry at the center, but hiding beneith a lattice of racing tannins. This may be promising in a few years...we'll report back then! Softer on day two, but even with ample air it never really came around.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    4/20/21, 2:57 PM - All the 'pros' say drink now and for 10-15 year but CT window starting in 2024 seems like a better bet for peak drinkage, cheers mate!

Red
2018 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Sonoma County
4/17/2021 - andrewhitson wrote:
78 points
Nice nose and plenty of strong red fruit. Raspberry jam, strawberries and red currents. It had a slightly too syrupy taste and the sweetness was too overpowering for my liking.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    4/17/21, 7:25 PM - 75 is kind of trashing a wine on the scale for most, just so you're aware.

Red
2016 Castello di Monsanto Monrosso Toscana IGT Red Blend
3/2/2021 - tomoem Does not like this wine:
84 points
Wow .... just overly acidic and frankly undrinkable. There are black cherry flavors both in nose and in mouth but the wine is wildly unbalanced. No chance of any recovery by my reading of this. Avoid
  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/24/21, 6:01 PM - Really wondering what's going on with the swings in scores here, especially with a WS92 best buy - maybe some bottles not treated well, barrel variation at winery, bottle variation etc? Was thinking to respect the DW but now may at least Coravin one to see what the heck is up. If 'meh' can cook with it or serve others, if decent save the 2nd bottle a couple and check back. Monsanto normally is more consistent, right???

  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/24/21, 6:43 PM - Ok, couldn't wait, did the Coravin and holy s*it this is down right OOOOFFFFFFF! Glad I paid so little, will attempt to return. First thought was middle school locker room, and it went spiraling downhill from there, the astingency will only merit a sour stomach. You were generous with the 84 if similar to this, undrinkable is 60 - 75 in my estimation. Something is definitely not right with this wine and glad you brought it to our/my attention! Will Coravin something else I know to be good just to get smell/taste out of my head, oof!!

  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/28/21, 9:11 AM - Same here, we all need some 'weeknight wines' here and there to keep us honest, but this one sadly was a real low point.

Red
2016 Hartford / Hartford Court Old Vine Zinfandel Dina's Vineyard Russian River Valley
3/19/2021 - gmbdds wrote:
90 points
Bright and zesty berry. Thick and bold, but still somewhat racy and fresh. More tasty than serious or elegant.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/19/21, 8:35 PM - Trying to understand the appeal here to justify 25 - 50% premium above similar DCV / RRV peers like Ridge, A. Rafanelli, Bedrock, Nalle, etc.

  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/19/21, 8:54 PM - Seduced by WA96 rating and notes tbh, likely an experiment which does not bear much fruit...a small amount of research yields excellent examples from here to Paso.

  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/19/21, 8:54 PM - Seduced by WA96 rating and notes tbh, likely an experiment which does not bear much fruit...a small amount of research yields excellent examples from here to Paso.

  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/21/21, 7:50 AM - Thanks for OV rec and guidance...really makes me want to organize a 2016 'Zinfandown' with some wine peeps to blind taste 5 or 6 stalwarts with price strata at ~ $20 / $30 / $40 / $50 / $60. Group then ranks taste and value guesses. Would be fun and educational, if/when it happens we'll fire up the 'cue and I'll report out!

  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/21/21, 9:55 AM - Thanks Rich, I'm a T-Bird alum and have a junior who may consider ASU plus doing a college visit...so you never know, I might just show up!!

Red
2018 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/10/2021 - pakabear Likes this wine:
96 points
Dark red and black fruits, cassis, intense fruit on the attack all the way through. Mid palate on adds baking spices, dried earth, vanilla, cigar box and perfect balance.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/10/21, 6:55 PM - WA Club price is best I've seen, FS w/2+ too...

White
2017 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
3/6/2021 - Laz4wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Agree with S-F notes, solid bottle if a little different in style. Liked the overall profile with seafood dishes.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/7/21, 7:41 PM - Yeah a little more Burgundian, maybe a hybrid...still rich and complex but not as fruit forward, more of the toast and earth perhaps. Brought it to dinner so no detailed notes, more of a general impression.

Red
2014 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough
1/6/2021 - asajoseph Likes this wine:
95 points
Absolutely fell in love with this - intense, noticeably kiwi, mature Pinot. Deeper in colour than the young Aussie Pinot preceding it, this had a richer red fruit profile, almost verging into boysenberries at times. There is a noticeable cedar / tobacco note that marks this out as a more mature wine, but the balance between fruit & savoury is impeccable. Sensational.
  • Laz4wine commented:

    3/5/21, 7:14 PM - Appreciate the TN, will be trying soon!

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