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Red
2010 Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Santenots Pinot Noir
7/17/2020 - BillyRayValentine wrote:
86 points
Agree with Notes from Soyhead, PGB67 and Stainedglass. Rich but very little acidity to balance. Found it cloying and sweet, more like a big central coast Pinot than a burgundy. Not bad, just not what I expected or wanted.
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    7/19/20, 2:42 PM - I don’t think so. Purchased direct from reputable importer and stored in climate controlled cellar. And it didn’t taste off or cooked. I think it’s just a different style. Hoping the next one is better, if not maybe you want to buy mine? :)

Red
2008 Luigi Pira Barolo Margheria Nebbiolo
9/26/2019 - americanstorm Likes this wine:
93 points
3 hour decant, really well liked by everyone. Tannins are smooth and well integrated. Cherry, tar leather. Good finish. Good vale for the price point. 93+
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    5/19/20, 9:49 PM - You rate it 79 with positive review and 93+ in body of note? If a mistake, cool (happens) and please fix for the community If not, please stop rating wines as your ratings don’t make sense.

Red
2001 Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco Nebbiolo
5/16/2020 - Derek Darth Taster wrote:
94 points
AWE Piedmont tasting. Single blind. Drank in Grassl Cru. 2 pours 4 hours apart.
Appearance is clear, very pale intensity, garnet colour. Legs.
Nose is NOT clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of barnyard chicken coop, good stinky earth, rose + tar, menthol mint, red cherries, redcurrant, underlying licorice. Developed.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol (14.5%), soft integrated high tannins, medium+ body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of elegant red cherries, redcurrant, red licorice, menthol mint, light tar earth, chalkiness, darker red cherries with more air. Ethereal long finish. Initially this seemed to be either dilute or lacking complex layers. But with some air time in glass and over the night, it did show up better. Lovely elegant expression in Serralunga.
Mix of old barriques, tonneaux, botti used.
From the Lazzairasco plot in the Lazzarito cru in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba.
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    5/19/20, 8:26 PM - Thank you for the super thoughtful and detailed note. Couldn’t agree more and really enjoyed reading it. Took the words out of my mouth - and then some.

Red
2001 Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco Nebbiolo
3/22/2020 - Tranquility Base Likes this wine:
94 points
Really delicious. I was worried because the cork fell apart upon trying to open it and then the wine looked fairly bricked as I poured it into a decanter. However, this wine could not have tasted more lively and fresh! For a 19-year-old wine, it still had some delicious fruit, the tannins were calm (but not too calm), and it kept getting better with air. I suppose there might be more noble and serious Barolos, but this hit all the marks for sheer deliciousness. Great with grilled lamb chops.
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    5/19/20, 8:24 PM - Had exact same cork issue and fear but the wine was awesome. Thanks for your note!

Red
2013 Turley Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard Paso Robles
3/31/2020 - Eric Van Likes this wine:
82 points
Solid
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    5/14/20, 11:45 AM - You like it but only an 82?

Red
2006 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
2/20/2020 - Bowmanifesto wrote:
93 points
For ten years, this bottle has nestled in my cellar, waiting for its debut. With a brilliant Italian meal prepared by my wife, this was the perfect accompaniment. An hour after opening, it was ready. Dark purple in the glass, with almost opaque glow, and massive legs. On the nose, harvest berries and earthy undertones. On the palate, huge presence and multiple waves of deep, luscious fruits. Long finish with gorgeous and substantial tannins. Notes of cacao on the very end. Altogether, this is where Massive Meets Lovely. Well worth the wait.
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    4/28/20, 6:43 PM - Ditto!

Red
2010 Epoch Estate Wines Authenticity Paderewski Vineyard Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
12/2/2019 - PinotPaul Likes this wine:
92 points
Wonderful blend (89% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre). Still good fruit
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    3/13/20, 6:05 PM - Not a zin. Syrah Mourvèdre blend.

Red
2012 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley
5/29/2016 - andrewdodd86 Likes this wine:
93 points
Core of bright red strawberry, high acid, fruit forward. As delicious as this is, still comes across a little primary and not incredibly complex. Decent.
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    11/25/16, 12:22 AM - Hi - Help me understand why you rate it 93 but say it is "decent?" A 93 typically means close to outstanding.

  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    11/25/16, 12:24 AM - Hi - why did you rate this a 93 if it is just "decent?"

Red
2013 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley
8/4/2015 - Milliontown wrote:
89 points
Cellarhand Trade Day 2015 (Regent Theatre, Plaza Ballroom, Collins Street, Melbourne): I'll always have a soft spot for this wine. 100% new oak, which is mostly noticeable on the nose. Packs a heck of a punch. Very powerful and dense wine with super fine tannin, jammy dark fruit and generous length. Yum.
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    9/6/16, 5:02 PM - I agree. CT ratings are used by the community so should be calibrated for the community. 86 is interpreted as a decent wine and the note sounds like it is a great wine.

Red
2008 Turley Zinfandel Tofanelli Vineyard Napa Valley
Sappy syrupy jammy flabby. No pepper, no acid, no backbone. Disappointing.
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    10/4/15, 8:13 PM - Nope. Not flawed, just did not like it.

White
2011 Agro de Bazan Albariño Rías Baixas Granbazán Etiqueta Ambar
7/3/2014 - ewindels wrote:
75 points
A little simplistic, but quite nice: forward fruit notes, especially cherry, a little smoke, a little spice.
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    7/13/14, 6:49 PM - How can it be nice and only get 75 points?

  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    7/21/14, 10:51 PM - Thanks. A 75 point rating is fairly rare and most would expect that to mean you disliked it and there was something very unpleasant about the wine. Appreciate the extra color in your recent note.

Red
2009 Westerly Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County
11/10/2012 - tomherer Likes this wine:
92 points
Really interesting stuff. So happy I took a flyer on closeout. Smells of cherry, orange peel, cinnamon, and cedar. Also displays these flavors, in addition to wild berry, pomegranate, mineral, and black pepper.

Fairly lightweight and nervy, with a long delicate finish dominated by the spice flavors. Did a PnP, but it didn't sing until about an hour in, so some air is recommended, and I wouldn't hesitate to lay this down for a few years.
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    11/23/13, 10:59 PM - Spot on note. Well said and thanks. I couldn't describe it better.

White
2008 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Großes Gewächs Mosel Saar Ruwer
1/10/2010 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
72 points
This is a pretty textbook example of the current hipster style of Großes Gewächs that I don't much fancy, tasting like it was created in response to a dare -- "I'll bet I can make my wine more painfully dry and acidic than yours!" It's kind of like a hypothetical blend of wine and pain. It tastes like a mouthful of razor blades dipped in acid with maybe the faintest inflection of riesling fruit. But the funny thing about this style is that it functions in wine tastings in pretty much the exact same way as the polar opposite style. In a lineup of fat, syrupy cult cabernets, the fattest, most syrupy one is always the "winner." ("Blew everything else off the table!") A lot of these GG's do the same thing, but backwards -- it's the most acidic and austere one that blows away the competition, since once someone's cut up your tongue with a razor blade the rest is kind of anti-climatic. Matt Kramer coined the phrase "low-cut-dress syndrome" to describe the tendency of those fat, syrupy wines to dominate blind tastings, like the way the first woman you notice in the room is the one with fake boobs and a plunging neckline. I can only imagine the scene if you put a wine like this in a middle of a lineup of low-cut-dress wines. All those blondes with fake boobs in stripper dresses sizing each other up and then in walks this Großes Gewächs out of a German schizer porn movie with a leather face mask, spiked heels, and shaved eyebrows cracking a cat-of-nine-tails and she says in a husky machine-like voice, "Guten tag. Who wants to be my slave? I don't use safe words." Anyway, it was an experience of sorts, but I was pretty happy to escape this wine after dinner.
  • BillyRayValentine commented:

    7/29/13, 9:11 PM - That is one of the best tasting notes I have ever read. Makes me want to try it - once, on someone else's tab, in a very private tasting.

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