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Red
2011 Pine Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Encantado Reserve Napa Valley
10/17/2013 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
83 points
Expected more due to the write up about it being a white label reserve from a major producer who could not release their name since this wine was so cost efficient vs quality. We feel we got marketed, but probably deserved it. The really good inexpensive wines don't typically market themselves that way, you just stumble onto to them. Oh well, lesson learned...again. We will make it a third bottle with our best friends this weekend. Then we'll rush off to our next good wine story. Ain't the world of wine a total gas?!
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    3/25/18, 9:25 PM - We’re headed to Umbria in a few weeks, Ficulle to be exact. Any winery recommendations?

White
2010 Nardello Soave Classico Meridies Garganega
5/23/2013 - oakville72 wrote:
90 points
How good can a Soave be?

Long gone are the days when Bolla heavily advertised "Soave Bolla". Today's Italian "bianco di giorno" is Pinot Grigio, which ranges from utter drek to quite respectable, especially when grown in the Collio and Alto Adige regions.

This lovely Soave Classico is the product of a family vineyard and winery made from the traditional garganega grape. While garganega does not hold the same favor as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc or riesling, that may be a relatively simple matter of PR. In other words, could garganega compete with these three white varietals when grown in the right vineyard and made in similar ways?

This is a lovely wine, not overly complex but oh-so-balanced, which gifts the taster with fruit up front, crisp refreshment in the middle, and lingering tongue teasing at the end.

One wonders if these grapes, if vinified in a Burgundian manner — i.e., in barrique with extensive lees contact and malolactic encouraged — might produce a taste treat worthy of true international recognition.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    2/24/18, 12:24 PM - Fully agree. If, with the focused effort of master vintners, this wine could gain succulent viscosity, it would be a world class contender.

Red
2014 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells Columbia Valley
12/1/2017 - Glenn Gilbert Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium thick foil, appears to be genuine cork (monogrammed), 14.5% alcohol, long, slow legs, dark red, nose is fruit forward; vinturied but tasted immediately afterwards, full bodied, complex (main body + vanilla/oak finish), nice balance of fruit & tannins, notes of bing cherries, raspberries, peaches, even guava, will pair with almost any food; dry vs. non-dry: here, you have both, an amazing feat, dryness at the back of the throat but further forward is fruit, medium finish with notes of vanilla
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    7/8/17, 2:48 PM - Well said! Nice analysis. For my money, one of the best $16 cab bottles around.

Red
2012 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon Red Rhone Blend
2/23/2016 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
88 points
Cork was a little dry but it didn't crumble and the wine wasn't corked. But something must be off because this was nowhere near a great drinking experience. I've got $27 CDPs in my cellar right now that shame this $100 bottle.

If Sabon wants to gives us a redo we're open to it. Otherwise, make sure you try someone else's bottle before you buy your own.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    11/10/16, 6:22 AM - Try...
    2011 Adissat Gabriel or Isabelle, or most any other vintage
    2010 John Pierre Boisson, cuvée Elisabeth Chambellan

  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    11/10/16, 6:59 AM - For us it's September. Grapes still on the vine, good weather, and lower number of tourists, and most restaurants are still open

  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    11/10/16, 8:28 AM - Here's three great spots to get you in good wine country. Have stayed there and highly recommend each:
    Bordeaux: Beaux Séjour BnB http://www.gite-saint-emilion.com/en-saint-emilion-bordeaux-gite.htm
    Chateauneuff du Pape: Chateau des Fines Roches http://www.chateaufinesroches.com/en/luxury-hotel-avignon
    Burgundy: Les Roche BnB http://www.lesroches-burgundy.com/en/

Red
2010 Carpineta Fontalpino Dofana Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
3/25/2015 - VinoBee Likes this wine:
92 points
2x through aerator, then in bottle for 2 hrs. A youthful strawberry garnet color. Cedar box and mint coming through on the nose along with beautiful coriander, rosemary, cinnamon, mustard seed, and oregano notes. Terrific nose. Full-bodied but cotton soft on the palate with a long, smooth finish. The spice notes keep on keepin' on. Needs the air to reveal its delicious secrets. Fantastic.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    7/24/16, 8:08 AM - A very pleasing and helpful description.

Red
2014 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Highly enjoyable wine from a less than perfect vintage. Very fresh, with earth and balsam notes dominant. The palate is well-lifted, medium-bodied and shows good tension, with sweet tannins and a leathery finish. Good pairing with pasta, parm-regg and fresh tomatoes on a late winter/early spring night in Greve in Chianti. Terrific value; thru 2019. 13,5% abv. recommended

PnP, served non-blind. Diam cork.

https://italianwine.blog/
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    4/21/16, 7:10 PM - Man, making me jealous being in GiC. Bonnie and I renewed our 31 yr vows in Montefioralle just up the hill three years ago. Enjoy a bottle of black rooster for me!

Red
2010 Giuseppe Campagnola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Corvina Blend, Corvina
2/17/2016 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
93 points
Going 93 for a couple reasons. First, paid $100 for a Bordeaux rated 93 and Bonnie offered me her portion, and yet she asked me to make sure she got her share of this Amarone. That speaks volumes.

Second, Bonnie made a Strozzapreti al a vodka with chunks of Italian sausage, and this wine created one of the best pairings I've had. Man, knock your socks off!

Treat it right, sealed decant for 2+ hours.

So 93+ for us, and God bless the vintner for their art.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    3/14/16, 6:47 AM - Hello, this is Bonnie! The basics for my recipe are to use a high quality jarred organic al a vodka sauce for the base (you could make from scratch, but I like trying different sauces and experimenting with my own additions), sauté a couple of minced garlic cloves, half a chopped sweet onion and about a half pound of halved small organic Roma tomatoes in olive oil until very tender, add the onion/tomato mixture to the sauce and then I just "doctor" it up from there with on-hand items such as:
    Fresh chopped herbs - parsley, basil, etc.
    Dried herbs - Oregano, Italian seasoning, bay leaves
    Salt and Pepper to taste

    If you have the time, let all of this simmer for an hour or two and serve over your pasta with fresh grated Parmesan/Regianno cheese. If you have even more time, after it simmers let it cool and then place in refrigerator overnight. Reheat the sauce and serve! Enjoy!

Red
2009 Lui & William Wines Toro Abelis Carthago Fighting Bulls Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
Masculine, complex, expressive, tannic and bold as love. Sad to finish the last of three bottles, but will seek out more. Paired with a paella mixta and it was fantastic. More, please...
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    2/18/16, 4:55 PM - Bold as love...well said!

Red
2012 Greenpiper Cabernet Sauvignon John George Margaret River
5/15/2015 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine:
90 points
Great QPR. Ordered more.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    5/26/15, 7:42 PM - Very pleasant wine, should only improve with a few years, but thinking you'll enjoy it now.

Red
2011 Château Saint-Roch (Languedoc) Maury Sec Kerbuccio Grenache Blend, Grenache
1/23/2015 - kcsteve Likes this wine:
92 points
A steal of a wine. Deep, dense in color. Nose showed grape, herbs and spice. Palate was med-full body, light on palate, prunes, black fruit, spice and a touch of earth. Drying tannins and super acidity. Need substantial food, but so good just by itself. Holding other 2 til next year to see development.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    2/12/15, 12:48 PM - Intrigued by your review. Observed your profile and saw the "wine snob" cautionary note. Seems "snob" is more how you treat others than what you have or know, so wouldn't worry bout it as you seem sincere in your appreciation of wine. But quite certain you know that. :)

    How does this bottle compare with others you've experienced from the same region?

  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    2/12/15, 2:22 PM - Very sorry, no offense intended. Just noted you said in your profile your friends were calling you a wine snob. Please forgive.

Red
2012 Jacob's Creek Classic Shiraz Cabernet South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
2/11/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote:
83 points
This is the first time we have tried this relatively new to us, "Classic" label Shiraz Cabernet blend. Bought it a Kroger for almost twice we pay for the regular label, were expecting a step above in flavor and concentration, but were disappointed. Though mildly fruity, and mostly characteristic to these 2 noble red varietals, the overall impression was basically thin and washed out. The color was Aussie Shiraz purple. The nose was somewhat industrial not necessarily fruity. There is some rotary fermented style red and dark fruit, but it just lacks any real concentration. A little air and time in the glass helped, but still pretty thin and boring.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    2/12/15, 1:20 PM - How do you feel regarding this experience as regards Kroger? Will you continue to trust them as your wine merchant or will you ask them for a refund or other bottle? Asking because Kroger has dedicated wine staff and should be held accountable for what is on their shelves, just like any other. We've purchased both good and poor wine from them, and our general observation is, "buyer beware"! :)

  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    2/12/15, 1:43 PM - Got it, and understand. Don't work for this group. But have you heard of WTSO? They have a website where you can try wines from around the world for a pretty good deal. I'd say me and Bonnie have 75% success ratio ordering from them. Not bad.

    Also, interestingly enough, been in discussions about purchasing a wireless business in Columbia, ha! If we do I'll look you up when I come down. :)

White
2004 The Hess Collection Chardonnay Napa Valley
11/4/2012 - Steve9134 wrote:
89 points
A little past its time.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    2/12/15, 12:56 PM - Would past its prime be interpreted as "flat"?

Red
2007 Rulo Syrah Columbia Valley
Deep and vast on the nose displaying purple fruits spiced with iron drenched soils, coal and brier. Smooth, powerful and polished, this endless Syrah glides on the tongue with refined black fruits and soft acidity. This is well rounded and drinking well with plenty of air. Still has many years left in my book.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    2/12/15, 12:42 PM - Interesting and thorough review. Why withhold numerical rating? Numbers provide a guide star for us if from CT. We discount professional reviewers for the most part. ;)

White - Fortified
N.V. Yalumba Muscat Museum Reserve Rutherglen
1/17/2015 - tcosgriff Likes this wine:
95 points
Finally got to this wine, bought in 2005. Deep brown color with an extraordinary velvety, viscous feeling in the mouth. Rich bouquet and flavor of toffee, highlighted by just the right amount of acidity. Excellent balance and depth with a long finish. Very nice and very cheap.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    2/12/15, 12:38 PM - We've enjoyed an Alvear '27 which is also not expensive. Ever had that? Sounds similar.

Red - Fortified
N.V. Yalumba Antique Tawny Museum Release Barossa Port Blend
Smells like raisin. Tastes like walnut. Very sweet, but not as sticky cloying as you might expect.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    2/12/15, 12:33 PM - How does this compare to other ports you've experienced?

Red
2005 Valentina Cubi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Morar Corvina Blend, Corvina
12/10/2013 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
89 points
This is a good wine, but it does not approach the intoxicating, no pun intended, qualities of the 2006. Whereas the 06 is deep translucent ruby with amber tints, this wine is a bit cloudy. The 06 is succulent and viscous, the 05 is just smooth. If I were served this blind I may not even guess Amarone, I might guess an older, but not refined Brunello.

So here goes...this wine carries all the basic underpinnings of the 06, but it is not seductive, it's just a good drink. And the nose...hold a prune six inches from your left nostril, then saw the leg off an antique chair and hold that three inches from your right nostril, then drink some some cherry juice with shaved 60% dark chocolate floating on top and you'll be about there.

Would not buy again, but don't feel we wasted our money.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/5/15, 7:03 PM - Hi! No we've not had the opportunity to try the 08. Hope you enjoy it, and please let us know about the experience when you do.

Red - Fortified
1998 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage Quinta de Vargellas Port Blend
11/24/2014 - skurtz Likes this wine:
90 points
I've had problems with all the corks in this half-case purchased at auction; this bottle is no exception. Only half the cork comes out, the other half stays in the bottle and I have to whittle it down to get the pieces out. Then sieve out the cork fragments from the port. A bit of a pain, but thankfully the cork issues don't seem to have damaged the wine. But I'm not waiting to find out. I opened my last bottle tonight.

The port itself is similar to my previous notes over the past six months (very consistent), with solid spice and fragrant black fruit, cinnamon. Hot. Good viscosity. Knowing what I know now, would I buy the original half case again? Yes. Would I buy more? Well, I'm off to try new discoveries. Because of the cork issues I'm not sure if this would hold up to more aging, and there are plenty of older ports to try out there. Overall, this was a solid effort, but not a superstar.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    11/25/14, 4:36 PM - Got the perfect solution for you! Google port tongs, and make sure to get a feather. :) Will turn your pain into a memorable experience!

Red
2010 La Celestiere Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition Grenache Blend, Grenache
2/12/2014 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
85 points
Typical CDP nose. Very mineral on the palate right off. Flavors start to amalgamate and gets drier after fifteen mins. Cola emerges. But this wine confronts me with one of the primary human dilemmas, once you've had the good stuff, everything below that standard just seems lacking.

There are some CDPs that are vibrant and vital and drink above their price range. This is not one of those.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    8/8/14, 5:41 AM - Hanz, 2011 Adissat Isabelle and 2010 Domaine du Grand Tinel are a couple that fit that category for us.

Red
2007 Fattoria Scopone Il Bagatto Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
This isn't a very good wine, not now anyway. Opens with a nice enough nose, with Sangiovese seemingly dominating, but by the 30 minute mark this has a rough, bloody raw meat, Syrah-esque nose that does it no favors. The palate, too, in the same 30 minutes moves from one of poor integration to a tannic beast. Perhaps this will settle in, but honestly, I don't think so. A pretty poor effort, which means that even at $20, it's a waste of money. I suppose some want to think they can spend very little and get 'Montalcino' (on the label) and have it be worth a damn. In the instant case, they'd be wrong. 14,0% abv, maybe for use in braising.

Aerated to decanter 30 minutes, served non-blind, over 2 hours.

https://italianwine.blog/
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    7/29/14, 6:00 PM - Thanks for the fodder, saved me $$ I can spend on better wine!

Red
2008 Tabarrini Sagrantino di Montefalco Colle Grimaldesco
4/10/2014 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
92 points
92 because QPR is so good. Very interesting as described by others. Would definitely purchase again.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    4/14/14, 2:36 PM - Thank you for your note. Glad my comment inspired you to write.

    May each next glass be more enjoyable than the last for you. Cheers!

Red
2004 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Pinot Noir
1/23/2014 - Yagil wrote:
88 points
Bourgogne soirée (at Adina's): my 3rd and last bottle
double decanting 2 hrs before the tasting event
colour: light red-rose-brown
nose: elegant feminine secondary aroma of earthy flowers at opening, but worsened after 3 hours…
palate: well balanced, smooth & round tannins, great acidity, good harmony, symphony of flavors in the palette, very enjoyable wine - at opening, however also here things went in the wrong direction after 3 hours.
should be drank immediately after opening.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/26/14, 8:04 PM - Don't have this wine, but this sounds like good guidance in the event it crosses my path. Thank you!

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Le Dauphin de Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
Update: I removed my rating because it is day three and the wine is continuing to evolve and I realize I don't have enough experience to rate a wine like this. Perhaps after more bottles. As it stands, I'm more impressed on day three. The wood flavor has dissipated. The thickness has turned to a buttery melt that appears, deposits intense honeyed fruit flavors, and then liquifies into the mouth. Whereas three days ago I didn't understand the rave over Sauternes, today I realize I have more to realize, and I can't wait for the rest of the journey. Was a 90, now it's more than that to me, but 1-100 may not be the correct scale.

Original review begun three days ago:
This from true Sauternes novices, we really like this wine, but are left somewhat wanting. Sauternes creates an emotional connection because the first time we enjoyed it was in Italy at the end of a late dinner at Baccarossa, steps from our apartment we had rented in Florence. The owner, Max, joined us around 11:00 and had the server bring us a Sauternes to complete the meal. Quite a treat.

So I've been looking for a good Sauternes to try at home and came across this one, well liked by the CT community. Didn't want to waste time like we did when we started into red wine years ago when we went from plonk to plonk in nicer glasses. Finally discovered great red wine and haven't looked back. Wanted to accelerate the journey into Sauternes by acquiring what others thought a good bottle and skip plonk altogether. Although I doubt any Sauternes could fairly be classified that way.

Day one, it's very bright and fruity and zesty for a thirteen year old wine. Mid way in its journey from golden yellow to amber. Sweet. Thick. Rather like a cordial but with more depth. While a cordial or liqueur speaks to your palate, this wine speaks to your thoughts, imparting place with taste.

Vacuum corked and into the fridge.

Day two. Sipping by the fire. It's a bit deeper, but still just as bright. The wood is clear, and not the kind of woodiness one gets in a round Chardonnay, but actual wood flavor, as if you'd left a piece of fresh cut wood in the bottle overnight. I've not found myself very good at picking out the oak in many wines like others seem able to do, but this one is no challenge. And I have not developed the sophistication to understand if this is a desired trait in this type wine, but I'm open to it. That's a pretty good indicator that, although I strive to not be "kirsch" in my approach to reviewing wines, I suppose I'm still susceptible to the influence of others regarding what tastes good.

My issue is, Sauternes at the level of this wine, seems like a wine anyone would like a great deal, even a non-wine drinker. So, where's the learning curve? Where's the price I need to pay to develop my palate over time? Why is it so expensive comparatively?

I read the following in my study of the subject, "Baron Phillipe Rothschild of Mouton famously used to ice down his Yquem because that was the way he liked it, although he knew it drove the count crazy. Rothschild never did it when Lur Saluces was around."

I suppose everyone has their own taste, and the Baron Phillipe was rich enough to drink what he liked the way he liked it. Or as Henry 5th said, according to Shakespeare, "Dear Kate, you and I cannot be confined within the weak list of a country's fashion: we are the makers of manners, Kate."

We will continue this journey of Sauternes, and if anyone cares to grease the skids of our journey and send us a D'Yquem, we will oblige by accepting.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/20/14, 8:36 PM - After rummaging your cellar online I think you speak from understanding, so will definitely look forward to appreciating one of those recommendations!

Red
2006 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/20/2014 - markandsusanw Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted approx. 30 min ... Started with a little excess heat, but that seemed to blow off the longer it was open. Rich, red and blue fruits to open, coated with cream and a hint of mocha on the mid. Spice and earth to finish. Big, but fairly well balanced, except for that hot spot. Tannins are soft, but still present. All in all, a very good Cab and an extraordinary value at the price I found it ($30). In a very good place now, but seemingly has the stuffing to last at least another 5-7 years, if not not longer.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/20/14, 6:24 AM - Sounds like a steal at $30

Red
2006 Domaine du Cayron Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
1/16/2014 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
90 points
Long couple of days of meetings at HQ in San Diego, and instead of hanging with the 20+ people who are going who knows where for the eve, I came back to the hotel to dine and watch the sun disappear beyond Mission Bay. Snowed in Richmond this morn, Bonnie sent pics. Gorgeous here, but the eve brings a slight chill which the fire pit to my right perfectly resolves. Studied the wine list and utilized the advice of my unknown friends on CT to select my wine.

Bonnie's at home, and I miss her. So used to asking her thoughts on what we're going to order or just enjoyed, but tomorrow when I get home to Richmond, God willing, we will sample one or two just-arrived bottles that have good promise, especially the Chateau Guiraud.

I didn't want a dinner conversation, which is unusual for me, but I also didn't want to be alone, so Providence has provided the perfect interaction, a somm who is from Antibes, France, the country that in one visit became the heartbeat of my dreams. They were out of the Vacqueyras (try spelling that without Google) I was itching for so my new friend guided me toward this wine. His accent, style and comments about the wine make me miss being in France with Bonnie even more.

Gigondas. Duck confit.

This wine put me, actually, in an undesired spot, because I love diversity but have a tendency I despise. Although I'm not immovable in my menu selections at certain restaurants, I do notice that I find something I like at a particular restaurant and then order that item with embarrassing consistency. Darn. And tonight, I found a perfect pairing, which means I will be hard pressed to go another direction the next time I am here.

Duck Confit with roasted root vegetables, and Domaine du Cayron 2006. I have to say, rarely does a pairing work this well for me. The wine is not the NASCAR version of Gigondas I tend to enjoy...alcohol, fruit and herbs boiled in creosote, and deglazed with...creosote, this has more finesse, more polish and is a bit lighter. I really like it and would order again. But if there are not ducks waddling through the rows at Domaine du Cayron if I visit, I will be terribly disappointed, because there should be.

Miss you hon, see you tomorrow!

Meanwhile, I'll listen to the guy behind me try to impress his woman by talking about how he's going to order her the steak "tarter" he thinks will be awesome. And I'll watch the beautiful twenty-something girl with the mane of dark hair try to pay attention to the guy I don't think has her attention.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/17/14, 8:24 AM - Thank you for the gift of your feedback, I will take your comments to heart. I may be the victim of my inexperience with Gigondas as I've never drunk one others might consider a classic. Examples of a NASCAR Gigondas to me would be a 2011 Domaine De La Chapelle or a 2009 Domaine du Grand Montmirail. I didn't focus on the flavors and aromas of this wine because I saw so many what I felt were accurate profiles in other notes, but I will work to expand my POV based on your note.

White
2011 Domaine des Chenevières Chablis Les Grandes Vignes Chardonnay
9/28/2013 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
83 points
This is a decent bottle, but here's a story I've never told before. Opened it and said, in my brain only, "This smells like chicken". I tasted it and it was not bad. I poured Bonnie a glass and about ten minutes later she smells it and says, "This smells like chicken". I couldn't believe it. I've never thought or said that about any wine, although to be honest, I have said, "I think I'm getting some chicken poop in this one", which I actually like but didn't know to say "barnyard", so it stood as said, unfortunately.

Anywho, we both say, "This is going to be great with the chicken!" I was grilling chicken, which is why we bought the Chablis, because we'd had a great one in a cafe by the Eiffel Tower the week before...but I digress. So we take a bite of chicken, and then follow it with some Chablis. Nah. It somehow competed with the chicken in my mouth. The chicken was over here going, "I'm so delicious and succulent, and that herb marinade you put on me was perfetto!" Wait, perfetto was Italy the week before. "Magnifique", the chicken said. But the wine was like the obnoxious American, of which we saw three in Florence. Cowboy hat and boots and Gerber knife on the belt. The father and son were wearing those aprons you can buy in Firenze that have a picture of the chest-to-knees David. You get my drift. So anyway, the wine says, "What the hell, you little pansy! You need to pay attention to ME!" Which I did.

Well, being the afficiandos that we are (I think that's Italian for alcoholic) we ate the chicken and drank the whole bottle of Chablis. I kept my mouth shut, mainly because Bonnie picked this wine, and she has a deft backhand and a big ring. But as we were cleaning up after dinner she says, "You know, I didn't like that bottle as much as I wanted to."

And, as Forrest Gump says, "And that's all I have to say about that."
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/15/14, 10:41 PM - Well, no, actually. But I do have a domain I haven't developed yet called "Winereviewsforthecommonman.com". Just not sure anyone can bear my obtuse perspective on the world of on a regular basis, or manage to accurately type the web address. :-)

  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/16/14, 3:54 PM - I truly appreciate you taking the time to provide that feedback. I caught that error recently and started using the correct form, but I'm sure there are several instances of my misuse floating around. Please advise me of anything of this nature, I'm open to, and appreciate your help!

Red
2007 Tenimenti Ricci Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/7/2013 - Nike-Raider wrote:
87 points
I found this wine disappointing. The wine has a lot to offer in terms of complexity and previous reviews document the flavor profile pretty well, so I won't repeat them. However I found that tannins overshadow the wine and were harsh, considering that this is an 07. A few hours in the decanter helped, but it may be that even now (2013) this bottle is not ready. I will try again in 2015.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/16/14, 6:39 AM - Do you recall if the tannins simply mellowed out with decanting, or if the wine developed richness or complexity?

  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/16/14, 7:44 AM - Yes, this is very helpful thank you! Was thinking of purchasing from wtso but may hold of as we usually prefer a bolder more developed style. But a great price point for Brunello!

White - Off-dry
2001 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
12/31/2013 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine:
93 points
Mellowed, maturing, elegantly dressed seductrix. Irresistable.
Sweetness in check and screaming of Riesling. Acids integrated well in this pudding.
Wife: 91p.
Two more halfbtls to go. Next one in 2015.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/12/14, 5:11 PM - Beginning to explore Riesling now and will keep this in mind. We've had standard fare and enjoy it, so can't wait to get a chance to understand all this wine can be.

    BTW, does holding wine for the future frustrate you guys at all, or does the excitement of experiencing its development over time diminish the need for immediate gratification?

  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/12/14, 6:06 PM - Just bought a 2012 - Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese. Hoping its good!

  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/12/14, 6:11 PM - Regarding waiting on for a bottle to mature, I think I just need richer friends who like wine!

    If truly great wines drunk in their right time are as significant a jump as we experienced with going from poor reds to decent reds, then we'll be in for a real treat.

Red
1996 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
1/12/2014 - vanpe003 wrote:
94 points
Probably have some bottle variation on these, given sourced from several different auctions. This bottle - no green, no tar, no stew. If anything, it reminds me a bit of a Haut Brion. Smooth, silky. Developing some secondary character. Very nice. I hope the rest of my bottles mimic this one!
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/12/14, 5:19 PM - I think I'm more in awe that you can compare this to Haut Brion than that this is such a good wine! :-) never had one, but will someday!

    Someone in Napa once told me that Robert was the only guy in the valley that wouldn't get a ticket for driving a little "loosened up". He was indeed the king. Glad you enjoyed this bottle so much.

Red
2007 Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori) Bolgheri Superiore Red Bordeaux Blend
Slow-O 5 hours, served non-blind. Deep ruby core extends nearly to the rim. As the color suggests, this is just an infant based upon the aromas - green bell pepper, creme de cassis, blackberry pie, gravel, expensive oak, soil and herbs. Good first attack, big tannins clamp down only to get washed away by a river of acids. Really long, satisfying finish, but this is just too, too young. Going to wait 5-7 years before opening the next bottle. This rides the line between understated and opulent, if such a thing can happen. 14,0% abv, an ager, and far from its full beauty. Already a fair amount of sediment. highly recommended, thru 2030.

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  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/12/14, 5:02 PM - We're new to these cab/merlot based Italian wines, but the few we've had seem to imply they need 15 or 20 years to vent their angst and mellow out. Any thoughts on that?

Red
2004 Tommaso Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Tb Vigneto Alto Corvina Blend, Corvina
11/28/2013 - skurtz Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened at Thanksgiving, tasted over a period of 2h. Strong alcoholic nose, on the palate bursting with spice, fruit - a combination of plums and faint prunes. Long lingering finish. A hint of sweetness, no tannins in sight! With the flavor profile almost like a fine aged port. Perhaps my only regret was pairing this with roasted turkey, the wine did not have enough acid to show its best, I feel. It competed with, rather than enhanced the food. Probably would have been better earlier with the appetizers, instead of the '00 Barolo. My bad.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/12/14, 4:55 PM - The oldest Amarone I've had is 2006, and I've had '07 & 08 I liked even better. They drink well young to me, but do you feel age changes them substantially?

    We're new to Amarone, love it, and are trying to expand in our understanding.

Red
2009 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
1/4/2014 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
90 points
I search and search for the right words to describe what I get on the nose of this style Gigondas, but I struggle. What washes over my olfactory is something I connotate as "pitchy" or "tarry", but that's not what it smells like at all, just what my mental pallette gives me to work with. Dark, thick, baked bread, root beer. And it plays like that on the tongue, as well, but add some sweetness, blueberry juice, fresh paint (not that I've tried it since kindergarten). I personally love it. It's robust.

This wine is starting to hit it's stride.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/4/14, 2:33 PM - Indeed, my man.

  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    1/4/14, 4:51 PM - I think you're right! When I was a kid in Texarkana, my parents best friends lived a few hundred yards from a creosote plant, and now that you've mentioned it, that is the nuance I'm searching for. Thank you!

White - Off-dry
2012 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese Nahe
5/23/2013 - amateurwino wrote:
96 points
As beautiful as the Kirschheck, Felsenberg and Brucke spatleses are, this bottling is on a whole other level. You stick your nose in the glass, and the minerality here is the final piece to the puzzle, a perfect example of what makes Germany the pinnacle for off-dry riesling. The complex interplay of minerality, luxurious but controlled sweetness, and racy acidity can't be matched anywhere else. 96+
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    12/31/13, 4:47 PM - Your description sold me on this bottle. Cheers!

Red - Fortified
1966 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional Port Blend
12/26/2013 - dream Likes this wine:
97 points
An extraordinary port that is still youthful although reaching maturity. The nose is full of scents like cherry/chocolate, cuban tobacco and violets. On the palate, it is so perfectly balanced with a clear beginning, middle and end. There are layers of flavors ranging from coffee to bitter chocolate to floral violets and the finish is so supremely satisfying in its complexity. The most extraordinary Port I've ever tasted and it should continue to improve for perhaps decades!
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    12/26/13, 2:18 PM - I rejoice in your love of this beverage although I've had little port in my lifetime. But I will say that you've made me crave this one!

Red
2006 La Velona Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/24/2013 - Tim and Bonnie wrote:
88 points
Modest Brunello.
  • Tim and Bonnie commented:

    12/25/13, 6:45 PM - Stefan, we decanted for two hours, although we usually prefer three. We only had one bottle of this wine so don't have a point of reference to a case of them as you do. The bottle was not "off" as in tainted, it just wasn't what we're looking for in a Brunello, but let me add some color to our comment.

    We divide Brunello into three basic categories, the first is truly Old World which is like the 2006 La Poderina Riserva Poggio Abate. I describe that one as eating a mushroom and a wild strawberry off a wet saddle while sniffing a eucalyptus leaf and wearing a musk cologne. Intriguing, a real palate clearer, but not our sweet spot.

    Second are those Brunellos that tee up to us like very good Chiantis, bright, astringent, good food wine, but we don't want to pay Brunello prices for Chianti unless we're really going upstream. This style is what the La Velona was like for us. Very good wine, but not what we've sought in Brunello.

    Third style is the deeper, darker, smoother wine that has immediate chocolate or mocha overtones. Still has brightness but is not over-astringent or too acidy. 2008 Cava D'onice touches on this but is a bit young. Was about $75. We had a 2007 Andretta that is only $30 and kills in this category. Great QPR, at least we think so. We're not Brunello experts by any means, but we've had enough to know what we like.

    Would love to share one of your bottles to see if our experience was simply an anomaly! Let us know if you get to Virginia.

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