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Red - Fortified
1985 Fonseca Porto Vintage Port Blend
3/19/2020 - Vinnut Likes this wine:
95 points
Deep, dark garnet in color with ever-so-slight clearing at the edges. Full, forward & fragrant nose of ripe fruit aromas of dark cherries, blackberries & dried figs with overtones of spices & floral notes of violets, earthy/dusty notes, toffee, minerals, herbs, cocoa, brown sugar & a hint of cedar in the background. Full bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & silky smooth textured, complex, dense & jammy, ripe fruit flavors of blackberries, dark cherries, plums, dried figs & raisins with honey, spices, toffee, minerals, herbs & a slight hint of vanilla. Long lingering smooth finish. Drinks quite well at present with decanting & extended airing & even at 35 years of age, it has the potential to easily continue for another decade (if cellared properly) if not longer, although any further development may be incremental. An absolutely wonderful Port. Cork was clean but slightly crumbly with the fill at lower portion of the neck with little sediment.
  • Vinnut commented:

    3/26/20, 10:55 AM - SRH, as good as it was that night, we found it was even better & smoother the next day.

White
1996 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
2/15/2020 - Vinnut Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium brassy gold in color. Full, forward & attractive nose of ripe fruit aromas of citrus notes of lemon/lime & apple with overtones of mineral/limestone, chalky, some floral notes of honeysuckle, spices, honey, waxy & a hint of vanilla/oak in the background. Medium-full bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, firm, ripe fruit flavors of apple, lemons/limes & melon with minerals, stony, honey, & a slight touch of vanilla/oak. Long lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present & at 24 years of age, any further development with further aging would be nominal. Cork was clean & intact with the fill at mid point of neck.
  • Vinnut commented:

    2/16/20, 6:27 PM - Thanks, John. Any kind of seafood- we had fresh salmon with it.

Red
2017 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
1/9/2020 - Vinnut Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium ruby red in color. Full, forward & fragrant nose of ripe fruit aromas of cherries, strawberries & blueberries with overtones of spices & floral notes, earthy/dusty, minerals & a slight touch of oak/vanilla in the background. Medium bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, ripe fruit flavors of red cherries, strawberries & blueberries with spices, earthiness, minerals & a touch of vanilla. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present & appears to be made for near or mid-term consumption. Very good QPR.
  • Vinnut commented:

    1/12/20, 9:10 PM - Thanks, Killer! You may want to try to Ayres as well- another classic Willamette Valley Pinot.

Red
2016 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
8/4/2019 - Vinnut wrote:
Deep, dark, inky, purple garnet- essentially opaque in color. Full, forward & fragrant nose of overripe & dense fruit aromas of dark cherries, blackberries & plums with overtones of earthy-dusty & spice notes, some pepper, floral notes of violets, dried herbs, spices, minerals & a funky smoky/rubber note in the background. Full bodied with a dense concentration of somewhat balanced but rough textured, intense, quite ripe dark fruit flavors of dark cherries, blackberries & plums with spices, bittersweet cocoa, herbs, minerals & oak/vanilla notes. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well with decanting but needs extended airing. It should benefit from much needed additional aging but it is an unique style of wine that for some is overripe, over-extracted & maybe over the top. A special "thanks" to SRH for the opportunity to sample this interesting wine.
  • Vinnut commented:

    8/5/19, 9:04 PM - Thanks, Stanley! You're more than kind! If I recall correctly, the comment was along the lines of a "rubber-duck!" Maybe a Bionic Rubber Duck?

  • Vinnut commented:

    8/7/19, 7:28 PM - vintage1949, it is always hard to tell since the answer needs to consider several factors such as your specific aging facility (a standard closet versus a temperature/humidity controlled cellar) or your own personal preferences (fresh, fruity & vibrant when youthful versus earthy/dusty & nuanced when aged) as well as the wine itself. There is no "correct" answer due to these variables. As they say, "let your palate be your guide." You say you have three, so probably best to space them out in specific intervals, say 5, 10 & 15 years of age and see how the wine develops.

Red
2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
7/1/2019 - Vinnut Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep dark reddish-violet garnet in color with some very slight clearing at the edges. Full, forward, fragrant & attractive nose of ripe fruits aromas of dark cherries, blackberries & plums with overtones of floral notes of lavender & earthy/dusty notes, kirsch & garrigue notes, Provencal herb notes, pepper, minerals & a hint of cedar in the background. Medium-full to full bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, lush, ripe fruit flavors of sweet dark cherries, blackberries & plums with spices, herbs, earthy & minerals. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present with decanting & extended airing. At 9 years of age, it is approaching its peak of development, but still has potential to continue developing with further aging if cellared properly.
  • Vinnut commented:

    7/6/19, 6:13 PM - korniev: I appreciate your comment. However, based on the number of Chateauneufs I have sampled over the years, especially the Vieux (as well as many others) are presently made in a more forward & accessible style than their predecessors. Hence, their drinkability window is much sooner than it was with past vintages.

Red
2013 Bibbiano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Capannino Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
2/9/2019 - Vinnut Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark reddish garnet in color, almost bordering on opaque. Full, forward & attractive nose of ripe fruit aromas of cherries, strawberries & plums with overtones of floral notes of roses & earthy/dusty, dried herbs, spices, minerals & a hint of cedar in the background. Medium bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, ripe red fruit flavors of sour cherries, mulberries & cranberries with dried herbs, spices, earthy, minerals & a hint of toasted oak. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present with decanting & extended airing but will continue development with additional aging.
  • Vinnut commented:

    3/9/19, 8:41 PM - Dinamarca, anytime from now if decanted or up to 2025. I find most Chiantis are best between 8 to 12 years of age depending on the producer & the vintage.

Red
2016 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
1/27/2019 - Vinnut wrote:
Deep, dark, inky, purple garnet almost opaque in color. Initially reticent with noticeable funky aromas but eventually developing into full, forward & attractive nose of overripe fruit aromas of dark cherries, blackberries & plums with overtones of spice notes of pepper & earthy/dusty, raisins, floral notes of violets, mushrooms, dried herbs, tar, minerals with a vanilla notes. Full bodied with a heavy concentration of dense & intense, balanced & still rough textured, dense, overripe & deep fruit flavors of dark cherries, blackberries & plums with spices, bittersweet cocoa, herbs, mushrooms, minerals & a hefty dose of vanilla. Lingering finish with noticeable sweetness. Drinks quite well with decanting and extended airing, but will may benefit from much needed additional aging. A unique style of wine that for some is overripe, over extracted & over the top.
  • Vinnut commented:

    3/6/19, 8:17 PM - Thanks, SRH. I appreciate your kind words.

Red
1978 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Napa Valley
3/2/2019 - Vinnut wrote:
90 points
Dark garnet in color with bricking & clearing at the edges. Full, fragrant & attractive nose of ripe fruit aromas of strawberries, currants & dried figs/raisins with overtones of earthy/loam notes, some tobacco/leather, spices, minerals, smoky & a hint of cedar in the background. Full bodied with a very good concentration of balanced & smooth textured, ripe fruit flavors of strawberries, currants & dried figs with spices, herbs, minerals & a touch of cedar. Lingering dry finish. Drinks well at present but is most likely at or past its peak of development at over 40 years of age, so drink up! A remarkably different style than its modern version. The cork was clean & intact; fill was in the lower portion of the neck above the shoulder; & considerable sediment adhering to the bottle.
  • Vinnut commented:

    3/6/19, 8:12 PM - Thanks, Oldwines! I appreciate your kind words. Yes, it is a shame they don't make them like like this anymore. I, too, wish they did.

Red
2011 Silvio Grasso Barolo Nebbiolo
4/2/2016 - Vinnut Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium-deep garnet in color. Forward, attractive & fragrant nose of youthful, ripe fruit aromas of cherries, strawberries & red plums with overtones of earthy, dusty & floral notes of roses, loam, dried herbs, leather, minerals & some cedar in the background. Medium bodied with a good concentration of smooth textured & balanced, youthful, ripe fruit flavors of sweet cherries, strawberries & & pomegranate with herbs, earthiness, spices & minerals. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well with decanting & extended airing but will benefit and develop further with additional aging.
  • Vinnut commented:

    5/2/17, 7:18 AM - Thanks for your kind words. I wouldn't call it "lighter," but it is more modern due to being riper & more forward in style in combination with the more accessible vintage.

Red
2004 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
10/31/2016 - Vinnut Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep dark garnet in color with bricking & clearing at the edges. Forward, attractive & fragrant nose of mature, ripe fruits aromas of cherries, blueberries, dried figs & plums with overtones of earthy/dusty & tar notes, floral notes of roses, sandalwood/cedar, aged tobacco, truffles, anise, dark cocoa, minerals, spices, smoky & dried herbs. Medium bodied with good concentration of balanced & smooth textured, mature, ripe dark fruit flavors of sour cherries, blueberries & plums with earthiness, mushrooms, spices, licorice, minerals, herbs & some toasty oak. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present with decanting & may be at or quite close to its peak of development so make plans to drink it up soon.
  • Vinnut commented:

    11/1/16, 7:56 PM - Whitejamesn: It depends on a number of factors. How is it stored? This bottle was stored in ideal conditions since its initial purchase. How do you like your Brunellos? For me, this one was at a perfect place right now as to maturity. However, I have heard complaints from others that this Brunello producer has a tendency to mature quicker than others. Hope this helps.

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