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Red
9/12/2021 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
94 points
Strawberry and cherry on the nose with a faint touch of alcohol. Tannin remnants present in a good way; easy to sip but powerful enough to cut through fat. Slightly sweet finish. Unabashed California Pinot done very nicely.
Red
7/5/2021 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
94 points
Blackberry and tobacco on the nose, with a subtle hint of forest funk. Tannins are beautifully integrated, mid-mouth gave me a pleasant tingling feeling, leading to a long-lasting, tongue-coating finish. Touch of alcohol on the end of just sipping, medium rare steak takes care if that quickly. Very nice wine...
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Red
Completely flat - fished this one out of my cellar to have with a skirt steak and while not undrinkable, bears no resemblance to anything of quality
Red
2/3/2021 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
95 points
This is really delicious. Decanted for about 1.5 hours and the wine was in a great place at first sip. Primary notes of strawberry on the nose with a secondary element of cranberry and a touch of clove. You don't notice the tannins until you have food - the wine is equally good as a sipper and paired beautifully with a duck magret. Each glass continued to get better - really outstanding job by Rochioli, this was a treat.
Red
2012 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/4/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
93 points
Started with a 2 hour decant. Prominent notes of plum and leather on the nose; tannins still present albeit not in an overpowering way, very long finish. Touch of sweetness that balances everything out. Easy to sip, but better with steak. Very nice bottle and more complex than their estate cabernet, but hard to justify the price tag when there are better options...would be a great bottle at $100
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Red
11/17/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
94 points
Way better than I thought this could be, especially considering the cork broke in half and I had to do surgery to open this bottle without letting the cork touch the wine! While many complained of the lack of fruit (partially true in my perception), this wine more than makes up for it in delicate spice, a beautifully floral note, and an impeccable finish. I did get faded cherry on the nose, with secondary notes of leather and clove. The mid mouth has a touch of sweetness (in a good way), which leads to a finish that keeps you wanting more. Refined enough to sip, sturdy enough to stand up to my skirt steak with chimichurri. Wonderful, pleasant surprise as I though this would be on the decline...
Red
10/28/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
91 points
Nothing wrong with this bottle, but I thought it would be better compared to the last one I had 3 years ago. Nice notes of cherry on the bouquet; was less spice-driven and a bit thinner than the last bottle I had in 2017. The tannins were better integrated. Went well with pork chops, but KB has put forth better representations...
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Red
10/9/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
93 points
Definitely benefitted from the patience; this was my last '11 Littorai pinot. Primary notes of plum and strawberry on the nose with secondary floral notes. Mid mouth feel syrupy (in a good way) which transitions into light tannins that leave a nice coating on your tongue. I'd suggest drinking this now...it's at its peak and I don't see it getting any better, although I do believe it has a couple of more years in it.
Red
6/25/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
92 points
One of my favorite Turley plots of soil. Tons of fruit on the nose, dominated by blackberry and blueberry, with secondary cherry notes. Very little acid in this one, which leads to a surprisingly easy finish - I got a coating of spice on my tongue that leaves me wanting another sip.
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White
6/11/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
94 points
Pineapple and lemon on the nose; elegant mid-mouth feel and nearly flawless transition. Way better than I had expected, very delicious bottle.
Red
6/6/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful plum notes on the bouquet, with secondary black fruit notes. Wine transitions beautifully into the mid-mouth feel with a touch of sweetness that plays perfectly. Tannins, although present, are nicely integrated. Pork and pinot made my night - outstanding bottle.
Red
5/19/2020 - Phillybadger wrote:
89 points
Wish this were better, perhaps there was a flaw in the wine. Didn't get the fruit to which I'm accustomed with Turley wines, and the finish was a bit jagged, even after 5 hours (my last glass) in the decanter. I can't definitely say there was something wrong with this bottle, but I'm hoping that's the case as I have another one. ?????
Red
5/9/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
91 points
45 minute decant before pairing with fresh salumi and truffle cheese (45 minute wait around 23rd street to get into Eataly with social distancing). Clear aroma of cherry with a secondary note of blackberry. This wine sips a bit sweeter than many of the other Turley zinfandels to which I'm accustomed; neither a pro nor a con in this instance, just different. Tannins and high alcohol are very well-integrated. Nice bottle; I recall other vintages of Dusi delivering a bit better.
Red
4/18/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
92 points
Strawberry and clove on the nose with a secondary hint of cranberry. Medium tannin on the mid-mouth which transitions nicely to a pleasing finish. Decanted for 2 hours and wine definitely got better with each glass...I have a few more bottles of this and I suspect they'll get better for the next 5 or so years. Went beautifully with coq au vin...
Red
3/22/2020 - Phillybadger wrote:
91 points
PnP. Actually needed about 15 minutes in the decanter to open up, the first glass wasn't as good as the ensuing glasses. Terrific acidity remaining in this wine as expected from Nebbiolo, tannins very nicely integrated. I'd hesitate to say it's 'past its peak' as I'm still enjoying this, but I don't see it getting better. Going to be a long time cooped up indoors...thank goodness for wine :)
Red
3/20/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
91 points
Forgot about this one in my cellar from when I purchased it 10 years ago, pleasant surprise. Stained through the cork about 20% of the way but no effect on the wine (bit of sediment, but a decant took care of it). Has that 'Rutherford Dust' aroma the folks at Sequoia like to talk about, with a secondary note of strawberry on the nose. Tannins are almost gone; weird drinking a cabernet that's sippable without food. I feared this may be way beyond it's peak, and for sure I don't think it's getting any better, but this was a very pleasant treat all things considered being cooped in. Wish my steak was better...was unable to get it at Whole Foods.
Red
2/20/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
93 points
Better than I expected...Littorai has been hit or miss with many of their single vineyards, but this was a pleasant surprise. Decanted for about 90 minutes; I could tell it was going to be good from the first waft of the bouquet. I got red fruit on the nose (predominantly raspberry) with a terrific spice note. Tannins are extremely well integrated resulting in a very clean finish. Terrific for sipping, also goes very well with pernil...
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Red
1/29/2020 - Phillybadger wrote:
93 points
Very delicate. Red berries on the nose with a slight touch of heat (remember this is 15.8% ABV). Tannins are present, but they are integrated to near perfection - I can't remember a Turley zin with a finish as clean as this plot of soil and year. I'm a big fan of Turley wines for my midweek/table wine; my remaining bottles of this single vineyard/vintage will be set aside for a meal that's a step up.
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Red
1/22/2020 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep berry notes on the nose with a secondary floral note that expanded as I moved on to each glass (last glass consumed with about 4-5 hours of air). Very pleasant mid-mouth feel with nicely integrated tannins. Many complained about this being over-extracted, I enjoyed the unabashed fruit-forward nature that I typically expect from RRV pinots. While delicious on its own, it went beautifully with pork chops.
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Red
11/21/2019 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
95 points
Heavily perfumed, terrific floral notes with a hint of strawberry on the nose. Tannins, while present, are nicely integrated into a slightly sweet (in a good way) finish. This wine is drinking beautifully right now...glad I have 5 more bottles; interested to see how the progress across the next 5-7 years
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Red
10/27/2019 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
92 points
Been about 2.5 years since I've opened a bottle, wine has remained consistently good. Tart cherry on the nose with a touch of heat, mid-mouth feel is in a great place and the tannins (still present) are well-integrated into the finish. As many others note I don't see this getting better with more time, but I do believe it has a few more years of sustainability as you finish up any remaining bottles in the cellar.
Red
9/4/2019 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
95 points
Primary notes of blackberry, with secondary notes of raspberry and cedar - very fruit-forward for a cabernet, particularly one with 10 years of age. Bit of vanilla on the mid-mouth feel; mid-level oak which presents in a pleasant way. Still a good bit of tannin - decanted about 2 hours before trying; can't tell you how the wine did after 5 hours as we gobbled it up pretty quickly. Showing very nicely - excellent Turnbull representation; looking forward to seeing how the '09 does in a few years.
Red
8/16/2019 - Phillybadger wrote:
89 points
Meh. Good bit of blackberry and spice on the nose as I’m drinking this 6 hours after opening; smells more of sea muck 3-4 hours in. Very big for a pinot, in a not good way - hard to recognize the varietal. Admittedly the wine got better with each glass; not sure why a California Pinot with 6 years of age needs 6 hours. I’m fed up with Sea Smoke and have stopped buying...interested to see how my remaining bottles do as they age into 10-12 years...
Red
7/16/2019 - Phillybadger wrote:
89 points
Disappointing for Turnbull. Faint hints of blackberry and tar on the nose, with a secondary note of menthol. Finish is very thin. Fatty steak helped pick up the wine, but the last glass without any food was tough to take down. I have consistently loved Turnbull Cabernet back through 2005, but this is the weakest one I've encountered in awhile. I stopped buying after the 2010 vintage 100 pt rating as they doubled the prices - this justifies my decision.
Red
5/27/2019 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
93 points
Required less time decanting than my previous bottle roughly 3-4 years ago, but minimal change (either positive or negative) comparatively (touch better now). Nice raspberry on the nose with secondary spice notes; tannins integrated a bit more nicely than a number of years ago. Finish is nice - went well with a tagliatelle with rabbit ragu. When I purchased this about 7-8 years ago in the $45 range I was unsure about the length potential and was pleasantly surprised. No reason to keep these around, likely another 2-3 years but unlikely to get any better.
Red
4/28/2019 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for about 2.5 hours before consuming. Predominant aroma on the nose is cherry, with secondary spice notes. Mid-mouth continues with cherries; tannins are integrated nicely. Consistent with the Littorai style this is one of the more reserved wines in the Sonoma Coast - very nice 'hybrid' style of fruit and earth. The 7 years of aging have done right by this bottle - eager to taste my 2012 Hirsch and The Haven bottles. Went beautifully with a mustard peach pork tenderloin and a simple salad with goat cheese and dried cherries
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Red
4/18/2019 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
93 points
Tons of fruit on the nose, cherry, blueberry, and a bit of cola - classic Russian River Valley. Decanted for about 60-75 minutes in advance (don't know if it needed it, but it didn't hurt). Effusive fruit at first taste; tannins a bit on the high end for pinot but they're well-integrated. Finish is terrific, I could drink 2 bottles. Easy enough to sip, but enough oomph to stand up to food - went beautifully with a mushroom omelet and side salad.
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Red
4/11/2019 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
95 points
Primary notes of strawberry and plum on the nose, with secondary notes of clove. The aroma, despite being a California pinot, reminds me of a Brunello with 9-10 years of age (in a great way). Tannins are integrated quite nicely; the finish lingers for nearly a minute. Decanted for about 3.5 hours due to this wine's relative youth, plenty of time to continue aging but ready to drink if you give a good decant. Terrific pairing with a pork tenderloin in thyme butter with oyster mushrooms.
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Red
3/2/2019 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
93 points
Blackberry and raspberry on the nose along with secondary notes of cigar box. You can definitely taste the oak on the mid-mouth feel although this doesn't bother me the way it appears to bother other reviewers. Tannins are present, but nicely integrated - good enough to sip but can still stand up to a steak. I decanted for an hour and it was ready to drink. Interestingly enough, I had never purchased any wines from Leopoldina (apart from the grapes mixed into the black label); this was a mandatory purchase to access the 100 point Fortuna (which I've yet to taste). If the Amoenus and Fortuna version of the 2010 vintage are better than this it will be an enjoyable drinking experience!
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Red
1/27/2019 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicate nose of baking spices, black cherry, and orange peel. Very pleasing mid-mouth feel with a seamless transition to finish, light tannin in this reserved wine. Terrific sipping on its own after a 3 hour decant, even better with a croque madame and side salad - you could envision this Burgundian style wine being served in a French bistro. Very pleasantly surprised with this soil; most recently I've leaned towards Hirsch, Thieriot, and The Haven, but this was quite good. Should be drinkable for the next 3-5 years; ready with a good decant if you can't wait.
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Red
1/18/2019 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
94 points
Excellent. While not quite as good as the 2013, this wine presents a bouquet of strawberry, with secondary notes of cherry and cedar. I was (pleasantly) surprised at the bit of earth I tasted, which is atypical, in my opinion, for California pinots. After a 2 hour decant it was a bit tight in the mid-mouth, but by hour 3 it opened up nicely. Medium tannins present a nice coating on the mouth that leaves a pleasant finish. I'm embarrassed to say I didn't have any food with it, my wife and I sipped it before heading out for a special occasion - likely even better with food. Of all of my allocations, this is the one I always snap up - well worth the wait on the list, and fairly priced (sub $100) in comparison to many other wines.
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Red
12/7/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
93 points
Cranberry, strawberry, and raspberry on the nose with definitive spice notes. Tannins very nicely integrated into the mouthfeel - a pleasure to sip and paired well with Thai sweet chili lime chicken. I gave it a decant for about 2 hours...when I snuck a few whiffs in the decanter as it opened up you could smell the evolution of the bouquet. Recently I've been disappointed with Littorai plots of soil that aren't Hirsch, B.A. Thieriot, or The Haven; this was a very pleasant surprise. Ready to drink now (with a decant); should be good for the next 3-5 years.
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Red
11/30/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
93 points
Keeps getting better...patience is rewarded here. Plum, raspberry, and boysenberry on the nose with a secondary spice note of clove. Decanted for about 3 hours and enjoyed this one from the beginning. Tannins have integrated quite nicely and this was very enjoyable, almost a 94. This is ready to drink (with a brief decant) although I think it has a few more years.
Red
8/18/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
92 points
Primary notes of strawberry and cherry on the nose, with a secondary note of faint menthol and clove. Decent, but not overwhelming acidity balances the mouthfeel nicely; tannins are well-integrated. Decanted about 90 minutes and drank across 2.5 hours; no noticeable difference in the last glass compared to the first. This is a terrific wine - unfortunately it pales in comparison to its cousins planted in the west block and sweetwater plots of soil. Paired very well with marinated duck breast and quail...
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Red
7/29/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
91 points
Raspberry predominates on the nose, along with a subtle hint of menthol and a not so subtle hint of alcohol (15.5%). While the nose doesn't stack up to that to which I'm typically accustomed from Turley, the mid mouth feel is terrific and the tannins are integrated quite well, especially for a wine of this youth. I decanted from about 90 minutes before drinking, and each glass became better - a testament to the extent to which I anticipate this wine will improve. Very nice bottle
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Red
6/9/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
94 points
I really enjoyed this one. Got a good bit of dark fruit, especially cassis on the nose. Secondary notes of vanilla, oak, and blackberry. Very little acidity; nice backbone of tannin that has softened a bit in its 8 years. Terrific complement to a ribeye and truffle mac 'n cheese. 3 more bottles remaining...looking forward to their evolution across the next few years.
Red
4/8/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted for about an hour before consumption - went very nicely with lemon oregano lamb chops. Good bit of fruit on the nose for a cabernet, I got a bit of raspberry as well as oak, which was a prominent flavor in this wine. Secondary notes of blueberry. Tannin has softened a bit compared to some of the younger vintages, although the Phelps style typically leans towards approachability in youth as opposed to austerity. Touch of sweetness and oak on the finish that gave this bottle flexibility to sip pre-dinner as well as stand up to the lamb. No earth-shattering complexity, but a very nice bottle nonetheless.
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Red
3/24/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
91 points
Sour cherry dominates the nose, followed by plum and a spice note indicative of brunello. Decent acidity on the mid-mouth along with medium tannin; little complexity on the finish (although easy to open up a few of these as they go down with the quickness). Terrific 'poor man's brunello' that is great for a mid-week pasta dish. Great price point at $25 - glad I snapped up a case.
Red
3/21/2018 - Phillybadger wrote:
92 points
Cherry pie, with a secondary note of allspice and the slightest touch of heat on the nose. Elegant mid-mouth feel that's bursting with fruit; well-integrated, medium tannin. Went very well with pork chops - interested to see how my remaining bottles in this plot of soil play out in the upcoming years; my experience with K-B is the wines don't improve with age (not a knock on the wines, rather they're much easier to drink upon release) and sustain their characteristics across a number of years.
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Red
3/2/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted for 3 hours before tasting; likely needed 5 as the second half of the bottle was way better. 88 to start (after 3 hours) and 92 towards the end. Cranberry, blueberry, and a subtle spice note that I can't quite identify on the nose. Light tannin and medium acidity present a very nice mid mouth feel. Finish is a touch thin, although it was greatly improved when preceded by a bit of pork tenderloin. I'm starting to lean towards the Hirsch, BA Theiriot, and Haven plots of soil, and I think they may make better chardonnay than pinot.
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Red
2/22/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
93 points
Dried cherries and a secondary floral note on the nose; terrific acidity, firm tannic structure that's well-integrated into the bottle. One of the best barbarescos I've had in awhile - aging nicely.
Red
2/14/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
92 points
Primary notes of bing cherry and blueberry with a secondary note of wood shavings - touch of alcohol on the nose as well, likely due to the 15.8% ABV. Good bit of acidity on the mid mouth feel and medium tannin on the finish. 5 years of age smoothed out the finish compared to some of the younger Turley representations. Was just as good sipping before and after dinner as it was with orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe. Very nice bottle.
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Red
2/11/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
91 points
Good, but was expecting a bit more. My first taste of the Ten designate, I waited a few years before opening a bottle. Much like the Southing, this needs 3+ hours of decanting - first glass was about an 88, second a 90, continuing to get better, etc. By the time I was on the second half of the bottle, I was getting plum and cranberry on the nose, with secondary notes of clove. A touch hot on the first glass, the alcohol integrated nicely into the finish, which had medium acidity and tannins. Nice enough bottle, but I'm not sure about the hype, which I think is driven by its exclusivity. I prefer Rochioli single vineyards, K-B, and Littorai. Need to decide if I'll keep my allocation open or focus more on the other 3 aforementioned pinots...
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Red
2/1/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
91 points
Black currant, raspberry, and blackberry on the nose; oak is noticeable. Secondary notes of leather, firm tannin. Classic pairing with skirt steak, asparagus, and a potato. Very nice bottle, great producer.
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White
1/30/2018 - Phillybadger wrote:
94 points
I really enjoyed this wine - opened and gave about 30 minutes of air. Primary notes of apple on the nose, with a secondary note of lemon zest. Terrific acidity and very low oak reminded me of a Burgundian style. Finish was well-integrated - my allocation opened today for 2016 wines; I'll be getting some more of this (along with some of their wonderful pinot).
Red
1/29/2018 - Phillybadger wrote:
93 points
30 minute decant. Nose is very fruit-forward, highlighted by blackberry, black cherry, and floral notes. First glass was a touch off, but the remaining bottle was excellent. Medium tannin (a touch big for a pinot, although the few years of age help soften the tannins) and a nicely integrated finish. I'm not sure to what extent this wine has evolved over time (KB wines are typically very good on release for me, with a 1-2 hour decant), but it's drinking quite well. Very enjoyable pinot.
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Red
1/27/2018 - Phillybadger wrote:
92 points
Not much different compared to my last bottle about a year ago. After a 1 hour decant the nose is brimming with blackberry and raspberry. You can smell the faintest hint of alcohol, but it integrates nicely into the finish. Medium to firm tannin makes this wine very flexible - easy enough to sip but firm enough to pair with fatty meats.
Red
1/23/2018 - Phillybadger wrote:
91 points
Deep, rich, red color for a pinot. Spice notes dominate on the nose, along with a secondary bouquet of strawberry. Decanted for about 90 minutes which was nowhere near enough - wine really started to shine about 3 hours in. A bit hot on the front end, although the alcohol integrated nicely with air. Mid-mouth feel is sturdy, fairly well-integrated.
Finish was a bit thin to start but evened out towards the end. Started as an 88 and progressed to a 92 - went with the 91 for the benefit of the doubt. I believe this has potential to grow - may be a touch too early.
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Red
1/17/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
91 points
Not quite as good as my last bottle as the finish was a bit thin. Decanted about 45 minutes which gave some air to the fresh cranberry/cherry nose. Tannin well-integrated. I don't see this improving - drink across next 2-3 years. Went well with spaghetti with anchovy carbonara
Red
1/14/2018 - Phillybadger Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark, ruby red with a light ring around the edge. Decanted for about 90 minutes; wine really started to open up after about 2 hours. Primary notes of plum on the nose, very spice-driven aromas as well (I got some clove). Tannins a bit lighter than what I had anticipated, in a good way, a touch less acidic than what I'm accustomed to in terms of Italian wine. Finish is very well-integrated, wine wasn't hot at all for a 15% ABV. Sipped nicely, also went well with fresh salumi, olives, and cheese. Should be in prime drinking window across the next 5 years.
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