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2000 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Dehesa la Granja Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Tempranillo
12/2/2011 - unrelenting wrote:
90 points
Wow, WA and WS scored it 88 and 84 respectively 5+ yrs ago. I dont know if it's stylistic differences or age has dramatically improved this wine but, if you like rustic tempranillo, this offers a great value. Fairly muted nose of blackberries and red currants, muted flavor but great mouthfeel, fullbodied with a strong finish. I'll wait another 2 yrs for my other bottle to see if the fruit can last.
  • unrelenting commented:

    1/19/21, 8:03 PM - Spanish wine is so amazing. Thanks for letting me know.

Red
2005 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/10/2018 - unrelenting Does not like this wine:
89 points
Muted Leather nose. So flat on the palate. I'm not sure whether there's enough to this wine to evolve further but it's disappointing right now. A little acidity very low tannin. Try in 2021?
Coravin so I'll try in a month.
  • unrelenting commented:

    12/11/18, 1:33 PM - In addition to TCWC.com and HDHWine.com, add FlickingerWine.com. Their pricing has inflated since our legislature made it very difficult to ship with to IL but still great Midwest options.

Red
2007 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
I had been holding off on my review, but I just finished the last of 6 bottles (drank over the past 6 months or so) and feel that I've given this wine every opportunity to show itself, but it just didn't do so. The fruit is so very restrained that I found myself desperately trying to coax it out. Funky "barnyard" nose that never really blows off. I have gone through probably a dozen similarly-priced 2007 CDPs, Gigondas's and Vacqueras's in my cellar and this one's definitely at the bottom of the list. How disappointing given the rave reviews of others!
  • unrelenting commented:

    9/29/15, 2:06 PM - Barnyard is what I love about the wine. For how long prior did you decant it?

Red
2011 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
9/14/2014 - unrelenting wrote:
93 points
good maturation over the past year. I will hold the rest for a while. Haven't had much aged zin and this clearly has the structure for it. built well
  • unrelenting commented:

    9/16/14, 3:40 AM - Good to hear I'm on the right track!

Red
2004 Bodegas Portia Ribera del Duero Prima Tempranillo
9/7/2012 - unrelenting wrote:
not great; very tight still. give it time and hopefully the fruit will still be there
  • unrelenting commented:

    6/11/14, 8:19 PM - boy did I miss this one. I purchased a half case (great deal) and wasn't really liking it until this bottle. It's finally approaching its peak. Many years left. structured, complex, and an impressive finish. it's been great to see this evolve -- the fruit has become much more dominant now that the tannins have mellowed.

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