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Red
2015 Viña Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère Organically Grown Colchagua Valley Red Blend
2/11/2017 - Ncjordan wrote:
88 points
It is my Second time tasting this wine; Two different vintages ( 2010 and 2015). And now, as with the previous tasting, I am impressed with the manufacture and drinkability of this wine. It is Bold, expressive, and balanced in its stated youthful intent; A bright sweet blend of blue red and black Fruits, With Just a glimmer of rich clay earth in the nose and mouth. It Is delicious and well Made. A Fantastic value in my opinion.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    2/12/17, 12:37 AM - "This Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah blend, made from organically grown grapes certified by the BCS Öeko Garantie GmbH, bears the spirit of our estate workers, pedaling their way to our vineyards each day. From the Colchagua Valley, this reddish-purple wine offers an expressive and very fruity nose, with notes of plums, berries and nutty hints. In mouth, this juicy blend has a delightful concentration of red and black fruits, which are in complete harmony with soft tannins. A wine of integrated character, that culminates in a chocolate finish with underlying woody and toasty flavors." - Cono Sur Website.

Red
2000 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/7/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote:
99 points
Now, this is wine you seldom get to taste these days. With only a splash decanting the exotic aromatics popped with licorice, spice box, flowers, black raspberry, dark cherry, stone and hints of wet earth. Full bodied, concentrated, long and rich, yet light on its feet with supple, smooth tannins and a long expansive finish that builds and expands. There is a beautiful purity of fruit that is seldom found in most wines. Shockingly expensive, but if you bought this early as a future, or if you're part of the one percent crowd, this youthful wine really delivers the goods.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    2/7/17, 9:15 PM - Hi Jeff, How do you get to taste all these top shelf wines? I'm a sommelier, and it's a dream of mine to gain as much knowledge as possible of the wines of the world. My Access is just so limited.

  • Ncjordan commented:

    2/8/17, 1:08 PM - I love The WineCellarInsider and Cellartracker. They are my preferred go-to resources online. Thanks for the reply.

Red
2011 Santi Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Solane Corvina Blend, Corvina
2/26/2015 - Ellen5181 wrote:
87 points
Pleasantly surprised. Smoke on nose. Delicious and inviting me to take a sip, immediately upon opening the bottle. Wine has continued to open up nicely in the bottle and the glass after a couple hours. I smell more red fruit, the smoke is wonderful (on a cold night!) but there is the alcohol burn for sure, so maybe not totally balanced IMHO, for a wine that states 13.5% abv. On palate, I get red fruit, strawberries, raspberries, black pepper. A little earthy, "dried" leather. on the finish some fruit but mostly the pepper. And the alcohol burn. I do like this wine and would buy more. Paired nicely with a pasta with marinara sauce. Sense the alcohol content via a via fruit makes it a little age worthy (maybe I'm early). Softer tannins make it drinkable now, but how will it age? I really enjoy the nose and think this is a "curious" wine. I'd buy it again to see what happens....
  • Ncjordan commented:

    1/26/17, 1:13 PM - Seems to be aging quite well so far Here, 2 years since your review. Thumbs up

Red
2006 Domaine de Triennes Var St Auguste Red Blend
12/22/2016 - Ncjordan Likes this wine:
90 points
Mmmmm nice dark meaty wine. Dark crimson red to black. Some orange bricking toward the edge. Dark olive is the dominant fruit. Nose mostly dominated by wood at first. Nice old wood. Dry. Good tannic structure coming in to balance. Great old world Syrah, Cab, and Merlot blend. Delicious. Aged well so far.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    12/22/16, 7:55 PM - More complex sweet mature dark and red fruits mix in later with time in the glass.

Red
1990 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/2/2016 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
92 points
A little disappointing as I had high expectations given prior bottles. This came across as youthful and a little cranky, refusing to wake up. 4hrs alter as the bottle was essentially killed, it finally woke up some. Nose of smoke, flint, and some leather. Black fruited palate, mixed with smoke and mocha notes. Fine tannic backbone. A little leather pokes through on the palate which was really the only clue to it's age--otherwise seemed very young. Good, not exceptional exceptional bottles. Prior bottles were more expressive.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    12/10/16, 11:33 AM - Sounds closed down now. It seems that would be consistent with this inference from the other recent reviews as well.

Red
2009 Bodegas Alvarez de Toledo Bierzo Mencía Roble
6/14/2014 - RAD wrote:
90 points
Old school -- not a Cali wine. Deep garnet color. I'm not familiar with this varietal (purchased on the 91 points from RP), but has a chateauneuf-de-pape nose; blind, a would've guessed a gamy garnacha. Some leather, graphite, white pepper, and sour cherry on the nose. Palate has a focused core of dark cherry with some noticeable, but finely integrated, tannins. This is not a big, brooding wine; on the contrary, it is light on its feet, but nevertheless has some characteristics of a bigger wine. Good now, but I'd bet this wine will be significantly better in a few years.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    6/30/16, 3:30 PM - It's really good now in July of 2016. And it still has good life ahead

Red
2000 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages Sonoma County
10/14/2012 - Brenda&John wrote:
65 points
Poured down the drain. This wine didn't have the DNA to wait this long to drink.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    5/18/16, 2:18 PM - Looks like you got a flawed bottle. Would have been kinder to withhold a score, unless your objective was to greatly bring down the average. No others had a review close to yours.

  • Ncjordan commented:

    5/18/16, 7:01 PM - Why is this tasting note and a subsequent one under your name then?

Red
2000 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages Sonoma County
10/13/2013 - TannicBeast Likes this wine:
91 points
This is very balanced with an Old World elegance but some solid New World fruit. It is drinking very well now, but is likely to continue to improve into 2015. A surprisingly good value.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    5/18/16, 2:16 PM - Not a Bordeaux; but it is a Bordeaux style blend of grapes.

Red
2012 Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon Primus Maipo Valley
4/29/2016 - Ncjordan Does not like this wine:
85 points
Dark crimson red color. Heavy nose of sweet earthy chocolate berries, but confused, covered, and muddled by mixed baking spice aromas Presumeably attributed to heavy bathing in new oak. High alcohol is perceptible immediately on the palate, especially with air intake. This is a hot heavy wine from Chile. Not necessarily unappealing; it probably will be to most, but it tastes like every other new world Cabernet or cab blend I've come across. I was a big fan of the 2009 Primus 'The Blend', so much so that I bought future vintages and bottles, including this Cabernet. I found the '09 to be a balanced endeavor that still showed and shined its sense of place in Chile. However, I do not plan to buy more from this label. Neither this wine, nor the 2013 'The Blend' is as balanced or, in my opinion, well made as the previously mentioned vintage. Very worked, and over the top. If, if it ages well, I will eat my words...But I do not expect too much. Go for it if you crave a big cloying alcoholic fruit bomb that is sweet smelling and nondescript. The only cool thing is the hint of earthiness on the nose under the alcohol and candy spices. Maybe with a charred rare steak.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    4/29/16, 10:08 PM - Michael Schachner wrote, on winemag.com: "Blackberry and rubbery aromas are also leafy and mulchy. The syrupy mouthfeel is heavy, with baked cassis and prune flavors suggesting overripe fruit. Fig, chocolate and sawdust notes come up on a cloying finish." He gave it an 83, which seems closer to the mark

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2012 Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc White Rhone Blend
10/4/2015 - k.lonis Likes this wine:
90 points
Cellier Wine Fair (Hilton Athenaum Hotel): The nose is clean, medium to medium+ intensity, ripe citrus, candied fruit, candied like, honey, wax and quince. The wine is dry, medium body and intensity, the acidity is medium, nice structure and balanced, light oak touch with walnut in the back, almost steely as well, dense, feel so fresh still, medium length.
Outstanding quality, drinking now will hold
  • Ncjordan commented:

    4/24/16, 10:53 PM - Drunk

Red
2012 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras Cuvée Azalais Red Rhone Blend
12/1/2015 - michigan dogs wrote:
85 points
!st day, not bad, 2nd day it did not improve and down the drain - too old to drink bad wine
  • Ncjordan commented:

    4/21/16, 9:29 AM - Make vinegar.

Red
2000 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard Carneros
7/16/2003 - Vino Me wrote:
86 points
From magnum. I would never guess that this is a Pinot because it is not varietally correct. There is just too much of everything here. Too bitter, too much oak and too tannic for me. I don't know if it will ever come around. I think I learned that P&H is not to my liking. 86-87 points.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    2/20/16, 9:35 AM - Not to mention the highly elevated sappy alcohol content most if not all of these Patz and Hall pinots have.

Red
2011 Thymiopoulos jeunes vignes de Xinomavro / Young Vines Naoussa
7/24/2013 - davestenton wrote:
Theatre of Wine 'Summer Collection' (Theatre of Wine, Tufnell Park): Served slightly chilled but the nose is still pretty enticing: a mix of earth, spice, cherry and a nebbiolo-like floral note. Ripe cherry fruit but well defined and there's some decent tannic structure, too. Quite a dry finish but the overall impression is of freshness. Great summer red this and a step-up from the previous vintage of this wine I tasted (the 2010, I think). 16.5/20.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    2/6/16, 11:28 PM - And the 2010 is great I think. So we seem to have a good wine and winemakers on our hands.

White
2010 Bodegas Alvarez de Toledo Bierzo Godello
5/14/2013 - wineOK wrote:
79 points
A while back I tasted a Pinot Blanc for the first time and really did not like it. In a similar fashion I find with this wine I may just not like Godello. With a 90 rating from Parker and at 10 bucks I could not resist it but while I don't find it a bad wine it seems quite flat and unexciting. Boring really. I may find I don't like Godello. Well see. The color was very pale almost watery. The nose was ok with orchard and tropical fruits but it just did not deliver on the palate for me.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    2/5/16, 6:19 PM - Try the Avancia cuvée O, Godello. Brilliant expression. Very different from this. Much more layered, extracted and complex.

Red
2008 Martinez Bujanda La Mancha Finca Antigua Crianza Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/1/2012 - Bandol20 wrote:
14,5/20 * * *
OLFACTIF: beau nez avec des notes animalers et passablement de fruits
GUSTATIF: voilà un bel exemple de la grenache qui s'exprime librement ici. Bouche ronde et gouteuse
ENSEMBLE: excellent rapport Q/P à moins de 14$ : on se régale sans se priver !
  • Ncjordan commented:

    2/4/16, 1:55 PM - This wine is not made from Grenache.
    Ce vin n'est pas fait de la Grenache.

Red
2010 Proietti Cesanese di Olevano Romano Brecciara
1/13/2016 - Ncjordan Likes this wine:
91 points
Appealing, Consistent, Crimson color. Intense concentration, and good clarity. Somewhat muted on the nose at first, yet upon opening for 15 minutes, it gives a pleasant, dense, and persistent perfume of fresh strawberry fruit leather; blue, black, and red fruits together, Like hot-charcoal-grilled "black and blue" perfectly ripe-picked fresh strawberries. In the mouth, the intensity and tannic concentration resounds the aforementioned. There's a lot to this riserva bottling. A sleeper for sure. Can't wait to see how this integrates and mellows with some sleep. .
  • Ncjordan commented:

    1/13/16, 10:36 PM - Already 6 years in bottle, I'd give it another 2-4 years at least; should be best at or after 10 years of age

Red
2012 Domaine de Dionysos Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne La Cigalette Red Rhone Blend
1/11/2015 - ASW Does not like this wine:
76 points
Very pronounced barnyard nose. So strong it was distracting. For the first hour the wine was almost undrinkable, making me wonder if the bottle was corked. The nose softened and the bitter, earthy, honestly quite bad flavor softened over an hour and some of the gentle fruits were able to express themselves a little bit, but with so many good, easy drinking cotes du rhones out there, no reason to ever buy this one again.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    12/11/15, 5:35 PM - Pretty low score you have for this. I wonder if maybe you had a bad bottle.? The next comment addressed a potential brettanomyces issue with this bottling. Must have been a significant disappointment or flaw for you to give it such a bad rating and draw the overall score average down several notches.

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2000 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/16/2015 - Plunge the Worm wrote:
flawed
Corked. Too bad, brought in to drink with dinner at Manresa (los Gatos, Ca)..wish i could have sent it back but..
  • Ncjordan commented:

    8/14/15, 4:20 PM - Why didn't you send it back?

Red
1985 Château de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
5/10/2010 - La Grappe wrote:
84 points
Tasted at a NCWS "Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel" tasting. Mature nose. Some sweetness, some fruit (now rather strawberry-like). It is now a little faded and would probably have scored more highly a few years ago.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    7/28/15, 10:21 PM - Your score dragged this down a bit. I served two very well stored bottles at a restaurant, and both were impeccable. Perfect claret. High scores for this 1985 chateau de pez.

White
2011 Vie di Romans Friuli Isonzo Pinot Grigio Dessimis
11/14/2013 - chatters wrote:
Langton's Cellar Club November 2013 (Roof Terrace Australian Museum): oxidised, struck match - reductive both dominate ripe melon. In the mouth melon, bitter pear skin, spice - the flavours dissipate quite quickly. Nah
  • Ncjordan commented:

    3/6/15, 2:40 PM - Oxidative and reductive are conflicting and mutually exclusive winemaking processes. Unless you mean that you identify a reductive vinification that has since undergone noticeable oxidation once in bottle?

Red
2010 Weingut A Diehl Dornfelder trocken Pfalz
5/14/2013 - volf Likes this wine:
85 points
A solid Chenin Blanc with soft mineral notes. A blonde colored, light-medium bodied wine with medium legs.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    11/21/14, 9:46 PM - This comment is for the wrong wine. This is a German red wine from the dornfelder grape

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2009 Château La Cardonne Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
6/7/2014 - mwneil Likes this wine:
88 points
Wine is vg. Maybe my taste today but it has a tart finish. Nice bouquet, good medium bodied mouthfeel; enjoyed the wine but it did not have that extra tonight; It may need some more age; will drink again; a very good value. Drank with London broil.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    8/30/14, 11:01 AM - What is vg.?

White
2012 Gaia Assyrtiko Thalassitis Santorini
5/27/2013 - k.lonis wrote:
Clear pale lemon color.
Unclean or should I say, clean sulfur nose. There is no reduction but there is nothing else too. After a lot of time in the glass some minor pineapple and lemon hints.
Medium alcohol (13.0%), medium+acidity, medium intensity of pear, green apple and lime juice flavors, steely minerality, medium to long finish of green fruit and lime.
I can't decide whether this wine is faulty or not. I've read that they are experimenting with higher dosage of sulfur in the wine for some time now, but that is a dangerous game to play. I can't say that I would blame someone for returning the bottle as faulty. The nose is blocked all the way. Maybe it would be better with a decanter... Nevertheless, I can't put myself into scoring this one.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    5/16/14, 10:43 PM - I have a hard time pinpointing sulphur additives in my learning phase f wine knowledge. especially in this case where I know that this wine and constituent grapes are grown on old volcanic soil and rocks, with an active volcano currently spewing sulphuric and other earthbound gasses. Very interesting. I need to taste more wines that have sulphates added to know the difference.

White
2012 Gaia Assyrtiko Thalassitis Santorini
2/23/2013 - Paul S wrote:
90 points
Dinner at Attica (Riponlea, Melbourne): Very decent. This nosed a bit like an earthy Sauvignon Blanc, with cat's pee and gooseberry smells ahead fresh citrusy wafts and touches of earthy lentils. The palate was certainly a bit different though. There was quite some depth and richness to this, with an almost oily texture to its interesting flavours of lemon oil, lentils and cucumber, all undergirded by a good sense of freshness. It was just a touch short at the finish, ending with a little tingle of herb and spice. Otherwise, I found this a poised, balanced wine that showed quite a bit of interesting character. I enjoyed this.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    5/16/14, 10:39 PM - I know what cat pee smells like, and this is not at all offensive like or foul smelling as that. And I have no idea what gooseberry is or smells like.

Red
2008 Boutari Naoussa Xinomavro
5/15/2013 - FrugalGlug Likes this wine:
88 points
A clear and brown tinged red. A very nice nose that had a depth, you could smell it for a while without loosing much of an interest. It was an inky wine that, while not be rounded all bout, it was very bold and dark around every which way. Heavy in the dark, heavy in the mid and back. It was not hard to take down in good time, however, and ended up being a pleasing, but sweat-inducing, wine.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    5/15/14, 4:20 AM - I like the "sweat-inducing" characterization. The wine is clear and not concentrated looking however. Not inky at all as you say as that refers to dark concentration and staining of extracts.

Red
2009 Bodega Cal Blanca Toro Tempranillo
12/22/2012 - Tpairing wrote:
89 points
Black pepper, ripe berries-raspberry. A hint of earth. A bit of strong alcohol after taste but pleasant. 2nd bottle opened.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    3/15/14, 11:38 PM - Seriously ?

Red
2009 Domaine du Moulié Madiran Tannat Blend, Tannat
3/9/2014 - Ncjordan Likes this wine:
86 points
Very good wine made in a relatively ready-to-drink style. I believe it surpasses the cellartracker end drink date of 2014 however. Tasting now from my cellar, and tho is ripe fruit, but some fine to mid-level tannins that suggest this wine could certainly stand up to another couple of years downstairs. As suspected for a Madiran to begin with. I say good now, but wait until 2016 and see.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    3/9/14, 5:22 PM - Correction: Madiran

White
2012 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc White Rhone Blend
1/16/2014 - peternelson wrote:
88 points
Floral, wet stone and wet flowers, viscous, light fruit salad; nice balance and delicious CdR blanc. 50% Viognier
  • Ncjordan commented:

    3/6/14, 3:41 AM - 65% Viognier

Red
2010 Clos de la Vieille Église Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
3/2/2014 - Ncjordan Does not like this wine:
81 points
Yea, it's got a seductive and somewhat complex fruit forward and cedar oaky profile on the nose. tannin is present giving the impression of body, acid too up front... But nothing flows. Very disjointed overall. Way too sweet. The ripe berry fruits on the nose are certainly transferred to an attack in the mouth. Dark, tannic, ripe, acid, pronounced tart black and blue fruits. Hmm, maybe it will come together at some point to be approachable. It isn't now. It could be interesting if... We'll see in some years. I won't touch it for awhile. At least a couple of years. I can't believe people are giving it a 90 unless their experience can piece together that the varying and presently off sync points of this wine are sure to eventually synchronize into a successful production.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    3/2/14, 8:26 PM - Also, at $10 a bottle, ok

Red
2009 Veramonte Primus The Blend Colchagua Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/1/2012 - Ron Van Holland wrote:
85 points
Deep purple color. Expressive nose of sour cherries and barnyard. Flavor of tart cherries and black fruit, somewhat glycerol, intimations of sweetness (zinfandel-like in that regard), flat tannins. The most notable character element is the carmenere that peeks through. It's an interesting conversation piece, at best, and not sure what to pair it with.
  • Ncjordan commented:

    3/1/14, 10:52 PM - Red wine braised rabbit is pretty good

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