Tasting Notes for fm1488

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Red
10/28/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
92 points
PNP. Garnet in color. Consistent to the rim. Moderately transluscent. Thick slow moving legs indicate some body. Nose is restrained but I think it needs time to open. Elegant nose. Muted strawberry and raspberry notes. Dried leaves. Palate delivers on the strawberry and raspberry. Chewy tannins. It will age a bunch more. Really well balanced. This is not a super complex Barolo in terms of taste profile but it is really well constructed. This is a great meat wine pairing. Grilled filets tonight so it should be perfect.

9/7/9/9/8 - 42/92
Red
10/21/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear and deep. Brick and mahogany notes. strong legs indicate body. Red raspberry on the nose. Spice but lite. Soft white pepper. Alcohol vapors. Warm. 14.5? YEs. It is 14.5. Full mouthfeel. Well structured. Red Raspberry with vanilla accents. Again, soft white pepper on on the palate. Crushed dried rose petals. Dry. Well balanced and integrated. Moderate acidity. Moderate - moderate minus on the tannin. Despite the moderate acidity and tannin, there is enough on the dried fruit and alcohol to give off a full body wine. Syrah isn't more than 20% I bet on this. Big Grenache. Ripe but dry and textured.

8/7/8/9/8 - 40/90

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Interesting. Just looked and saw my own tasting note from two plus years back. Very different take. This thing has evolved and gained a really firm identity. This is a fantastic wine for 15 at this point in time. Wish I could get more
Red
10/19/2018 - fm1488 wrote:
93 points
This wine needs time to open. On first pour the fruit was actually more pronounced and complexity was really not there. IT was hiding. About an hour and a half open this thing is nailing CA Pinot. Color is a bit dusty. Maroon hughes that hold color to the rim so not showing too much age right now. Nose is gun metal and forest floor. Dried blackberry ad strawberry. Palate is consistent with the nose. Touches of mineral oil and basalmic vinnegar accent the palate nicely. Wine is very well balanced. Medium plus acidity. Medium minus tannins. Warm but not too warm. Finish lingers nicely and holds together. Enjoying this as an afternoon stand alone wine and it is working well. YOU HAVE TO LET IT OPEN.

7/9/9/9/9 - 43/93
Red
2015 Château Fonbadet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/17/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep Purple. Feels and looks young and vibrant. Perfumed dark fruit on the nose with twists of leather. Strong at first and fades a bit. Palate develops the dark fruit with toasted blackberry, leather, hints of licorice and spice. This is a full bodied wine with firm acidity and forward tannins that soften on the palate. It is nicely balanced and has a nice long finish. This one has some legs to age a bit but drinks great now as well. I can see this getting better with some more years in the bottle.

8/9/8/8/7 - 40/90

Just saw my last tasting note from a month ago. I am right to say sit on this. I had to make room and I have a couple more so I drank again early but clearly this bottle faired better. One note thought I forgot to mention. I openned this yesterday so my score is based on day two. As with the prior note, lots of aeration really helps this wine. It needs to unpack and open up. Day two is far better than day one.
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Red
10/8/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
93 points
Very nice wine. Dark and full body. Bouquet screams strawberries, chocolate and hints of spice. Same flavors carry through the the palate. While not overly complex with tons of things going on, it doesn't need to be. This wine doesn't hide things. IT knows what it is and doesn't hide.

8/9/8/9/9 - 43/93
Red
10/6/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
92 points
pnp on this one to let it breathe. Will see change no doubt in an hour or so. This wine is beautifully jeweled brick and mahogany in the glass. Love the color. Funny as it seemed to take a minute to clear. Came off more dull on the pour but then,... wow. The brown notes would seem to indicate age but at 6 years this one is still a toddler I think.

Just one of the prettier visual wines I've had. The nose screams elegance in style. Cherry and cedar core with a backdraft of cigar box. The palate keeps pace withe nose. Cherry dominates the raspberry on the fruit profile and then cedar, tobacco, fine leather and orange peel accent the full palate. Wine feels warm with crisp tannins and is moderately tanic but the tanins are well integrated. The pucker comes on the end if you let it linger. Balance is great and I have a feeling will even be better integrated in an hour or so. The wine seems ready but it also seems young. I have a couple bottles more and am anxious to revisit as it ages. I will also try to update this note in a couple hours to reflect the fully aerated effect.

10/8/8.5/7.5/8 - 42/92
Red
10/4/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
93 points
Really nice Rhone. Complex nose of crushed red roses, cranberry. cigar box, leather and spice. Palate follows the nose closely. Strawberry and cranberry on the fruits but laced with the licorice, tobacco and spike notes. Med-full body mouthfeel with great structure. Firm Tannins and acidity. Balance in this wine was great with a nice firm finish. This is one of the best $20 bottles I've had. Great QPR

9/9/9/8/8 - 43/93
Red
2009 Amiral de Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
94 points
This was a terrific wine. I agree with folks here that it might just be a bit young and that is where the very few deficiencies may be but I enjoyed this enormously right now. The bouquet was just awesome. Rustic dark fruit, licorice and hints of spice all under a smoky perfumed umbrella. Palate followed this up nicely with the same flavors penetrating through. Great structure and mouthfeel. Chewy tannins, well balanced and lingers nicely on the finish. STellar wine for my palate. The balance and finish seemed to stress the licorice notes was good but maybe a touch more to the fruit side, just a touch would have made this a near perfect match for me.

9/9/9/8/9 - 44/94
Red
9/26/2018 - fm1488 wrote:
85 points
Pretty nice wine. Medium body and youthful. Moderately opaque. Not a ton going on for the nose. Basic dark fruit and not overpowering. Lacking any sort of perfumed scents or spice notes but there is a faint backdrop of chocolate on the nose. Fruit profile is okay. Subdued blackberry lased with a bit of black cherry. Hints of chocolate and anise on the palate. Fruit is subdued and not overly forward like alot of CA Cabs at this pricepoint so that is good for me. Funny thing is on the first taste out of the bottle it seemed like there was a backdrop of salt/sodium but that dissopated.

There is good mouthfeel and clear tannic structure. Overall though it is missing something for me. No transcendent moments here for me. Pretty well balanced but theres an stringent kind of fruit rind on the finish and aftertaste that doesn't sit great for me.

It's a fair value at the $20 price point but I dont find it anything particularly special. Would I buy again? Not sure. If I had to go Cab at this price point, I wouldn't reject it but if I had a selection, I'd probably steer to a good Syrah, Southern Rhone of a Super Tuscan in the same $ range before I'd pick this up again.

Color and Presentation: 8
Nose: 6.5
Palatae: 7
BAlance: 7
Finish: 6.5

Total: 35/85
Red
Nice wine. I smoked a prime rib this evening and went for a big CA Austin Hope CAb to pair. Should have known better. Wine was WAYYYY fruit forward and sweet so I came to my senses and opened this Barolo. Subtle sweet red fruits on the nose with hints of eucalyptus. Palate is great. Well balanced. Red currant, hints of cherry, a bit of raspberry, faint cigar box and eucalyptus. Medium body, tannic with balanced acidity. Finish lingers nicely.

8/8/8/8/7 - 39/89
Red
9/14/2018 - fm1488 wrote:
86 points
Second time trying this wine. I am an old world guy and a good chunk of CA wine is way too fruit forward for me. I got this one first time around as a wine bar owner in TX recommended it. Tried it stand alone with high expectations but too much fruit. This time around I smoked a prime rib over hickory and thought I would go for a big bomb of a CA cab so I picked it up again. It wasn't a success for me. Don't get me wrong, if this is your style it's going to be great. Full body, big fruit bomb with stewed blackberry. After about an hour, huge chocolate notes blasted out of the bouquet and palate. It gained better structure and balanced a bit more but the fruit on this is overwhelming. My whole family felt the same and I went an opened a nice Barolo which suited us far better and I will score next. They upshot here is it is all a matter of style. If you want a big fruit forward cab, this is a good bet. We even felt it would work really well with a semi-sweet flourless chocolate dessert of some sort. If you want something with more maturity, then I'd pass.

Tough to score this as it has two dimensions, what the wine maker intended for it's intended audience and me. For me, it's good, just not great. I can see scores in the 90s for those that are looking for this style. Really tough.

8/7/6/7/8 - 36/86
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Red
2015 Château Fonbadet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
87 points
Deep purple/garnet in color. Nose seems compacted like it should in an old world wine. Dark fruits and red raspberry with subtle perfume on the nose like I am smelling through a barrier. Hints of vanilla, a bit of spice and leather make up the balance. Nose kicks up when activated.

This needs time to aerate and possibly develop. At first taste, it feels hollow like there is a hole right down the middle. I am not surprised because of the way the nose seemed constrained by something. Going to let it sit in the glass and wait an hour or so before I go further.
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Hour later. Definitely coming together. Solid all around. This I think is way too young though. Very nice and drinkable now and if I had to it would be about 87 based on my scale but I think it will get much better. I am going to try to sit on my other three bottles and come back to it in a year or two.
Red
Very nice. Ruby/Garnet in color. Moderately opaque. Nose is heavily perfumed but overlayed with earth and coffee tones. Alcohol is intense on this and needs to blow off a bit I think. Alcohol is powerful on the nose right out of the bottle. Hints of toffee. Red Raspberry and black cherry on the palate. Hints of earth and spice wrapped in saddle leather. Hot. Moderate tannins but a bit higher on acidity. Wine balances well and has a strong finish of balance deep fruit rolling against dry sand. Very solid wine and value.

8/7/8/8/8 - 39/89
Red
8/12/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
90 points
Very Nice wine. Deep, jeweled Garnet in color. Perfumed fruit and spice on the nose overlaying fresh roses. Wine is elegantly styled. Palate favors Raspberry and black cherries with notes of licorice and spice. Dry and moderately hot with strong acidity and tannin. Well balanced and a lingering finish.

9/9/8/7/7 - 40/90
Red
2015 Clos Junet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/11/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
93 points
This was a great wine value. Great fruit and structure. Well set to rest a while. I had it last night so can't really recall the details but can say it really developed full bore about an hour after openning. Wish I had bought a case of this.

9/9/9/8/8 - 43/93
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Red
6/24/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
86 points
Drank as part of a four wine blind. Included LB, RB bordeauxs and CA and Argentina Cabs. Did not do well on the blind. The Sullivan CA cab was more fruit forward and the Argentinian cab lacked the green un-ripeness I often find in South American cabs so it through me all off.

Like all the others, I scored lower here than I did prior. This one still had the best score of the four despite my standing of resistance to the green under-ripeness I often find in South America. This was again clear of that.

Nice deep and opaque fading magenta to the rim. Moderate limpidity with a fruity and woody nose. Ceder oak. Blackberry, blueberry and strawberry drive the palate. I didn't note alot of other flavors going on here and entering a more than a week after my notes so clearly missing a few things.

Dry, warm with crisp acidity and moderate tannins. Nicely balanced with a good firm finish.

8/7/7/7/7 - 36/86
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Red
2011 Château Rouget Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/24/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
84 points
Drank as part of a four wine blind. Included LB, RB bordeauxs and CA and Argentina Cabs. Did not do well on the blind. The Sullivan CA cab was more fruit forward and the Argentinian cab lacked the green un-ripeness I often find in South American cabs so it through me all off.

Not sure if it was the comparison but this wine scored lower for me than prior trials and floated some different tastes and scents. Blackberry and cherry notes. Some bell pepper. Dry, moderately crisp and tannic.

8/6/7/7/6 - 34/84
Red
6/24/2018 - fm1488 wrote:
85 points
Drank as part of a four wine blind. Included LB, RB bordeauxs and CA and Argentina Cabs. Did not do well on the blind. The Sullivan CA cab was more fruit forward and the Argentinian cab lacked the green un-ripeness I often find in South American cabs so it through me all off.

I drank one of these before and didn't seem to score it. For me, this wine was too fruit forward and lacked the structure to compensate for it and make it truly interesting. Deep and opaque fading magenta to the rim. Felt and looked young.

Floral and fruity with notes of carmel and vanilla on the nose. Oak and vanilla styles with a baseline of blackberry and plum fruits on the palate. Wine has some hints of tobacco and spice.

Dry and hot but simple smooth tannins and acidity with a corresponding balance and finish just made this wine okay or good but not great.

8/6/6/7/6 - 35/85
Red
2011 Château Loudenne Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/24/2018 - fm1488 wrote:
86 points
Drank as part of a four wine blind. Included LB, RB bordeauxs and CA and Argentina Cabs. Did not do well on the blind. The Sullivan CA cab was more fruit forward and the Argentinian cab lacked the green un-ripeness I often find in South American cabs so it through me all off.

Loudenne was fine. Deep and Opaque fading mahogany to the rim. Full nose and flavors leaning to woody floral notes. Marked style as Oaky hitting on notes of cedar. Blackberry dominant with a bit of pepper on the palate. Dry and hot with crisp acidity and sharp tannins. Well balanced and lingering. In all, I liked it. Wasn't fantastic but okay at the price point.

8/7/7/7/7 - 36/86
Red
6/4/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
92 points
2nd bottle of this wine. This time around, it's okay but I was more optimistic on the first run at it. Clearly a Cab but I've been back to Bordeaux wines recently and this isn't holding a candle. There's a very slight metallic tone to the wine. which made me think oxidized or flawed but I don't think so. There's a good fruit baseline and color is fine. Its just I think the terroir. Easily drinkable but not my preferred style and not at the pricepoint.

8/7/6/7/7 - 34/84

This got a lot better in an hour or so. I mean huge change. I think the metallic feel I had was it opening up. Very hot wine so I think the alcohol kind of burned off a bit and then more of the dark fruit and structure came out big time. So big score upgrade for me after an hour or so. Wine could be a bit better balanced but overall this is a great wine.

9/9/9/7/8 = 42/92
Red
5/31/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
84 points
Deep purple with slight red hue. Opaque. Moderate legs. Dried red fruits on the nose. Strawberry and red raspberry. Simple but very nice bouquet. Something else familiar there but can't place it. Very even palate. Same dried fruits and that other thing I can't name. I think the Grenache is heavily dominant in the blend. Seems little complexity coming in from Syrah or other blend grapes which is okay and I think intended for the style the winemaker seemed to be going for. All pretty good. Well balanced and a simple firm finish. Overall, just a pleasant drinking sourthern Rhone. Good on it's own or with cheese and crackers. Fair value for the $

8/7/7/6/6 - 34/84
Red
5/25/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
95 points
Purple/Brown and deeply Opaque. Mod limpidity. Perfumed fruit bouquet. Lush in that it runs from deep black Cherry to Blackberry laced with lavender and hints of cedar all on the nose. Wonderfully laced together. Palate follow the bouquet and adds a ripple of white pepper. Mod/High tannins and acidity. Wine seem hot... yes 14.8. Balance is good. There's a little astringency in the balance that may mellow with a bit more oxygen. Finish lingers forever. Faintly but forever. Just stays put on the tongue. Really like this wine.

8/10/9/8/10 - 45/95
Red
5/23/2018 - fm1488 wrote:
85 points
I am at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando so the retail bottle price is what I am paying for a glass! Anyway, it's decent CA cab. What you'd expect and good bottle when the wine isn't necessarily the focus of what you are doing or for who you are serving. Nothing bad about that. THis isn't the one of those wines where people will stop what they are doing and go "Whoa!". An I mean that both on the negative or positive extreme. But what would you expect for the price....

Fruit opens up the palate. Mostly blackberry. Vanilla laced with an earthen floor. Finishes a bit nutty/woody. Nothing extreme. Medium across the board on tannins, acidity and alcohol. I bet 13.5 - 14. Finish lingers on the earth and wood notes a bit too much for me. Overall though, fair value for everyday CA Cab

7/8/7/7/6 - 35/85
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Red
4/17/2018 - fm1488 wrote:
77 points
Definitely not my thing. Tried this at my sisters. Like people say in other notes, very simple. Its round fruit somewhere between dark and red. Theres black pepper and a bit of vinnegar on the nose, that for me doesnt come accross well. I love spice and pepper notes in syrahs and things like that but this just diesnt have any of the earth, leather, tobacco or other characteristics that make that work. Its lkke pepper laced over sweet cherries.

Palate works a bit better than the nose. Drinkae but simple as said before. I think that vinnegar and pepper linger too much on the finish and a little buttery. Wine is only 12.5, no tannin and mild acidity.

7/5/5/5/5 - 77
Red
4/8/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
87 points
Slightly dull, tawny and moderately opaque. Very viscous wine but moderate body. Aroma is based around ripe plums. This version has a slightly "foxy" note in the bouquet. It's an acceptable level and adds character and individuality to the aroma unless you are really averse to the characteristic. I can kind of feel the same thing in Amarones but much less so and it is overwhelmed in an Amarone by the style. I have had this with other wines. I remember it in some South American Carmeneres. Trying to recall others. I also think this softens as it oxygenates. Aroma heading away from that and more to an undertone of vermouth just a bit.

Palate is Plum and sour cherry. Slightly stewed fruit. Hints of tobacco and a leathery accent and mouthfeel. Acidity is med-H. Tannis are L-med. Alcohol is mod-h. Probably 14 or 14.5. Balance is good but does lean acidic. Finish is very long and stable. Overall I like this wine but could also see me scoring it differently on a day I wasn't in the mood for it. I am drinking it alone but I think this should have food. Roast/Smoked whole Chicken. Honey-citrus base marinade. Veal or chicken parm. Pasta but not too acidic a sauce. Meaty cheese and crackers with dried fruits, honey and nuts. All this would work really well.

8/7/8/7/7 - 37/87
Red
4/6/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
95 points
Just a fantastic wine. Deep dark fruit, spice, leather and great complexity and mouthfeel.

9/10/9/8/9 = 45/95
Red
3/14/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
88 points
PNP. Pulled from a wine cooler so slightly chilled. Medium garnet in color, clear and pretty viscous. Strong slowly fading legs on the glass. Bouquet is both fruity and floral. Dark sweet fruits with an overtone of lilacs. Palate is more new world, fuller fruit but has some backbone and structure so it doesn't feel too fruity or sweet. I think I was in the mood for something like this as it feels right even though I tend to go dryer. Balance is very nice and finish is fim. I think the acidity and tannins are med to low and the wine is moderately hot. 13.5 - 14? .... Yes, 14. Overall I like this as an easy meaty wine to drink on it's own.

9/7/8/7/7 - 36/88
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Red
2011 Château Rouget Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/31/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful wine. Great color and clarity. Full body Bouquet is just great. Really well balanced notes of dark fruit (plum and blackberry), coffee, and hints of tobacco and spice. Wine is still opening up but all the characters of the nose flow through to the palate. Fruit is muted and abstract which I like but I would like a touch more fruit on the palate. It may still develop. M/H tannins and acidity. Med alcohol and well balanced all around. Long finish

9/10/9/8/8 - 41/91
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Red
1/29/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
89 points
Just wrote a long tasting note here and something blew up when I tried to save it. Can't go through it again. Complicated tasting for me. Long story. Overall, this wine will shine of fail in time. Got it at Total wine. I am an old world wine drinking for the most part. Bordeaux, Rhone and Italy. I do love a truly good CA cab but the ones I like (Heitz, Pine Ridge, etc) start at $50 and go up. Not my every day price tag. Lower end stuff is just too fruit forward with no structure. South America normally fails for me. Too much unripe fruit. It's a terroir thing.

Anyway, this was supposed to be a $25 cab that drinks like 50. Great color and clarity. Shines like glass. Strong legs. Fantastic nose that centers on dark fruit (blackberry) but has loads of tobacco, cocoa and spice (black peppercorn).

The palette disappointed me a bit. Could carry a bit more fruit. Tannins seemed weak. No pucker for me but a good dose of acidity. I got a second bottle and a betting man will lay it down for a few years and see what happens. This is either one to buy a case and enjoy over a decade or it is at it's peak and simply missed some stuff. Great marks on presentation and nose but nothing special when it comes to palate balance and finish. It is okay at the $25 dollars if you don't need a lot of fruit. I could probably buy better though at $25 for my taste and it is not a $50 bottle.

9/9/7/7/7 - 39/89
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Red
1/28/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
89 points
Just pulled from my cooler. Probably needs to open up. Initial impressions: Color leans from purple to Mahogany and seems a but dull. Bouquet is raspberry. Wafts slowly and very, very lightly perfumed. Raspberry centered palatte but fruit clearly needs to open. Going to walk away and come back to this note and finish in an hour or so.

Back. Wine had definitely developed. Very nice structure and fruit has come up. Still Raspberry and dark cherry. Strong tannins and acidity. Looked these guys up on line. 20 days in cement cistrern and then 24-30 months in Slovanian Oak. I think this is one to sit on for a while and it will develop nicely. You can drink this now if you like them young and "tight". I have 3 more and plan to give it at least a year or two before I try again. Then we'll see.

7.5/9/7.5/7/8 - 39/89
I think this will go higher over time.
Red
1/28/2018 - fm1488 wrote:
flawed
Deep Purple showing just a bit of a fade to red at the rim. Bouquet is sharp, dark fruits laced with gun metal. Definite minerality on the nose but I don't remember that from prior bottles. Nope, first taste and this one has turned. That's what I thought from the nose and that gun metal/mineral smell. Leaning to vinegar. I am going to mark this as flawed or turned as I don't remember this being the character of the other bottles.

Coming back to this a couple hours later. I can barely get past the nose now of formaldehyde. Also looked at my prior two tasting notes from the last couple years and there is just nothing here from what I tried before. This thing is either flawed or hit it's peak and crashed.

Not going to score this one in the rating scale as I don't want to distort averages if I got a bad bottle but what I got goes something like this:

7/3/2/5/4 - 21/71
Red
1/2/2018 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
91 points
Pouring this right out of the cooler and no decant. Color is beautiful. Jewled Ruby with shades of mahogany. Very mild limpidity. Bouquet is fresh raspberry with spiced vanilla. Doesn't feel like a classic old world Barolo. Nice but made more modern style. I need to look this one up but I'd be it's aged in smaller French oak. Palate if full and rich and follows the nose. Very elegant pour. Nicely balanced, dry and moderately hot. Finish is even but not lingering.

10/8/8/8/7 - 41/91
Red
11/30/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
95 points
This is drinking really nice. Just poured this from my cooler and without any aeration and still slightly chilled, it is awesome. Bouquet is full or rich dried fruits. Dried Black cherry, cigar box and a bit of spice. Big Palate. Again, dried cherry and blackberry. Leather and cigar box. Forrest floor. Very rich. Weakest part of this wine is probably just a mild finish. I remember this wine being more spicy and astringent and while it leans that way, it has mellowed and that has all come together really well. Will look for some new vintages to try and then sit on as this was the last.

9/10/9/9/8 - 45/95
Red
11/23/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
95 points
Openned this for Thanksgiving and it is a beautiful wine. Jewled Ruby in color. Red Raspberry bouquet with hints of gun metal and pencil shavings. Slightly perfumed and elegant. Palate is elegant and refined. Red Raspberry core persists with a elegant structured mouthfeel.

9/10/9/9/8 - 45/95
Red
2014 Orin Swift Abstract California Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
10/24/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
90 points
Got this as a gift with no description. Poured it and sat down to score. I noticed it was an Orin Swift but that was it. The full dark fruit blasted out of the glass on the nose. A big plum, blueberry kind of thing but also different. IT didn't ring Cab or Merlot. On the palate, the spice jumped out so I knew we were talking Syrah in the blend. Going Syrah and Orin Swift, I start thinking Zin for the fruit but didn't quite fill it in as the fruit was too deep and inky for pure Zin/Syrah. I should have thought Petite Syrah. That explains the inkiness. I probably would have not picked up on Grenache as the PS and Syrah dominate the palate but the Grenache clearly gives it that stable based and backbone that was making me think Zin. So not bad for working it out but I should have figured the PS. I would have if I thought harder about it.

Overall, the wine is pretty good. It's a big black cherry and dark fruit forward wine laced with peppery spice. full body and limpidity. Legs crawl down the glass. Balance is good. Leans a bit more to the fruit and if the Syrah weren't there it would go too much so. Hard to tell on acidity and alcohol. I'd say moderate but the palate could mask a lot hotter wine than it seems. Just looked and sure enough, 15.7.

This things on fire! I am anxious to see this one unwind for a couple hours and see what happens.

Color/Presentation: 9
Nose: 7.5
Palate: 7.5
Balance: 8
Finish: 8

Total: 40/90
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Red
10/15/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
83 points
Simple but pleasant wine. Opaque and youth clearly shows in the color. Bouquet of sweet perfumed cherry with light undertones of earth. Red cherry and raspberry on the palate. Softened with a bit of vanilla but overall just easy drinking. Moderately hot and slightly on the acidic side but not overly tannic. Balance and finish are pretty good. It's a good value wine for everyday drinking.

Color/Appearance: 7
Bouquet: 6.5
Palate: 7
Balance: 6.5
Finish: 6

33/83
Red
10/15/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
91 points
Scoring on day 2. Nice wine. Good Brunello at the price point. Kind of a tawny purple, moderate/H opaque with moderate/H limpidity. Black Cherry bouquet interlaced with cigarbox, leather and earthy spice. Cardamon. Palate matches the bouquet. Chewy red and dried dark fruits. spice and and leather. Strong tannins so this one has time. Well balanced and a lingering gritty finish.

Appearance - 8
Bouquet - 8
Palate - 8
Balance - 8.5
Finish - 8.5
41/91
Red
10/8/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark purple wine. Opaque and no real fade to the rim. Dark fruit and pepper on the nose. Palate follows. Easy drinking spiced blackberry. Good tannins and moderately hot. I am thinking about or over 14. There is a latent kind of flavor in the back palate and finish. It's a bit astringent there. I think it has room to age. Its not overly complicated but I like this wine overall.

Color: 7.5
Nose: 8
Character: 8
Balance: 8
Finish: 7.5

39/89
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Red
2011 Villa a Sesta Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/24/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
90 points
Just pulled from the cooler so needs to rest and come up to room temp but out of the gate is very nice. Bouquet is a touch more floral and leans to black cherry and red raspberry with some cigar box on the nose. Elegant bouquet. Palate is rich. Same fruits and that cigar box come through on the palate. Hint of vanilla and presents with a textured mouth feel but there is also something else. Kind of a gun metal. That part is a bit off too me here but not disturbingly so. Good tannins in this. Moderate to moderate high I Think on the alcohol. Well balances and finish lingers nicely. No off or stray flavors. Overall, a very good value value for me.

Color/PResentation: 8
Nose: 9
Palate: 7
Balance: 8
Finish: 8
Total: 40/90
Red
9/17/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice Barolo. Not their higher end but it will do just fine. Aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, menthol, slight cigar box. Palate follows the nose and adds a hint of peppery spice. I opened this about an hour ago and it has come together nicely. Fruit and tannin softened a bit into a very nice blend. Eating with some Pita crackers and red pepper humus and works nicely.

Color: 8 - Very nice. A Granet/Mahogany shade mostly opaque and slightly dusty.
Nose: 8 - Beuatiful. Would like the menthol to be just a touch softer
Palate: 9 - Definiely gained a couple points int he past hour and moved into excellent range. That has to do for me with how will things came together and feel more harmonious than when first opened.
Balance: 9 - Again this is really working for me. The fruit, acidity and tannins blend really well
Finish: 8 - Nice firm finish and stays together nicely

Total: 42/92
Red
9/16/2017 - fm1488 wrote:
84 points
Received from my local wine club. PNP. Bouquet is pretty classic. Black Cherry notes intermingled with darker fruits and cigar box. Pleasant and improves with some simple aeration.

Palate out of the gate is both fruit forward but also tart and tannic. Mouthpuckering..... Interlaced plum and black cherry but laced with the same cigar box acidity and also some mentholiptis and anise.

My first reaction to this wine was too fruit forward and tart for me at the same time but 10 minutes into the glass and it is changing. Bouquet is opening up more and gaining some perfumed notes. The fruit and acidity are blending and softening a bit on the palate. With all my tasting and reviews I still get somewhat challenged on the acidity vs tannin content in the wine and this one is tough. It is mouth puckering like a highly tannic wine would be. But the acidity on the palate feels citric more like a white wine.

I just don't know. I like it but it also might be better to sit. IT will either soften in the tannin/acidity area and if so has the fruit to age as it does, or it will go to vinegar.

Color and appearance: 7 - Good. Nothing flawed, nothing special
Nose: 8 - Borderline excellent for me. Really nice. Nice blend of fruit, perfume and cigar box
Palate: 6 - Good for me. Nothing special but may bet better with longer aeration of bottle age.
Balance: 6 - Good but not great. Fruit punching through too much on one side and acidity pushing through on the other.
Finish: 7: Good. Stays even and ends firm.

7/8/6/6/7 - 34/84
Red
9/8/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
94 points
Maroon/Garnett with brown hues. Rich color. Moderately Opaque and limpid. Bouquet is beautiful. Raspberry and cherry but also has some perfumed darker fruit notes that aren't typical to me for a Brunello. I like it though. My wife was fooled in thinking there might be some cab. Palatte is rich and silky. Lush fruit but not fruity. Wine is dry with hints of soft spice and fine leather. Not the cowboy saddle leather but more milan fashion scene. The wine is really well balanced. Moderately hot I would think and supple tannins. Finish holds together well and lingers nicely. This wine also has a great mouthfeel. It doesn't pick on one taste center but rather coats and soothes the whole palate.

9/9/8/10/8 - 44/94
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Red
8/26/2017 - fm1488 wrote:
Since I was able to get a few more bottles, I did share another one with friends yesterday evening and it did not disappoint. I didn't do a detailed score again but from my memory, this was the same. Wonderful, dry and full of spice.
Red
8/9/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
95 points
Love this. I am a Syrah guy and when you add that touch of Voigner on the nose it is nice. Saw this on last bottle and got a steal on it so I tried it. Just great. Complex, rich and dry. Dried dark fruits, spice, olive and aged cheese on the bouquet. Wine has great body. Legs hang on the glass like they were glued there. The palate is my taste all the way. Dry with subtle dark fruits. Great tannin and structure. Complex and evolves. Lights up on the back palate big time. This is a big alcohol wine. Hot at 15.5 but drinks so smooth. It's the 2007 but it has legs. I am going to try to sit on my next two bottles and see how it develops further. My only regret is I didn't buy a case.

9/10/10/9/8 - 45/95
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Red
8/6/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
92 points
Tryiong this wine a second time after giving it a strong review. I confirmed with winemaker that this Liparita was made for HEB so there isn't a way to valdiate the retail value but he did confirm HEB took a real haricut on the price. This may not be VBlock, Oakville or Yountville but it is a great wine at the HEB price point. I still contend it drinks like a 40-50 dollar bottle. The wine is rich in dark fruits but also leather, spice and hints of chocolate. Great mouthfeel and structure.

8/9/9/8/8 - 42/92
Red
8/3/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
87 points
I am tasting this on day two. Nice wine. I had there cab at a restaurant and thought it was a great value so ended up buying some at the market as an every day wine. Then saw this blend on the shelf and liked the sound of it. IT lives up to its billing on the label in my opinion. I generally like and drink dry Italian wines (Barolo and Brunello). Also Southern Rhone so while I like dry and powerful cabs and merlots, they need to be on that dry and structured side. This one is a Merlot and Zin Blend for the most part but then adds Mouverdre, Grenache, Cab and Syrah so it is a bit of a kitchen sink. Almost what you would get if you blended a Southern Rhone with a Right bank Bordeaux and a CA Zin. These are all very different things so was interested to see if it worked as often these blends don't for me.

End of the day, it is a fine wine that delivers a blend of dark and red fruit. Elements of spice and leather and good texture on the mouthfeel. Balance is fine and Finish holds together nicely. Drinks great. However, I think that despite the blend of things going on, there is not a great deal of depth and complexity. It's all there but in a way that makes you think "That's nice" rather than "Oh Wow!!" So the result is I like the wine. Good with meats and wine and cheese. I'd go elsewhere on pasta or seafood. BBQ would need a bit more spice and layers.

8/7/8/7/7 - 37/87
Red
8/1/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
92 points
Picked this up at HEB yesterday and wow! This isn't the V-Block or one of the vineyard specifics. Would like to try those as well. Key here is the value I scored at the local HEB. I typically get my everyday wine at HEB and then some better wines paying market price. I was grabbing an Israeli Psagot Cab and the guy recommended this as a good value. Took him at his word and I am going back to get more. I picked it up at 27 which is a steal for this wine. In the $40s from CA I typically go Hietz, Pine Ridge, Groth or a few other of the entry NApa cabs in the premium brands. This hangs with those easily so at 27 it's a steal.

It's a big wine with tons of fruit and structure. Like the Psagot, it is 14.5 so pretty warm for a finished cab although we see "the norm" norm here moving into 14/14.5 these days. Its big on the fruit and I am feeling good tannins and acidity so I think it has the balls to age. Excuse the language here but this still drinks young an cocky in my opinion. Smooth, yes but still young. I want a 6 pack to track this one.

Deep purple and opaque. Nose is dark fruits, spice and leather. Palette carries through and is developing as it gets more air. Would like to see a bit more complexity develop on the back end but we will see. Partly why I think this is a real winner in another 2-5. Maybe more. Mouthfeel is great. Chewy and grainy on the tongue ... in a good way. Well balanced. Just great blend of the fuit, alcohol, acidity and overall structure. Finish lingers and it all holds together well. Great wine and at 27.... all day long. I am anxious to see the thing develop and build a bit more complexity on the palate and the finish extend a bit. We will see

9/8/9/9/8 - 42/92

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7/30/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
89 points
First time trying a high end Israeli Cab. Bought two to let one sit but we will see. Color is good. Deep purple, opaque and clear. Nose is a mix of dark fruits with hints of toffee and chocolate on the back end. Slightly floral. Full, big mouthfeel. A bit fruit forward for me generally but it is balancing a reasonably hot wine at 14.5 so it works. I also just opened this with no aeration so I bet this one is going to open up really well and age well. Alcohol is a bit high for aging but it has the structure and fruit to match. Balance is good and finish lingers a bit. Not staggering on the balance or finish but again this may develop/ Going to do some more research here. Also going to score now but revisit in a couple hours as I think this one will change.

8/8/9/7/7 - 39/89
Red
7/30/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
85 points
Tasting this on day 2 side by side with a Psagot Israeli CAb. Deep purple and opaque all the way through. Raspberry dominates on the youthful bouquet. Some green pepper on the back but very faint. Wines got a good structure and fruit balance on day 2. More so than I remember yesterday and the fruit is more open. It's good. Simple, kind of two dimensional. Tart raspberry with hints of green pepper and spice. Balance is good. A little acidic. Finish is firm. Decent value for the price point. I wouldn't pay more right now but this one might age. I am seeing a 2004 priced almost twice as much on line so maybe I will sit a bottle.

7/7/7/7/7 - 35/85

Coming back to this after the Israeli wine. Picking up strong scents of chocolate now.
Red
7/16/2017 - fm1488 Likes this wine:
91 points
This is a great value. Pure and simple. Openned this at a dinner party two days ago and finishing the bottle now. Drinking just great and I think it is better now then when we opened it. We also had a Croz Hermitage open and two others so this one didn't get downed. I remember preferring the Croz HErmatige as I love Rhone and especially Northern Rhone when it is good. This wine was good then but I believe it is better two days later which is rare in a low price point wine.

This wine is a terrific super Tuscan at the price point. 70/30 Sangiovese and MErlot. There is this blend of old world/new world going on and working really nicely in this wine. The bouquet is perfumed cherries and blackberries with hints of tar and licorice. The palatte has plenty of the sam efruit in it but also a big mouthfeel with lots of texture that I like. 13 on the alcohol but it tastes more. Very interesting wine. I am going to go get a case and do a deeper tasting of a bottle 1, 2 and 3 days in.

8/9/8.5/8/8 - 41.5/91.5
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