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Red
2010 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese
7/28/2019 - pwbest Likes this wine:
94 points
This is big deep and profound and beginning to drink well. Though quite muscular and generously bodied this is not overdone at all - really delicious. Black fruits and charred oak and tar lead to a sweet finish. Tertiary notes or leather emerging. This has the structure and fruit to go on for a long time yet.
  • pwbest commented:

    7/28/19, 1:42 PM - Actually I didn't even open the bottle! I used my Coravin. I think it would soften a little if decanted but developed well in the glass over lunch.

Red
2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/24/2019 - pwbest Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow! Could be an orange wine, slightly oxidative but lots of American oak... rich vanilla and cinnamon spice & mixed spice. Apricot and candied peel. Clementines.
Sweet baked banana. Not a heavy wine, almost elegant, medium body, medium alcohol and acidity.
long haunting finish.
Definitely young
  • pwbest commented:

    2/26/19, 10:50 AM - Hi, Both these notes are for the Red's.

Red
2015 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
11/5/2016 - pwbest Likes this wine:
95 points
I was really impressed with this wine - really great Pinot. If a typical New World pinot is quite elegant and very fruit forward, this had some of those characteristics - but was more powerful and brooding - more like a very young Vosne. Pure fruit and focus, very long finish, great structure in terms of tannin, alcohol and acidity - all in balance. I believe this will last a long time - far longer than the average new world pinot.
  • pwbest commented:

    3/31/18, 6:27 AM - It is true that SA started making wine in 1659 - way before the French. However these Pinot vines could not have been planted before 1975 (when the estate was founded) and are probably much younger than that, as Anthony Hamilton replanted in 1991 after extensive research on the best sites for the different varieties they wanted to use.

Red
2010 Alonso del Yerro Ribera del Duero Tempranillo
11/22/2016 - pwbest Does not like this wine:
88 points
High alcohol hits you early on the palate. Good fruit but not much structure, low tannin and acidity. Overall impression of a poorly made wine that will fall apart quite quickly.
  • pwbest commented:

    8/30/17, 12:46 AM - Depends on your callibration.... In reality the bottom score Parker gives is 85 which would be an unacceptable quality to most fine wine drinkers.... so I think 88 is about right for my callibration.

Red
2004 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
2/2/2017 - pwbest Likes this wine:
96 points
Stunning wine - it is big and hedonistic in style but has plenty of interest beyond the fruit. The fruit itself is interesting - blueberry and blackcurrant are the obvious flavours - but backed by strong lifted raspberry and menthol notes - which are a unique but consistent style of Quilceda Creek. Behind the voluptuous cloak of fruit are soft ripe fine tannin and enough acidity to balance the wine. will last a good few more years yet but is fully ready to drink.
  • pwbest commented:

    8/30/17, 12:39 AM - I double decanted it back into the bottle and commenced drinking immediately. We drank it over the course of 2 or 3 hours, during which time it changed but was wonderful from the get-go. Enjoy !

White
2014 Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley
12/19/2016 - pwbest Likes this wine:
94 points
Too young - still quite raw on the palate but already has a heady gorgeous aromatic nose.Palate presents quite a sweet white stone fruit notes, plus the ripe chardonnay honey & lemon you would expect. Lots of glycerine - this is a proper chewy mouthful - the opposite of the PYCM 08 I also wrote-up today. This wine has a big structure but is still settling down at this time
  • pwbest commented:

    1/1/17, 8:01 PM - I must admit to being surprised at how this wine showed. I have had the 2013 and 2012 and they were both approachable with 3 years of age. I will wait until the 2014 has 5 years of age. If it is not ready at that point I'd be very surprised.

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