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2015 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend
1/10/2021 - La Cave d'Argent wrote:
86 points
This deep ruby blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot was splash-decanted and serially tasted over the ensuing 3-4 hours. Not revealing much within the first hour, it opens thereafter to deliver an attractive package of red currants, Montmorency cherries, graphite and pickling spice on both the nose and palate. Full-bodied, freshly acidic and with unobtrusive alcohol (listed as 14.0%), it stays solid in the middle, adding a distinct green element in a milieu of grainy tannins. This wine was aged for 18 months in French oak (66% new), which manifests as a prominent woodiness that is pervasive from attack through medium-length finish. Lacking charm, I suspect that it will not significantly improve with additional cellar time. Drink now-2025.
  • barrkel commented:

    2/25/21, 4:19 PM - The first couple of bottles of my 6, I made the mistake of drinking with less than 4 hours air. The last 4 bottles have been amongst my favourites of the past 18 months, but I needed to remember to take out a bottle and open it at 4pm at the latest, for 8pm dinner. Many 6pms went by and lesser wines were pulled out.

2015 Bodegas Navajas Rioja Crianza Tempranillo
8/14/2020 - NFinn wrote:
61 points
Just ok
  • barrkel commented:

    1/29/21, 2:51 PM - That score is for an undrinkable wine...

2009 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/1/2021 - barrkel wrote:
A lot of acid-tannin energy, long aftertaste of slightly leafy tannins, but not amazing. Disappointing for the price and hard to comprehend other tasting notes are for the same wine. From a half bottle from Wine Society, brought up to room temperature over six hours then decanted for two hours. No significant tells for a corked wine. Mostly just acid and somewhat green tannins in very good tension. PS: I now think this was corked, just quite subtle on the corked taste.
  • barrkel commented:

    1/4/21, 9:56 AM - I now think this was corked - I changed my score and note to reflect - and I got a WS credit after letting them know. It wasn't immediate because of the bottle price but it was credited this morning. I say open without too much worry.

2018 Pacina La Cerretina Bianco Toscana IGT Trebbiano Blend, Trebbiano
12/10/2020 - barrkel Does not like this wine:
87 points
Unfiltered, unfined, no preservatives. That's a selling point, but perhaps it could do with one or more of those processes, because the wine is very funky. It looks and smells like urine fresh out of the bottle, and leaves a yeasty persistent aftertaste. There's a gap in between the nose and the aftertaste where there's a slightly spicy lemon honey flavour with tannins, before it gets covered up by that yeast. It would be easier to enjoy if it was cleaner.
  • barrkel commented:

    12/10/20, 3:02 PM - Like most funky wines, the nose isn't that bad once you warm up to it, and it's had a chance to blow off some, but the barnyard doesn't go away. And the yeast is persistent; like, coating the back of my throat for the next 5-10 minutes persistent (the wine is naturally fermented). Not as pleasant as a sherry and certainly not as pleasant as a vin jaune.

    Honestly my score is quite subjective. I've enjoyed many other orange wines more than this one; this one was, at best, an intellectual experience I have no desire to repeat. But it's possible others may like.

  • barrkel commented:

    12/10/20, 10:38 PM - I hadn't heard about mousiness before - or if I had, I'd forgotten about it - but it's plausible. The variability in people's perception of it also has some explanatory power. If this is what mousiness is, then no-SO2 is not a worthwhile cause and I'll try and avoid self-described anti-sulphite wine in the future.

2007 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/21/2020 - barrkel Likes this wine:
89 points
From a half bottle. This is interesting. There's a substantial depth of flavour, though it has a lot of acidity. In some ways it's suggestive of a madeira or port, but without the sweetness or fortification. A lot of oak, some oxidised notes, along with strawberry and vanilla. There also seems to be a hint of TCA in the bottle, detectable as a kind of damp musty cellar note, which becomes more insistent after a couple of hours, but it doesn't ruin the experience.
  • barrkel commented:

    7/22/20, 6:52 AM - I have a second half bottle, I'll compare and contrast when I get around to it. It was still tasty, just this musty / wet limestone note poked itself in in the middle. The resemblance to (Bual, maybe) madeira was like a rhyme, not actually tasting like one. A twist of flavour at the end.

    I've never drunk a reserva rioja that wasn't oaky, barrel aging is a hallmark of the style and thus its flavour profile, to my tongue. We may be assigning different flavours to oak influence though.

2018 Cantine Lunae Bosoni Vermentino Colli di Luni
5/9/2019 - Henman Likes this wine:
88 points
Subtle black currant on the nose. Medium bodied, dry and crispy, showing discreet black currant/cassis with firm acidity. This is a bit lighter than the black label version I had a couple of days ago. Quite elegant. Had a taste at the winery.
  • barrkel commented:

    4/14/20, 8:30 AM - Sounds like a review of a red wine, this is a white

2018 Azienda Agricola COS Nero di Lupo Terre Siciliane Nero d'Avola
1/27/2020 - xwine wrote:
Delightful basic Nero d'Avola. Slightly tart bright red fruit, with spice and good acidity. Even better the second night. Very good value.
  • barrkel commented:

    1/30/20, 8:57 AM - Not a nebbiolo and doesn't taste anything like one.

2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Arana Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/9/2019 - Keith Cooper Likes this wine:
89 points
I've tasted this wine twice before, both in 2018, one bottle was good, one less good. So I was pleased to find that these two half bottles were very enjoyable. Maybe the extra year has helped, or maybe it's that I opened and decanted 2 hours before tasting. Served with dinner to accompany lamb steaks. Deep Burgundian colour. Dusty nose. Dry, hedgerow fruits, cramberries, plums with a hint of orange peel.
  • barrkel commented:

    12/21/19, 5:50 AM - I've had about 10 bottles of this stuff, a mix of full and half bottles, and just got another bunch in from Gourmet Hunters, much better prices than Wine Society. It definitely needs a chunk of air, a couple of hours, but then the texture changes, it's just so silky.

2012 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°2 Yarra Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah
3/10/2019 - barrkel Likes this wine:
95 points
Lovely. Almost like a Cote Rotie in style. Gentle but persistent fruit, a hint of bacon, a crust of pepper, a meaty undertone, a spike of minerality, and a persistent herby stemmy note with mild long tannins. There's a sweetness, moreso than a northern Rhone, that softens the edge of the acid. Delicious and good QPR, because the quality is very high.
  • barrkel commented:

    3/10/19, 7:46 PM - or perhaps the Gilles Barge. Not exactly the same price but same ballpark, and not as much as Jamet (as high as I'm willing to go). Certainly nowhere near Guigal lalas. I'd say this is still marginally better quality than first two though. Like I said, good QPR. Jamet is another level though.

  • barrkel commented:

    3/11/19, 1:05 AM - Yarra 2013 is about same price for me as the Cote Rotie options and 2012 cost me about 20% less (£38 vs £45) but no longer available. I wish I had option on Yarra in bulk!

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