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Red
2008 Mckinley Springs Malbec Horse Heaven Hills
7/7/2011 - wineaux2 wrote:
88 points
On the nose, this malbec featured a prominent barnyard note along with herbs and black fruit. The palate followed the nose, though between the weedy/herbal green streak and the firm tannin structure, the black fruit was muted. Overall, this was a well-made wine that would have likely benefited from a few more years in the cellar.
  • spo commented:

    12/15/13, 6:36 PM - I enjoyed reading your description. It is true to this day although the wine has changed a bit.

Red
2009 Westerly Vineyards Syrah Côte Blonde Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
12/16/2012 - nectar14 wrote:
90 points
Had this wine a couple months ago. Dark purple color. Nose of slightly cooked, but highly perfumed fruit. Blackberry and cherry. Well focused, very juicy, and slightly sweet. Impressive abundance of fruit. Australian-like. Not my style, but will surely have its fans. Good value.
  • spo commented:

    3/24/13, 9:37 AM - Good call on the Australian comparison. I had the 2010 though.

Red
2005 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Tradition Red Rhone Blend
9/15/2012 - thewiz Likes this wine:
91 points
Gourmetklubbens Femtonde middag (A+N, Duvbo): Dark brick-red colour. On the nose there's a nice mixture of licorice, black currant, white pepper and violets mixed with a dense tone of meat broth. The palate is very powerful with a nice balance of fruit and tannines.
  • spo commented:

    2/11/13, 10:09 AM - Cool note, thanks. I am going to get into this one soon.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château Caillou Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
8/24/2012 - spo wrote:
85 points
Every once in a while I need to try one of these wines to remind myself that I do not see what the big deal about Sauternes is.
  • spo commented:

    2/3/13, 10:46 PM - I have tried the d'Yquem as well, don't care for it. I won't buy Sauternes again but sometimes a friend will.

Red
2008 Brand Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
12/17/2010 - djpo wrote:
86 points
Cab/Syrah blend I'm told and I believe. Has the excellent Walla Walla Syrah taste.
  • spo commented:

    6/19/11, 11:03 AM - It's 80% cabernet and 20% merlot according to this retailer offer. http://fullpullwines.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/2008-brand-cabernet-sauvignon/

Red
2004 Match Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Butterdragon Hill St. Helena
8/23/2010 - tanglenet wrote:
Same note as before. No bottle variation.
  • spo commented:

    9/12/10, 9:27 PM - I like your notes Tanglenet.

Red
2005 Bernard Burgaud Côte-Rôtie Syrah
5/23/2010 - celtic67 wrote:
93 points
Very dark purple color. Big meaty nose with hints of flowers. Blackberries, blueberries and lead pencil on the palate. Great bottle.
  • spo commented:

    5/23/10, 5:10 PM - Did you decant this or just open it and drink throughout the evening?

Red
2004 Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Nebbiolo
3/25/2010 - nectar14 wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured; this could use a decant though. Garnet/ruby color. Lovely nose of red cherry, cherry skin, pine, dusty rocks, and some roses. Broad and precise at the same time. Puckery tannins are evident early. Nice medium finish, a hint of candied cherry in there on the end. I'd hold this for several more years.
  • spo commented:

    3/27/10, 11:50 AM - Thanks. I think I am going to wait 5 years. I have 2 bottles and want to enjoy to the fullest.

Red
2005 Philippe Alliet Chinon Vieilles Vignes Cabernet Franc
3/10/2010 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Dark purple. Rich cabernet nose of ripe dark fruit, currant, smoke, some intriguing funky herbaceousness that contribute balance rather than dominating. Vibrant fruit, minerals, nice acidity. Yum.
  • spo commented:

    3/10/10, 8:03 PM - Sounds good. I may have to open this soon.

Red
2006 Podere Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
3/7/2010 - Todd French Likes this wine:
90 points
I am again impressed with this Nebbiolo Langhe. With some air, this wine really emerges with bright, gripping acidity, fantastic florals on the nose, and a long finish. A fantastic wine to pair with food, and enjoyable on its own.

My quest for 'daily drinker' Italians has landed me here, where I have enjoyed 3 bottles of this wine, and look forward to enjoying more as they age a bit in the bottle. I have strongly preferred these to even some of the better Chianti Classicos I have enjoyed - much more complexity, particularly in the nose, where the violets, roses, anise, and sweet cherry win me over before even taking a taste.
  • spo commented:

    3/7/10, 8:12 PM - I have one bottle of this and I am looking forward to it. I loved the 2005. Will buy the 2007 set to arrive any day now.

Red
2002 Serafini & Vidotto Phigaia Veneto IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
2/28/2010 - tmoritz1 wrote:
89 points
Old world structure and smooth flavor. Drinks very well .Medium finish-Great value
  • spo commented:

    2/28/10, 12:21 PM - I have a couple of these and can't wait to start dipping into them. I see you have had 3 bottles and they seem to be performing consistently. Nice.

Red
2004 Finca Sandoval Manchuela Syrah Blend, Syrah
2/28/2010 - daxjonas wrote:
89 points
As I drank this wine I kept saying to myself, "There is nothing really special about this" and the the next sip I would say "this is really good wine." I am left with a mixed impression. It definitely was sweeter then the dark color would suggest but it quickly turns to something more rustic. I was disappointed but what I felt was too short of a finish as well. Not a helpful review I am sorry.
  • spo commented:

    2/28/10, 12:16 PM - Ha! I have had wines that seem to have two faces like this one that I am not sure if I like either. There has been a rush of notes on this wine in February. I am hoping when I get to this wine that it's good.

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