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White
2015 Birichino Malvasia Bianca Monterey
3/16/2018 - Elycohn Likes this wine:
88 points
Tasted blind I'm thinking this is a spontaneously fermented sour beer. Has a very hazy pale straw color murky from sediment. Fruity aromas of white flowers, lemon drop candy, white wine vinegar, and sourdough . Slightly weighty with flavors of tart grapefruit, honeysuckle, and strong yeasty bret. Purchased a few times and enjoyed but outside my spectrum.
  • Elycohn commented:

    2/14/20, 5:20 PM - Not to my knowledge - I think just different :)

White
2016 Milan Nestarec Müller-Thurgau Forks & Knives Moravia
10/30/2018 - Krassens Does not like this wine:
84 points
Second bottle all over the place. Sour, animalistic, milky, unbalanced.
  • Elycohn commented:

    4/12/19, 5:04 PM - completely agree

White
2010 Paolo Bea Arboreus Umbria Trebbiano Spoletino
9/12/2018 - Elycohn Likes this wine:
95 points
The Trebbiano in Paolo Bea's Arboreus see extended skin contact and are joined in the vat by semi-dried grapes of the same variety. The finished wine is spectacular. Complex, deep, polished. Beautiful copper orange color with mile deep aromas of apricots. peach, orange, and vanilla bourbon. The texture is surreal and nonlinear. At first it's dense and rich but then quickly slips into a medium tannic acidic body. Flavors of sweet honeyed orange, subtle notes of vanilla spice, and creme brûlée stick around for a long welcomed while. Start this at cellar temp and drink slowly as it warms. Where so many Orange wines are a novelty, this is a expertly assembled wine of purpose.
  • Elycohn commented:

    9/13/18, 11:42 AM - Thanks! I need to try the rest of his wines as soon as I can find some :)

  • Elycohn commented:

    9/13/18, 12:02 PM - It really was mind blowing. I think my best rated wine that I've opened at home. Let me know if you have other suggestions for me to look out for.

Red
2014 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
first off - this bottle had the weirdest sediment I have ever seen.. there was particulate matter suspended in the wine that didn't settle to the bottom. Had my other unopened bottle not also had it, I wouldn't have consumed it, it was so off-putting visually. I screened it out, which caught the larger bits, then consumed. Curious if anyone else experienced this.

high toned red fruit, some earth and little tobacco. Somewhat simple, but light, quaffable and very food friendly.
  • Elycohn commented:

    6/29/18, 12:26 PM - I had the same experience - I put in a call to Rosenthal to find out what's going on since so many people have had the same issue - I am waiting to hear back.

  • Elycohn commented:

    7/30/18, 8:02 PM - I ran into a dead end with Rosenthal. They did not have any of the 2014's left in stock and had not seen any returns or complaints from their distributors. Clearly something was off with those wines but I'm not sure what else to do. Carlo, and Grape Ape - did you see issues with 2013 or 2014? From what I recall I had the 2014, though I could be wrong.

Red
2004 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Syrah
2/22/2018 - dkentaustin Likes this wine:
94 points
Double decanted. Bright color, Blackberry, subtle lily smell, raspberry, Asian, barnyard, leather, graphite, pencil shavings, thyme, very seamless, still youthful, perfectly integrated tannins. Seamless rolling on tongue, incredible aromatics, amazing combination of meat and elegance. Very concentrate with many years to go but incredibly enjoyable now. The Viognier adds a complicity that’s brightens and lifts the wine to a new dimension. Gorgeous. Excited to try this again in 5 years
  • Elycohn commented:

    2/24/18, 11:05 AM - I'd have to agree!

White
2015 François Villard Viognier Les Contours de DePoncins Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
14% alcohol. Superb long cork and equally long elegant bottle (somewhat inconvenient to store). Bright lightish colour. Fragrant and intense nose of apricots and yellow flowers. The mouth is equally intense, somewhat perfumey, and pretty long, with sufficient acidity to balance the rich flavours.
This may be poor man's Condrieu, but it is excellent nevertheless, way above its station as a Vin de France (exactly why this is not entitled to the Côtes du Rhône AOC, I am not sure, but I would love to know). Mind you the price reflects the quality to some extent, being just above half that of a decent Condrieu.
Certainly a repeat purchase.
  • Elycohn commented:

    12/29/17, 4:09 PM - Thanks for the review! Good write-up! This has to be near 15% - still in balance and a nice wine :)

Red
2014 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
12/18/2017 - Elycohn Does not like this wine:
80 points
Something is off with my Pian del Ciampolo. Aromas, flavors, and depth are muted. I drank over three nights to see if it would open up and develop a little. No obvious signs of corkage, though strange white pulpy sediment showed up in my last two glasses (like the kind you find in kombucha). Best conclusion I can make is there is some new flaw to me or this wine has seen its best days. I can see how this could have been really good - elegant, light and fruity and more Burgundian than Tuscan. I don't know what to make of the pulp. A rare big miss in the Mad Rose portfolio for me.
  • Elycohn commented:

    12/18/17, 12:42 PM - No kidding! I actually emailed Rosenthal to see if they had heard similar experiences from others. I'm glad to hear I'm not crazy :)

    Ely

Red
2017 Laurence et Remi Dufaitre (Domaine de Botheland) Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau Gamay
11/21/2017 - Finare Vinare wrote:
90 points
Probably the most red-berried and "burgundian" nouveau we've had so far. Surprisingly elegant and finessed for this rushed cathegory of wine, and as expected - deliciously fresh and gulpable.
  • Elycohn commented:

    12/5/17, 5:18 PM - so good right?!

Red
2010 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst St. Helena
3/2/2017 - dkentaustin Likes this wine:
92 points
Big dark fruits coupled with soft voluptuous blueberries. Bright, cassis, pepper and spices with good depth of flavor and hints of white chocolate on the finish. Alcohol levels seem a bit high. Should age well over the next 5 years. Quintessential big Napa cab.
  • Elycohn commented:

    3/2/17, 6:25 PM - Nice writeup!

Red
2012 Foradori Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Teroldego
1/5/2017 - kuumies wrote:
There is a perfect word to describe this wine. It is pretty. It is also unmistakably Italian with a dusty and minerally nose of red cherry, cranberry, herbs and graphite. There is something Beaujolais-esque about it, definitely. The mouthfeel is quite lean and linear with expectedly high, uplifting and palate-cleansing acidity. Very juicy and easy-drinking (if you are an acid freak) with a deliciously bitter finish. Massively bright with plenty of crunchy cherry-laden fruit, really excels with food. A wine of real interest and fabulous value at 18 €.
  • Elycohn commented:

    2/12/17, 4:01 PM - really nice write up - thanks!

White
2012 Marc Deschamps Pouilly-Fumé Les Champs de Cri Sauvignon Blanc
1/29/2017 - Elycohn Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a powerful, dense, and complex wine. Fragrances of bitter orange, anise, and jasmine. Richly textured, first creamy then acidic and a seemingly never-ending finish.
  • Elycohn commented:

    1/29/17, 10:13 AM - Let me know what you think!

White
2016 De Wetshof Chardonnay Limestone Hill Robertson
10/15/2016 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
Faint yellow color, with a penetrating nose of citrus and flowers, and a taste dominated everywhere by a lemony flavor. The sip is very juicy, with a bright sheen of citrus and acidity. The swallow is followed by a huge flavor spike. Has a richly textured mouth feel, partially from being aged on its lees from 3 to 6 months. Overall, especially for an unoaked Chardonnay, an unusually rich, textured, fruity, and Riesling like wine, that is superb with a wide variety of foods ranging from salad to salmon.
  • Elycohn commented:

    10/26/16, 6:57 AM - Really nicely thought out review. I equally enjoyed this wine. Thanks!

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