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2010 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
4/17/2020 - yinha Likes this wine:
90 points
Tannins have mellowed a fair bit - surprisingly sweet fruit. Enjoyable, if not the elegance or blockbuster quality I had thought there might be. Probably still a bit early to be dipping into this vaunted vintage. Look forward to slowly trying the rest of the case over time.
  • yinha commented:

    4/25/20, 11:43 PM - Thanks for sharing - if you are patient, yes, I agree that you should be rewarded for waiting a few more years.

Red
2010 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
Oh, goodness - this is glorious. Just wonderful, wow -

My first ever Brunello. I recall the big critical buzz for the 2010 vintage and as I wanted to expand my drinking beyond Bordeaux, I got some of this - Berry Bros sold it to me and of course their sales email was effusive - it’s a wine merchant’s job to be effusive - but dear me this is great and I want to give them a big sloppy hug for selling me some.

What a drinking experience! I will tell you, I went into it somewhat moody, a ghost from the past rising to meet me, a path not taken, the gal I sought but did not seek me (we dated an’ all but she just wasn’t so into me, ah); and I had eaten some cheese that was perhaps not quite right, too. So my mind was not focused and my guts were not focused; I was not in a mode to listen to the wine. And the first mouthful of this - there was disappointment, it was vapoury and unyielding.

Then it opened up and it cut through my tumultuous heart and gurgly guts and then the wine was the focus of it all; just perfect, just delicious - easily alongside my finest drinking experiences (which are lucky enough to include Pichon Lalande 1982, so - ).

This is rosemary and lavender, it’s a heath on a sunny day, with butterflies and bees, and (sure, I am making a geographical solecism here) it’s garrigue - .

Fabulous. I could not ask for more. Oof. I’ll not insult the wine by giving it a score; I don't quite like scores - and how can you score sublime? Aye sublime, aye sublime, aye sublime.
  • yinha commented:

    4/17/20, 8:50 PM - Gotta commend you on this review! Whether I agree with the conclusion or not, doesn’t matter - you win the award for best backstory for the tasting experience. Your BBR sales person’s pitch or brochure may have influenced you!

Red
2000 Château Rauzan-Gassies Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/27/2018 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
91 points
Still going strong. No hurry.
  • yinha commented:

    4/14/19, 1:26 AM - Agree! No rush

Red
1996 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/23/2018 - pavel_p wrote:
90 points
Bottle from cold cellar with excellent in neck fill. Garnet with slight browning towards translucent rim. Initially closed this needs a good hour in the decanter to open up. A fairly austere wine (well, this is St. Estephe) with dark fruit, leather and tobacco notes and a fair bit of cedar held in check by dusty medium (-) tannins. Short to medium finish.
I actually do enjoy this style of traditional claret but I can get this kind of experience with a good '88 or '94 left banker. For a fairly young 3rd growth from a very good vintage like 1996, I find the lack of fruit concentration, which reveals those prominent cedar notes and the dusty tannins rather disappointing.

PS: Wife scolded me for opening such a wine on a Friday evening...
  • yinha commented:

    3/30/18, 9:59 PM - Yikes now I am concerned to open one with a guest about to come over!

  • yinha commented:

    4/1/18, 6:38 AM - Phew. Wine was great - really enjoyed it, and I think our guests did as well. Though to your point about 'lean', true it is not the most ebullient ambassador for 96 out there.

Red
2012 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
2/5/2017 - yinha Likes this wine:
87 points
Served by the glass, Caveau in Singapore. Sweeter than I expected - not really my preferred style in CDP
  • yinha commented:

    2/19/17, 4:56 AM - I recommend Beni for food and wine. For wine only, Bar a Vin. However if you are buying wine and having it at friends house etc, consider Crystal Wine.

Red
2003 Château Olivier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
1/2/2010 - vanpe003 wrote:
87 points
Northwoods New Year 2010; 12/27/2009-1/3/2010 (Boulder Junction, Wisconsin): No detailed notes, but I liked this one more than the other reviewers. Rustic, chewy, seems ready to drink. Out of a Cheeze Whiz jar, which constitutes Bill's wine glass collection up North, this was a pleasant wine on a pleasant evening.
  • yinha commented:

    10/29/16, 12:05 AM - Very unique glass for the tasting!

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