Tasting Notes for festiva

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Red
2008 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/22/2019 - festiva wrote:
95 points
Fabulously rich and sexy wine. Unctuous. Could smell it from across the room. Bright blue and black fruits laces with cocoa and spice. Tannins are still very present. Long finish I’ll try another in 5+ years, when hopefully some of the secondary and tertiary flavors should begin to emerge.
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White - Sparkling
4/1/2019 - festiva wrote:
94 points
An absolutely stunning bottle of Champagne. Dark honey gold. Had an 'aged' 'mature' component that was mesmerizing. Very fine bead. Baked apple pie, lemon zest, mineral. Long finish. This is made for food.
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White
2/26/2019 - festiva Likes this wine:
90 points
Very decent wine for the $$$. 2014 Bee Block it will never be, but quality juice nonetheless. The Varner Bros really have a knack for making Cali Chard with French acidity and minerality...
Red
1/24/2019 - festiva wrote:
85 points
Tasted like alcoholic Welch’s grape jelly. Overly sweet, flabby wine. Tannins gone, but no complexity: All flabby fruit and sugar...
Red
11/22/2018 - festiva wrote:
94 points
Stunning Oregon Pinot. Big, deep, & fruity. Incredible balance. Very complex. Drank this way too young. This would benefit from another 5 years in the cellar... wonderful
White
11/22/2018 - festiva wrote:
Maybe this bottle had been the victim of poor storage, but it seemed way past it’s prime. Madeira-like, nutty, oxidative nose. The taste of the wine wasn’t much fresher, as it was more nutty than fruity. Some Chardonnays can age, some can’t. This one appears to fall in the latter camp
Red
11/22/2018 - festiva wrote:
93 points
Wow! What a beautiful wine. Light in body, color, texture. Subtlety is the key to this wine. Speaks softly but still manages to get the point across with wonderful aromas of white pepper and floral red fruits. Great food wine... drink now or hold a few years...
Red
6/26/2018 - festiva Likes this wine:
92 points
An excellent new world merlot. Decanted 2 hrs before serving. Big, heady nose of chocolate, cherries, kirsch, and a really interesting note of toasted wood, but not oak. Slightly hot, but not enough to be a distraction. Sweet tannins keep it really wonderful on the palate. Excellent food wine. 45 second finish.
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Red
1999 Rudd Jericho Canyon Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/15/2018 - festiva Likes this wine:
92 points
First bottle opened out of a case. Out of the bottle, it was thick and hot with alcohol and a bit of green bell pepper. So I decanted the rest and let it sit for 2 hours. The heat blew off and it lost a lot of the vegetal component. What emerged was a really well made wine. Lots of jammy black fruits, white pepper, cedar/cigar box, oak, and other spices. Great, complex aromatics. Still has a firm tannins after 19 years. You can’t mistake this wine for anything else than a Napa Cab.
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Red
5/13/2018 - festiva Likes this wine:
90 points
Would definitely agree with Decaturwinedude’s notes below. A solid, decent, well made burg. I think it’s a little too young: there’s secondary tastes and aromas in this wine, but the fruit and iron are masking them at this stage of the game. Try another in 3-5 years?
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Red
3/22/2018 - festiva wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured with a Wednesday night spaghetti dinner.

Kind of disjointed and unenjoyable at first. Although you could spot the sangiovese right out the gate, you could tell there was something else blended in that just didn't quite reveal itself. As such, it made the wine clunky and difficult to taste at first.

However, after about an hour everything smoothed out and sung in harmony together. Really turned into a special wine. Bright red cherry fruits framed by brambly blackberry and chocolate. Peppery spiciness and a decent bit of oak. The merlot definitely gave this wine additional heft and body. Dark, deep red color. 20-30 second finish. Solidly made wine. 90-91?
Red
2005 Nicholas Cole Cellars Camille Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2018 - festiva Likes this wine:
90 points
Big, bruising wine. Thick. Hard to believe it's 12 years old - the color looked like a barrel sample. Blueberries and chocolate, framed by pepper and spice. Slightly hot finish.
Red
2/20/2018 - festiva Likes this wine:
93 points
Fabulous older Burg. Fruit is no longer at the forefront, but still there. Lots of mushroom, earth, and mineral. The nose on this was amazing. Drank over 4+ hours. Got a little sharp and acidic at the end of the bottle.
Red
2009 Château Tour Saint-Fort St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2018 - festiva Likes this wine:
89 points
Decent, solidly made Bordeaux. Fantastic QPR. Think I paid $20 for this. Another Garagiste hit...
Red
2/20/2018 - festiva Likes this wine:
94 points
Having had close to a dozen of this vintage over the years, this bottle is easily the best I've had. It's in the zone now... Everything you could want in an Oregon pinot is in here... Color is a little ruddy. Phenomenal nose of black & red fruits, Asian spices, mushrooms, and earth. Maybe a little heavier & thicker than I remember. Still bright and fruity. Tannins are soft but still noticeable. Long finish. Glad I still have two more in the cellar. I can see this lasting another 5-10 years easy...
White
2/12/2018 - festiva Likes this wine:
91 points
I very much concur with Octopussy's comments. Great QPR. Another Garagiste find. For a 9-10 yr old white, I was very surprised by how fresh this tasted. Deep golden color. Great fruit on the palate and the nose - lots of lemony-apple, a dose of spice, and just enough acidity to keep things interesting. There is a bit of an oxidative quality to this wine, but it doesn't detract from the wine's impact. Maybe I'd call it 'Bready' or 'Yeasty' - but to me that quality makes it a more serious wine. Spent two hours with my nose in the glass. Long 45 second finish. Pairs extremely well with food. I don't see this improving with more time in the cellar. Drink up.
Red
1/15/2018 - festiva Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice wine. I agree with BurgundyAL’s prior notes. Not a blockbuster by any stretch of the imagination, but no wimp either. Beautiful, bright red and black fruitiness supported by a frame of mineralogy. Comes across as somewhat brawny... At age 9, the tannins are resolved and the wine is open for business.. A solid, well built 1er Cru...
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Red
1/6/2018 - festiva wrote:
93 points
This took a good 3 hours to open, but when it did open up, it opened up beautifully! Dark blackish-ruby in color. No bricking at all. Big, voluminous nose. Textbook Nebbiolo of orange zest, asphalt, and roses. Loved the spice component in this wine. Somewhat hot and slightly out of out of balance, probably because of the tannins. It is still quite tannic, indicating to me this should rest another 5-10 years. That’s surprising since this is a 17 year old wine. Glad I have 2 more!
Red
11/13/2017 - festiva Likes this wine:
86 points
For a 21 year old bottle of relatively cheap, mass produced plonk, I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was. Found this bottle in the back of my cellar looking for something to cook with. Once I opened it up, it was actually still very drinkable... Ruddy crimson/brick in color. Aromas of red fruits, plums, and spice. Maybe a little cigar box? There was actually a bit of tannin left in it. The Wine held together for about 30 mins before falling apart. It was no competition next to the 97 Vineyard 29 I had originally opened for this, but an enjoyable experience nonetheless.
Red
2011 DeLille Cellars Doyenne Aix Red Mountain Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
7/23/2017 - festiva Likes this wine:
92 points
Very interesting wine. Decanted for an hour before pairing this wine with grllled sausages. Dark, brooding red garnet color. Thick legs. Nose of peppercorns olive tapenade, blackberry, herbs, and tar, bacon. On the palate, more of the same, with a little heat. Not as balanced as I hoped. That being said, this is a spicy wine perfectly suited for dinner off the grill. 20-30 second finish.... very well made wine for the money... after 2 hrs in the decanter, more red fruits came alive and a bit of gritty woodiness. my wife thinks this will easily age another 5-10 years... 91-92 pts?
Red
12/30/2016 - festiva Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured out of a 375ml. Amazing this wine was as fresh as it was after 29 years. Lots of fruit left. Tannins had faded but we're still noticeable. Secondary aromas and flavors of earth, iron, and some bramble. Short finish. Medium bodied.
Red
11/22/2016 - festiva wrote:
From the winery:

Dedicated to a silver coin (Grosso Senese, XIII sec.) found near the vineyard


Production area: San Gimignano (SI)
Altitude: 300 mt a.s.l.
Exposure: north-east and south-west
Topography: Hilly
Vine variety: Sangiovese 70%, Merlot 30%
Soil Composition: soil sandy loam, calcareous
Harvest: first-second ten days of October
Vinification: in open-top oak barrels and stainless steel vat temperature-controlled.
Maturation: in 225 lt oak barrels for 14 month.
Ageing: in bottle for at least 6 months.
Alcohol: 13,50 % vol.
Service: serve at 18°- 19° C.
Gastronomy: it goes well with all meats and matured cheese.
Colour: deep red, with light violet notes and reflections scarcely garnets.
Perfume: elegant, complex, ample, sweet of red fruit, spicy, with hints of white pepper, black pepper and sweet notes of vanilla and cloves fused to intense minerals feelings.
Taste: Intense, smooth, with good volume, very dynamic, sweet and fruity intense sensations, fine grained and very elegant tannin. Sweet, very long and persistent. Good acid balance.
Red
11/20/2016 - festiva Likes this wine:
91 points
Very pretty wine. Beautiful, bright garnet color. This is not a thick burly wine, but a much more nuanced, lithe wine. Aromas of both red and black fruits, with beams of cherry, raspberry, and boysenberry, but with a frame of spice. Earth, iron, a little clove, and pepper. Sweet bright fruit on the palate. Rather short finish, but still quite enjoyable. One of the better Pommards I've had.
Red
2002 Henri Jouan Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/10/2016 - festiva Likes this wine:
94 points
What a beautiful wine. Very expressive nose of cherries, spice, iron, and that wonderful barnyard manure. Medium bodied - not too thin and not too thick. This wine is more about balance than power. Tannins have mostly been resolved , but still enough to keep the wine a bit grippy. Finish goes on and on. Very drinkable now, but can definitely stand many more years in the cellar. Loved it!
Red
2002 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2016 - festiva Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow, this wine is in the zone right now... Beautifully balanced. Incredible nose. Deep, plush, textured wine. Love it.
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Red
8/17/2014 - festiva Likes this wine:
92 points
Amazing wine for a 20 yr old Zin! Served with Grilled burgers and sausages. Dark red color, with browning around the edges. Not much of a nose at first, but decanted for about 2 hrs. The air brought it around. Still showing beautiful red and black fruits framed by peppery spice. No alcoholic grape juice here! 14.5% alcohol. The tannins were fully resolved, but still gave it some backbone. More of a velvety finish than most zins I've had. Probably held on to this a few more years than I should, but still delicious. Makes me think twice about drinking zins young.
Red
8/13/2014 - festiva Likes this wine:
94 points
Popped and poured at cometspider's home. Very nice wine. Not big and brooding, but quite cool and restrained. Classy juice. Great structure. Long finish 45+ seconds. In the zone now, but will keep for many more years. Wish I had more
White
8/1/2011 - festiva wrote:
91 points
Another excellent bottle of this really good QPR. Meo for less than $30?!?!?! Montrachet this is not, but it's darn good wine. Good fruit, not a ton of wood, great minerality and crisp acidity - well balanced. Not incredibly complex and the finish is a bit short.
Red
7/22/2011 - festiva wrote:
90 points
My first of the 2000's. Very different from the 1995, which I found much more refined. The 2000 has a little more 'grittiness' to it. Initially, this had a distinctive whiff of barnyard in it, but it blew off to reveal a very well-balanced and integrated wine. Pleasant, with notes of currants, vanilla/oak, and tobacco. Tannins were soft and chewy. Better with food than without... A very well made wine, but I can't see it improving much with more age.
White
6/23/2011 - festiva Likes this wine:
92 points
Not as good as the other bottles of this wine I've had. Although still in excellent shape, it seems to be on the decline. just a tinge of maderization. Deep orange-gold color, thick texture. A smoky nose of citrus, melon, and spice. Lighter on the palate than on the nose. Its complexity is revealed in the long finish.
White
6/23/2011 - festiva wrote:
flawed
Just flat out funky-bad.... This bottle wasn't corked, but had something that made it bitter and astringent. PH said it had been sulfured heavily, resulting in oxidation. To me, it tasted like it had sat for a month in the back seat of a hot car. This went right down the drain.
White - Sparkling
6/23/2011 - festiva wrote:
93 points
Yet another example of why you can't go wrong with 1996 Champagne. 52% Pinot/48% Chardonnay. Compared with the 95 Salon we also had, this is a lightweight - but in a very good way. Very elegant wine. Light yellow color, with a very fine bead. Pears, apples, bread, and a bit of sherry on the nose. Crisp acidity at first, but settled down as it warmed up in the glass. Long finish. In its prime?
Red
6/12/2011 - festiva wrote:
95 points
Decanted 1 hour. Very elegant wine. This is not one of those CA Cabs that knocks you over the head with highly extracted fruit, vanilla, and tannin. Rather, it kinda lays everything out in a more subdued way. Beautiful nose of currants, blackberries, cigar tobacco, white pepper, herbs, and just enough green pepper to make it interesting yet not offensive. Tannins were velvety, not chewy. Everything seemed to have its place - a very well balanced wine. Long finish. Really complemented the NY Strips we grilled. This one is in the zone right now, but will probably continue chugging along for many years to come.
Red
6/6/2011 - festiva Likes this wine:
91 points
Day 1: Rather gritty and rustic, but full of bright cherries, oak, and leather. Tannic and somewhat disjointed. A bit hot on the finish. Not very enjoyable. Needs air/time. Recorked and put it away for the following day.

Day 2: Much, much better. The tannins had softened a lot, revealing a surprisingly nuanced wine. Still big and gritty, but the wine had resolved itself as much as it could. The heat and the wood had dissapated. Textbook sangio/cab blend - lots of red cherry, leather, plum, and smoky spices. Still a bit unbalanced. Needs food to complement it. Went very well with barbecued sausages.

All in, this isn't the best super Tuscan out there. But $20 for 10 year old Italian? You can't complain! At this stage of the wine's life, give it a good 3-4 hour decant.
Red
1970 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/29/2011 - festiva wrote:
88 points
Purchased at auction 3 years ago. I've been burned by older wines at auction, but not this time. This must have been stored properly over the past 41 years. Decanted for sediment (there was plenty) and consumed over the next 3 hours. Ruddy, muddy, brick red, with a tinge of orange at the edges. At first, the nose was alive with red fruits and spices, but not much in the mouth. After about 20 mins, the taste caught up with the nose.

There were no tannins left in this wine, which made it seem a thin. All that remained was a beam of red fruits (cherry, raspberries, etc.) supported by lead pencil, cedar, and wet earth. The fruit seemed a little 'stewed' - my mother-in-law said it reminded her of her compote. Quite acidic. Rather short finish. Overall, a little out of balance.

This must have been a much better bottle 10-15 years ago. With a little tannin, it would have been a very enjoyable bottle of wine, meriting 92-93 points. Definitely past it's prime, but still drinkable.
Red
1/7/2008 - festiva wrote:
87 points
Decanted 2+ hours before serving. Served alongside a 99 Monprivato - HUGE mistake. This might have been a decent wine on its own, but the Monprivato outclassed it in every respect. This is a bruiser. Big aromas and flavors. Gobs of fruit and tannins. But, really disjointed as almost all California Sangioveses can be. Nothing seemed to be integrated in this wine. I liked the bright red fruit, wood, and earthiness, but it was a bit hot and alcoholic. This needs much more time to settle down. A decent wine to serve with cheeseburgers & fries...
Red
1/7/2008 - festiva wrote:
93 points
Decanted for 2+ hours before serving. Color was a ruddy red. Fabulous nose that only got better as it sat in the decanter - lots going on here: flowers, tar, raspberries, cherries, and 'dusty' earth. In the glass, even better... layers of red fruits, tar, earth. and a bit of black liquorice packed into a 30-35 second finsh. Tannins were significant and many years away from melding into the wine. This wine needs a lot more time in the bottle, and will likely deserve a higher score in 5-10 years. While drinking this, I couldn't help but think the earthiness of this wine gave it a Burgundy flair. A big shout out to PH and Daniel Fulton for arranging the trade that scored me this bottle! Thanks! It was a pleasure and I intend to seek out more.

I served this alongside a bottle of 02 Thackery Aquila Sangiovese, which was a huge mistake. It overpowered the Monprivato. The Thackery was 'in your face', while this was all finesse and subtlety. I had to put the Thackery aside and pick it up later on.
Red
12/31/2007 - festiva wrote:
89 points
I've had this wine on numerous occasions and was never impressed. This bottle, however, was an anomaly. Lots of fruit mixed with dark chocolate, wood, and spices. It didn't have the herbaceousness I've come to expect from most 98 cabs. Tannins were fully integrated. The finish had a good amount of heat, but the fruit more than made up for it. In all, not a bad wine.
Red
12/26/2007 - festiva wrote:
92 points
Opened my first 2004 Le Cadeau during XMas dinner. Still have yet to try the Rocheaux and Diversite. The Cote Est is made by Josh Bergstrom and his team.

Decanted an hour before serving. The color on this wine surprised me... I guess I was expecting a brighter color. It wasn't bricked, although the color seemed a ruddy garnet red. Nonetheless, it had a wonderful aroma of bright cherries, smoke, wood, and dark chocolate. Flavors of chocolate covered cherries, currants, minerals, & earth. Tannins were present, but not obtrusive. Just a bit of heat on the finish. All in all, this is a very well balanced, well made wine, that could probably benefit from a little more time in the cellar. This isn't the 2002, but quite tasty nonetheless!
White
12/8/2007 - festiva wrote:
92 points
Opened and stuck in the fridge for 3 hours before drinking. Light straw/gold color. Bright nose of Granny Smith Apples, slate and lime on the nose. A bit of petrol and baking spices as well. Quite sweet for a Kabinett, but it's light and refreshing and has enough acidity to make it enjoyable with food.
Red
12/2/2007 - festiva wrote:
92 points
Lots of bright, plush, fruit with a backbone of pepper, spice, and tannin. Nice balance. Bit of a short finish, but still a very, very enjoyable wine.
Red
11/29/2007 - festiva wrote:
90 points
Another good example of what I believe is the best American Sangiovese out there. A little sharp, but packs a lot of bright red fruit into a strong backbone. This will never be mistaken for a Brunello, but a nice wine that's meant to be paired with burgers and the like. Nice wine.
Red
11/29/2007 - festiva wrote:
88 points
Nothing special. Decent fruit, lots of body and flavor, but a little sharp. No heat.
Red
11/12/2007 - festiva wrote:
88 points
Not a bad wine, just nothing special. Nice red with amber bricking around the edges. Copious amounts of fruit and spice on the nose, a little weak on the palate. For some reason, this just seemed disjointed. Surprisingly, I enjoy the 98 Sangiovese better...
Red
10/23/2007 - festiva wrote:
91 points
Not as good as the '97, but one of the best Showket Sangiovese's I've had. My favorite CA Sangio producer. Bright and fruity, with a lot of complexity.Good balance between fruit and wood. Not a trace of green-ness. A little acidic, but that really helped it counter the grilled brats.
Red
1999 Behrens & Hitchcock Fat Boy Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
10/23/2007 - festiva wrote:
94 points
This wine sure lives up to its name. Big, heady, intense, and chewy. And actually very well balanced. Very long, long, finish. Barely a hint of heat. This needs to be paired with a big hunk of meat. Shame that was my last bottle.
White - Sparkling
10/23/2007 - festiva wrote:
95 points
An excellent bottle. Very elegant, yet very forward. The nose was to die for: hazelnuts, citrus, pear, toast. More of the same on the palate. The bead on this bubbly was as fine as you can get.
Red
1997 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo Vallagarina IGT Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2007 - festiva wrote:
93 points
Opened and served immediately. Very full, ripe nose of fruit, tar, and vanilla. Even bigger in the glass. Very solid, well-put together wine. Lots of bright red and black fruits, wood, smoke, and spice. Decent finish of 30 seconds. Based on other CT users' comments, I think I must have had an exceptional bottle.
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/18/2007 - festiva wrote:
98 points
Palena Dinner with W+A & PH.

Quite honestly, I couldn't imagine a better dessert wine. Granted, this is my first experience with a Gewurztraminer SGN, but this wine has got everything. Although they're two completely different animals, the only other stickie I've liked as much was a 90 d'Yquem.

The server brought this out and laid it on the opposite end of the table, and from there I could smell its gargantuan nose. Loads of honey and orange blossoms, with layers of spice and smoke delicately intermingling. Absolutely stunning color or kind of a burnt orange. Thick and viscous, but oh-so light and ethereal. My head spun as I tried to get my brain and tongue to comprehend all that was going on in the glass. On the palate, orange, flower petals, minerals & earth, a little pepper and clove, and just the right amount of botrytis. I didn't pick up on it until I read the other notes on this wine, but lychee was present as well. PERFECTLY balanced. Not too sweet, not too acidic. The finish pushed 2 minutes. I couldn't help but hold my glass up to the candle and watch the light flicker through this wine (when I didn't have my nose in the glass). I only wish I had more of this spectacular wine. This has the potential to age forever...
White - Off-dry
7/23/2007 - festiva wrote:
94 points
Wow. This is the reason I love good German Rieslings. Sweet, heady aromas of peaches, nectarines, and minerals. Thick, but not cloying. Maybe I'm an idiot, but I certainly didn't taste the candied lemon or the green tea that Schildnecht tasted in his notes. Long, fruity finish that seems to make you lick your lips a minute after you take a sip. I would have gone higher had this a little more acidity: still a huge jump over the 2003. Extremely well made wine.
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