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Red
2014 Clos Mogador Priorat Grenache Blend, Grenache
7/7/2020 - jmoon Likes this wine:
92 points
Thoroughly enjoyable approachable pure deep purple Grenache blend, well balanced and still fresh without being too heavy or tight. Ideally a 1 hr decant, we enjoyed over 3 hours and only grew more silky.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    7/7/20, 10:58 AM - Pure grenache? I think not. See for example the tn from Parker for the exact blend

Red
2010 Azienda Agricola Montevetrano Montevetrano Colli di Salerno IGT Red Blend
6/23/2020 - SLOFred Does not like this wine:
86 points
I don't get how this wine scores so highly. I last tasted in 2014 and laid down my remaining 8 bottles in hope it would get better. No chance. This wine remains very shallow. It has a nice color, sparkly, but not deep as I expect for aglianico. Little nose, no fruit up front, totally missing mid and back palate. I don't get what people see in this wine. (and I really like aglianico). I really expected sooooo much for from a $57 wine. Too bad I still have 8 bottles left. This wine has no "come hither" at all.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/27/20, 8:13 AM - You should know that Montevetrano is NOT an aglianico based wine. Previous vintages only contained about 10% of aglianico, whereas current releases (starting with this 2010) now contain about 30% aglianico.... majority is always cabernet sauvignon.

    Reading your notes, it is clear you don't like traditionally styled Italian wines, with their tell tale high acidity. There is no shame in that. But I don't understand why you keep trying them anyhow (masochism, perhaps? 🙂). The only Italian wines you like are the ones on the more modern side (like Cabreo for instance). Maybe you should think about selling off your (traditional) Italian bottles and purchase some Napa or South-american wines with a riper flavor profile instead. I think you would enjoy those more. Just saying.

    Br,

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/28/20, 1:03 AM - Hi Fred,

    Thanks for the background information, that really puts things in perspective. If you buy that amount of bottles on such a short time, while going blind (your only reference being the scores of the journalists), it is logical you're going to get a (big) portion of your stash not matching your taste.

    As said, it may be an idea to sell off those bottles (I imagine they are very properly stored, so there is no risk there). That might spare you some frustrating experiences, as that is not the aim of drinking wine (at least not for me, and I trust for you neither).

    But of course, it remains your decision.

    Have you already tried some Spanish wines from the Toro region? They are usually quite muscular, full bodied and fruity with modest acidity. They might suit you better.

    Br,

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/29/20, 9:25 AM - Hi Fred,

    A wise decision. I also only rarely buy 6 or more bottles of the same producer. There just is too much oit there to try :-)

    Regarding Toro, I have some San Roman, Numanthia, Teso la Monja, Alonso del Yerro and Pintia in the cellar.

    I also have some Clio, yes, but only starting from 2015. So still somewhat young, I guess. I have not yet tried Clio in older vintages.

    When you say Spanish grenache, I'm thinking Priorat. An excellent producer there imho is Mas Doix. If you have the chance, try them. Their entry wine (les crestes) can be mediocre sometimes but everything else is routinely outstanding.

    Happy hunting & tasting,

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/30/20, 7:59 AM - Not in the US, just a bit further... I actually live in Belgium 🙂

Red
2015 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
6/13/2020 - Benjamin Plum wrote:
95 points
Great, but needs more time (as of 2020)
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/14/20, 11:13 PM - And what year do you think we are? 😄

Red
2016 Giacomo Mori Chianti Castelrotto Riserva Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Was surprised to hear this had 2 years in barrique - combination of 1st/2nd passage after its time in stainless steel. But also surprised because it's so well integrated. The 10% Merlot also helps with respect to the easy, but also elegant, style. Structured, pure. Love it. For the money, crazy good value. recommended+

https://www.ItalianWine.blog
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/2/20, 11:00 AM - With Giacomo, it is indeed best to stick with the classics 😉 again, I'm not sure if the ageing regimen is 100% correct (a slight % deviation in the blend may also be possible)

Red
2007 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
Posting an old note drank in 2012, deep purple, fragrant nose, floral, lovely, complex, outstanding nose, medium bodied, elegant, sweet, long finish, delicious
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/2/20, 10:24 AM - Same remark as for fuligni 2006

Red
2006 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
light red, mocha, roasted nuts, ripe fruits, Young, silky, very fine, finesse
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/2/20, 10:23 AM - Please change the date of your note then, thanks

Red
2012 Giacomo Mori Clanis Toscana IGT Merlot
11/17/2017 - Vinogan(s) wrote:
88 points
A terroir driven cab s. Good, not exceptional.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/1/20, 9:00 AM - Hi Tim, there is indeed a Clanis made from 100% merlot. I have never been a big fan of that.

    However, Giacomo also experimented with a 100% cabernet sauvignon a few years back, which was, unoriginally, also called "clanis". The grapes used were detailed on the back label, if I remember correctly. I do not know if this was really officially released, as quantities were very limited.

    I'm not really sure what the current line up is (he also produced a cab/merlot blend called "i cinque Mori"); I used to go there regularly on holidays, but its been 3 years since I've been, so I don't know the exact status today. His website is also notoriously outdated, which also complicates things...

    Best regards,

Red
2010 Tenuta Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa Sangiovese
4/27/2020 - SLOFred Does not like this wine:
80 points
Another horrible, overpriced, over hyped, Italian red wine. Nothing but tannin when young, no fruit, no body, no flavor when old. Horrible QPR, almost painful to think what I paid for this!
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    4/27/20, 11:21 PM - Maybe you both don't like Italian wines... Which Italian wines did you like, because your notes on cellartracker suggest otherwise (see also your recent note on the oreno 2011, which confirms the rarity of the occurranceo?

    Best regards,

Red
2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso Sangiovese
4/18/2020 - pavel_p wrote:
92 points
First bottle from an OC. Pnp a glass and then poured the bottle into a decanter. Pianrosso sits between the Annata and Reserva as it spends an extra year in barrel. This shows, as unlike many of the 2010 Annata’s the wine does not seem ready yet and I would put it aside for another 2-3. What also shows in the style of the wine, is that Ciacci is located at fairly low altitude in the Southern cluster in Montalcino and you get a very savory but dark fruited wine with a touch of tar and medicinal notes. A very good and complex Brunello for sure, with medium and still somewhat drying tannins which should further soften with a few more years in bottle, but I prefer the brighter and more red fruited style of Brunello. As much as I loved the 2001 Ciacci Riserva, I don’t think I will be seeking out Ciacci in the warmer vintages like 2015/2016 anymore.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    4/19/20, 12:55 AM - Hi Pavel,

    I have the same feeling about this producer. Thanks for your notes.

    Best regards,

Red
2015 Denis Ackermann Pinot Noir Alsace
3/13/2018 - The taste athlete wrote:
87 points
We had it slightly cooled on the first day.

The nose was outstanding.
The mouthfeel was way to hot.
This 2015 has a 14% alcohol...

After several hours of decanting the wine started unpopping.
Complexity was added and it's structure became more visible.

On day 3 this was at it's best.
Drank it even a few degrees cooler and it was pure fun.
With a serious touch...

87-89
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    4/12/20, 12:48 AM - Jo, ahr joe stil alaaif? Its bien moor den toe jiers sins joor laast teejsting noot hier on seller trakker. Wat gifs, doet?

Red
2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
Black fruit, alcohol and heat, really powerful and muscular, lots of wood. No freshness, no elegance, heavy and weighty. A wine that showcases everything that is wrong when aiming for an overblown "Parker-style".
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    3/27/20, 12:40 AM - Hi Harley, thanks for the tip and I hope you are right. But I don't really understand the reasoning though.

    If other Toro's are different in style (I have some san roman, paydos, victorino and even some numanthia 12 waiting in the cellar), then I fail to see how they would change my mind on this numanthia 04.

    And if they are similar in style, then I doubt I will (start to) like them. I'm afraid that this is not really a style I see growing on me, but I could be wrong of course. Ow well, such are the risks of buying blind with only parker (points) a.o. to go on.

    Best regards,

Red
2016 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Vigna Asinone Sangiovese
The vineyard was planted in 1962 - 1963. The type of planting during this time was nicknamed Asinone. Which is why its named this. And this wine is still produced from those vines. So very small production. 30-35% clay so very small berries with very thick skin. Nearly simmilar to Cabernet apparently.

With some sweet dark cherry fruit on the nose.

Over the years they have swapped to more elegant wines I am being told. In particular with the idea of acidity. And that is indeed true. All the wines are much more vibrant then I remember them being.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    3/6/20, 1:25 AM - "The nickname “Asinone” derives from the characteristic shape of the vineyard which has the form of a donkey’s back. "

    Taken from: https://carlettipoliziano.com/en/ (section "poliziano experience")

Red
2012 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
2/18/2020 - pgb67 wrote:
91 points
One of my favorite Italian wines because it of its consistency - with notes of red plum, fig and cherry, accented by tobacco and spice. This picked up steam over time and seems to have plenty of life left. Good acidity and overall flavor.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    2/19/20, 2:25 AM - Yes, just too bad this wine has absolutely no sangiovese whatsoever in the blend

Red
2015 Orma Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/30/20, 12:46 AM - Thanks for this

Red
2016 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2020 - kr522 wrote:
94 points
this is very tasty and as expected drinking young. the nose however is more advanced in character than i'd have suspected, with a bit of a brown sugar/vanilla/prune character, while the palate is fresh and vibrant. the Cab Franc character showing even though i believe it's a small % of the blend
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/26/20, 1:15 AM - 15% cab franc if I'm not mistaken

Red
2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
1/25/2020 - ajeeja Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP. This has soften a lot since my last bottle in 2017 and it’s now in a nice place. To be honest, I do miss a bit of tension and so I’m thinking I should have re-tasted this 6-12 months earlier, but it’s nevertheless a very pleasurable drop (whilst, a bit too simple). I lack experience with BdM to say if it will improve with further aging, but my instinct says it won’t (though, I sure do hope to be proven wrong).
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/26/20, 1:13 AM - It won't ;-) it will just stay on this plateau for a few years

Red
2015 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2020 - dlramsey wrote:
RP....97
WS...,97
Wine Spectator 2018 wine of the year.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/26/20, 1:11 AM - Yeah, so?

Red
2011 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus Tempranillo
1/18/2020 - peterag Likes this wine:
91 points
Ripe plum, chokeberries-aronia with bit sourness at the end. Quite unusual Priorat
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/19/20, 12:02 AM - Hi, as the name of the wine already suggests, this is not a priorat. Maybe that's why its so remarkable.

Red
2013 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
1/16/2020 - D'Yquembe Mutumbo wrote:
92 points
Gets better every time I try it, but I'm still going to wait until next year to have the rest of my bottles. I feel like this will never live up to the WS hype, but has room to grow over the next several years to balance out and come into harmony.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/17/20, 1:23 AM - 2009 in Montalcino? That's not exactly a vintage for the ages...

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/17/20, 2:40 AM - Hi Tim,

    I'm well aware that you know your vintages in Tuscany :-) (btw, I'm a fan)

    I was simply referring to laz4wine's remark on the 2009s.

    Br,

Red
2015 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
12/14/2019 - vino_per_tutti Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow! Consistent with prior notes. Fabulous, well integrated, balanced, delicious. Mismarked @ $29? Should have bought a case!
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    12/22/19, 3:45 AM - Definitely mismarked!

Red
2013 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove Bolgheri Red Bordeaux Blend
11/3/2019 - alvinquah Likes this wine:
85 points
Had it during 2017 Christmas dinner. Decant for an hour and pair with steak. The acidity and tannis is well balanced after pairing. The fat in the steak mellow down the tannis. Overall good super Tuscan...
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    12/5/19, 12:50 AM - Waw, a note of a wine tasted 2 years ago. Great memory

Red
2010 Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Serpico Aglianico
11/27/2019 - SLOFred wrote:
88 points
Like so many Italian wines, this needs a good 10 years for the tannins to soften. I only have 2 bottles left and I will wait 5 more years to try again. Just too heavy and tannic for my palate.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    11/28/19, 3:48 AM - If you wanted an elegant and delicate wine, you shouldn't have bought serpico. This is and has always been a powerhouse and a rather extreme version of aglianico with its 18 months new barrique aging.

    Your timing (another 5 years) sounds about right.

    Maybe try before you buy, to avoid this kind of style-wise surprises?

    Your generalization of italian wines also seems exaggerated.

    Br,

Red
2016 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
11/24/2019 - Andre Brattland wrote:
97 points
85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. 14% alcohol.

This has to be one of the most delicious aromas ever from a Tuscan wine. Fantastically nuanced and detailed with gorgeous roses, violets, cherries, plums, light sweet spices, anise and nut. Really super delicious!

Full bodied and fresh wine that quickly charms with delicious fresh cherries, plums, juicy raspberries, ripe blueberries and a little vanilla. The wine could have had a bit more power, but has a brilliant acidity and tannin structure that provides perfect freshness and bite to the wine that will have a long life in the cellar in front of it. Lovely and long finish with distinct graphite feeling. Superb Sassicaia. 97 points.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    11/26/19, 10:10 AM - The blend mentioned is incorrect.

    Br,

Red
2007 Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione de Marchi Toscana IGT
10/15/2019 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
94 points
The bouquet was gorgeous, with a mix of ripe blackberry, cherry and spice, giving way to sweet tobacco, beautiful wild herbs, hints of undergrowth and that Tuscan barnyard we all love. On the palate, I found soft textures offsetting a vibrant mix of minerals, savory spice, brisk acids and adolescent tannin, as hints of tart blackberry and spice buzzed upon the senses. The finish was long, still showing hints of tannin with unrelenting spice and saturating minerality.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    10/18/19, 12:47 AM - Hi Eric,

    When you say "adolescent tannin", do you mean that it is still a little early for this?

    Thanks and best regards,

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    10/18/19, 7:38 AM - Thank you Eric.

    Unfortunately I only have 1 bottle, hence my question.

    I think I'll wait another 2-3 years then (if I can ��)

    Best regards,

Red
2013 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
9/28/2019 - SlimShaney Likes this wine:
90 points
If I were in the Italian countryside or even eating a good pasta I can see a romantically higher score but at home and drinking it straight I think this needs another decade for the leatheriness to get deeper and the soureness on the front left palate to dissipate. From memory this gets crazy high scores from 'judges' are they judging it relative to this grape or for outright pleasure and quality?
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/29/19, 12:55 AM - Depends, all those people that are now already drinking the 13 (and 15!) are either scoring on potential or are blinded by the "pro" reviews (who are supposedly also based on 'potential').

    Because in my opinion, both vintages are for the moment at least 4 to 5 years away from their best drinking window.

    I think your score for the 13 is at this moment most likely spot on (I'm not touching my 13s currently, because see above). But with significant room for improvement in a few years... (based on my experience with previous vintages)

Red
2015 Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Sangiovese
9/28/2019 - refugio48 Likes this wine:
89 points
Very good. Young. We will be great.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/29/19, 12:46 AM - Yes you will ��

Rosé
2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé MourvÚdre Blend, MourvÚdre
7/9/2019 - Vinogan(s) wrote:
84 points
Orange, glycerine, full in flavor and a lot of wine, but clearly misses structure (due to vintage?)

I don't get all the praise and high scores here. OK, it has a lot more taste than your average rosé quaffer, but flavor intensity alone does not make this a great wine, especially when it is clearly lacking on some fundamental points. Consequently also grossly overpriced

Best rosé in the world? Poor world...
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    7/12/19, 6:24 AM - Hi vjiz,

    Frankly, this was my first tempier rosé and given its reputation and the comments I read beforehand, I honestly expected a lot more of this bottle.

    Personally, I don't limit rosé to appellations / regions. So the fact that this might be a good exemple of bandol/provence rosé does not mean there are not more interesting rosés coming from anywhere.

    And the fact that it is not cost prohibitive, although true, does not necessarely automatically imply that it is a good QPR in my book.

    But you are right, maybe I should give it a second chance, and get myself a bottle coming from a somewhat cooler vintage than 2017.

    Br,

White
2014 Domaine Vincent and Sophie Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées Chardonnay
7/9/2019 - Vinogan(s) wrote:
88 points
I don't get previous notes: fresh, pure, clean... it is not. Vanilla, wood, an embryonic wine, unfortunately a textbook example of oak ridden chardonnay at the moment. Too youg now, but will need a lot of extra time
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    7/12/19, 6:16 AM - Hi Vietty,

    I personally would recommend waiting a few years to pop this, unless you are fond of very noticeable oak influence in white wine (I am not).

    Br,

Red
2014 Quinta de la Rosa Douro Reserva Red Blend
5/6/2019 - Mr Coone Likes this wine:
91 points
High intensity in the glass.
Ripe black fruit in both nose and on the palate.
Ripe plum, cassis, vanilla and caramel
Still quite tannic though
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    5/9/19, 2:04 PM - Aaj tingk dis wil bie et piek in 2022 :-)

Red
2015 Fattoria di FĂšlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
5/8/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
Even out of 375 we are drinking these way too young.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    5/9/19, 2:02 PM - I agree. Please don't :-)

Red
2010 Podere Le Ripi Amore e Follia Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
4/16/2019 - Vinogan(s) Likes this wine:
90 points
Really like this. After some air the syrah characteristics really come through.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    4/17/19, 5:53 AM - Chateaux vini, Dilbeek

Red
2012 Giacomo Mori Chianti Castelrotto Riserva Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
2/17/2019 - Vinogan(s) wrote:
89 points
Final bottle. A bit fresher and more elegant than the fonterutoli '12 drank alongside it.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    2/20/19, 1:08 AM - Ai tingk det joe hef de laest bottel of de 2012 in de weurlt deir in joor klimoatekaste. Ee verrie joeniek pies wit siknifikant historikal valjoe ��

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    3/1/19, 9:50 AM - Vaffanculo, idiota! ��

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    4/4/19, 2:13 AM - Ej joe, aai wonder wen joe wil fainalie oopen joor bottel? Biekos if joe weet too long, de waain wil not teest goed enimoor, joe noow. En doont kom nokking on maai door den, zene

Red
2014 Mas Doix Priorat Salanques Grenache Blend, Grenache
2/25/2019 - Kentw wrote:
Made an error, did not drink. Note I removed was for a different wine.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    3/9/19, 4:38 AM - Hello Kent,

    Salanques is not zin, but a blend of mostly grenache and some carignan and syrah.

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    3/10/19, 12:04 AM - ��

Red
2015 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
1/30/2019 - wren460 Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted 5 hours. I would never guess this was an Italian wine since I didnÂŽt smell the rust/oxide/sulfur I always get from them. Soft and rounded blue fruit with no hard edges. A lot of dark fruit in here,floral.. Kind of....boring at this stage. I donÂŽt know how this will evolve but today is an ok wine that is kind of tight and boring. I have zero experience with Italian wines and I favor Napa cabs by a huge margin, maybe some of you love this style but I choose a Caymus SS, a Buccella, or a TOR cabs any day over this wine. Have 2 cases at home, maybe in 2 or 3 years will open a bottle.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/31/19, 7:41 AM - Hi,

    If you're into new world style wine, which your profile indicates, this is clearly not the wine for you.

    I do not understand why you bought 2 cases of this then. The old world style is kinda basic info you can find immediately when searching the internet.

    Oh well, hope it grows on you.

    Regards,

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/31/19, 8:02 AM - I see... I also just noticed you have quite a gap in your tasting notes (2016 to 2018), so seems to make sense.

    Still quite a gamble if you ask me.

    Thanks for your time to clarify!

    Next stop, burgundy maybe?

    Regards,

Red
2009 Fattoria di FĂšlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
1/25/2019 - thomasito2001 Likes this wine:
94 points
Really in a great place right now, the nose has opened up since last time but it is the palate and the wonderful mouthfeel which sticks out for this wine. Very pleasurable!
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/26/19, 3:52 AM - Hi, how did you prepare the wine before drinking? Decanted? How long did it air?

    Thanks,

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/28/19, 1:37 AM - Ok, thank you!

Red
2007 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
1/17/2019 - olalar wrote:
86 points
I am disapointed with the performance of the 2007. Still tight and not giving much away. Tannins are now subtle but there is still good freshness. No signs of tertiary flavors. Seems similar to my bottle 3 years ago. Should one wait another 2 years?
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/19/19, 1:42 AM - Strange, my bottle last year was ready for business. Off bottle?

Red
2015 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
1/18/2019 - kk00020 Likes this wine:
95 points
A comment I heard tonight, " this is about the most enjoyable thing you can experience with your clothes on"
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/19/19, 1:35 AM - Haha, one to remember ��

White
2017 Morgante Sicilia Bianco di Morgante Contrada Racalmare Nero d'Avola
1/3/2019 - Vinogan(s) wrote:
88 points
Exotic fruit, pineapple, agrum, peach, very expressive fruit.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    1/5/19, 12:23 AM - Hi Benny,

    No, this wine was served during a blind tasting end of December (although I was the on who bought it :-)). Each participant then writes his note when the wine is served.

    ...and this was mine :-)

    I don't know if the other participants will publish their note on CT as well, as they are less methodic on this as me.

    But I noticed you and I had indeed the same impression of the wine. Means we tasted the same :-)

    Cheers,

Red
2006 Cerbaiona (Molinari) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/15/2018 - Al man wrote:
$$250 bottle from Abe White at Xmas party 2018
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    12/16/18, 1:22 AM - 250? You got ripped

Red
2010 Argiano Solengo Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
The last 2010 in my cellar, and have to say it is a very pleasant wine, the bouquet is typical good Solengo.... the taste is like velvet in your mouth of the licorice, vanilla... with a good long after taste... I am just wondering how the ownership change of the vineyard will affect this quality? Has anybody already opinons?
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    11/5/18, 8:04 AM - Why not edit your score then?

Red
2015 Orma Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
10/26/2018 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine:
94 points
First a little closed, decanted for 3 hours. Notes of espresso, dark chocolate, sweet spices, cassis, dark raspberries, leather, also some tobacco, a touch of smoke, also some flowery notes, as well as some grahphite. It‘s pretty full-bodied, with a creamy texture, with excellent balance of medium-high but ripe tannin and medium-high acidity that‘s almost covered by the wealth of ruit. Very good length. A super pretty but still incredibly young Bordeaux blend and a good value for this level of quality. (94+)
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    10/28/18, 3:23 AM - Hi, according to the tech sheet and parker notes, this is only 50% merlot.

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    10/28/18, 4:49 AM - Indeed :-)

Red
2007 Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
9/24/2018 - Purslane Likes this wine:
94 points
Wine of the night at a double blind tasting where wine lovers each contributed at least one bottle. A stunningly good example of how great the 2007 vintage was in Chianti even for an under $30 non-labeled Riserva. 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, and the rest several traditional red varietals approved for blending. Well structured by bright acidity and smooth edged tannin. Deliciously fruity red cherry, black cherry, and pomegranate. Overall, rich, elegant, and complete.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/25/18, 3:02 AM - Hi,

    Geeky fact: the castello di fonterutoli qualifies as a riserva; it is simply not put on the label (more recent vintages are under the gran selezione appellation btw). Their "normal" classico is simply called fonterutoli.

Red
2013 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
9/16/2018 - HL Pong Likes this wine:
93 points
Open up for 45 mins

Appearance : medium ruby, with legs

On nose : medium intensity, red fruit : cherry, black fruit : plum skin, casis, red rice, vanilla oak, after 1hr, it turned to red plum, lichorice, tobacco, it is still developing. Very pleasent aroma and complexity and good integration.

On palate : dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ and smooth tannin, and I wonder it went though MLF. Sweet Red fruit forward such as plum on front palate, medium+ body on mid palate with elegance, medium+ flavour intensity and medium+ alcohol and black tea bitterness and a bit savoury finishing.

This is obviously an old world but new style one. If it is blind tasted, I will say it just like a Bordeaux grand cru. Carefully to differentiate, one can still find the firm and red fruit acidity came from the Italian Tuscan style. I love this wine as this is not an expensive super Tuscan (HKD $228 only)! You may choose to keep it for 5 more years but I will choose to open it now cos I love the fruitiness and territory flavour in balance. Cheers!
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/16/18, 10:34 AM - Guidalberto does not contain any sangiovese, it is 60/40 cab s and merlot since vintage 2005. The acidity you refer to is typically tuscan/italian.

Rosé
2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé MourvÚdre Blend, MourvÚdre
9/13/2018 - chablis28 wrote:
88 points
An intriguing rose' loaded with character and concentration. A mix of textures and flavors not always entirely in my wheelhouse but you'd be hard put to find a more unique wine. Some red fruit, mineral, lots of herbs and spice. A bit of annoying bitterness on the finish - perhaps from the alc? At times this reminds me of lager beer on the finish. Not an appealing element for me. All in all, while not wanting multiple btls in the cellar, this is fun to drink once or twice a year. Might, grab one more btl this year yet to confirm my opinion of this vintage. Right now, 91pts for the concentration and depth / 85pts for the texture and rocky, not always elegant, finish. 88-89pts overall for me. Oddly alc is listed as 11-14% which is pretty useless info. which is it? 11% or 14%? Tasted and felt more like 14% to me.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/15/18, 4:42 AM - Nonsense about the alcohol range: the bottle clearly states 13,5%

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/15/18, 10:13 AM - 2 different alcohol % on one bottle? That'll be a first... Please take into account that french wine legislation does not even allow for such a broad range of alcohol % to be put on the label, thank you very much.

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/16/18, 12:30 AM - Hi Chablis28,

    No need for that, I think I solved the matter going through the label pictures here on CT in the meantime.

    I think your bottle was a special "Kermit Lynch" bottling with specific label. And indeed, those specific labels have the alcohol range you mention. So I stand nicely corrected :-)

    In my defence, this is a special bottling for the US market, where the US label rules apply and not the french. On the "original french" bottling, you will notice that the exact % is mentioned (first pic on CT for example - it is also a label in one piece, where the US label consists of 2 [1 large, 1 small]).

    So there you have it, we were both looking at a different label, and this whole discussion is Kermit Lynch's fault :-)

    And I agree with you that such a broad range of alcohol % is pretty useless! But you have to change US label rules for that to stop...

    Best regards,

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/16/18, 7:42 AM - Well, it's just that I've seen a fair share of quite stupid comments on CT lately (brunello with 45% merlot in the blend anyone?). Turns out this wasn't one of them. Although I am now convinced US wine labeling laws are really retarded - or is that over the top too? ;-)

Rosé
2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé MourvÚdre Blend, MourvÚdre
9/14/2018 - davidb18 Likes this wine:
94 points
superb. savory, full bodied, nice backbone. this wine will improve as each other vintage has one year from release. So 2019 spring, it will be even better. Superstar rose!
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/15/18, 4:31 AM - 2017 was released in 2018...

Red
2013 Rocca di Frassinello Maremma Toscana Rocca di Frassinello SuperTuscan Blend
9/8/2018 - clayh55 Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent super tuscan blend that is an amazing value. Balanced tannins expressive fruit with a complex nose. Priced like a everyday wine but has enough going on to allow a sit, swirl and sip session that stretches out a few hours. I love finding wines of this quality at this price point.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/9/18, 12:05 AM - Priced like a table wine? What a snobby comment!

  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    9/10/18, 12:16 AM - Hi Mark,

    That's a different way of putting it and I can totally relate to that! Stellar qpr...

    35 $ is also a really good deal - I paid 38 €, i.e. +-44 $.

    Still, 35 $ in my book does not qualify as a "everyday wine" and I think it's the wrong way of getting the message across.

    But I understand your point.

    Best regards,

White
2014 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex Sauvignon Blanc
7/19/2018 - Bruno DALBIEZ Likes this wine:
94 points
It was a 2012. Smooth, elegant, with its unmistakeable "smoked" notes. Not a hint of excessive acidity. Accompanied our BBQ'd "langouste" like a dream.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    7/24/18, 10:55 AM - Hi, why not move your tn to 2012 then and delete it here?

Red
2010 Firriato Perricone Sicilia Ribeca
6/19/2018 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
This was a surprisingly great wine. I have been really disappointed with most of my mid and high priced Italian wines. This wine was exceptional. Especially after 1 hour. I am not sure what grape is in this wine, but it was tarry like syrah. I really enjoyed this wine and would buy again, knowing it would need this length aging. At $29 I paid, a very good QPR.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/21/18, 1:06 AM - Uhm, what do you think about perricone as the grape used here?

Red
2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
6/14/2018 - Vinogan(s) wrote:
What a great review from gemasy here below. Really usefull stuff.

I have no choice but to give comments via a new TN, because user is not even accepting comments on his TNs. I wonder why...
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/15/18, 12:10 AM - :-)))))))) Good idea!

White
2010 ChĂąteau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-LĂ©ognan SĂ©millon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
6/14/2018 - Vinogan(s) wrote:
92 points
Grass, mineral, toast, long aftertaste, acidity, finesse, indeed a great wine.
  • Vinogan(s) commented:

    6/15/18, 12:09 AM - Enjoy it, Mark!

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