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2015 Feudo Montoni Nero d'Avola Vigna Lagnusa Sicilia
7/24/2022 - UpfromtheCellar wrote:
89 points
Bright and chipper, this cherry dominated raspberry tinged bottle was an easy pop n pour for everyone around the table. Nothing serious here, it was drinking nicely. In terms of depth, well, not so much, but in terms of immediate flavor and gratification, spot on. Well done!

So after I posted this I read many of the other reviews (I make it a habit not to read them before hand generally). I was "surprised" that my 89 was so off the 91+ "average" until I realized that if you subtracted @P*** and @P*** (who between the two of them account for almost half of all of the reviews written! and have an average collective score of something like 93 - apparently they must REALLY REALLY (REALLY) like this particular wine) - the score actually drops BELOW my 89! Take that for what its worth - this wine is a nice wine for sure - its (relatively) cheap and with its simple bright flavors of cherry and raspberry, "fun", but a more serious powerful wine it is not. I wish reviewer's wouldn't throw around 90+++ scores like candy - it only detracts from everyone else, including the winery's own other bottlings.
  • smcisaac commented:

    8/2/22, 4:32 AM - Interesting observation. I scored it a 92. Subjectively, I like a smooth mouthfeel with integrated tannins and acid that doesn't overpower the fruit, so that explains some of my higher rating. Nearly all of my cellar has earned ratings above 90 from some professional reviewer or other, so I may be unconsciously more generous with my low-90 scores for very nice but not complex wines that others might score in the high 80s, as you did here. Over the last few decades (I first started trying to taste wine thoughtfully in the late 1980s) I think I have noticed "grade inflation" in professional wine scoring, probably due to commercial pressures, such that nice but not outstanding wines that may have scored respectably in the mid-80s years ago now often earn a 90 or just above, while wines scoring in the mid-80s now just languish on the store shelves. I remember reading somewhere that James Suckling's average rating is 93, for example. (Sometimes it seems that a wine rated anything less than 96 by Suckling might be nice enough but is not going to be memorable.)

Red
2019 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Epic Bordeaux for an Epic Birthday!; 9/1/2021-9/12/2021 (Paris & Bordeaux): My other favorite of the tasting and yet very different from the 2018 which was bold and powerful. Here the finesse is very apparent. The first word that came to mind for me was round. Tannins fine. Elegant and approachable even right now. Not sure how that bodes for longevity although if it did last this would have a certain level of delicateness even with the Pauillac power. 71% CS, 23% Merlot, 6% CF
  • smcisaac commented:

    9/9/21, 4:32 AM - You just posted two contrasting reviews for the same wine. Was one of them meant for a different one?

Red
2015 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Corvina Blend, Corvina
3/7/2020 - Revisorn wrote:
88 points
Way to young, not sure about potential. 87 for now, half of bottle left from yesterday, will revisit later today and update.

Bought the case on online-auction, paid US$25 per bottle, to cheap to be true? Anyone out there who’s been scammed on amarone deals?
  • smcisaac commented:

    3/7/20, 11:51 AM - I haven't opened mine yet, but Decanter gave it 95 points. Is it possible that it simply needs more time in the cellar? Or maybe you bought a poorly stored case at your auction? Retail price online looks to be $50 and up -- not exactly cheap. I paid $55.

Red
2015 Gattavecchi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Sangiovese
7/10/2019 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
90 points
Gattavecchi's 2015 Nobile di Montepulciano is a deep ruby, medium-bodied wine that is packed with spicy fruit on both the nose and palate. A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 8% Canaiolo and 2% Colorino, it delivers aromas and flavors of holiday fruit cake, black cherries, black tea, incense and tobacco. Freshly acidic, seamlessly alcoholic (14%), judiciously oaked and with dusty tannins, it stays dense on the middle palate and finishes with good length. This is delicious now, but another year in the cellar should soften the tannins and make it even more enjoyable. As such, it may merit a higher score in the future. Drink 2020-2025.
  • smcisaac commented:

    7/11/19, 4:25 AM - You wrote 2018. Was that a typo? This is the page for the 2015 vintage.

Red
2015 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
5/12/2019 - Vigil gypsy wrote:
89 points
Lovely steak mothers day dinner and this guy, decanted for two hours. Dark I mean DARK purple almost black coloration. Med viscosity. Dark fruit acetone and wood to the nose...big blueberry charging out front to the palate, followed by black tea and as we move to the back palate heat( no kidding at 15%) and oak. Med plus finish. Nice effort...
  • smcisaac commented:

    5/12/19, 10:21 PM - Sounds as though you liked it. Why did you consider it flawed?

Red
2013 Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva Sangiovese
4/5/2019 - DoubleMagnum wrote:
90 points
Deep ruby color, with a slight purple hue. Aromas of red fruits on the nose. Flavors of cherries, blueberries, raspberries and some forest floor. Acidity is medium, tannins not yet fully polished. It could improve with age but it is better to consume in the short term. No more than 6 years in my opinion. Short finish. Good wine, but I still do not understand how Wine Spectator reached that score. It lacks complexity and is not completely balanced in my opinion. A couple of weeks ago I tried a much better Vino Nobile.
  • smcisaac commented:

    4/9/19, 4:57 AM - What was the one you liked better?

Red
2014 Tapiz Cabernet Sauvignon Alta Collection Mendoza
10/10/2018 - Djwpar3 Likes this wine:
87 points
Bright cherry, fruit forward, typical of variety, but seems to lack complexity of other Malbecs. Enjoyed with pasta sauce and held up well.
  • smcisaac commented:

    10/11/18, 2:33 PM - Which Tapiz did you mean to review, the cab or the malbec? This page is for the cab.

Red
2014 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
10/1/2017 - Burgundio wrote:
91 points
At the moment it tastes like a decent 3rd growth bordeaux wine in a not-so-good year which costs $60~80. Also with pronounced mocha colours. If only the alcohol would blow away more quickly...

For the price, though, it is excellent.

Edit: after 2h in the glass, the alcohol has subsided and the wine has become quite enjoyable. Final score is 91.
  • smcisaac commented:

    10/2/17, 5:26 AM - Have not opened mine yet. From this and other reviews I am guessing it needs to wait at least 4-5 years yet to come fully into its own?

Red
1967 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/20/2017 - stufis wrote:
What a pleasant shock! Gifted from my then-girlfriend's dad, who was a long-term Zachy's employee (there is a Garney Eisner Room at the store marking his valued relationship with Don), this more than survived chronic abuse in closets, on a transcontinental flight, and worse! Cork was a challenge to remove. Muted palate that echoed Bordeaux more than stated it, and the palate was lengthy, showing appropriate flavors. Lasted the hour it was consumed without fading. Excellent!
  • smcisaac commented:

    8/23/17, 4:45 AM - Good to hear! I have one bottle, received a few years ago as a gift, and have been afraid to open it.

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