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Tasting Notes for smcisaac

(225 notes on 168 wines)

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Red
12/25/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
91 points
Not quite as good as my last bottle. Maybe it seemed that way because we had it at the tail end of dinner after finishing a really great bottle of Austin Hope cab, so it was up against tough competition in a direct comparison. Still good though.
Red
12/25/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
95 points
A beautiful cab to complement a Christmas dinner of prime rib. Everyone loved it.
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Red
12/24/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
92 points
A perfect match with rigatoni al forno.
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Red
11/25/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
92 points
A classy, elegant Pinot Noir. Fruity on the nose and palate, smooth on the finish. Paired well with Thanksgiving dinner of roast turkey and stuffing.
Red
11/25/2022 - smcisaac wrote:
86 points
Pleasant, fruity nose and palate, but shifts to a surprisingly hot, harsh finish which to me was nearly but not quite a disqualifier. Drinkable, but not recommendable. Dunnuck's 90 rating is generous; Wine Enthusiast's 94 is incomprehensible.
Red
10/19/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
95 points
Fantastic paired with a grilled steak
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Red
8/29/2022 - smcisaac wrote:
82 points
Too sweet and syrupy for my taste.
Red
7/24/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
93 points
Wine has matured nicely since my last note of 12/31/20. Much less tightly wound. Tannins have softened to reveal fruit flavors. A nice bottle of cab that went well with grilled steaks.
Red
7/16/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
90 points
Still drinking well. Paired with spaghetti and meatballs.
White - Sparkling
5/29/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
93 points
Bright floral and citrus notes and fresh acidity paired well with garlicky shrimp scampi.
Red
2016 Technique Proprietary Red Wine Stags Leap District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2022 - smcisaac wrote:
90 points
An elegant, medium-bodied, well-integrated, smooth-drinking Bordeaux-styled red blend that was an excellent complement to a tenderloin beef roast with a porcini and red wine reduction. That said, the nose and palate were more restrained than one would expect from a Stags Leap red.
Red
4/18/2022 - smcisaac wrote:
88 points
A big, aggressive, full-bodied wine with lots of dark fruit, but outweighed by tannins and heat that are not yet fully integrated. It overpowered hamburgers, but matched better with marinated grilled steak tips. I have another bottle that I will try again in a year or two to see if it has smoothed out and come together. Could improve a lot if so.
Red
4/18/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good with pasta and beef ragu. More elegant than other Neros I've had.
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Red
3/31/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious! Fruity with notes of chocolate and spice. No acidic or tannic harshness. Amazing value for a $10 bottle. Ready to drink now and may not have the backbone for long cellaring.

Would pair well with any of the typical red wine companion dishes. (We had it with pasta and meatballs.)

I question the 98 rating from Luca Maroni claimed by the producer, though. I can't find the rating on his website, and I would think such a high rating would need more complexity and aging potential.
Red
3/27/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
89 points
Still holding it own, but I'm not getting all the nuances that people posted a couple of years ago. Probably past peak at this point. Still a good complement to a grilled steak, but drink up!
Red
2/16/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
90 points
Has aged nicely, none of that harsh tannin and astringency you often get with a Nobile. Went well with pappardelle alla Bolognese. Not quite up to the amazing level, though.
Red
1/29/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
89 points
Smoother, more integrated than my last bottle. Either it has mellowed with a little more bottle age or there was a lot of bottle variation in the vintage.
Red
1/5/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
92 points
Last bottle. Served with prime rib. Opened 1/2 hr before serving, but did not decant. Consistent with my previous notes, lovely but a little closed, could have used more air before serving. Perhaps fading a bit since a year ago, but nowhere near tired yet.
Red
1/1/2022 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
94 points
Has improved since my 10/19 tasting, with new notes of cedar, cinnamon and chocolate on the palate. Wonderful pairing with beef bourgignon.
Red
12/25/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
90 points
Discovered in my cellar a couple of years ago after being forgotten for decades. Served, with some apprehension, for Christmas dinner to accompany prime rib roast beef with horseradish cream sauce. It was a delightful surprise! Much of the fruit had faded, as had the tannic bite, but the mature notes of leather, smoke, and cedar were an excellent complement to the beef.
Red
2015 Loma Larga Quinteto Casablanca Valley Red Blend (view label images)
11/29/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
92 points
Tannins have softened a little more, but otherwise consistent with my previous notes. Delicious with a grilled steak.
Red
11/24/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
93 points
Did not take careful wine-tasting notes, because we expected this to be an everyday, under $10 bottle of undistinguished red. Boy, were we wrong! This bottle (non-vintage, but purchased 10/21) was a fantastic pairing with spaghetti carbonara and delicious on its own. We enjoyed it more than some Chiantis and Montalcinos at 3x the price. Should have bought more, and will look for it again.
Red
2015 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Côtes du Roussillon Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/5/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
92 points
Alas. my last bottle. Much better than my previous bottle and note of 3/8/21. Fruit, tannins and alcohol are seamlessly integrated. Probably at peak right now, but if you still have a stash, it should hold up nicely for a few more years. Tonight it was a lovely companion to braised beef short ribs.
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Red
9/27/2021 - smcisaac wrote:
89 points
Humble but dependable everyday pairing for red meat and Italian food. Had half a bottle with grilled steak, spritzed what was left with Private Preserve, recorked, and tried the rest with pasta bolognese a week later. Surprised to find the last half a little better, a little smoother rather than a little deteriorated.
Red
9/1/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
94 points
Tapped part of my last bottle with Coravin. Pretty much consistent with my previous note, but seemed more red fruit than black this time, and was even more delicious with a grilled NY strip steak. Wish I had bought more, but I do have some of the 2018. Hope it's as good!
Red
9/1/2021 - smcisaac wrote:
87 points
A pretty plain malbec. Odd dusty note upon opening which dissipated with time as a more typical malbec profile emerged. Okay everyday red but nothing special.
Red
8/30/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
92 points
Forgotten for decades, discovered in my cellar just a few years ago. Didn't expect much but it has matured beautifully. Paired with grilled NY strip steaks.
Red
8/24/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
89 points
Consistent with my previous notes. Paired nicely with baked ziti casserole.
Red
8/24/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted 2 hours before serving. Bright ruby in the glass. Nose of red fruit, especially sour cherry, with floral, herb, and faint eucalyptus notes. Tart cherry and red currant on the palate, with medium body, bright acidity, and smooth, well-integrated tannin. Finishes fairly long and just a bit warm. A very nice though not amazing Brunello, but at $19.99 an amazing QPR for a Brunello. Paired beautifully with marinated, grilled leg of lamb.
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Red
8/21/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
89 points
Cherry cola and flowers on the nose, light body and a little bit hot on the palate. Not a particularly sophisticated pinot noir, but quite drinkable and pleasing to the family. Went nicely with a garlic-seasoned pork roast.
Red
7/31/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
90 points
Has softened a bit since last tasted a year ago. Popped and poured, did not need much time to breathe. Great with pizza! Last bottle of this vintage :(
Red
7/29/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
92 points
Last bottle, wish I had more. Perfect with grilled sirloin.
Red
7/18/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
94 points
Fruity nose and palate, earthy, soft tannins, lovely! Very much in the Caymus style. Superb with marinated grilled steak tips.
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Red
7/11/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
89 points
Slightly off-dry, soft tannins, an easy drinker. Paired well with grilled steak. Faded a little after an hour and a half in the decanter.
Red
7/9/2021 - smcisaac wrote:
86 points
Thinner and tarter than my previous (8/30/20) bottle. Beginning to fade? Or just bottle variation?
Red
6/4/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
90 points
This has aged and improved somewhat since my 3/20/18 note. Now drinks more like "a proper claret". Paired nicely with grilled steak tips.
Red
6/4/2021 - smcisaac wrote:
87 points
Okay Sangoivese, a bit thin and tart. Popped and poured initially, but did not change much with time in the glass. Paired with baked ziti.
Red
6/2/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice baby Brunello. Popped and poured. Drinks nicely right away, but also improves with time in the glass. Ready now but can probably also last a few more years. Paired well with baked ziti casserole.
Red
5/16/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
89 points
Light nose. Standard, tasty but not complex, Argentine Malbec flavor profile. Seamlessly integrated acidity and tannins. Short finish. A nice complement to a grilled steak, but not as extraordinary as Suckling's 94 rating would suggest.
Red
5/12/2021 - smcisaac wrote:
86 points
Weak nose, unremarkable on the palate, short finish. Acidity stands out more than fruit on the palate. Unimpressive on its own but an acceptable companion to Italian food with tomato sauce. (We had it with spaghetti and meatballs.)
Red
6/28/2018 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
94 points
Bordeaux blend: 50% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 10% cab franc, 10% petit verdot. Black fruit, full bodied, soft well-integrated tannins. A delicious Super Tuscan in almost a California style. Delightful now but should continue to evolve in cellar.
Red
5/5/2021 - smcisaac wrote:
93 points
Well, I was wrong in my 12/8/19 note when I said it wasn't likely to improve with age. Last night we tapped a couple of glasses from another bottle with a Coravin and aerator, and they were delicious with tagliatelle and ragu. Where it was thin and tart before, it is now medium-bodied, fruity and well integrated. Not the richest and most powerful Amarone out there, but a lovely expression of the type nevertheless.
White
4/27/2021 - smcisaac wrote:
87 points
Surprised to see an inexpensive white still holding on after 9 years. Distinct mineral notes. Nice complement to cut the richness of a buttery shrimp scampi.
Red
4/25/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
89 points
Seamless, highly drinkable, but not especially complex. Paired well with a garlic-fennel seasoned pork roast.
Red
4/25/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
92 points
My last bottle, and much smoother and less tart than the one I had in August 2019. Time in the cellar has paid off. Now I wish I had more. Delicious with grilled marinated steak.
Red
4/16/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
88 points
Tart cherry, licorice, smoke. Takes a while to open up. Likely to improve with some cellar time, but already good now with a bit of air and paired with food.
Red
4/5/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent with prime rib
Red
3/27/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
89 points
A little bit tarter than I expected on its own, but a fantastic companion to roast rack of lamb after half an hour in the glass.
Red
3/25/2021 - smcisaac Likes this wine:
90 points
Light, clear ruby. Fresh tart red fruit on the palate. Refreshing acidity and light tannins. Excellent accompaniment to spaghetti with meat ragu.
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