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Red - Fortified
2011 Duorum Porto Vintage Port Blend
12/25/2018 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
95 points
christmas dinner (at our home): On the bottle it says that this was bottled in 2013, I am not really sure about the various entries for the wines of Duorum here, but would just for the record state that this was probably the best port I've had. Dense, yet light on its feet with good acidity and harmonious seamless fruit and wonderful texture that never gets cloyingly sweet nor harsh and bitter from tannic structure. This drinks so well now but has the makings for a century worth of storing it feels like.
  • adamanko commented:

    11/12/21, 2:52 PM - Den här kommer till bolis på måndag för en tusenlapp. Verkar som det är värt?

  • adamanko commented:

    11/13/21, 1:11 AM - Blir en flaska. Till att börja med. :)

Red
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
11/10/2021 - pbaek wrote:
This is a problematic wine right now. Over the top with rum-raisin notes, cooked fruit, brown notes. Very rich, warm and heady. Kirsch liqueur. While it did firm up somewhat with air, am not sure this will ever be a good wine. It’s just too much.
  • adamanko commented:

    11/10/21, 9:44 PM - We are quite a few that had problems with this vintage. But some seem to enjoy it. Maybe a bad batch?

  • adamanko commented:

    11/11/21, 11:25 AM - Did mr Avril have any comments about it?

Red
2018 Domaine Santa Duc Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pied de Baud Red Rhone Blend
9/3/2021 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep ruby in color and luscious from the get-go, this blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault flaunts aromas of dark bramble fruits, dried cranberries, mulling spices, Provençal herbs and white pepper. Medium-to-full-bodied, freshly acidic and with nicely integrated alcohol (14.5%), it delivers flavors mirroring the nose. The oak and tannins are well-woven and the middle palate stays solid. Lengthy and smooth on the back end, this is a hedonistic Châteauneuf that is a reflection of Santa Duc's commitment to quality. Enjoy it throughout the decade. Drink now-2030.
  • adamanko commented:

    9/11/21, 1:28 AM - Sounds like it's time to pop one then... :)

Red
2015 S.C. Pannell Shiraz Koomilya DC Block McLaren Vale
9/5/2021 - BallyJames Likes this wine:
93 points
This is great on the nose with black currant, leather, wet soil, smoke, beef meat, blackberries and raspberries.
On the palate there is bacon, dark overripe berries and some leather. The alcohol is just slightly coming thru. Will save my last two bottles for 3-4 years which I think will make the wine even better.
  • adamanko commented:

    9/5/21, 8:52 AM - Glad you liked it! :)

White
2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia Viura, Macabeo
8/23/2019 - carlop1 Likes this wine:
90 points
French Laundry Dinner
  • adamanko commented:

    9/2/21, 5:49 AM - What is a french laundry dinner?

  • adamanko commented:

    9/2/21, 11:50 PM - Thank you! I was intrigued. ;)

Red
2015 Château Cantenac Brown Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
7/20/2021 - adamanko wrote:
98 points
My third bottle and world class again. So good I ordered 6 new ones direct from France. And sold 6 to my friends.
  • adamanko commented:

    7/21/21, 12:08 AM - I could not afford a whole box. So it was either that or not buying anyone. Easy choice... ;)

  • adamanko commented:

    7/21/21, 3:52 AM - 3-4 hours I think. And store my wines semi perfect.

Red
2018 Péter Wetzer Kékfrankos Soproni
3/8/2021 - adamanko wrote:
flawed
Second bottle that was slightly fizzy. Today I decided to return it as a fawlty bottle. A lost vintage? I really did like the -17 of this wine.
  • adamanko commented:

    7/4/21, 6:11 AM - Maybe. But not at all as -17

Red
2019 Familia Zuccardi Malbec Concreto Valle de Uco
6/12/2021 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
92 points
This is how I like my Malbecs! Raised in concrete egg but still fruity and structured, there is more of an emphasis on licorice root tea, violets, black cherries, fresh blueberries from the north and maybe a touch of raw meat as well. Lovely grip and freshness, this was poured from a Magnum (two magnums in fact) and I think it's a real keeper.
  • adamanko commented:

    6/12/21, 6:40 AM - Jag har en flaska men det verkar läge att köpa på sig nån mer. Om det nu finns. :)

  • adamanko commented:

    6/12/21, 11:52 PM - Fanns kvar i halvmagnum på två bolag. Och det ena var mitt! Så nån flaska till ska inhandlas. Tack för tips.

Red
2018 Natte Valleij Cinsault Darling
6/4/2021 - KillerJones Likes this wine:
90 points
Unusual varietal? Always up for novelty. After all, isn’t that what drinking wine is all about? Bring it on. But first – oh, my dear God… please, please get rid of the wax on the neck; it’s totally unnecessary - someone is gonna get hurt...

This is a step up from their usual Cinsault – super floral on the nose – like Grandma’s potpourri. However, it subsides with time to reveal wild raspberry, green leaves & sweet gummies.

Lively on the plate – but also herbaceous & tart. Could use more time in the cellar, but it is balanced now…so it will be so then, too. I bet with time; you dial down the fruit & amp up the wood notes. Finish is long.

Drink with a slight chill for best results. 😊
  • adamanko commented:

    6/4/21, 9:33 PM - Haha, I do too dislike that wax thing a lot! But holding on to my bottle then. Thanks for the note.

Red - Fortified
N.V. Carpano Vermouth Antica Formula Italy Red Blend
5/10/2021 - adamanko wrote:
This is truly complex. I'm sensitive for bitterness and this should not be for me. But... this is truly complex. So actually I can overcome the bitterness. Maybe because that lovely sweetness that comes after? Or the liqourice? Orange? Balsamic? Vanilla? This is not really my style. But still I'm contemplating buying one more. More in the bottle, might be back. Don't know how to grade it 'cause I never had any other like this.
  • adamanko commented:

    5/12/21, 12:59 AM - Negroni? Another thing I've never tasted. But I might do so now. Thanks!

Red
2016 Lunaria Orsogna Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Coste di moro
3/22/2020 - adamanko wrote:
84 points
Rather sweet but that could be my prejudice. Coffee. Juicy. Dog's chocolate. Really hard to me for grade. Afraid my prejudice influence me too much. But maybe 84? Easy drinking.
  • adamanko commented:

    4/13/21, 9:39 PM - Nah, easy drinking could be all over the chart. This one, that I can't remember drinking, got 84.

Red
2019 Sadie Family Treinspoor Swartland Tinta Barocca, Tinta Barroca
3/10/2021 - NickA Likes this wine:
92 points
Eben Sadie: The Swartland Revolution (Zoom!): Almost 100% Tinta Barocca. ES says it’s a great grape for long-term wines, and combines some of the attributes of Syrah and Nebbiolo, but has fallen out of fashion. Vines date from 1974.

Much darker in colour than wines #1 and #2, but still definite clarity. A little shy, but obviously clean and immediately enjoyable. Takes a lot of air to get going, but then the similarity to Nebbiolo starts to become apparent: violets, dark berry jam, and a lifted, aromatic quality with hints of things like menthol and caraway.
  • adamanko commented:

    3/18/21, 7:45 AM - Good to hear. My conclusion was the same, that of Sadies red, that I've tasted, this has the most aging potential. Thanks for the note.

Red
2015 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
3/5/2021 - adamanko wrote:
93 points
Wonderful steak and fries-lunch with a bottle of Tignanello. Had my first bottle a year and half ago and was not overly impressed. But this is a completeley different animal. Then it was all over the place. But today it feels much more balanced. Acid in balance, good concentration. Smooth today. Alcohole in check. Darker fruit but still coffee and chocolate. 93-94
  • adamanko commented:

    3/5/21, 11:33 AM - Your experience seems to fit mine.

Red - Fortified
2017 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage Port Blend
12/12/2020 - Motz wrote:
94 points
Drank over three days. With a 100 point WA score, and 97 from WS, for $79.99 at Costco, had to try it.

First impression: Gorgeously fragrant, downright sexy! Blended red, blue, and purple berry liqueur-like perfume, along with seductive floral notes. Head-turning and knee weakening! Among the most enchanting Vintage Port perfumes I have encountered.

Next impression: While otherwise technically excellent and true to place, the middle and bass substance cannot approach the perfume's quality level. With such vaunted scores, these elements, at this young stage in the wine's life, should present like impenetrable, granite and metallic ore mud. Case(s) in point, like most 2011 Vintage Ports upon release in 2014. Also, several wines of that hallowed vintage present as red wines that just happen to be sweet, which is not the case here. Also noteworthy: the second, and especially the third day, revealed a bite at the back.

Any detraction? Well, what wine making technique often results in high fragrance and back-end bite? Over extraction!...which seems to be the case here.

In several recent notes, particularly regarding so many blackberry and vanilla perfumed, but otherwise soulless and placeless 2016 Left Bank Bordeaux offerings, I have written of a pro reviewer trend to score wines based on ripeness and prettiness, hallmarks of the celebrated, or revolting, depending upon viewpoint, 'International' style. This would seem to be the case here. This aside, this drinks more like Vintage Port than most 2016 Left Bank Bordeaux drink like Left Bank wines. Thus, I prefer this massively overstated wine, compared to those.
  • adamanko commented:

    2/22/21, 9:28 PM - So... as an inexperienced port drinker, but really having a hard time with high level of concentration, or over extraction, in ordinary wines, should stay away from this wine?

  • adamanko commented:

    2/23/21, 7:43 AM - Well thanks for your views. My only serious encounterment with port is the -11 Churchill VP and that was absolutely faboulous. So... I would do wisely to find some more of that rather than buy this?

    Or maybe the -18 of this that have got very high level of praise in Sweden?

Red
2017 Luke Lambert Nebbiolo Yarra Valley
9/7/2019 - Jonas Boman wrote:
Green grass and herbs on the nose. Not fining the floral notes like from a nebbiolo from Piedmont.
Grass and hay om the palette. Interresting but needs food.
  • adamanko commented:

    2/23/21, 5:06 AM - Provade du -16? Var nämligen själv inte så imponerad av -16 och funderar på att gömma den här för väldigt länge bara för att se om den kan bli värd pengarna man betalade för den...

  • adamanko commented:

    2/23/21, 6:31 AM - Hej, ser fram emot det.

Red
2012 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
2/13/2021 - janka wrote:
85 points
I normaly like Musar but this was not at it best. Port like and not as it should be. Hope the other bottles are better.
  • adamanko commented:

    2/13/21, 1:24 PM - Håller med. Den sämsta årgången av Musar jag druckit.

  • adamanko commented:

    2/14/21, 1:20 AM - En utmärkt sida som hjälper mycket. Och var förstås tvungen att kolla mina smaknoter och tydligen är -00 min favorit. Än så länge men -13 känns lovande. Men -06 låg topp 3.

    Och här är en del svenskar. Framför allt från vinforumet Finewines.se. Kan vara värt att besöka. Fullt av vinnördar. :)

  • adamanko commented:

    2/14/21, 1:05 PM - Mmm, har en var av -15 och -16. Försöker hålla mig men blir sugen ibland. Vi får se när dom poppas. :)

Red
2017 Clos I Terrasses Priorat Laurel Grenache Blend, Grenache
1/16/2021 - adamanko Likes this wine:
95 points
A fantastic wine. Sweet fruit, exciting spices, subtle and elegant. I'm loving it. 95!
  • adamanko commented:

    2/3/21, 1:15 PM - Det tycker jag. Jättefint nu.

Red
2018 Girolamo Russo Etna 'a Rina Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese
1/31/2021 - PierreNilsson76 Likes this wine:
89 points
Great QPR , Juicy fruit and a lot of cranberries , minerals and some spices. Not a "big" wine but perfect to a everyday meal.
  • adamanko commented:

    1/31/21, 11:55 PM - Eller hur. Visst är det ett bra vin för pengen.

  • adamanko commented:

    2/1/21, 7:09 AM - Tvek på att det skulle ha så mycket att vinna på lagring. Men som du säger, det lär vi aldrig finna ut. :D

Red
2018 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
12/19/2020 - pbaek wrote:
Very typical for Pegau, this is marked by dark cherry fruit, Provençal herbs and spices. Quite airy and with decent acidity, however also a small touch of alcohol. Improved much after a few hours a air. Make sure to serve this appropriately chilled, it gets heady when the temperature goes up.
  • adamanko commented:

    1/22/21, 8:44 AM - Heady?

  • adamanko commented:

    1/23/21, 12:28 AM - Aah! Thanks.

Red
2016 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend
11/7/2019 - adamanko wrote:
No serious notes so far as I drank it at a social event. But super fruity at the start but that calms down during the night. But that could be me. About half still left and I will return.

Day 4 and no fruitforwardness nomore. A dusty somewhat bitter note dominates instead. I like it. But I can´t really grade it today. Will be more concentrated for my next bottle.
  • adamanko commented:

    1/22/21, 3:02 AM - Thanks.

    Since you are from over there I wanted to ask you something. Do you know anything about a canadian producer called Pearl Morissette? First time, I think, that our national wine store takes in a canadian producer and I'm looking for input. This wine among others "Racines du Ciel Cabernet Franc"

  • adamanko commented:

    1/22/21, 12:17 PM - Thanks for your amazing helpfullness. :)

Red
2004 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Dehesa la Granja Dehesa 14 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Tempranillo
1/9/2021 - adamanko Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow - what a difference. Today it was just a festival of balance och amazingly delicious fruit. My son agreed on the verdict. This bottle got a three hour decant. Could that be what made the difference? 94, I kid you not!
  • adamanko commented:

    1/10/21, 12:21 AM - Yeah, I was very surprised by the difference. Whether it was the matching, the season, the bottle, the decant or just a different me is anybodys guess. But my son agreed on the 94 - so it was not ONLY me... ;)

Red
2018 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Washington
Cf. the CellarTracker Article link [lower lft] to get specific info for this vintage, including acclaim.

≈70 min decant into a plastic, cylindrical pitcher which was then closed; NO visible sediment; Private Preserve after Day 1.

N: Closed; Earth atop cheries, poss plums, hints of spice? Intensity lurking?

P: LM body; Nice, almost swtish frt met by an astringent pucker which evolves into a LONG, TANGY/swt (60:40) finish to the firming, yet inoffensive, dusty tannins. NEEDS food @ this juncture or cellaring into mid '22. Did fine with Meat Loaf/BBQ Sauce, particularly so with the Scalloped Potatoes side.

// Day 2: Fragrant melding of choc, RIPE berries (blks, blk cherries) with notes of spice & hints of tea; P now LM, poss Med, body with NICE, almost swtish frt met by an astringent pucker which works its way into a LONG finish with a bitter/SWTNESS to the inoffensively firming dusty tannins. Showing a MARKED improvement from Day 1, it went quite well with the SLIGHTLY swt Smkd Pulled Lamb Leg, the wine's combination of acidity/bitterness/swtness nicely complementing the entrée's complex flavors, as it did with the Minute Mashers Potatoes (Grn Giant).

// ∑: Neither elegant (at least currently) nor a ruffian, & poss 18 mos or so away from peaking, I'd rate this EXC-/EXC (90-93/100 using that metric), the lower regardless of price, the higher for the QPR of Costco's $12.99. I'm guessing it will drink nicely into '25, though not improving beyond '22.
  • adamanko commented:

    1/6/21, 1:17 AM - One wine I've been drinking from -14. Always great value. Even though a slightly higher price in Sweden. :)

Red
2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
12/31/2020 - adamanko wrote:
91 points
Did not plan to drink this so young. But every week praise comes in about it and I could not wait any longer.

Thick in the nose. Huge chocolate. Tea. Very lovely indeed.

In the mouth it is a lot of tannins and some red berries. This needs time.

I come back to it after 8 hours in the decanter. Now it's much better. Give it a looong decant or hold.
  • adamanko commented:

    1/1/21, 1:54 AM - I have read your uploads. Always interesting. Happy new year.

Red - Fortified
2011 Churchill/Graham Porto Vintage Port Blend
12/29/2020 - Genghis88 Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened and consumed over one week. Was in a glass stopped decanter.

Deep, rich, thick ox-blood in color
Tons of raisins and prunes, figs, on the nose. Some baking spice.
Tastes like the nose would indicate but subtle and nowhere as sweet as I was expecting. Longish finish. Really nice sipping port. My style. Paired great with cheese of course. Lovely stuff. Could drink two bottles of this port in a year vs the one I drink annualy.
  • adamanko commented:

    12/29/20, 10:35 PM - Glad to see you liked it. :)

Red
2015 Château Gouprie Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
12/29/2020 - Omar Khayyam wrote:
88 points
Lots of extraction, heavy toast; espresso, black tobacco, some plums and dark cherries as well. Has structure but also soft and velvety texture. I would have guessed an expensive Malbec from Mendoza. Will try to age this and see if it can chew up some of the oak. There's absolutely potential here and a well made, expensive wine feel to it but just not my favorite expression of merlot.
  • adamanko commented:

    12/29/20, 4:28 PM - Låter som jag också bör vila det här ett tag. Ett bra tag.

Red - Fortified
2011 Churchill/Graham Porto Vintage Port Blend
11/28/2020 - adamanko wrote:
94 points
I will write many notes on this. But just out of the bottle this is my best port ever. Will drink it over many days so will be back.

Day 3: Just a little sip but no doubt, this is great. Over 90 for sure.

Day 6: Start to get som raisin now. But still fab. Rich, full-bodied, intense but still elegant. 93

Day 7: Probably at its best so far. Choc and coffee and a sweetness that perfectly balances the french chocolate cake. Upping grade to 94.

Day 8 and I'm thinking of upping the grade to 95. Will finnish the bottle tomorrow and decide then. Just getting better and better.

Day 9 and the finale. And when I came to the end of the bottle it was so much sediment I couldn't really concentrate on the flavours. So 94 stands, but it is a strong 94.
  • adamanko commented:

    12/5/20, 9:34 PM - Thanks. I'm not a experienced port drinker. But this is really fabulous and inspire me to get more bottles! Can it actually get better?

  • adamanko commented:

    12/16/20, 10:59 PM - Exciting! Let me know if you appreciated it as much as I did? I sure hope so and merry christmas to you too.

    My plan was to drink the last at christmas eve, but it was just so damn good I failed... :D

Red
2011 Lorenzo Accomasso Barolo Annunziata Riserva Nebbiolo
12/15/2020 - hajoha wrote:
89 points
Accomasso Barolo Annunziata Riserva 2011.
En mye mer rustikk figur enn Rinaldi.
Volatile tendenser.
Fascinerende, men elegant er å strekke det litt.
Røff i anslaget.
Bra konsentrasjon med frukten er ganske "dirty" her.
Litt all over the place.
Noen kanter - vil lagring fikse det?
Lang ettersmak med noen hardbarka tanniner.
En litt vanskelig vin synes jeg.
Er noe ubeskrivelig spennende med denne, men likevel med en del skavanker.
Hvor går veien videre for denne...? 89p?
  • adamanko commented:

    12/15/20, 11:39 PM - Känns som det inte är lönt att öppna sin flaska nu iallafall. Så får en se om lagring gör någon nytta. Tack för not.

Red
2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
12/14/2020 - PierreNilsson76 wrote:
91 points
Great QPR and agree on many reviews already made here. Maybe the best Vintage a tested from PDB , still young but so nice to drink already.
Decanted for 3 hours. A lot of red fruit, some orange and nailpolish. Fine sandy tannins. Will be wonderful in future( if you can manage to keep your fingers from the remaining bottles ..)
  • adamanko commented:

    12/14/20, 7:14 AM - Verkligen fina betyg den fått. Glad för mina tre, och det är kanske dags att prova en snart.

  • adamanko commented:

    12/14/20, 3:02 PM - srh, I will take your advice for sure, IF I'm drinking it anytime soon it will get a lot of air. Thanks. Didn't expect your swedish to be this good. :)

Red
2015 Telmo Rodríguez Valdeorras As Caborcas Mencía
10/24/2020 - Skrutt (Formerly RotHead) wrote:
93 points
Beautifully medicinal and herbal. The eucalyptus-toned fruit is on the low side but I find it very well balanced. Sharp, green but without the cooked vegetables. I don't see what the complaints below are about.
  • adamanko commented:

    12/14/20, 10:25 AM - Haha, du tyckte inte att det fanns en del vattendelare i det här vinet? Jag gillade det verkligen mycket på slutet men jag kan verkligen förstå Trydebulls recension... :)

  • adamanko commented:

    12/14/20, 10:50 AM - Tjenare
    Har en kvar. Får se vad jag finner då. Och har aldrig testat Felton road. :)

Red
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
12/3/2020 - beatles wrote:
What goes on here? Served blind by some friendly guests, I was guesing something amarone-like, extremely rich with rum-raisin notes, not at all how Clos des Papes normally behaves. There were no signs of the wine being faulty, just warm and rich ...
#Møntergade #HSA
  • adamanko commented:

    12/5/20, 6:04 AM - I totally agree. I was disappointed by this one. -17 was wonderful though.

Red
2010 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
11/21/2020 - adamanko wrote:
Juicy black fruit and berries. Delicious. Spicey. A little bitterness that just elevates the flavours. Saving half, around 92 so far.

Day 2: Not much happened.
  • adamanko commented:

    11/21/20, 9:27 PM - Thank you, by drinking it over two days I hope to get a clue of where it's going. So I'll probably be back later today. But I would guess that this has a long life ahead of it.

Red
2014 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolás Catena Zapata Mendoza Red Bordeaux Blend
10/30/2020 - adamanko wrote:
91 points
Black currant, liqourice, smooth and I get some heat as well but that is probably me (hangover). Very concentrated. Has a lot of life ahead of it.

Coming back to it later. Feels more harmonious now. Or is this the alcohole speaking? A well made wine. But maybe not top QPR. Could be later though. 91-92.
  • adamanko commented:

    10/31/20, 1:35 AM - Yes, I'm pretty confident it will hold for several years. Whether it will improve is a totally different question though. Time will tell. Hope you write a note when you pop yours.

Red
2017 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus Tempranillo
10/23/2020 - Puteljen! wrote:
87 points
Too much vanilla. Lots of fruit upfront but Lacking on the midpalate. Somewhat short.
  • adamanko commented:

    10/24/20, 10:13 AM - Vad tror du om dess framtidsutsikter? Eftersom det på bolis står att den bör lagras?

Red
2006 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
10/21/2020 - adamanko wrote:
88 points
Edit: After three years in the closet this showed a lot of prunes/raisin. A taste I do not appreciate much. Got better with chocolate. 88
  • adamanko commented:

    10/21/20, 11:35 PM - Yes I will try at least. First I should clarify that I don't store my wines in perfect condition. So if you have a perfectly tempered wine cellar my findings might not relate to you.

    But after almost three years in semi-perfect conditions this showed a lot of raisin/prune, a taste that I do not appreciate in my wine, and something I tend to find in wines after they been stored for a longer period of time.

    So this I tend to call over the top. Since I'm fairly new in this I don't really know if it's a phase. I hope this made things clearer. :)

Red
2015 Kanonkop Paul Sauer Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend
10/21/2020 - Oscaro Likes this wine:
91 points
Mörkfruktig, lite karamell
Hög syra, mörkfruktig även i smaken, vanilj, svartpeppar, långt avslut. Känns som en bdx-blend, men kommer rätt mycket vanilj och ny ek efter mer tid i glaset. Gillade det här förvånansvärt mycket
  • adamanko commented:

    10/21/20, 4:24 PM - Varför förvånansvärt mycket?

Red
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
9/23/2020 - adamanko wrote:
The acidity is the first thing I notice. This has a lot. Smooth in the mouth. A small bitterness. I don't know but I expected some funk but there is none. Some alcohole. I think this probably should get some more time. 90 for now.
  • adamanko commented:

    9/24/20, 9:47 PM - I do too. But I do think you should wait for this. A bit all over the place right now.

  • adamanko commented:

    9/27/20, 9:37 PM - Maybe. Could be other things to. Like bottle variation. Like our different preferences.

Red
2015 E. Guigal St. Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice Syrah
8/31/2020 - adamanko Likes this wine:
96 points
Depth in flavors, velvety mouthfeel, complex, elegant. This is just up my alley. 2 year in the closet and this could be peaking now. Probably the best wine I've ever had. 95-96.
  • adamanko commented:

    9/24/20, 9:24 PM - Nice to see. Thanks for info. :) Now I don't know when to drink this. It was so good now maybe I should not wait for my other bottle. But then again, if I drink it I will never have it again... :D

  • adamanko commented:

    9/25/20, 12:00 PM - I suspect you're right.

Red
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
9/17/2020 - adamanko wrote:
88 points
Taking one glass direct from the opened bottle. Dark concentrated fruit. Cherry for sure but also tar and liqourice. Nothing extra at this point.

Waits for several hour and nothing much happened. Raisin evolved. That is NOT my favorite taste in a wine. Right now this is really bad QPR but maybe it will mature. 88.
  • adamanko commented:

    9/19/20, 12:24 PM - Hope so since I have two more bottles.

Red
2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
8/29/2020 - Oscaro Likes this wine:
91 points
Prövade blint
Doftar ljusa röda bär, hallon, jordgubbar, massor av vårblommor och rosor. Mycket primärfrukt och hög syra tillsammans med en del tanniner.Väldigt elegant vin, som fick mig att tänka på pinot och bourgogne och de lite tyngre delarna av cote de nuits.
Positivt överraskad av vinet, går att dricka nu med mycket luft men kommer bara bli bättre!
  • adamanko commented:

    8/29/20, 7:11 AM - Gillar att du skriver elegant. Då är det nog för mig. Skönt man slog till med tre stycken.

Red
2016 Viñedos Bernabeleva Vinos de Madrid Carril del Rey Garnacha, Grenache
6/16/2019 - dagij wrote:
91 points
A quite different wine. From what? From every expectation of what Spanish wines are about. The colour is the first surprise: extremely light red, almost like a rose-wine. It also has a somewhat bleak tone, far from any brilliant colour tones. The smell is also somewhat surprising, with a dominance of very acid, almost tart, red berries like red currant and somewhat unripe raspberries. Underneath, a clear mineral, iron-like tone. Then the mouth surprises even more. Although it is highly acid, it is also quite sweet. The fruit converges towards more ripe raspberries and strawberries, the tannins are very smooth, and the freshness is well balanced by the sweetness of the fruit. Long, almost Burgundy-like in its sweet lightness. Drunk with grilled kid, a match almost made in heaven as the wine kind of expanded in the encounter with the light, but savoury meat. A beautiful wine.
  • adamanko commented:

    6/24/20, 8:01 AM - Grilled kid?

  • adamanko commented:

    6/24/20, 10:05 AM - Haha, I'm very happy to hear that.

Red
2015 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert Syrah
6/13/2020 - adamanko wrote:
90 points
3-4 hour decant and then I get sloeberries, lingonberries and plum. Tobacco and pepper comes around as well. It's good now and has life in it. Maybe even get better? 90.
  • adamanko commented:

    6/13/20, 1:38 PM - Hard to say as I didn't taste it at opening. I had one a year ago that was totally closed day 1 so that could suggest that the decant helped.

Red
2016 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
6/7/2020 - Skaggs.1980 wrote:
94 points
D: Brända däck, körsbär och hallon.
S: Mycket gott men kommer med tid att bli ännu bättre.
  • adamanko commented:

    6/8/20, 2:18 AM - Berätta mer!

Red
2016 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac Grenache
5/29/2020 - Neras Likes this wine:
94 points
Magnificant straight put of the bottle, with beautiful light transparent red colour and wonderful nose. Fruity, balanced on the palate with many layers. Fresh. However, after a couple of hours it falls a little apart, and the last sip is not as interesting as the first. Wonder why. I have another two bottles to check out.
  • adamanko commented:

    5/29/20, 11:18 PM - But I that only have one bottle should probably be safe rather than sorry and drink it now?

White - Sparkling
2002 Guy Michel Champagne Guy Michel & Fils Champagne Blend
5/18/2020 - adamanko wrote:
90 points
I brought it to a small dinner party and it was a success. One said it was the best champagne she ever had and every one was really appreciative. Around 90 maybe?

A fun inexpencive champagne to try out if you curious about how mature champagne taste like.
  • adamanko commented:

    5/20/20, 11:51 PM - Tog inga noter men kommer ihåg den som ganska äpplejosig. Men god äppeljos!

Red
2013 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard Gualtallary
5/3/2020 - adamanko wrote:
90 points
More power than elegance. Still too young. A good wine but not my favourite. 90.

Edit: Tasted -12 a few months prior and that was much more ready and more to my liking. Hence me opening this. Should have waited two years maybe?
  • adamanko commented:

    5/19/20, 9:33 PM - I don't mind you asking. :) I would give it at least two years. Tasted -12 a few months ago and that was much more ready imho.

Red
2012 Château Kefraya Comte De M Bekaa Valley Red Blend
9/23/2018 - Markus IWC wrote:
87 points
Dark and heavy profile initially with black fruit, tar, licorice, soil and burnt notes. Needs air and time in glass to find balance. Vanilla, dust, blueberry, coffee, dark chocolate, blackberry and roasted aromas appear gradually. Rich and dense mouthfeel, high fruit concentration, coffee and early notes comes through on the palate. Loads of oak. Too young, bury in cellar, powerful wine that will last for decades! 50/50 Cab/Syrah. Quality much higher than my 87p score.
  • adamanko commented:

    3/25/20, 11:24 AM - You drank that 1,5 year ago? And wrote the note now?

  • adamanko commented:

    3/25/20, 2:53 PM - Ah, ok. then I understand. :)

Red
2015 Penfolds Shiraz Bin 28 Kalimna South Australia
1/29/2020 - Lars1974 wrote:
83 points
En stil jag gillade tidigare men numera får mindre o mindre till övers för.
Snäll och söt Aussie. Saknar struktur och tanniner. Funkade ganska bra till en mild curry där den söta frukten inte blev så påtaglig.
Inte dålig men finns mycket mer spännande i denna prisklass!
  • adamanko commented:

    1/29/20, 12:33 PM - Bättre än sherry iaf... :D

    Skämt åsido så har jag en flaska som jag tänkt prova under året. Ska bli spännande att se var vi skiljer - om vi skiljer.

Red
2016 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas Clos Derrière Vieille Red Rhone Blend
1/15/2020 - beatles wrote:
93 points
From MG. Loads of red berries, raspberry galore, clean, juicy, quite rich - but not heavy. Will be interesting to see this again in some years - will it hold up? I think so ...
#HSA
  • adamanko commented:

    1/15/20, 6:44 AM - 95, 94, 93... Do you really think it gets worse?

Red
2006 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
12/25/2019 - karlsenrm Likes this wine:
92 points
Luftet 2 timer. Medium blod aktig med en en lett brunet kant. Plomme/kirsebærkompott, tørkede frukter, svakt av brett/fjøs, flott fatkarakter. Har gode modningstoner av fuktig grønn mose og jordbunn. I munnen er svak søtlighet som glir flott over i syrlig frukt med tanniner som begynner å intergreres på en meget bra måte. Sitter medium lenge. 92p
  • adamanko commented:

    12/25/19, 9:30 PM - 92, or flawed? Maybe you should change one of them?

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!
  • adamanko commented:

    12/22/19, 1:57 AM - That was a good price. Buy me one too please...

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