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2013 Castelli del Grevepesa Chianti Classico Castelgreve Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
I don't agree that this is past it's prime and in fact think it could use some more time in the bottle for the tannins to calm down. This is classic "pizza/pasta" wine. It's a little more modern in style with dark fruit tones and heavier extraction. Tannins are a bit aggressive at this point. Good acidity.
  • WineKnut commented:

    6/5/20, 10:07 PM - Nailed it. There is a wall of tannin and wood that is unlike most of the Chianti I normally drink. I would guess this could easily use a few years to level out. Upside potential does not warrant the time or the space for me...

Red
2016 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard Santa Barbara County
4/25/2020 - WineKnut Likes this wine:
92 points
This is Syrah played on a Fender Strat through a Marshall stack. Deep Purple. Colson Canyon provides some powerful fruit in 2016 and Tensley lays down the licks.
Power ballad of thick blackberries, mediteranean breezes, olives, maybe a bit of new oak and a little heat. Unavoidable given how ripe the fruit is. With fine grained tannins and a bright tempo to make sure this is not a one hit wonder, but one for the aging. Clapton solo finish, lingering and nuanced.
  • WineKnut commented:

    5/14/20, 9:05 PM - I'm glad you enjoyed the tasting note! I don't know if you've been, but the tasting room at Tensley is always packed with really young wine drinkers... I know my note shows my age, but I love the "rock and roll" style of this wine and understand why young people are drawn to it...

Red
2016 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/3/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
Not sure why I liked this so much better than the 2015. For some reason I noted the lack of terroir and the overtly modern styling in 2015, but this one tasted too damn delicious to complain. Consistency is not really a human trait as maude says. 80/20 merlot and cf. Thick and luscious and tannic. Chocolate covered cherries all day. A steal at 30 and still a buy at 40.
  • WineKnut commented:

    5/3/20, 11:22 PM - I agree with your comparison. Really looking forward to tasting 2015 against 2016 in 7 or 8 years to see where they are.

Red
2005 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/21/2020 - WineKnut Likes this wine:
94 points
There is no time like the present and these are strange times, indeed.

12:15 PM Time to pull this cork. A perfect cork comes out clean with no tartrate and 2mm of uniform penetration with no seepage. Sweet fruit and floral perfume trapped for so long fill the air from the neck of the bottle, trapped no longer. Moderate sediment is found in bottle as the deep ruby wine is decanted.

12:30 PM Just a taste in the glass. Deep ruby red with slight garnet rim. Tears move down the sides of the glass so slowly they stop, trapped in time, never reaching the liquid below. Disappearing instead against the sides of the glass. Street market nose of dark boysenberry syrup, floral oils, leaves in the bottom of a fortune tellers cup and grilled beef kabob.

12:45 PM Time for first impressions and I'm met with tongue coating tannin dominating leading to refreshingly bright fresh fruit. Not austere by any stretch of the imagination. Stone and rose petals not far behind and lighter than expected mouthfeel.

6:45 PM Dinner time. 6 hours have passed in the decanter and tannins are back where they belong. Flavors of red crunchy fruits, blackberry, cassis and a nose of licorice, soy sauce and roses.

10:30 PM Bed time. Iron oxide, touch of smoke, stems, raspberry, dusty saddle and all that had come before. Time is a funny thing. Time changes everything. Time, like wine, once spent is gone. Leaving only memories...
  • WineKnut commented:

    5/3/20, 10:27 PM - Glad you liked it!

Red
2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/15/2020 - WineKnut wrote:
94 points
This was my hunker down weekend bottle... Providing the same experience as my previous bottle. Just plain delicious.
  • WineKnut commented:

    3/16/20, 9:41 PM - Agreed! Everything is there for this Rioja to go on for years. What a beauty!

Red
2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/3/2020 - WineKnut Likes this wine:
95 points
As I greedily poured a second glass last night, I declared aloud that this might be the best glass of wine I've had in the last 6 months. It is certainly the most intense, complex and complete Rioja I have ever tasted. To be honest, I wanted to finish the bottle for breakfast.

I'm really drinking the kool-aid on this one. 6 more bottles on the way. Secretly glad that my wife doesn't care for it, because I can be sure my stash will be safe for many years to come.
  • WineKnut commented:

    1/4/20, 12:19 PM - Well I did say I wanted it for breakfast... Cheers!

Red
2015 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Napa Valley
12/24/2018 - seijaro Likes this wine:
91 points
Yes, the community average of 91 is pretty accurate, maybe a little generous. It's a decent Cab with a nice nose and color, but it's still young so has some hard edges and a bit of alcoholic hotness. I expect it will smooth out in three or four years, but at the moment it's not worth the $60 price tag (discounted from $70).
A clear sign that it needs a few years is the fact that it was quite a bit better after three hours, maybe 92-93. Air time is usually a stand-in for bottle age (although certainly imperfect). This will probably be pretty good juice in 2022 and later, but I will stand by my opinion that there are better ways to spend $60.
  • WineKnut commented:

    1/1/20, 12:55 AM - Not that you asked me, but I thought the 2015 BV Rutherford at around $32 was pretty tasty and much more accessible now than the Chappellet.

Red
2015 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
10/26/2019 - Griffiths Likes this wine:
90 points
Lighter style of Pinot Noir. Prominent strawberry, much like the 2016. My go to food with this wine is a triple cream St. Andre. Brie/camembert with fig and/or guava paste is also very nice.
  • WineKnut commented:

    10/27/19, 5:19 PM - Confused by the 50 point score. Was it that bad?

  • WineKnut commented:

    10/28/19, 6:57 AM - No worries!

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