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White
2020 Tiberio Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
9/15/2022 - redwhiteandrich Likes this wine:
91 points
Pan fried branzino filets, brown butter, capers and tomatoes.

If this was your house white, you'd be winning at life.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    9/30/22, 8:56 PM - my favorite & most accurate note of '22.

White
2008 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
6/16/2022 - chablis28 wrote:
96 points
I hold my breath every time I open one of these as about 1 in 4 Dauvissat shows creeping to full blown pre-mox. But not tonight! Whew, this one is fantastic. The color is a deeper mature gold but the nose & palate are simply sublime! Sea coast & citrus nose. Intense, palate staining mineral, salinity tangerine & lime. Extremely fresh & vibrant. Outstanding! May my final btl be as good! Fingers crossed. I'll open for sure W/I the next 2-6 months. Great with Nita's crab cakes!
  • pigdaddy commented:

    8/1/22, 6:48 PM - have trusted your guidance w/Dauvissat for a long time. have 3 2008 Clos remaining, have been scared to open one; 3 of six prior have been hideous. still, 3 have been rewarding, even if perplexing. have thrilled to many wines from this family, but it's a drag to tread carefully every time you open one from this era. do you decant them?

Red
2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
7/31/2021 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
lot 10.155, purchased on release. decanted one hour, still youthfully colored. I have been consuming these more frequently of late; while it seems there's structure there for further evolution, the decant diminishes the fruit over time & accentuates the narrow, still-firm tannins. really good w/dinner, aromatically more basso.

my bottles have significant sediment, so decanting is essential, but will plan to jump right in.

grassfed prime strip, creamed silver queen corn w/chanterelles & snap beans, german johnson tomatoes

12/02/21 excellent & forthcoming in less than perfect glasses (90)

chicories pizza w/egg, parsley-anchovy salsa
  • pigdaddy commented:

    10/15/21, 7:27 AM - Hey nanoose, I’ve been decanting for as little as 30 min & then spending 3+ hours with it in the glass. ‘09 Geyserville will be an interesting counterpoint, have not had Lytton’09 recently.

Red
2016 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Spanna Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo
7/7/2020 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
lots of nebbiolo for the $, with a midterm window of reward; youthfully dry after time in the decanter.

zucchini 'noodles', mild pork sausage, marinated sungold tomatoes & red onion, pecorino

1/05/21: decanted 30 min, quaffed over two hours. remains a tasty young nebb/vespolina, chewy sour cherry, grippy now, but a couple of years will make me grin

steak salad, escarole & roasted little spuds, buttermilk blue cheese, walnuts
  • pigdaddy commented:

    10/15/21, 7:23 AM - You are so correct, I’m thinking of older permutations.

Red
2015 Tabarrini Montefalco Rosso Boccatone Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
4/28/2020 - pigdaddy wrote:
86 points
some funky pasture notes on the nose; ripe & concentrated high-toned dark red fruits, rustic scrape-ey tannins. food essential to enjoyment, more positive w/fatty stuff.

sunny- side up quail eggs, hot soppressata; escarole hearts, gorgonzola ranch
  • pigdaddy commented:

    8/31/21, 8:54 AM - still have 4 bottles of this, thanks for encouraging further aging or a decant. visited Tabarrini in 2016, enjoy their wines quite a bit.

White
2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
7/13/2021 - ohne_musik wrote:
91 points
As big and backwards a Haut Lieu as I can remember tasting. Reminds me a bit of 2010 Le Mont sec when it was young. Acid, minerality, saturation dialed up. A panopoly of yellow orchard and tropical fruit, some fresh apple juice and a boatload of slightly drying minerals.a hint of honey on the long finish. Needs time to shed baby fat and awkwardness but a lot of potential. 91++
  • pigdaddy commented:

    7/13/21, 6:23 PM - enjoying one tonight & thoroughly agree; both the extremely youthful & tight presentation, as well as it's similarity to the '10 version. have not had premox issues w/that older vintage & hope the '19 evolves positively as well.

White
2020 Tiberio Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
6/17/2021 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
pale yellow gold; citrus orchard, yellow stone fruit, extra tangy acids.

Cherokee purple tomato, buffalo mozz
  • pigdaddy commented:

    6/18/21, 6:40 PM - oh yeah thank you for sharing. family lineage is evident, strident acids for sure & some of that kaffir lime, evaluated from a bottle opened & traveled around for 24 hours before I tasted it, so believe this will be extra jumpy beyond the summer.

White
2019 Tiberio Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
PnP enjoyed over two nights, with both showing well if a bit differently. Less mineral on day 2, more white/yellow fruit, a little more body. Day one was good, but the energy wasn't really there the way it was on day 2. Early days for this value wine, I should grab a sixer. Drink now and the next 3-4 years. 13,5% abv., Nomacorc. recommended+

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    4/20/21, 6:07 PM - mine had traditional cork v. nomacorc; import v. domestic? it was a low grade one at that.

Red
2016 Azienda Agricola Caparsa Chianti Classico Caparsino Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
8/16/2020 - vulgar little monkey wrote:
92 points
OK, now this is more like it. A bottle opened a few days before was corked. There is something slightly different in the texture of the latest releases, a little less of the rusticity and coarse texture but without losing its sense of place and soul. Speaking with the importer, the only change has been that the son has returned to the estate to help out and that makes a lot of sense. An extra pair of hands at a small, artisanal estate can make a ton of difference. Deep red and black fruits with savory herbs, leather and a mineral earth. Looking forward to following this wine for years to come.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    4/19/21, 12:39 PM - excited, a case for me has just landed.

White
2019 Tiberio Pecorino Colline Pescaresi IGT
4/7/2021 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
as a fan of pecorino, this is a salty, stone fruit-driven example; crackling & saline, well-paired w/supper.

pan-roasted cod, little 'stew' of turnips, radishes & peas w/green garlic

5/21/21 exactly what I wanted w/supper. (89)

littlenecks in spicy, garlicky, creamy brodo w/chorizo & focaccia toasts
  • pigdaddy commented:

    4/8/21, 12:35 PM - I'll be interested in your evaluation.

Red
2017 Benanti Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese
3/23/2021 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
decanted 30 min; transparent carmine; delightful & expressive red plum & raspberry, black mineral, underbrush; med. bodied w/invigorating texture; tangy red fruits, front of the palate acids, solid underpinnings.

a juicy, youthful etna rosso, savory, w/developmental future; fair value

castelluccio lentils w/sausage meatballs & pearl couscous, Sicilian pecorino

3/06/22 like the soil it sprang from, this is charcoal & mineral, smoke; blackberries, black raspberries, dark loamy soil, moderate tannins. drink sooner. (88)

pizza w/stracciatelli & olive tapenade
  • pigdaddy commented:

    3/30/21, 11:54 AM - Yes, indeed, bought six but may have to go back to the well. I feel it has good near term cellaring potential.

Red
2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
3/8/2021 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
decanted 45 min. deeply colored & brilliant dark ruby; boldly fruited aromatics, yet none of the roasted qualities of many of its vintage peers; full-bodied, while showing seamless weight; ripe & concentrated, surprisingly balanced even so; still possesses solid structure & evolutionary potential.

first .750 ml from a case; considerably better balanced & more attractive than anticipated (experience w/Beaucastel going back many decades) from the '07 vintage experience w/other producers. while it lacks some of the rusticity & funk of older examples, this bottle was quite attractive & youthful.

lamb meatballs in spicy tomato sauce w/feta, mint & orzo; roasted hakurei turnips & their greens w/guanciale & sweet chili sauce
  • pigdaddy commented:

    3/10/21, 6:21 PM - Thank you sir. The first vintage of Beaucastel I bought was '72; probably have purchased more vintages of this chateauneuf than any other red wine, even though my tastes have evolved more towards red burros & Piedmont Italians. '07 is clearly more polished, ripe & modern-ish, but was still a slightly unexpected success w/dinner. I try to post my dinner accompaniments for my reference, so I can know what profile worked best.

Red
2016 Azienda Agricola Platinetti Guido Barbera Colline Novaresi Pieleo
1/7/2021 - pigdaddy wrote:
88 points
typical purple-red; blackberry pie & spicy nose; mid-weight; juicy & invigorating, lots of punchy acidity balances the high-toned fruit. canny & well-crafted barbera.

alubia blanca beans w/spicy sausage, cremini mushrooms, castelfranco & pecorino

1/23/21 this has terrific ethereal weight against its high acidity, fun to drink. (88)

mexican chorizo & cabbage casserole w/onions, garlic, little yellow potatoes, sherry vinegar

1/29/21 continues to excel w/assertive food; weight & fruit in terrific step (88)

shrimp in spicy creole sauce , basmati rice
  • pigdaddy commented:

    3/5/21, 7:49 AM - vlm, this one has been 'just plain delicious' - coincidentally, just drank another last night.

Red
2015 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
This PnP has developed impressively in the ten months since I last (first) tasted it. Powerful aromas, with bold flavors the welcome prior aeration. Bright red fruits, some truffle, tobacco, and dried herbs were mostly dominant. Very juicy middle, med+ finish. A joy to drink; thru 2038. highly recommended

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    2/24/21, 7:13 PM - Do you like this in '16? It is due to land here shortly.

  • pigdaddy commented:

    2/24/21, 8:17 PM - Bought in '15. will watch for your evaluation of '16. hope you're well also.

Red
2016 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio Coste della Sesia Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
Stunning. This PnP shows a medium garnet> ruby core; it's clear, and bright. Initial aromas offer a bold display of red/dark red berries, an equal amount of cherries, and lovely forest scents. The weight of the wine is more or less med(+) bodied, though the sheer abundance of fresh acidity keeps this flowing evenly, and elegantly. I've not even swallowed the first taste, and I'm already wanting more; this is very pure, highly transparent. With some air, there's a touch more weight, and the perfumes of complexity manifest even more profoundly. Very fine, sweet tannins are perfectly in tune with my preference: this is a world class wine, and my mind wanders nearer to Grand Cru Burgundy than anywhere else. At this point, I can't recall if I dreamt about it last night, but I certainly woke up still thinking about it. A serious contender for the best red wine, from anywhere, in its price class. While this has enough structure to cellar for the mid-term, it's so joyous now, it'd be a shame not to check on it if, like me, you have several. 14,0% abv., natural cork. highly recommended+

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    11/21/20, 7:27 PM - like you, I am a slut for this wine.

Red
2016 Azienda Agricola Caparsa Chianti Classico Caparsa Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/8/2020 - vulgar little monkey wrote:
92 points
Maybe the best bottle I've had of this yet. There is an overall balance that makes the parts seem more of a whole than past bottles. The silky fruit of the vintage integrate more fully with the spicy, savory, leathery, licorice-earth tones. So glad that the Cianferonis decided to make a straight Chianti Classico. It pushed our old mainstay, the Riserva Caparsino, a bit higher in price (fair) but this is also more approachable and less expensive and doesn't sacrifice any of the soulfulness. This really is my jam.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    11/21/20, 6:49 PM - thanks for sharing your endorsement, this is excellent.

Red
2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/11/2020 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
decanted. dark garnet, cherry bounce, faintly weedy; lovely weight; Luden's & red cherry elixir, better than decent length & acidity, lovely. in it's best window still for 4 - 5 years.

funghi fritti; kale & 'nduja pizza

1'30/21 decanted 30 min. color sound; a definitive wet pottery clay on the opening nose, like amphora sangiovese; evolved to warm confit berries; med+; dense & chewey, rustic & herbal/savory; red skinned fruit tannins. (88)

Marcella beans, picante fennel sausage, cavalo nero, pecorino, Meyer lemon

12/20/21 decanted about 30 min. performing like last one, savory style, worked well w/trencherman's supper.

cesarecce w/scarlet runner beans, rapini, guanciale, sage & pecorino
  • pigdaddy commented:

    11/21/20, 6:16 PM - it is never a pejorative reference, also captures a childhood flavor memory.

White
2017 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières Chardonnay
10/7/2020 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
pale lemon-skin gold; nose is beeswax, yellow orchard fruit compote, hints of bergamot, mint & nutmeg; med weight; resonant pear & plush custard apple, heightened heirloom pearskin duskiness, acids fine & long on the finish.

certain this will evolve well, Carillon has generally been less susceptible to pre-mox; still, will drink most of these earlier. a treasure on an Indian summer evening.

crispy cornmeal-crusted sugar toads w/lemon-sumac aioli; buttery baby butterbean succotash w/roasted Hungarian wax pepper, red currant tomatoes & arugula
  • pigdaddy commented:

    10/8/20, 12:34 PM - many consider a trash fish, but they're sweet, mild, have a wonderful firm texture. worth seeking out.

Red
2016 Azienda Agricola Platinetti Guido Ghemme Vigna Ronco al Maso Nebbiolo
7/22/2020 - vulgar little monkey wrote:
92 points
This just came to my market. We had a really nice visit with Andrea Fontana there back in 2019. The 2016 is showing all the promise in bottle that it did out of cask. This wine threads the line between modern and traditional. Very clean and fruit driven, but aged in large botti. There is a sappiness and drive to the fruit that carries through the finish. I expect good things from this wine in the future but it is fun now for a young Nebbiolo experience that won't rip your face off.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    9/10/20, 4:55 PM - Hey VLM, can you share who is distributing this in NC? With gratitude, b2.

Red
2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese
6/16/2020 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted one hour. stylish & elegant, in the early stage of expressing it's destination; still learning these Etna reds, whether they will evolve, into what?, this one is showing nicely, balanced between fruit, soil, mineral w/tannins underplayed & acids in check; hard not to like at the table.

crispy skin pan-roasted chicken thighs, 1st of the season, picked this morning chanterelles in a creamy little stew w/capers & ham; roasted broccoli w/spring onions & Calabrian chilies
  • pigdaddy commented:

    8/22/20, 8:39 AM - many thanks for the insight. just started buying the cru vineyards & the basic entry Rosso with '14 vintage, so developing some verticals to follow progression, tho purchased less of '17's as the basic seems to show its alcohol more. salut!

Red
2016 Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato Terre Siciliane
PnP. Tasted alongside the 2015, it was impossible to choose a favorite - I love the both equally, even if they're not the same wine, i.e. plenty of subtle nuances for each wine. I was able to find this on sale, I grabbed a few, and I should have taken all of them. Now, and the next few years at this level. recommended+

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    8/19/20, 3:38 PM - the '15 has been a delight everytime; alas, their NC distributor did not pick up '16. unfortunately, they also collect a premium for Occhipinti.

Red
2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
8/18/2020 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted 45 min. deeply violet-colored; exotic wild berry & brown spice nose; med+ body; fruit is dark & dry, tannic-skinned; this feels like caught at clenched, less-expressive state. could be bias, one of my least appreciated recent vintages. needs time...it seems tonight.

classic patty melt w/crispy roasted rosegold potatoes, curry ketchup
  • pigdaddy commented:

    8/19/20, 6:23 AM - no ignorance here, just one taster's aromatic indicator; for me, brown spices are baking spices, e.g.. allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon; not necessarily showing as a single elemental spice, but a conglomerate that I believe is determined from the oak treatment a wine has undergone. hope that helps understand that descriptor for me.

Red
2001 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese
My third one since tasting at release, and, unfortunately, my final one. I say unfortunately because it's really just entering its preferred window. The last traces of primary fruit are all but integrated, and the window to full-on tertiary development is wide open. That said, it's fairly young (for my palate), complex and quite elegant. Others around the table were as, or more, impressed; the final sip, some 2+ hours after first pour, was the best. Brilliant, and in a great spot now, and for the next 15 years. (93-96)

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    6/16/20, 7:37 PM - know it was 9 months when you last had this but have one in the queue. any specific advice on decant/treatment?

  • pigdaddy commented:

    6/16/20, 7:47 PM - grazie. cool you are so responsive.

Red
2017 Pico Maccario Barbera d'Asti Lavignone
Good+. Fresh, and bouncy, with good depth to the juicy red/blue fruits. Shows avg typicity/finish, and good balance. There's some complexity that really needs some swirling/air to more fully emerge; good soil, and place notes. A fun, weeknight wine that's certainly built for food. Now, and the next few years. Some nice structural elements, and the overall experience have me liking this more than my rating might suggest. recommended

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    6/13/20, 8:04 AM - we've had this on offer at my son's restaurant since Feb; a solid barbera d'asti that you have pegged precisely. pizza wine & more.

Red
2006 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Anden Willamette Valley
6/4/2020 - UpfromtheCellar wrote:
90 points
Savory cherry with a hint of cola. Dark. Brooding. Paired very well with the roasted salmon.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    6/11/20, 3:44 PM - wondered about that initial 100 points. really like St. I for the $$ & they age well.

Red
2016 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese
2 1/2 years later, and, very good. I tasted this upon release some years ago, knowing it needed time. Well, that time has come, this is elegant, in early maturity, and offers such fine detail through the finish. Of course it's a food wine, but some will be tempted to enjoy it on its own, and it may well succeed in that the texture, and grace may well afford such a thing. The tannins are super fine, lightly sweet, the fruit is red, with lovely soil, and other notes of place. Should hold at this level for a few more years, no problem. 14,% abv., natural cork. PnP, served non-blind, better at the 60 minute mark. In its current form, this is highly recommended

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    5/12/20, 7:39 PM - have been really enjoying '16 rosso for the past six months. did not buy enough.

White
2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Cuvée Colette Alsace
Good>Very good. Drank over three days, with day one being the best for my tastes. That said, day 2, and to a lesser (aromatic) extent, day three were both enjoyable, more so with food. On PnP, the off-dry, stone and yellow fruits dominate the nose, as expected; some really pretty seashell, and linen notes with extended air. The palate is medium-bodied, the finish is med+. It's good now, but honestly, I think I'll wait for a few years on the others. Oh, Laurence, we miss you. 13,5% abv., natural cork. Purchased at the domaine on release. Drink or hold thru 2026; pure, with good structure. recommended
  • pigdaddy commented:

    5/12/20, 7:37 PM - Laurence was one of the world's great winemakers. and a fun person to be with, on the two occasions we enjoyed. great pinot gris & riesling, late harvest wines of incredible tension. she said Karen was the first pastry chef to understand pairing w/her sweet wines.

Red
2018 Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Rosso Terre Siciliane Red Blend
4/23/2020 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
crunchy red fruits, leaner than the two prior vintages, but think this makes it more amenable to a broader spectrum of dishes; decanted & consumed over several hours, it stayed bright & crisp all the way, frappato shows most.

Marcella beans, tuna conserva, Treviso, olives & feta
  • pigdaddy commented:

    4/24/20, 6:37 AM - I heard there were some stuck fermentation issues with the second label co-op wines Ariana makes under the Tamí moniker; not sure if that issue here. This is definitely a brighter version.

Red
1997 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso Sangiovese
4/18/2020 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
decanted 30 min, enjoyed over several hours. limpid garnet, some ambering edge; nose kind of turgid, but attractive first hour, but man, does it kick in at 2+hours, kind of exotic incense, musk, baked berries; svelte for warm vintage; fruit still of the warm redcurrant, wild sour cherry vein, with air, the tannins become less charming. still, a real pleasure & better than the last one, predictably good w/a predictable pasta. next to last of 6, purchased on release.

penne w/homemade hot Italian sausage & local broccoli rabe
  • pigdaddy commented:

    4/18/20, 7:55 PM - thought of you as I wrote this note. you're good, but consider soon-ish. hope you are well.

Red
2017 Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese
9/24/2019 - Tim Heaton wrote:
Darker brick-red color, clear. Already offering good complexity on the nose, with BIG-ish tannins (for a rosso), and plenty of fresh, cooling acidity. The perfumes are complex, and already quite pretty. A surprising, and welcome, length that may well improve in the coming years. Very good. 14,5% abv., drink now thru 2026. 24k bottles produced. recommended

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    11/8/19, 2:58 PM - Is that a SCORE or some code that only your besties know parenthetically enclosed at the conclusion of your note? Color me astonished!

Red
2011 Le Piane Boca Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
2/9/2019 - vulgar little monkey wrote:
92 points
My first time with this vintage. Similar plums to compliment the nebbiolo cherry like in other vintages as well as and the baking spice notes. A bit more tannic and distinctly feral than the 2012, though not monstrously either. Very good now but probably needs more air than we gave it. Will age in a positive direction for years. These are great wines.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    9/19/19, 8:26 AM - Thanks for the taste of this last night, delish.

Red
2002 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers Pinot Noir
7/19/2019 - DougLee wrote:
92 points
Opaque ruby color. Fulsome, most excellent nose of earth, raspberry, iodine, plum pits, hyacinth, and ferric notes. Vibrant, iron-laden layers of red raspberry and black cherry fruit fanning out on the palate with a broad platform of dusty tannin and ample acidity. Long finish of sweet earthy fruit cut with craggy stone and grip. Soaring, jewel-tinged fruit and the depth of a quarry. And it will only get better.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    7/22/19, 7:42 PM - your great note inspired me to open a .375 tonight. these half bottles have been especially earthy/animal when first opened, but after an hour plus, the nose & palate are dead-on as described. thanks for the inspiration.

Red
2005 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
1/17/2019 - pigdaddy wrote:
flawed
corked.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    1/18/19, 2:48 PM - thanks, man, still have 9 remaining but it is no less aggravating. just wanted to evaluate its status at 12 years old. oh well...

Red
2009 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT Aglianico
FAIL -- as a PnP. However, night 2 (good>very good), and night 3 (very good) were much more like it. On night one (PnP) this was all about the soil, and toward the end of the second hour, a note of fruit emerged, just a note. The second night was an equal blend of fruit and soil, and by night 3, it was mostly about the fruit, and finish. HOLD, thru 2027. recommended

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    6/12/18, 1:27 PM - I was just gifted a bottle of this. Do you believe 2 hours in a decanter would optimize it for near term consumption? Or should we really hold for several years? No experience with this producer. TIA.

Red
2013 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
Benvenuto Brunello 2018, Montalcino centro; 2/16/2018-2/19/2018 (Montalcino): (Benvenuto Brunello, 2018, Montalcino) Soil! iron, mushrooms, dried cherry and freshly picked strawberries. After a few minutes in the glass, dried herbs emerge; this is packing quite a lot, on the nose and palate. Acids are high, and consistent with the structure of many of the finer 2013 Brunello wines I've tasted this week. There's a unique flavor running through the middle - words escaped me, I just chose to enjoy it. The finish is long, the color a darker brick red, and the tannins are fine, and lightly sweet. Excellent. 2021-2037+ highly recommended

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    5/2/18, 7:30 AM - Tim, thanks for the note, received our case today, inspired by your assessment. As we're buying fewer longterm cellar items, it's rewarding to have a preview by someone with similar palate preferences.

Red
2004 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero Flor de Pingus Tempranillo
Held since release, this was a PnP, though not necessarily by design. Nonetheless, it worked just fine. The wine is in its secondary stage, with no sign, yet, of tertiary development. That said, this medium-bodied wine is classically built, with plenty of fresh acidity and very fine tannins. While it was nice to see it now, it's clearly going to develop even more complexity; would love to see this in 8-12 years, if I'm being honest. Very little sediment. HOLD.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    2/12/18, 7:51 PM - 2/11/18 double-decanted to take to a restaurant (unlike yours, had thrown a decent amount of sediment); that aeration had positive effect, this was lusty & expressive. have 2 more, will hold one for you & that timeline.

Red
2009 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux Cabernet Franc
1/5/2018 - brooklynguy wrote:
Lovely showing. The fruit is so lush and pretty, with a liquor type aroma that has plenty of graphite minerality in the background, and is complex and alluring. Well balanced and fresh, really good wine. The thing is, it didn’t stay at this level for 24 hours, it tailed off noticeably, and although it’s possible this means it’s going to sleep, I don’t thinks that’s the case. My guess is this is a vintage that will drink well young, and that it should be enjoyed now.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    1/7/18, 7:17 PM - Precisely our experience tonight also. Absolutely delicious now.

White
2005 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Chardonnay
9/18/2016 - drwine2001 wrote:
Last bottle. Full, deep yellow. Quite a bit different than a bottle tasted about 6 months ago. Much richer and rounder with orange tinged fruit and a mouth feel that suggests clay as opposed to limestone. With time and air, it gains more iodine, saline, structure, and focus as Dauvissat wines often do, but it never reaches that optimal point of excitement and tension between the components. Fully mature at this point.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    4/13/17, 8:34 PM - pinpoint to our experience w/last bottle of this; second your maturity assessment. kind to a soft-shell crab w/brown butter & Sicilian capers, though.

Red
2009 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Il Poggiale Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Oh, dear, this is so good. Not for some time have I had a wine that was able to perform quite this kind of magic trick. When I first poured it, I wasn't so happy with the rather dark brick-red color. Then I took my first smell (the powerful aromas from the carafe dragging me in), and I again was not happy - beet root, red currants, etc. WTF, is this Napa? So I let it sit as I checked on it each 5 minutes, and by the 20 minute mark it began to change. Lots of bright citrus character, with just the inkling of red fruits somewhere in the dark chasm. I was perplexed: at first this had nothing to do with CC at all. Nothing. But by the 30 minute mark, ferrous clay, hot stones and dried brush bit at my lip. Dinner was nearly finished being prepared, so I checked again at the 45 minute mark - whuttha? Chianti Classico appeared, front and center. WOW! I bit my lip, and I crossed my fingers it would continue in this direction, and did it ever. Blood orange aromas pierced my nose, rich leathery cherry notes urgently drew me in, closer and closer, until I yielded and had to taste. Wow, THIS is CC! Honestly, every single time I went to take a sip with my meal, this offered up some new thing, some unique thing for me, as if to play with my mind. And I admit, it did. I didn't only yield, I swore allegiance. This is some kind of wine, and I'm glad I broke my mid-week rule of sticking to $15-$25. If I see any/case for sale, I'm on it like greased lightning. At the 90 minute mark, I am a broken, but very happy man, my mind, quite spent; I'm wearing a bewildered, ear-to-ear grin. 13,5% abv., highly recommended. Absolutely drink now. Miss nothing.

Served non-blind; trace sediment.

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    1/29/17, 8:40 PM - we are loving this & several other '09's right now. still want to get up with you!

Red
2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese
{winery visit} Tasted along with all of the 2015 Cru wines, this is very nice, but lags behind the epic 2014; classic build, avg structure and length. It's the Etna Rosso you already know and love.
recommended

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    12/23/16, 9:49 AM - WS - I'm getting ready to commit to this for our son's restaurant. Is it ready to go, or will we need to sit on it for a bit? Projected longevity?

  • pigdaddy commented:

    12/23/16, 3:59 PM - sounds like 2 cases for me & 8 for the restaurant. thank you sir!

Red
2004 Mocali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna delle Raunate Sangiovese
12/8/2016 - Tim Heaton wrote:
Disappointing; I blame the excessive use of oak for the lack of freshness. Darker ruby than I prefer, not as bright as I'd have liked, either. Aromas are subtle, with the wood acting as a mask for the earth and fruit characteristics I know are in there somewhere; they never really do appear, not even on day 2. Med+ body, with darker aromas and flavors, even if the extraction level is within bounds. At the end of the day this lacks freshness, life, and as I have 3 more remaining, I hope it's just and off bottle, though I kind of doubt it. 14,0% abv. Next one in 3-5 years.

Audozed 2 hours, served non-blind across two days.

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    12/9/16, 10:59 AM - we find this cuvee too oak-driven for our tastes & have moved away from this producer after the '01, your report supports this assessment. great trip to Sicily, will report soon. p.d.

Red
2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove Bolgheri Red Bordeaux Blend
Hmm, in 2010 I said I'd lay it down for 2-3 years, but here it is 5+ years later and this is still nowhere close to ready. In that unwieldy spot just inside of its new secondary skin, this continues to show the structure and stuffing to go the distance - so let it, it's good now, but very good+ later. HOLD. 14,5% abv. (resolved). recommended, drink thru 2028.

Double decanted 2 hours, served non-blind 5 hours later. Too much wine for Prime filet, ribeye steaks would have been a better match.

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    8/20/15, 3:11 PM - Early on, this was pretty and opulent; our last bottle (11/14) was tight & not showing much. Thanks for the update, still have 8 bottles & would rather wait 'til it emerges from this closed state. Would you project the time line?

Red
2007 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
2/5/2015 - Tim Heaton wrote:
{1,5L} Delivered its price-point, but no more than that. At times weedy, thin, and other times, chunky and rustic. Held since release, and glad to have made room in the cellar. These 'qpr' wines, based largely on points/perceived value are, perhaps, necessary steps on the road to enlightenment; fewer wines of better quality, 2015 and beyond. A decent food wine, but more of the bistro house-wine variety than anything else. The sheen of its youthful exuberance has faded - only a ghostly, sad figure remains. Drink now, not getting better.

Aerated to decanter, removed a fair amount of sediment and returned to bottle after 2 hours, serving non-blind 4 hours later.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    2/12/15, 5:10 PM - Hey WS, I wonder if maybe this saw too much air, even for a mag. As you noted, like this producer for quality/price, but I've been consistently disappointed at their aging prowess. Bet "07 vintage accentuates that. Or you should have served it with sushi.

Red
2005 Château Rol Valentin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/30/2014 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine:
91 points
2005 St Emilion, Alsace and Stickies (M.E. home, Umeå, Sweden): Non-descript, very tight nose.
On the palate it's SA-TANNIC. This is rich, well structured, built to last but yielding absolutely NOTHING this evening.

Would be most interesting to learn what comes out of this btl after some 15-20 yrs.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    1/5/15, 10:47 AM - What was your bottle preparation, decant, oxygenation? I've been wanting to try one of these, but now I'm scared, both of premature exploration AND my own life expectancy! Thanks, pd

White - Sparkling
2007 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Cuvée Huet Brut Chenin Blanc
11/9/2014 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
floral & peachy nose; med bodied w/moderate but persistent creamy mousse; tangy white orchard fruits, fine filigreed minerals, med-dry finish w/pleasant acidity. good qpr.

white clam pizza w/roasted fresno chile; little gem salad w/avocado & spice-roasted delicata squash, buttermilk caesar dressing
  • pigdaddy commented:

    11/9/14, 12:56 PM - Yes, clearly several more years to optimal spreading of the wings.

White
2010 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Mont Chenin Blanc
8/23/2014 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
gorgeous platinum gold; reticent aromatically, w/lemon-lime zest, ginger, limestone powder; med - bodied; slightly sweet on entry, citrus curd, tart, tangy & mineral; as it warms, sings w/food. excited about its future.

grilled spice-crusted nc triggerfish in avocado-tomatillo sauce; "stew" of summer squash, okra, pienolo tomato & hatch green chile; garlicky roasted rosegold potatoes
  • pigdaddy commented:

    8/23/14, 9:38 AM - hey jerwin, hope you acquired some of these '10 Huet secs; they're all tremendous.

Red
2004 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero Flor de Pingus Tempranillo
6/28/2014 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
decanted one hour. deep, dark red, garnet at rim; opulent olfactory impression : sweet, intense mulberry, blackberry, charred oak, cocoa powder; full-bodied; rich, ripe palate impact but neither cloying nor syrupy, extracted black berry & plum fruits, charcoal & granite, voluptuous w/sweet fine tannins & decent acidity. second of six, purchased on release, my guess is most enjoyable at this stage & through the next five years.

grilled leg of lamb, olive jus; farro salad w/wax beans, chioggias & basil; arugula w/gaeta olives, feta & sungold tomatoes
  • pigdaddy commented:

    6/28/14, 2:03 PM - both of you gentlemen may have a better sense of the evolutionary potential of this particular bottle; if you have greater insight, would welcome your perspective.

    jerwin, worry that you may find it a bit more robust than you seem to enjoy, at least at this stage. will be curious if you crack one to hear your take. your cellar is colder than mine as well (mine runs 55 - 57 degrees year-round).

    w/s - as believe you have one bottle, would certainly give it more time, because even at 9+ years, this is still more on the primary side; needs big food.

Red
2009 Turley Petite Syrah Pesenti Vineyard Paso Robles Petite Sirah
6/26/2014 - Matt T wrote:
90 points
Whenever I leave town, my wife seems to gravitate towards opening Turley Petite Sirahs. This is the second incident involving premature opening of a Turley Petite in a few months and I will have to resort to hiding the rest to avoid another mistake.

Great structure and complexity, but not nearly ready. Needs at least another three years.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    6/26/14, 6:56 AM - Give the poor woman her designated section to pull from!

White
2002 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
5/1/2014 - VTCellarDweller wrote:
89 points
I had been saving this single bottle for several years waiting for just the right occasion. It was taken from the cellar at 50F and opened for 30 minutes to air at room temperature before serving with a warm potato-leek soup as a first course we shared with wine loving friends. The color was lovely and there was an enchanting delicate floral aroma. But, in the mouth, it just fell flat. The lovely play of flavors I anticipated were AWOL. It seemed almost lifeless. Our guests were polite and called it quite nice, but it was a huge disappointment for me. It did not seem flawed; I don’t know if it was past prime, or just not that special to start with.
Fortunately, all was not lost. The main course of veal saltimbocca with polenta and wild mushroom sauce was accompanied by a magnificent 1952 Borgogno Barolo. The finale, a 1971 Coutet served with ripe red Bartlett pears, a Vermont Blue Cheese from Sugarbush Farms, and hand made goat cheese caramels was sublime.
  • pigdaddy commented:

    6/17/14, 11:06 AM - So I've got the next to last bottle of this lined up for a first course accompaniment for Sat. (marinated jumbo lump crab w/bacon, avocado & pickled sungold cherry tomatoes). Have you had previous examples that showed better, or was this one just low acid, reflecting the ripe, fat nature of some of the '02's? This is one of our few remaining of that vintage besides several Chablis, so we'll see. I know we won't have nearly the follow-up bottles that you enjoyed!

  • pigdaddy commented:

    6/17/14, 4:09 PM - will do, thank you.

Red
2004 Calabretta Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese
Fantastic. Dark garnet, lively reflections. After a 3 hour Audoze, this was ready to go. Such energy on the nose, with vivid aromas of cherry, riverbed, spice, red licorice, herbs...and another dose of minerals, just because, and all of it on a canvas of dried tobacco leaf. The medium-bodied palate is graceful and fresh; it's every bit as detailed as the nose. As if I'm reaching out and picking the cherries right off the tree. A bead of cool, sweet raspberry juice flows right through the middle. Lively acids, very fine tannins. Shows great structure, balance. First of a case, and already sourcing another. Huge win here, folks, just huge. highly recommended, 14,5% abv, now thru 2022

* be sure to give this some air, it really pops at the 2 hour mark

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  • pigdaddy commented:

    5/25/14, 8:53 AM - That is the kind of enthusiastic note that really makes me want to search out a particular wine. Jerwin's endorsement on top is another validation. Is this current release? Who is the national importer?

  • pigdaddy commented:

    5/25/14, 9:10 AM - Thanks, gentlemen. Searching it out locally first - we have a strong local distributor for Polaner.

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