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Red
2/1/2023 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted 1.5 hours, in the glass for 2 more. color good, nose took some time but delivered; a touch severe early, then opened up & expressed an intense delivery of fruit & long acids, tannins resolved.

polenta 'da cesare' w/raw egg yolk, mushroom ragu, truffle, parm
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Red
1/24/2023 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
decanted one hour, in the glass for 2 hours; some silty sediment. still deeply-colored dark garnet to a clear med red rim; extremely youthful for its age, ebullient & vibrant nose, briery/wild cherry skin on scratchy herbs; weight in perfect balance; fairly densely-fruited, tart & showing wild berry tincture palate; typically sangiovese acidity in a fine expression.

penultimate bottle from case purchased on release; they've been a pleasure w/food. still young at 18, properly stored. the nose is worth the price of admission; prob drank this one too soon.

hanger steak, gorgonzola butter; roasted shiitakes, broc rabe w/garlic, anchovy, calabrian chile
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Red
2019 Azienda Agricola Caparsa Chianti Classico Caparsa Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/15/2023 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
charming evocative young nose; intense wild cherry, still a stripling, high acids, will be very good.

grilled octopus, chicories, white beans, salsa verde
Red
1/14/2023 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
continues to over-deliver. savory & ready-to-go, but will remain in a good spot. easy to reach for when you need a low-key nebbiolo dosage.

bucatini in miso butter w/shiitakes, finocchio & parm
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White - Sparkling
1/8/2023 - pigdaddy wrote:
94 points
first from sixpack, this is exquisite.

truffle popcorn
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Red
1986 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2023 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
purchased on release, cork in great shape, soaked 2/3, ullage mid-neck.

decanted 45 min, quarter-sized dollop of sediment remained. clear as a bell, surprisingly deep garnet, to red tinted w/copper on the edge; the very savory nose of herbs, pine & dark soil, black currants; med-full bodied; wild, distinct red & black currant fruit is subdued by the more herbaceous mid-palate, black tea tannins are fine & resolved, wild currant acids, which helped with rich sauce. solid at 2.5 hours.

last one, still living.

pan-roasted guinea hen, wild-foraged oyster mushroom ragout w/thyme, sherry, crème fraîche.
Red
12/19/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted one hour. cracking good, a show-off tonight. better than one last year, which I loved. easy, juicy, charming.

rio zape beans w/sweet sausage meatballs & pecorino; roasted Savoy cabbage, lemon crème fraîche; polenta cornbread

White
12/5/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
exquisite, vibrant & spot on; decent window ahead but irrepressibly delightful tonight.

spicy ramen w/kimchi, pork shoulder, oysters, poached egg & country ham
Red
2004 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
decanted one hour. not significantly evolved from one 18 months ago, & that's been my general Insignia experience over the examples from '91 - this one. and then quit buying them. even tho enjoying this one tonight for that stylistic continuity thread; many amaze me for their durable, polished, always high-level representation. drink sooner.

beautiful arugula & onglet salad w/st. agur blue, baked potato
Red
11/30/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
decanted 30 min; the prior note, as well as other's enthusiasm below, acknowledge this vibrant young pianrosso; deep, expressive & vivacious simultaneously, represents place.

'97 was my first vintage; am convinced that my preference for them is at 8 - 12 years; '99 & '01 remain staunch & delicious, tho.

rigatoni w/turnip greens & pork shoulder, calabrian chile cream, breadcrumbs
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Red
11/25/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
magnum, double-decanted; mineral & concentrated (esp. following '07 Marcoux); showing young-ish, balanced & long.

pernil; amazing accompaniments.
Red
11/25/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
last mag, double-decanted; crowd-pleaser.

pernil; amazing sides.
Red
11/14/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
decanted one hour. wanted to like, not expressive or impressive tonight.

shut down, most likely.

riccioli w/wild mushrooms, roasted cruciferous veg, country ham
Red
11/9/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
open one hour, decanted for three (a fairly substantial gob of sediment after 3 days standing), in the glass for two more; still not totally clear, med red to bright copper rim; super perfumed nose, exotic incense, cherry eau de vie, rose garden; med+ weight; concentrated & soil-tinged red highbush fruit, showing mature, with enough grip & fruit to hold for 5+.

these were under-rated on release locally so a case was $42/btl., 3 bottles over the past two years have been cherry. such a thrilling nose on this tonight.

pork loin chop w/grilled wild loin's mane mushrooms, scarlet runner beans, charred broccoli
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Red
11/2/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted 30 min, in the glass for 3; charcoal & wild little bramble; intense, needs lots of air & still feels powerful, dark.

orecchiette, roasted cauliflower sauce, sausage, raisins, chile
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Red
10/17/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted 45 min. notes from 1.5 years ago apply; nominal evolution, yet the potential seems notably heightened; the feral red & black fruits are crazy, vibrant & complete, still tense on the finish after a couple of hours.

3 of 12, hold. as usual, best at the table.

bnls pork loin chop w/cracked pepper & tomato chutney glaze; alubia white beans, charred broccoli, pecorino
White
9/17/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
pale golden; aromatic citrus oils, extra mineral & salty nose; lots of extract & viscous palate weight, intensely lemon & saline, tangy.

pretty good for the $; for drinking over the next year.

potato-crusted triggerfish, spicy leek & clam 'chowder', crispy roasted fingerling potatoes
Red
9/13/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
decanted one hour, in the glass for 3; halfway thru this case, seems at its best equilibrium between teenager fruit-driven & early maturity/complexity/interest; savory & dark, classic site imprint.

inclined to suck down the remainders sooner.

skirt steak salad, arugula, gorgonzola; salt-roasted fingerlings
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Red
9/11/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
double-decanted to travel (unnecessary, negligible sediment); notable earth & cedar, becoming sour cherry potpourri, incense; mid-weight; cranberry-cherry concentrate, sweet-tart, firm & dusty.

young, w/potential, hard to beat for the $

pizza carbonara w/runny egg
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Red
9/10/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
slow-o 3 hours in cellar, decanted for 2 hours, in the glass for 3; bright color, appropriate; it's a charmer on the nose & the palate, in the early mature plateau it seems, very rewarding.

this is delightful tonite, & for a while.

pork shoulder, arugula salad; salt-roasted fingerlings; melted cabbage w/butter, garlic & thyme
White
8/30/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
open one hour, decanted 30 min, in the glass for about 2 hours; appropriately pale gold; very mineral & iodine, subtle citrus dust; invigorating & insistent palate, intense & salty, long & concentrated acid length.

good one, as have all the ones from this case been. yay.

crispy veal sweetbreads with tiny clams, capers & lemon brown butter
Red
8/16/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted 45 min for fine, silty sediment; dark purple; typically barnyard initially, the funk is subdued by high-toned red fruit, weedy & herbey, but some pasture element still there (an attribute for me); dark red & brambly-wild, concentrated, acids & tannins in place.

always a distinctive & rewarding value. this is a warmer example, best at 8 - 10, tho sure to drink some before that.

hanger steak frites, buttermilk blue cheese, curry ketchup
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Red
2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/13/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
decanted 30 min. bright & charming, exactly right; still crunchy & expressive.

orecchiette w/apple bacon, marinated sungold tomatoes & feta
Red
7/30/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted one hour, delivered just like previous six months ago, if not even more lush, savory & detailed.

above average qpr

pork shoulder chop, tomato - rosemary chutney; sweet white corn on the cob; crispy rosegold potatoes, curry ketchup
Red
7/29/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted 45 min. continues to show as an earlier term Fleurie, extra air really accentuates the fruit dynamic; not super complex, tho juicy & w/enough structure to hold.

prime steak sandwich w/st. agur & Cherokee purple tomato
Red
7/27/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
decanted one hour for notable, but not significant sediment; in the glass for 2 hours +; still deeply-colored crimson, bright at the rim; consistent w/house style in this era & vintage, cedar-inflected, black-soiled, wild currant; really like the palate weight, substantial but not cloying; lingers, good acids.

purchased on futures for $43, 5th of 6. really good w/supper.

prime strip w/rosemary-gorgonzola butter; fried rosegold potatoes, red chile & garlic, crema
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White
7/26/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
this shows positive evolution since last one 1.5 years ago; limpid pale gold; plenty of orchard fruit nose, backed by mineral insistence; purity of crisp stone fruit & fresh-grated citrus peel, stone, alkaline salts, moderate intensity acids.

very fine tonight & superb w/supper

pan-fried rainbow trout on creamy sweet white corn w/roasted poblanos & sungold tomatoes
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Red
7/24/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
double-decanted to travel. med red, carmine; elevated, high-toned, wild black raspberry & red berry-perfumed; med+ weight; quite intense black fruit palate, powder-ey hardwood charcoal tannins, good acid.

distinctive & approachable, fruit & tannins in line, will last.

puttanesca pizza, extra anchovies, arugula
Red
7/20/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
Gouges would be jealous of these tannins.
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Red
7/15/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
open 30 min, decanted one hour, in the glass for 2.5 more. dark cranberry skin red; aromatically reticent on the outset, with air, shows ripe red sour cherry, balsam, caramelized brown sugar dark plum compote, mint - expands notably; persistent, pure & intense attack, the fruit is ripe, black-ish & concentrated; while the acids aren't prominent, the underlying tannic structure emphasizes them.

even with the concentrated fruit, seems to be mostly a savory style - vintage inflected; consider your food accompaniment. first from the case, you can drink them, but this will be choice in 4 - 5 more years & beyond.

black peppered boneless pork loin chop; creamed white corn, this morning's summer flower chanterelles, rosemary, smoked apple bacon vinaigrette
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Red
7/3/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
notable progression since last six months ago, or just showing more expressively tonight; delightful nose of mulberry & funk, earth, herbs; racy & good w/food.

grilled octopus, romesco; crispy crushed rosegold potatoes w/Chile butter
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Rosé
7/1/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
distinctive tourmaline pink: intense & forthright, destined for food, lots of acid & chalky soil. new to me, positive performance.

sourdough mîche crostini, fresh sheep-goat's milk cheese, green Cherokee tomato, basil, maldon

8/4/22 watermelon, primary & wild strawberry, taut acids, a little grippey. extra juicy. (91)

roast monkfish, rouille; spicy corn & fennel 'stew'
White
6/29/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
pale gold; chalk & meyer lemon; decent intensity, dry extract persists, good.

shrimp scampi on creamed corn 'chowder'
Red
6/27/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted for one hour, notable sediment mostly still adhered to bottle.

well, this is just a testament to the evolution of one's wine preferences; an early to mid-aught's reliance on Expert evaluation & hyperbole has me still w/a dwindling cellar segment that is less satisfying today. works with food if calibrated; on it's own, tho made well in its style, has less current appeal. still own, love & relish certain cdpapes, less & less this.

wood oven brisket, salsa roja; corn maque choux; crispy crushed rosegolds
Red
6/26/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
first one in a while, not my favorite example; open one hour, decanted one hour, clearly insufficient; restrained & almost surly at the outset, showing more grip than several about a year+ ago.

nose really comes around after 3 hours; give more air. patience.

pork loin chop; creamed corn w/leeks, chanterelles & black truffle
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Red
6/22/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted one hour, some fine silt sediment. startling deeply-colored & youthful; rambunctious bramble & earth show little advance from a bottle nearly 2 years ago; worked great w/food.

steak sandwich w/Black Krim tomato & St. Agur
Red
6/20/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
93 points
#1295, first from case. opened 3 hours, decanted 1.5 hours, in the glass for 2 more. expressive & captivating, consistent from the outset; in marvelous tune; tannins show a bit, still so well-balanced.

expect to enjoy this for a good while forward.

casarecce with this morning's chanterelles & young leeks
White
6/19/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted one hour, pale yellow gold; steely & mineral nose, absent oxidative qualities, pre- or otherwise (to my absolute delight & surprise!), saline; med- bodied; preserved lemon, salt marsh, persistent acid drive, like most of these '08's have shown, the good ones at least.

(edit : after two hours in the decanter, this amped up considerably, showing that honeyed core that buoyed off the firm acids impressively. 92 - 93 is more accurate.)

littleneck clams w/leeks, fennel & guanciale on slab sourdough garlic toast
Red
6/8/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted one hour, notable sediment; mature weedy blackcurrant aromatics; ripeness of the vintage prevails on the palate, blackberry & black currant again; firm, a little tense still, tho fully grown up.

suspect this has turned out exactly as intended by Bruce & Ehren - that's a win. a rare Ca. cab in the rotation; satisfies for its lack of exaggeration.

prime strip, rosemary & butter-basted; escarole w/garlic & lemon; buttered new - dug red creamers
White
5/28/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
med gold; oxidative notes dominate nose, w/orange peel & citrus flower beneath; med+ weight; honeyed & floral palate leads to intense citrus acid profile.
an advanced bottle, 5th of 6; not undrinkable, & in fact, the acid profile played well enough w/dinner.

as an added bonus, the bottle included two bits, approx. .5 mm each, of volcanic glass; no, not tartaric crystals, genuine little black chunks of etna material.

fusilli w/zephyr squash, sheep's milk ricotta & parm, herbs & pistachios
Red
5/26/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted one hour, in the glass for 2+ more. color good, nose a mix of wild berry & soil, humus; concentrated dark red fruits tempered by fine insistent tannins, acids linger. (91)

at 16+ now, this will be best when I am a very old man; looking forward to it.

hanger steak, pan juices, maldon; warm escarole hearts w/roasted beets & roquefort

(edit 9/09/22) from .375, p'np, confirms potential
Red
5/13/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
95 points
was going to write a note, but drwine's below, says it all.

ricotta gnocchi w/favas, pea greens, parm & lots of butter
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Red
5/12/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
decanted one hour. notes from last one 1.5 years ago pertain, but is genuinely more pleasurable to drink tonight. color good; nose is as sensual as one might expect from gouges, generous enough; stimulating, black & wild, tightened up in the glass.

maybe not a great wine, but a very good glass this evening.

rare grass-fed strip 'au poivre'; creamed escarole w/roquefort
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Red
5/6/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
92 points
decanted one hour. having test-driven one of these about every 12 - 15 months over the last four years, tonight's bottle continues to evidence notable progression. taste profile on point, nearing optimal for me. it's really good.

black pepper & rosemary roasted pork loin, tomato chutney glaze; braised local escarole w/garlic & Calabrian chile; steamed new potatoes w/butter & parsley
White
5/5/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
pale gold; elevated citrus zest & orchard fruit aromatics; lively & bright palate, vigorous, w/balanced acidity, salty minerals linger. delicious, & so good w/dinner.

buttery casarecce pasta al limone w/asparagus, peas & pecorino
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Red
4/29/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
decanted 30 min, in the glass for 2 hours. still purple garnet to the rim; a modest bit of dairy barn funk, currant jam, tomato leaf; med+ weight; lean red currant fruit, sage & loamy, loamy; med acids, fine tannin. well-made & vintage correct.

hanger steak salad, red gem lettuces in roquefort ranch, buttered new-dug red creamer potatoes

11/17/22 decanted 30 min, cellar temp, in the glass 2.5 hours; recent notes from six months ago apply. savory & solid w/the same sort of food (89)

rare hanger steak w/roquefort & thyme, roasted broccoli, crushed bacon-fried bintje potatoes
Red
4/1/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
decanted 30 min, some fine sediment. performing on par w/a bottle nearly a year ago, very savory & showing tangy, seems to have lost weight but is delivering at its best now.

both the wine & the food were very fine, tho not a sound pairing. a minor quibble.

black pepper pork porterhouse; ragout of chanterelles, asparagus & pea tendrils
Red
3/30/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
89 points
decanted 45 min, in the glass for 1.5 hours. dark red; wild sour cherry, grilled mountain herbs & turned soil; roasted plums, dusty & moderated, tannins & acids tempered.

tagliatelle all'amatriciana
Red
3/23/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
91 points
no decant, however one would benefit & accelerate accessibility. med garnet; this wine reflects its site, how I envision that part of coastal northern Sonoma - wild, coniferous woodland, pine needle, substantial & more gevrey-like; time in the decanter or glass required to show complexity, this was great w/steak.

butter & thyme-basted prime strip w/ cracked pepper; bacon & garlic - roasted gold potatoes
Red
3/19/2022 - pigdaddy wrote:
90 points
decanted 45 min, in the glass for 2+ hours. everything about this wine is black: color is dark & young, aromatics are black soil & charcoal, blackberries & black licorice; sturdy & structured, blackberry & currant, anise candy (the grey Necco wafer), smoke, diligent grainy tannins.

penultimate bottle; denizen of the underworld, it's great w/appropriate food

pork arrabbiata on anson mills rice middlin's
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