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Tasting Notes for Al-Vino

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Red
1/30/2023 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent bottle for the money with plenty of cellaring potential.
Red
2019 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/2/2023 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid wine at a reasonable price point for this quality
Red
1/2/2023 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Good solid bottle but loses points when adjusted for value.
Red
12/30/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent bottle That compares favourably to a Caymus.
Red
12/30/2022 - Al-Vino Does not like this wine:
52 points
This bottle was unfortunately a very poor reflection of the proud Barolo designation.
Red
12/27/2022 - Al-Vino Does not like this wine:
86 points
Bought solely based on the insanely high 96 rating by Patricio Tapia. He will now join James Suckling in the graveyard of overrated wine reviewers who are way to cosy with the wine producers to ever provide an objective rating that consumers can rely on. This was not corked or suffering from poor transportation or cellaring - it’s just a really disappointing quality of wine.
Red
12/18/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Certainly not your typical Pinot. Flavour profile more in the wheelhouse of a typical sweet Calif Cab. Adjusted for price, would likely have rated lower due to the lack of finish.
Red
12/2/2022 - Al-Vino wrote:
88 points
came out strong out of the gate but lacked sufficient depth when paired with food. Should be a sub $20 Cdn wine.
Red
2018 Errazuriz Max VIII Aconcagua Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/2/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
89 points
Solid bottle at an affordable price point. Needs food to enjoy. As usual, James Suckling rates this 5 points higher than deserved.
Red
11/17/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent bottle that can improve with at least two three years of further cellaring. Great nose, initial and mid palate but length of finish prevents a higher score.
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Red
11/17/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
95 points
Well, here we are 5 years later and this 18 year bottle of liquid gold is still rocking! So much for thinking I better drink this last bottle before it becomes an expensive salad condiment. This wine is still alive and kicking. Can safely store a couple more years…and maybe longer. A great example of why Barolos are the King of wines and the wine of Queens!
Red
Outstanding 70/30 Merlot Cab Sauv blend. In the heart of the drinking window IMHO.
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Red
Seems like it needs quite a bit more time to integrate. Rustic structure.
Red
2013 Brancaia Ilatraia Maremma Toscana Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Terrific bottle! Lots of cellaring potential but don’t hesitate to crack this open now.
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Red
10/24/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium bodied with soft tannins. An enjoyable bottle that is ready now but can also be aged further.
White
10/6/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good bottle of South African wine but not necessarily the best value out there in the market.
Red
9/9/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent classic sagrantino grape feom Umbria.
Red
A Superb Super Tuscan. Same 93 rating as prior tasting two years ago. Delicious wine that is still going strong. Even hours after decanting, wine held together well with no signs of over-oxidation!
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Red
8/12/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow...this was very good right out of the bottle and stayed strong throughout the evening. Silky smooth Grenache and Syrah blend.
Red
8/12/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice smoky silky Aglianico. Take a min of 3 points (and sometimes 6) off Mr. Suckling's regularly over-generous self-serving reviews and you'll get a calibrated CT user score.
Red
8/12/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
90 points
Good solid Tempranillo!
Red
8/12/2022 - Al-Vino Does not like this wine:
89 points
Something off with this wine that is not attributable to a poor cork. Lots of better options out there at this price point.
Red
8/6/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good Sangiovese. Will Pair well with most pastas, pizza and red meat.
Red
7/29/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine has started to develop elements of browning/oxidation that wasn’t displayed during my prior tasting last year. Despite the still dominant tannic core, the drinking window may be closing quickly.
Red
7/23/2022 - Al-Vino Does not like this wine:
88 points
Unfortunately just not a fan of this producer’s style of wine. Was expecting a ‘wow’ moment, but got a ‘that’s it?’ instead.
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Red
7/19/2022 - Al-Vino Does not like this wine:
88 points
I has hopeful that this would measure up to its reputation but this unfortunately fell flat on all fronts. Bright and nothing else to tempt the palate. Will be retuning the balance of the case.
Red
7/18/2022 - Al-Vino Does not like this wine:
88 points
Okay on day one via coravin and disintegrated into the abyss on day two.
Red
7/11/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent supple Syrah.
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Red
7/1/2022 - Al-Vino wrote:
90 points
One word - thin. Hopefully will gain some heft with aging.
Red
2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
6/24/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Still lots of life left in this wine. Pure pleasure in a bottle.
Rosé
6/24/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Outstanding bottle of Sancerre. Clean crisp with a perfect dose of minerality. Wow.
Red
6/21/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Awesome bottle! Still vibrant and full
Bodied with no signs of being towards the end of its drinking window. Having said that, why chance?! Enjoy!
Red
6/20/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Solid Cabernet without that over-ripened flavour that often accompanys Cali Cabs. Needs min one hour decant.
Red
5/23/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Solid wine but doesn’t appear as complete as a couple of years ago. Still very good but would probably safer to drink these now while they are peaking vs waiting much longer.
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Red
5/22/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow… took two hours in a decanter before this big, bold wine began to strut its stuff! Muscular wine and very interesting blend!
Red
2017 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/20/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid bottle that needs air and food.
White
5/8/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
90 points
Good bottle but doesn’t deserve the 1er Cru designation. A little flat that lacks the complexity you’d expect from this price point and designation.
Red
5/6/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
95 points
Pure pleasure in a bottle. This is so good it should really be illegal to drink. Still has strong tannic structure to last a few more years. Bravo!
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Red
5/1/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent bottle of wine with many more potential years in the cellar.
White
4/17/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent Riesling that pairs well with Spicy foods.
Red
4/10/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Terrific example of how good Syrah can be. Full
Bodied with lots of grip without any harshness.
White
3/31/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent wine and terrific value!
White
3/29/2022 - Al-Vino wrote:
88 points
A very average chard with an odd, sweet flavour profile. This will become our cooking wine :)
White
3/23/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Some extra time in the bottle has made a marked improvement of this wine. A wine that needs food to come alive due to its subtle oak and rich flavour profile.
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Red
3/20/2022 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
90 points
Decent wine but lacks the depth to garner anything higher. No need to age further.
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