Tasting Notes for Al-Vino

(513 notes on 413 wines)

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White
3/27/2020 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
90 points
Very good crisp, clean white wine from Umbria.
Red
3/14/2020 - Al-Vino wrote:
92 points
In the heart of the drinking window...
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Red
3/8/2020 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent bottle that exemplifies how well an age-worthy bottle of wine comes together with time.
Red
2/14/2020 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a great example of a Barolo that was made to age gracefully. Fully integrated with little tannins but still bold and beautiful. No need to risk holding much longer unless you are curious to see how much longer this will keep its form.
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Red
2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/26/2020 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
An outstanding Chianti that had more weight and substance than a premium Borolo opened the same night. This ain’t your Mama’s Chianti. Confidently pair this wine with big proteins!
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Red
1/26/2020 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking window beginning to squeak shut. This Barolo hasn’t aged as well as the pundits expected. Time to drink the rest in the cellar...
Red
1/18/2020 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Beginning to take on a subtle hint of Marsala - signs of the window beginning to close on this outstanding wine. Drink up!
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Red
12/28/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent balance and depth.
Red
12/21/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
This is an outstanding bottle that is now in the heart of the drinking window. Paired beautifully with rib eye over charcoal. Decant for sediment 45 minutes prior to serving. Enjoy!
Red
12/18/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Rich and powerful - a little over extracted. For those who like Aussie Shiraz, this is very good. Elderton is a little more refined. Pair with Big bold proteins.
Red
11/15/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Outstanding bottle of Amarone that paired beautifully with pasta bolognese with venison. Right in the heart of the drinking window.
Red
11/10/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistent with prior notes. Very good bottle that is holding up really well. May still have a few years of cellaring potential...
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Red
11/2/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good bottle without the typically raisiny profile of many Amarones. In the heart of the drinking window.
Red
11/1/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Terrific Cab that entering the heart of its drinking window!
Red
10/29/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine is well integrated now...albeit lacking the complexity you’d expect at this price point.
Red
10/20/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good Amarone without the over-ripened & raisiny profiles of some Amarones. Must decant for 45 min to blow off the odd nose and taste on opening.
Red
10/14/2019 - Al-Vino Does not like this wine:
85 points
Bottles had turned. Hoping the final bottle is better.
Red
9/30/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
90 points
Decent Brunello that is ready to drink.
Red
8/31/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
90 points
Took a long while to wake up after decanting. Good but not memorable Barolo.
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Red
8/24/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Good solid bottle in the heart of its drinking window.
Red
7/30/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Perfectly integrated. No need to hold further - enjoy now. Only needs 30 min decant for sediment.
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Red
7/5/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
End of the drinking window. Tannins have virtually disappeared but rather than having that typical Marsala finish, it is actually becoming more of a liqueur. No point holding this any further!
Red
6/16/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Window closing fast...
Red
5/28/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent bottle. Ready to drink with short decant.
Red
5/28/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Fully integrated with soft tannins. Towards the back half of the drinking window. Enjoy now!
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Red
5/20/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with prior bottle. - in the heart of the drinking window. Decant immediately prior to drinking for sediment only. No air required.
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Red
2010 Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/15/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Right in the heart of the drinking window.
Red
5/5/2019 - Al-Vino Does not like this wine:
88 points
Past the drinking window. Going downhill fast.
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Red
5/4/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
93 points
Perfectly integrated and at a point where it is better to drink now than hold! Salut!
Red
4/20/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
90 points
Window quickly closing on this wine. Tasted better than the barnyard earthy nose.
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Red
2013 Brancaia Ilatraia Maremma Toscana Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/13/2019 - Al-Vino wrote:
92 points
Very good bottle of Bordeaux-style wine that is now ready to drink after an hour in the decanter. Nothing out of place, and will compete with wine twice its price.
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Red
4/5/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank this a couple of years too late. Has slight Marsala nose. Still very good though, but not an age worthy wine.
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Red
3/23/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Very smooth, well made single varietal bottle. Needs one hour of air in a decanter to come together.
Red
3/17/2019 - Al-Vino wrote:
91 points
Good wine with lots to offer. The label has done a great job positioning themselves as the premium producer in Bolgheri, but the quality of the wine doesn’t pair up with the ask price. Guado al Tasso at half the price will beat it in a blind test.
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Red
3/17/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
94 points
Outstanding single varietal bottle of wine. Complex, with great structure and character. Even after several hours of air, this wine stayed together nicely. Lots of good cellaring years ahead.
Red
3/17/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
94 points
This is one of the most consistent, high quality wines from Bolgheri. Terrific wine that is hitting its stride.
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Red
3/3/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Added some weight and complexity since the last tasting. However, didn’t take much time to wake up, so I wouldn’t hesitate to pop these open now.
Red
2/23/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
A good example of a premium made Brunello that is just starting to hit its stride. Big, bold and balance wine!
Red
2/11/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice bottle! Everything is starting to integrate nicely. Will likely not improve with further cellaring. Enjoy now!
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Red
1996 Urbina Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
2/9/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice bottle of wine. Aged long enough to be a pop and pour. Towards the end of it’s drinking window. Started to ‘marsalasize’ about 90 minutes after opening:)
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Red
Not worth rating because it had gone south and was undrinkable despite being coddled from birth in a temperature controlled environment.
Red
1/26/2019 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
91 points
The window is beginning to close. Don’t delay...enjoy now!
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Red
12/24/2018 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
95 points
Off the charts Barolo that is still young and vibrant! Continued to develop and add weight as the night went on. Terrific Bottle that needs a hearty meal.
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Red
11/4/2018 - Al-Vino Likes this wine:
97 points
Outstanding wine that powers on all cylinders.
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