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Red
2001 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigneto Arborina Nebbiolo
2/22/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Red and black fruit with cool menthol on the nose - very nice.

You can still feel some tannin here on the palate, but this is fairly expansive at this point, with good persistence. I like it quite a bit tonight, but the unresolved tannin still seems to indicate that this wine has time in front of it.
  • Bob H commented:

    2/24/20, 4:37 PM - A day 2 glass of this about 48 hours after opening, and I'm now getting a riper, cherry liqueur scent on the nose.

    Still nicely balanced on the palate - this is a very solid effort in a good vintage.

Red
2006 Domaine Camus-Bruchon & Fils Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières Pinot Noir
2/20/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Not bad - has a little of that Burgundian barnyard on the nose.

Lighter-bodied on the palate, with good acidity. More red-fruited than black. Drinking well, but also feels like it has time in front of it.
  • Bob H commented:

    2/22/20, 5:30 PM - A day 2 glass of this about 48 hours after it was opened, and that barnyard aspect may be even more noticeable now - I don't mind it, but you have to enjoy a little funk. This is lively on the palate, with good acidity and persistence.

    I don't read a lot of notes on 2006 Burgs, but this is drinking very well right now.

Red
2014 Marie-Thérèse Chappaz Cornalin Grain Valais
2/20/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Earthy red and black fruit on the nose.

Seamless and expansive on the palate - my wife didn't care for it, but I like this quite a bit tonight. Lighter-bodied, but has nice nuanced feel to it.
  • Bob H commented:

    2/22/20, 5:20 PM - A day 2 glass about 48 hours after the bottle was opened - still very good tonight. I think I saw another taster compare this to Syrah, and I can see that. Doesn't feel like it's being consumed too early at five years of age, but at the same time, I think this has the potential for another 5-10 years of aging, if you want to continue to hold.

White
2016 Gulfi Sicilia Carjcanti Carricante
2/14/2020 - Outplaying wrote:
This was pretty good. Ann and I both liked it. Cold, it had sort of a polished, slightly waxy feel. Once it warmed up a little, I thought it was better, with more freshness from the acidity that became more apparent.
  • Bob H commented:

    2/14/20, 12:11 PM - We've been plowing through a case of this with consistently good results - we had a bottle last night with chicken in a sherry/cream/mushroom sauce and the acidity in the wine cut through the richness of the sauce perfectly - I'm a fan.

  • Bob H commented:

    2/14/20, 2:26 PM - If you can find it, Benanti's Pietramarina is, IMO, the reference point for Carricante. Not easy to source (or cheap, for that matter), but a bottle that will really show the potential of this grape.

Red
2005 Frédéric Magnien Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/24/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Still young, IMO. Better on the nose.
  • Bob H commented:

    1/25/20, 12:48 PM - Just make sure you invite me to the dinner in 2030 when you open the next bottle ;^)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1971 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
1/24/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Wow! Having this at Park Place Cafe with the foie gras crepe, and what a wine & food match.

Not too sweet, but still quite rich. Really darned tasty, and a pleasure to drink tonight.
  • Bob H commented:

    1/25/20, 12:44 PM - I didn't notice any, and no one else at the table commented about it, but we were BSing as opposed to really focusing on the wine, so I can't say it wasn't there.

Red
2008 Montenidoli Chianti Colli Senesi Sono Montenidoli Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
1/3/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Decent, although considering the vintage, pretty good. Good acidity keeps it lively on the palate, with ripe red fruit on the nose. Not overly complex, but a typical daily drinker of a Chianti.
  • Bob H commented:

    1/6/20, 5:58 AM - It would be hard to compare the two wines - the 2008 is their basic Chianti, whereas the 2014 was their IGT, so quite a bit more expensive. In addition, 2008 is at this point considered to be a poor to middling vintage for Chianti.

    That said, I think generically that age always helps a well-made Chianti, so given the inherent limitations of the 2008 vintage, the wine showed as well as could be expected. But the 2014 is clearly (at least IMO) the better wine.

Red
2008 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
12/14/2019 - Bob H wrote:
One of the weaker vintages for Rancia in recent years. I seem to recall a lot of rain this year, but while I don't think it affected the harvest, this is a smaller-scaled Rancia. The acidity is more pronounced than the fruit at this time, so at least IMO, there is a risk that the wine becomes even more unbalanced as time goes on.
  • Bob H commented:

    12/14/19, 2:31 PM - Another pre-dinner glass, and the wine has come together somewhat, with the most improvement noted on the nose, which now displays some typicity.

    That said, while the wine is slightly better than on opening, I don't think based on the palate I would call this a Chianti if I had tasted it blind.

Red
2005 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Pommard Les Noizons Pinot Noir
11/22/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Very pretty wine, albeit not overly complex. Smoky red & black fruit on the nose. The palate is a little more straightforward, but this is enjoyable.
  • Bob H commented:

    11/23/19, 12:51 PM - A day 2 glass of this and the palate is more expansive today - I liked it yesterday, but it's even better today.

Red
2012 Graci Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese
10/19/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Surprisingly dark translucent ruby in the glass - much darker than I would have expected for a Nerello-based wine.

Red fruits and menthol on the nose. Riper red fruit, tilting toward overripe. After that great glass of Vacelli, a little disappointing. Not bad per se, but a little atypical.
  • Bob H commented:

    10/20/19, 10:08 AM - Another glass today, and still not what I can recall of this wine from previous notes. Not noticeably flawed, but it does come across as more advanced than I would expect. The fruit almost comes across as maderized; I do have another bottle of this stood up in the cellar, and I will check it out in the near term just to verify whether or not this bottle ended up being not representative.

Red
2010 'a Vita Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore Gaglioppo
10/19/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Not bad, although my wife did not care for this at all. It is a little drying on the finish, but the nose is nicely rustic/earthy, and it has an expansive palate presence. Maybe not the most polished wine, but satisfying all the same.
  • Bob H commented:

    10/20/19, 9:47 AM - Sitting here munching on a tomato focaccia with another glass of this, and I like it better today than last night. There is a smoky note on the nose that I didn't notice last night. Still on the rustic side of the house, but as long as you don't mind that, not bad at all.

White
2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay La Combe Verte Willamette Valley
10/11/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Just off the delivery truck and my first time looking at the new vintage - popped and poured.

Brisk nose with Apple and a citrus note. Tart white fruit and coiled on opening - for the entry-level Chardonnay, this is quite backward right now.

I will put aside a couple glasses and check them out in a couple days to see how the wine develops, but at least IMO, this needs some time.
  • Bob H commented:

    10/13/19, 2:11 PM - Another glass two days after opening and the wine is showing much better today - more expansive on the palate, and pretty tasty. So like I said on Friday, maybe a little too young right now, but I like the underlying material here.

Red
1999 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
10/12/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Down to my last couple bottles of this wine. Really like the nose - a mix of red & black fruit, with a smoked meat note for additional complexity.

Seamless on the palate. Maybe a touch short on the finish, and the palate doesn't really follow through on that great nose, bur pretty enjoyable all the same. If you have this in the cellar and haven't tried it in a while, I'd advise pulling a bottle out to check in on it, as this doesn't strike me as a wine that will go 30 years.
  • Bob H commented:

    10/12/19, 6:20 PM - This really filled out on the palate at dinner - the consensus was still that the '05 Campalto was the best wine, but the difference here was much closer than my initial tasting note on this wine.

Red
2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
9/13/2019 - Bob H wrote:
You know, I was very positive on this wine with my last note a few months ago. And while this is nice, I just had a glass of the '10 Castell 'in Villa CC that at least IMO blows this wine away. My better half doesn't think there is as much of a difference in the two wines as I've indicated, and I have liked this in the past, but tonight it doesn't seem to have the same palate presence as the first wine.
  • Bob H commented:

    9/14/19, 4:32 AM - Yeah, not even sure how that happened, but I've deleted it.

White
2017 Feudo Antico Pecorino Tullum Biológico
9/4/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Crisp nose - very likable.

Nicely focused on the palate as well, with good acidity. I'm not familiar with this producer, but I would buy this again. Good Summer white.
  • Bob H commented:

    9/7/19, 1:26 PM - A last glass, three days after the cork was pulled, and if anything I am more impressed today than I was on opening. While I can't recall exactly what I paid, I'm pretty sure this was under $20, and it really delivers at that price point. There is a lemony note I didn't notice on opening, and on the palate, total refreshment.

Red
2011 Montenidoli Chianti Colli Senesi Sono Montenidoli Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
8/20/2019 - Bob H wrote:
I just had a glass of the '09 Castellare Il Poggiale, and the vintage differences between these two wines couldn't be more stark. While that wine drinks well, if somewhat outsized given the vintage, this wine is all about cool restraint. Light-bodied on the palate, with red fruit & menthol, the flavor profile here is quintessential classic Chianti. I'm snacking on some Moliterno cheese as I taste these wines, and that is a heavenly combination with this wine. No telling how long this will last, but unfortunately, I have gone through most of my stash, so no chance to see how this eventually ages.
  • Bob H commented:

    8/24/19, 10:33 AM - Another glass of this wine four days after opening, and it has put on some weight and the fruit is a little darker-toned. Very nice, and given how well this is tasting today, probably capable of providing a fine drinking experience for another decade.

Red
2016 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
8/22/2019 - Bob H wrote:
I only bought six bottles of this, and off this bottle, that was a mistake. For a humble CC, this is a great glass of wine. Ripe cherries on the nose, nice acidity and length on the palate, and a wine that despite being "entry-level", feels like it can improve further with more time.
  • Bob H commented:

    8/24/19, 10:13 AM - A last glass of this two days after opening, and I can honestly say that I can't ever remember a Felsina CC impressing me more on release than this wine. I sometimes opt to bypass this release in favor of the CCR, but at least IMO in this vintage, that would be a mistake.

    I did opt to reload with a full case, so I guess that says it all!

Red
2009 Paolo Bea Umbria San Valentino Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
8/11/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Love the nose here, with some funk and smoked meat notes - definitely not about the fruit.

Ripe blackberry on the palate - this wine leaves some serious legs on the glass as well. This definitely gets your attention, in an "off the beaten path" sort of way.
  • Bob H commented:

    8/14/19, 5:07 PM - Another couple glasses of this 3 days after I opened the bottle, and I would say my original note was lacking given how nicely this wine has evolved. Cohesive and more interesting today than it was the day I opened it. I'm even getting some red fruit on the nose today, in addition to the funk and smoked meat.

    This wine probably has another decade ahead of it, but unfortunately, this is my last bottle.

White
2017 Feudo Montoni Grillo Sicilia Del Principato Di Villanova Vigna della Timpa
7/25/2019 - Bob H wrote:
This isn't bad - normally when it comes to Sicily, I tend to focus on the Etna whites & reds, but if this is a typical bottle, I could definitely expand my geographic horizons on the island. Crisp & dry, with a slight bitter note on the finish - very likable, and good supporting acidity. I like this.
  • Bob H commented:

    7/27/19, 9:52 AM - A last glass, two days after the bottle was opened, and I'm still enjoying this wine. Still has that bitter note - I don't mind it, but I guess some could find that distracting. Also displays another flavor that is vaguely reminiscent of almond. This is a wine I would buy again, although my wife was not a big fan, preferring the pinot grigio the night we opened this.

Red
1990 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/5/2019 - Bob H wrote:
That cedar/sandalwood note is even more pronounced here than on the La Conseillante, with blackberry fruit in the background.

Seamless on the palate, but not as lively as the first wine. I liked this wine better when it was younger - this has a little less acidity, and as the wine has aged, the ripeness of the fruit has been emphasized.
  • Bob H commented:

    7/7/19, 4:00 PM - Another glass about 48 hours after opening. That sandalwood note on the nose is not as pronounced today, and there is a light smokiness that I didn't get on day one.

    But still a little ponderous on the palate - I'd love a little more acidity here, as the flavors are nice enough.

    FWIW, I still prefer the La Conseillante today.

Red
1990 Château La Conseillante Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
7/5/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Lovely, mature Bordeaux - blackberry, plum and some cedar on the nose.

Adequate acidity still provides lift for the fruit, with great persistence on a finish I am still tasting as I type this. Delicious!
  • Bob H commented:

    7/7/19, 3:56 PM - Another glass of this, about 48 hours after opening. Still drinking very well.

Rosé
2017 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Sibylle Rosé Pinot Noir
6/28/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Similar in color to the '18, this wine has a nice citrus note on the nose.

This is even lighter-bodied on the palate, and a little less focused. Solid, but right now I prefer the younger wine.
  • Bob H commented:

    6/28/19, 2:24 PM - For the record, my better half did prefer this wine tonight.

Red
1990 Giovanni Manzone Barolo Le Gramolere Nebbiolo
6/9/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Pristine cork. I just tried a glass of the '90 Scavino Rocche and it is interesting how different this wine comes across. The nose displays that ripe, bordering on overripe, fruit that is characteristic of many wines in this hot vintage.

On the palate, though, the wine is nicely balanced and still supported by adequate acidity - seamless, and all in pretty delicious.

I've opened both bottles for dinner later today, and while I prefer the Manzone right now, it will be interesting to see how they show in about six hours with some food.
  • Bob H commented:

    6/9/19, 6:34 PM - The ripe/overripe note I mentioned on opening became more pronounced at dinner - raisined fruit would be the best descriptor.

    So while I liked this, it has an Amarone-like feel to it, and in the final analysis, everyone at the table preferred the fresher, more delineated Scavino.

Red
1999 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso Sangiovese
6/1/2019 - Bob H wrote:
This is noticeably darker in the glass than the Pertimali I just tried. The nose here is slightly muddled - vaguely pleasant, but nothing in focus.

Seamless on the palate, with good persistence. Ripe yet tart black & red fruit, this is interesting. I prefer the Pertimali at first glance, but this wine has the potential to pull itself together and improve.
  • Bob H commented:

    6/2/19, 2:32 PM - A day 2 glass. This comes across as a solid wine, likable enough, but just missing something that would take it to that next level. I like it, but it doesn't wow me.

Red
2008 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
5/26/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Red and black fruit, with a smoked meat note to add complexity.

Not as impressive on the palate - not bad by any means, but somewhat four square and doesn't quite deliver on the promise the nose makes.

I tend to place Argiano in that mid-tier - solid wines, but they rarely wow you.
  • Bob H commented:

    5/27/19, 11:19 AM - Sitting here nibbling on some parmigiana reggiano with a "day 2" glass of the Argiano and I like this better today - still not a great example of Brunello, but the wine has pulled itself together a bit today.

Red
2005 Calabretta Nerello Mascalese Sicilia Vigne Vecchie
5/21/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Slight bretty note on an otherwise attractive nose.

This is still drinking well - as the wine ages, some of that rusticity has faded. Not stellar by any means, but reasonably satisfying on a Tuesday night.
  • Bob H commented:

    5/26/19, 10:56 AM - Another glass of this five days after I opened the bottle - that funky/bretty note is still here, but the nose is slightly raisined as well - not objectionable by any means, but you have to be tolerant of a "non-fruit-driven" bouquet.

    Still nice on the palate - a little more seamless today, but this has held up well.

Red
2016 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
5/17/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Not sure this bottle isn't mildly corked - nothing overtly unpleasant, but muted to a degree. I will revisit with some pizza in a couple hours.
  • Bob H commented:

    5/19/19, 2:52 PM - Another glass of this about 48 hours after it was originally opened and my concerns have faded away as the wine has blossomed. Red and black fruit on the palate, this is excellent material for a simple CC. Lengthy finish, and I can see why Antonio liked this vintage. I initially picked up six bottles, but it may be worthwhile to circle back and double my inventory.

Red
2007 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons Pinot Noir
5/4/2019 - Bob H wrote:
A little funky note on the nose here.

This feels a little dilute on the palate - pleasant enough, but the acidity right now is more noticeable than the fruit.
  • Bob H commented:

    5/4/19, 4:36 PM - This ended up being a little more harmonious with dinner (a pork roast). Still has a bit of a whole in the middle, but the acidity recedes when paired with a meat like pork.

Red
2005 Azienda Agricola San Giuseppe Brunello di Montalcino Stella di Campalto Sangiovese
4/22/2019 - Bob H wrote:
My 2nd bottle of this in the last week. Previously I had been on the fence with this wine - almost too course/rustic.

But it has really started to come into its own at this point - bright red fruit and menthol notes on the nose.

Lighter-bodied, with good persistence - really spreads out in the palate. Maybe a shade less acidity than my preference, but this has turned the corner positively and I look forward to checking it out over the next 5-10 years.
  • Bob H commented:

    4/25/19, 4:40 PM - Another glass of this, three days after the bottle was opened. The nose is darker-fruited today, with a slight raisined note.

    Still seamless and expansive on the palate - while it's drinking like a more mature wine today than it did on Monday, I'd gladly consume either "version".

Red
2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
3/23/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Drinking great right now - I haven't tried the Rancia from this vintage yet, but I am tempted to pull a cork off the showing of the CCR. Long finish, ripe red and black fruit, decent acidity. Very accessible.
  • Bob H commented:

    3/23/19, 2:54 PM - It's interesting to note the bottle variation here based upon my previous notes - just three months ago I was indicating that this wine was still showing a little young, and today it seems like it's open for business. Not to say that this is as ripe as the 2009, but if you have this in the cellar and haven't tried it in the last year or so, it's worth checking out a bottle.

White
2016 Georg Mosbacher Wachenheimer Gerümpel Riesling Trocken Erste Lage Pfalz
3/8/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Tart white fruit on the palate with bracing acidity - very refreshing. I'm having this with sushi, and it's a great pairing.
  • Bob H commented:

    3/10/19, 9:53 AM - Another glass of this two days after the bottle was opened. This was more welcoming on day 1. Still displaying tart white fruit, but the acidity is a little edgy today. If I have another bottle in the cellar, I'm going to "bury" it and check it out in another 5-10 years.

Red
1988 Château de Fieuzal Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/9/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Opened for dinner tonight.

The nose here is a little off - at this point, I couldn't say it was corked, and to be honest, it's not unpleasant, but there is an off-key note in there.

On the palate, this is lighter-bodied and savory. Another luncheon claret.
  • Bob H commented:

    3/10/19, 9:49 AM - This did end up being corked.

Red
2010 AR.PE.PE. Rosso di Valtellina Nebbiolo
3/2/2019 - Bob H wrote:
According to CT, my last bottle. As always, lightly colored, reminiscent of a Nerello Mascalese-based wine.

Menthol with red & black fruits on the nose. Light-bodied on the palate, with good acidity and decent persistence. Still drinking well, although this has never struck me as a wine to lay down for 15-20 years.
  • Bob H commented:

    3/2/19, 3:37 PM - Also left uncorked, the nose here still lags the 2012. OTOH, this is so much more focused on the palate right now. Comes across as the younger wine on the palate - if I could combine the nose from the 2012 with the palate from this wine, it would be the complete package. Fun trying these side by side today, if only to explore a little vintage variation.

Red
2012 AR.PE.PE. Rosso di Valtellina Nebbiolo
3/2/2019 - Bob H wrote:
This is even lighter-colored than the 2010 I just tried. Prettier nose, though, with earthy red fruits most prominent.

Light- to medium-bodied on the palate, but with less focus than the 2010. I like this, but it is better on the nose, and comes across as slightly dilute on the palate. I opened both of these for dinner tonight, so we'll see if a little air causes any favorable development.
  • Bob H commented:

    3/2/19, 3:30 PM - I had left this uncorked during the afternoon, and the nose is even better now - sweet cherry fruit, still floral notes, a little menthol in the background - a nose you can really savor.

    But this is still somewhat diffuse on the palate - likable enough, but not completely knit together.

White
2017 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Riesling Schiefergestein trocken Nahe
2/23/2019 - Bob H wrote:
From a bottle opened last night.

White fruit cocktail on the nose; electric acidity on the palate - this will wake you up. I like this, but feel it will get better/more harmonious with additional time in the bottle.
  • Bob H commented:

    2/27/19, 4:09 PM - From a bottle opened five days ago. The nose here is so crisp and focused.

    It's funny - the first time I tried this wine, I had it first, followed by the Kabinett (which I thought at the time lacked cut).

    Tonight I reversed the order and after the Kab, this is coming across as clenched. In the final analysis, these are both young wines and I think they will both improve with more time in the bottle.

White
2017 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Kabinett Nahe
2/22/2019 - Bob H wrote:
The label says Kabinett, but the weight of the wine on the palate says Spatlese. A little sponti note as well - I like this, but would prefer more cut/definition.
  • Bob H commented:

    2/27/19, 3:46 PM - Another glass of this, while trying out my newly arrived Grassl Mineralite glasses. This is better balanced than I gave it credit for in my initial note. In retrospect, trying it after the Schifergestein Trocken was a mistake, as that wine's pronounced acidity made this wine seem a little flabby.

Red
2014 Michel Guignier Morgon Bio-Vitis Gamay
1/30/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Earthy mix of black & red fruits on the nose.

Light- to medium-bodied on the palate, adequate acidity. A bit short on the finish, but totally acceptable for a cold Wednesday night.
  • Bob H commented:

    1/31/19, 3:00 PM - Still like the nose quite a bit here on day 2.

    But like yesterday, this does not come across as cohesive as the K. Descombes Morgon.

Red
2014 Kevin Descombes Morgon Gamay
1/30/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Floral nose, with more red fruit than black.

Better acidity than the Guignier I just tried, and better persistence on the finish - both my wife and I preferred this wine tonight.
  • Bob H commented:

    1/31/19, 2:56 PM - A day 2 glass - the red fruit here has receded a bit, so it comes across as s pretty even split between red & black fruit. Nicely expansive on the palate - I don't drink a lot of Beaujolais, but this isn't bad.

Red
2004 Guido Porro Barolo Vigna S. Caterina Nebbiolo
1/20/2019 - Bob H wrote:
A cold & windy day here in the Delaware Valley - perfect time for some fresh bread with olive oil, washed down with a glass of Barolo ;^)

Mostly red fruit on the nose, with a note of tar as well.

Delicious! Still some unresolved tannin here in what is a fairly youthful wine, but it goes down easy, with good acidity for lift and decent length on the finish. Very good.
  • Bob H commented:

    1/24/19, 5:10 PM - Another glass four days after the bottle was originally opened - as an aside, there is a lot of sediment in this wine.

    Still a lovely "Barolo" nose here, with red fruit and tar.

    Medium-bodied, lengthy finish, really drinking well, and I would say with a good 10-15 years of pleasurable drinking ahead of it.

Red
2014 Montenidoli Chianti Colli Senesi Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
1/17/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Candied, medicinal nose - different, but not bad.

This isn't bad, but I'm drinking it along side of the 2004 Felsina CCR, so it pales a little in comparison.
  • Bob H commented:

    1/20/19, 12:56 PM - Another glass, three days after I opened it. The wine still displays that candied, medicinal note on the nose, but it now is also joined by some herbs - an interesting nose, to say the least.

    Still fairly energetic on the palate - I know with the rain that 2014 was a variable vintage in Tuscany, but this is very drinkable at this point.

Red
1998 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vignolo Nebbiolo
1/5/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Reticent red fruit and menthol on the nose - I'm fighting a head cold this weekend, so discount my comments on the nose accordingly.

Lively and balanced on the palate, with good acidity for lift. Nice length on the finish - this is clearly mature at this time, but no decline in sight, so feel free to drink or hold.
  • Bob H commented:

    1/6/19, 2:37 PM - Day 2 glass; spices and herbs present today (or maybe my headcold is better!).

    This is really drinking great - if you have this in the cellar, stand up a bottle for some near-term consumption. You can thank me later ;^)

Red
1990 Fratelli Seghesio Barolo Vigneto la Villa Nebbiolo
12/22/2018 - Bob H wrote:
Opened for dinner tonight - my last bottle.

Roasted red & black fruit, along with a dash o' funk on an interesting nose.

This comes across as lighter-bodied than the '98 Conterno, but still has decent acidity and a lengthy finish. Not as complex a wine, but still drinking well at this time.
  • Bob H commented:

    12/23/18, 10:41 AM - A day 2 glass; that funky note still persists today - I would guess a modest amount of brett, but at this level I find it adds to the overall aroma on the nose.

    On the palate, that mix of roasted black & red fruit still comes to the fore. I guess in retrospect, the heat of this vintage has tended to moderate some of your typical Nebbiolo qualities, so if this was served blind, I have doubts that I could identify the grape. That said, as long as you aren't dogmatic about what a grape needs to taste like, this is still a pretty nice glass of wine as we near it's 30th birthday, which is not bad for a bottle that cost $26 on release.

Red
2010 AR.PE.PE. Rosso di Valtellina Nebbiolo
12/21/2018 - Bob H wrote:
Red fruits and menthol on the nose.

Light-bodied, decent acidity and persistence. Pretty enjoyable with some fresh bread on a rainy Friday night.
  • Bob H commented:

    12/23/18, 10:33 AM - About 40 or so hours after the bottle was originally opened. Pretty nose with red fruits, almost like a candied cherry fruit mix.

    I just had a glass of a '98 Conterno CF, so a tough act to follow - that said, this is still pleasant enough, with good acidity providing some lift. If you have this in the cellar, think about trying one soon - I personally think this was more vibrant when it was younger, and despite the fact that this is primarily Nebbiolo, I don't view ArPePe's normale as a wine that's designed for long-term aging.

Red
1998 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia Nebbiolo
12/22/2018 - Bob H wrote:
Opened for dinner tonight.

Red fruits, floral & tar tones on the nose.

There is a medicinal note on the palate, like a cherry cough drop. Sweet & sour cherry fruit. I've probably had this particular wine 20-30 times over the years - there has been some bottle variation, but when it's performing well, it is a pretty nice bottle of wine, at at least IMO, one of the best wines of the vintage.
  • Bob H commented:

    12/23/18, 10:19 AM - A day 2 glass; nice is still nicely focused and with similar aromas to last night.

    Today, this wine has relaxed and is quite expansive on the palate - I liked it last night, but it's added another level of enjoyment today. At 20 years of age, we're now into the prime drinking window for this wine, and I can't imagine that it doesn't have at least another 10-15 years of quality drinking ahead of it.

Red
2010 Fattoria La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/17/2018 - Bob H wrote:
Similar in color to the Salicutti. Somewhat reticent on the nose.

This has a different flavor profile - more a mix of black & red fruit here, and the acidity is not as vibrant. Likable enough, and at least IMO, consistently good QPR for Brunello.
  • Bob H commented:

    12/21/18, 3:02 PM - Another glass of this four days after opening - to be honest, I think I like it better tonight than I did on day 1.

    The red fruit notes are more pronounced on the nose at this point. Still not overly complex, but a fairly satisfactory glass of wine tonight.

White
2016 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
12/14/2018 - Bob H wrote:
Another look at this wine.

You know, I loved this wine back in April, but like the Freedom Hill I just tasted, this isn't wowing me right now. Still quite nice/appealing on the nose, but coming across a little disjointed on the palate. Maybe I'm just catching these at a bad time, so I may park my other bottles for a bit and stick with the '17 La Combe Vert for near-term consumption.
  • Bob H commented:

    12/14/18, 3:06 PM - Interestingly, at dinner now (a couple of hours after pulling this cork), the reductive/matchstick notes are more pronounced on the Freedom Hill bottle.

    Still noticeable here, and the palate is more harmonious, but at least IMO, still not as good as it was back in April.

  • Bob H commented:

    12/16/18, 10:54 AM - Another glass two days after opening.

    Interesting contrast on the nose with the Freedom Hill - this is still more struck match, whereas the Freedom Hill comes across as full-blown petrol.

    Also better/more "together" on the palate today. At least IMO, better to wait on these a bit.

White
2016 Walter Scott Chardonnay Freedom Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley
12/14/2018 - Bob H wrote:
First bottle of this wine. "Brisk" nose, with more of a petrol note than that struck match, but a reductive note all the same.

This was popped & poured, and at least on opening, the palate doesn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose. Tasty, but at first glance, less than stellar.
  • Bob H commented:

    12/16/18, 10:44 AM - Another glass of this, two days after opening. This still displays more of a petrol note here - I personally like this, but some may find it distracting.

    The palate has come together, though - more harmonious than when first opened, with a nice finish. This looks like it will need some more time in the bottle before it's ready for prime-time drinking.

White
2016 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Monts Damnés Sauvignon Blanc
11/15/2018 - Georgewoods wrote:
92 points
just divine. I fear the rest of my bottles won't last long. I could try keeping it longer, but why wait?
  • Bob H commented:

    11/16/18, 2:14 PM - I hear you, George - it might last another 15 years, but it's hard to imagine it getting any more delicious than it is right now.

Red
2009 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina Riserva Bucerchiale Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
11/3/2018 - Bob H wrote:
This bottle had a slightly leaky cork when I removed the foil, although the fill was still base neck.

Ripe red fruit on the nose.

Not bad, although you can tell this comes from a warmer vintage because it doesn't have the cut or focus you would normally expect from Bucerchiale. But likable enough for what it is.
  • Bob H commented:

    11/3/18, 4:11 PM - This did tighten up at dinner with some additional time/air - in fact, of the three Chianti, this was my wife's favorite. Even the nose was more focused now - better, although I still prefer the '07 Felsina CCR

White
2014 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Franc de Pied Les Bournais Chenin Blanc
10/20/2018 - Bob H wrote:
Not sure if this is a faulty bottle - not explicitly corked, but the nose has a strange "chemical" note to it.

Seemingly okay on the palate, with decent acidity and good persistence - I'll check this again tomorrow to see if anything develops with the nose.
  • Bob H commented:

    10/20/18, 4:16 PM - This is coming around - that chemical note has vanished, and been replaced by some honeyed fruit.

    It has lengthened out on the finish as well, which I am still savoring as I type this. Not bad at all.

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