Tasting Notes for Bob H

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Red
2/24/2020 - Bob H wrote:
This is rounder and more fleshy than the Stella Retica we just had, but while it may not be as focused, I prefer this, as it is more expansive on the palate.
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Red
2/24/2020 - Bob H wrote:
The nose here is better than the palate - cool red fruit. Very light-bodied, with a hole in the mid-palate. Decent acidity and persistence through the finish, but not enough palate presence.
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Red
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.
Red
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.
Red
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.
Red
2018 Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Red Blend (view label images)
2/16/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Fruit-forward nose, with a mix of red and black fruits.

Lively acidity that gives the fruit some lift on the palate - with Sicilian reds, once you move away from Etna, I'm always worried if there will be enough acidity given the climate/heat, but this wine is not lacking in acid. Very likable, if not overly complex.
White
2/15/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Delicious - my wife felt this had a sweet note to it, but I'm not getting that. Brisk, tart white fruit, good acidity and persistence, and very easy going down - 13% alcohol on the label, but after drinking it I would have guessed 11+.
Red
2016 Fattoria Pomona Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
2/15/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Had this last night side-by-side with the Montefioralle (and if it wasn't so difficult to figure out how to add a wine to the CT database, I would have actually posted a TN last night as well) ;^)

This was very good as well, with a lot of Chianti typicity - red fruits on the nose, and good acidity on the palate. Both my wife and I had a slight preference for the Montefioralle last night on opening, but I will revisit this on Monday for some additional thoughts.
Red
2016 Montefioralle Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
This is very good - I saw that Keith Levenberg just posted a note on this which prompted me to check it out.

Very Chianti - earthy red fruit on the nose, abundant acidity on the palate and good persistence on the finish. 2016 is shaping up to be a great vintage in Chianti, and this wine is a fine representative of that vintage.
White
2/8/2020 - Bob H wrote:
My last bottle of this - and given how this is drinking tonight, it's quite possible that I've consumed all of them too soon ;^)

Boy, this is good - focused on the palate, good acidity and persistence, in a word, delicious.

I wish I had another case or two of this.
Red
2/8/2020 - Bob H wrote:
An interesting contrast to the Fietri - whereas here the nose is not immediately identifiable as Chianti, the palate is so much more expansive and welcoming.

Good persistence and acidity, primarily red-fruited - 2016 is proving to be one of those vintages in Tuscany where the wines are excellent out of the gate, and even at this point in the wine's development, this is pretty pleasurable.
Red
2012 Fietri Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/8/2020 - Bob H wrote:
This comes across somewhat clenched on the palate. I'm not familiar with the producer, so no way to know if that is a stylistic winemaking choice or just the fact that the wine is still young.

The nose is the highlight here; classic Chianti, with crunchy red fruit and menthol.
Red
2/5/2020 - Bob H wrote:
You know, and I don't mean this to be derogatory or otherwise confrontational, but after reading Chablis28's TN of this wine, I have to wonder if we drank the same wine?

This is a larger-scaled, fruit-forward wine, but I would describe the fruit as fresh, not raisined. And at least according to the label, this is 13.5% alcohol, not exactly an over-the-top kind of reading.

Not the most complex or subtle wine by any means, but I've drunk worse on a Wednesday night ;^)
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White
2/2/2020 - Bob H wrote:
When I drink Marcus' Chards, more often than not I'll try to pair up a Durant with a Richard's from the same vintage for comparison purposes, but today I decided to check out the two newest vintages from Durant instead.

The matchstick note I mentioned on the '17 is much less pronounced here on opening - still discernible, but in the background.

Some lemon curd on the palate, which is more expansive than the '17. This is drinking great today, but if I was a betting man, my money would be on the '17 vintage when someone pulls the cork in 2030.
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White
2/2/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Still reductive matchstick on the nose - I love it, but realize that other folks may not.

Lithe and elegant on the palate - I think this is the most structured version of this wine that I've yet tried from Marcus, and as I'm sure I mentioned in my previous notes, the first time I've had a Durant where I think it is the equal in quality/pleasure/potential to the Richard's.

Delicious as a youngster, and the challenge here will be to bury a few bottles because this is definitely a wine that feels like it will be much better in five and then 10 more years.
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Red
2/1/2020 - Bob H wrote:
A lot going on here - I just had a glass of the 2016 Isole e Elena CC, and I like the nose better on that wine, but this wine is more together as a whole. Clearly young/primary, but I love the potential here.
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Red
2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/1/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Light-bodied, with some earthy red fruit on the nose. Shrill acidity at this point - I like the components here, but at least IMO, some time is needed to harmonize this wine.
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White
1/26/2020 - Bob H wrote:
From a bottle opened last night, and my first time trying a Carricante from Gulfi.

Light-bodied, with good acidity and persistence, and a nice lemony note on the nose. Tasty.
Rosé
1/26/2020 - Bob H wrote:
My first time trying a rose' from Gulfi. Light-bodied, with a nice citrus note on the nose.

Crisp & tense on the palate - I like this.
Red
2012 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/25/2020 - Bob H wrote:
From a bottle opened last night.

Cool menthol is most prominent, with red and black fruit in the background.

Pretty tasty, albeit not overly complex. Light-bodied. Not bad, but I just tried a couple 2016's, both of which are tough acts to follow for this wine.
Red
2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/25/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Wow, the nose here is really overt, with candied red & black fruit.

Pretty open at this point on the palate as well. Antonio Galloni gave the 2015 & 2016 vintages in Tuscany pretty good marks, and so far, based upon the wines I have sampled from these vintages, he was definitely on the mark.
Red
1/25/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Checking out a couple recent acquisitions on a rainy day in the Delaware Valley. Red fruits and menthol on a somewhat reticent nose.

Sweet/ripe red fruit on the palate, nicely expansive for such a young wine. This goes down dangerously easy. Feels like it will be able to age effortlessly, but it's pretty deelish right now as well.
Red
1986 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/24/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Very clean on the nose for a Gruaud LaRose - this is also very good, although somewhat in the shadow of the LLC tonight.
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Red
1/24/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Drinking very well tonight - now that I'm savoring this a little, even better than very well. Sorry I'm not more descriptive, but I'm enjoying the meal to much to get more detailed.
Red
2005 Frédéric Magnien Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/24/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Still young, IMO. Better on the nose.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1971 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
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.
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White
1/19/2020 - Bob H wrote:
94 points
A day 2 glass of this. I've never taken note of this before, but right now I'm getting a nice crisp melon note on the nose - it's pronounced enough that it caused me to do a double take initially, but I'm enjoying it even if it was unexpected.

In terms of weight and tension on the palate, very reminiscent of Chablis. I opened this for my daughter last night at dinner, and I wish I would have had a glass then just to better inform my day 2 note, but I am really liking this wine today.
Red
2001 Calabretta Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
1/18/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Very nice today - I get some bottle variation as a general rule with Calabretta's wines, but this is a pretty clean bottle. Just the faintest whiff of brett on the nose.

A light-bodied red, good acidity and persistence. This will work on a snowy Saturday.
Red
1/18/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Sweet/ripe red fruits & menthol on the nose.

Good acidity and decent persistence on the palate - very likable, if less than stellar. Not the best QPR, but still a good drink on a snowy Saturday. I may have mentioned this in a previous note on an ArPePe wine, but I rarely get the feeling that these wines need a lot more time, in contrast to, say, a 2006 Barolo from someone like Brovia that I'm not even tempted to open at this point.
Red
2010 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/13/2020 - Bob H wrote:
I just had a glass of the 2009, and not surprisingly given the vintages, this wine has another gear or three to it.

Pristine nose with ripe cherry and menthol. Nice length on the finish, and good acidity. This wine has another decade of development in front of it at a minimum, but is still pretty damn tasty at this point as well.
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Red
2009 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/13/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Consistently one of my favorite Chiantis from this so-so vintage. You would never guess this was a super hot vintage based on the focus this wine displays on both nose and palate.

A little abbreviated on the finish, but other than that, really a pleasure to drink right now.
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Red
1985 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/11/2020 - Bob H wrote:
The cork kind of disintegrated on opening, so this was decanted. One thing that surprises me here is the mint on the nose - blind, I would be calling this Heitz Martha's.

Seamless on the palate, good persistence and fairly interesting at basically 35 years of age. Blackberry fruit on the nose, and for my palate a little deficient in acidity. Not really in my stylistic wheelhouse anymore, but I can appreciate it as a well-made wine.
White
1/11/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Might be my last bottle - and that's a little sad, because this wine is more than just a "cellar defender". Lively acidity that really wakes up your palate, but even though I drink them young, I think this wine would be capable of some aging and further development if you had a mind to bury a bottle or two.

At least IMO, the kind of "house white" that merits a case buy.
Red
2010 Bonavita Faro Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
1/9/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Not bad, but missing that "excitement" element, if you will. Somewhat four square on the palate, with decent persistence, but maybe a touch less acidity than I normally look for.
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Red
1/9/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Ripe red fruits on the nose.

This is lighter-bodied and slightly attenuated on the palate, but otherwise drinking well at 20 years of age. Off this bottle, probably at peak or perhaps slightly on the downside, but still capable of putting a smile on your face over the next five years, especially so when you consider what you paid for it!
White
1/5/2020 - Bob H wrote:
My 2nd time trying this in the last month.

The nose has saline "sea breeze" notes - I may have compared this to Muscadet and I think that still works, but I could see someone calling this blind as a wine from either Savoie or the Jura as well.

Light-bodied and savory on the palate. Very likable.
Red
1/5/2020 - Bob H wrote:
For current drinking, hard to imagine a better CCR from Felsina right now. Great persistence and good acidity, expansive on the palate, red and black fruits - for what was a $20 bottle now almost 15 years from the vintage, silly good QPR. Unfortunately, one of my last bottles - the way this is drinking right now, I would love to have another case in the cellar.

One of this rare vintages where for me the CCR is the equal to the Rancia.
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Red
1/5/2020 - Bob H wrote:
A mix of red & black fruit on the nose, with a menthol note as well.

Not bad on the palate either, although this just followed a glass of the 2010 Rancia, so a little difficult appreciating this wine after that one. But off this first glass, I would say that this wine offers more than the '07, '08 or '09 Rancia, so all in a pretty decent vintage.
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Red
1/5/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Wow, this is good! Plenty of time in front of it, but pretty tasty all the same right now. Red fruits on the nose, nicely focused on the palate, again with red fruit most prominent, good acidity and persistence. This is the complete package.
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Red
1/3/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Really nice - for the record, this is the Toscana Rosso IGT, not the wine label pictured here (which looks like the Il Garrulo).

Very focused with good persistence, lighter-bodied - I like this quite a bit.
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Red
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.
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Red
2012 Graci Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
1/1/2020 - Bob H wrote:
Based upon this bottle, I would have to conclude that my previous TN from October was based on a somewhat off bottle.

This wine is more typical of a Etna Rosso in terms of palate presence and fruit profile. Light- to medium-bodied, more red fruit than black, decent acidity. Not overly complex, but a satisfying wine that you don't have to think about as you toss back a glass or three.
White
12/28/2019 - Bob H wrote:
More similar on the nose to the 2016, yet not quite the same. On the palate, this is lighter-bodied than each of the other wines. Very good today.
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White
12/28/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Very interesting how each vintage is so different from each other. I actually get a little tropical fruit on the nose here, but the palate is energetic, with lively acidity. I've liked this particular vintage since it was released, and this is another bottle that is drinking very well.
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White
12/28/2019 - Bob H wrote:
This is a little "fatter" than the 2014, and doesn't display that same reductive matchstick note on the nose. Maybe a touch less acidity than I would prefer as well. Not bad, but somewhat in the shadow of the previous wine.
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White
12/28/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Five years after the vintage, and the "drink me" sign is now on. This still shows that reductive matchstick/petrol scent on the nose - I love it.

Expansive on the palate, good acidity, great persistence on a finish I am still tasting as I type this. I believe this is the first bottle I've tried where I wouldn't add the caveat that this "is still young", so maybe a sign that we are entering the maturity plateau, but this also strikes me as a wine with plenty of time in front of it.
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Red
12/27/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Good acidity on this wine - might be my last bottle, but this is drinking very well today. A good effort for the vintage.
Red
2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/26/2019 - Bob H wrote:
This is growing on me as it grabs a little air - very Chianti, on the lighter-bodied side. Good acidity and decent persistence.
Red
12/25/2019 - Bob H wrote:
Might be my last bottle, and more than a little funk on opening - not objectionable to my palate, but if you insist on "clean" wines, this could put you off this wine.

Ripe red & black fruit on the palate - I have had better bottles of this fully mature Brunello.
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Red
12/24/2019 - Bob H wrote:
I just tried the '06 Costanti and the '08 Stella di Campalto - the nose here may be the most pronounced, but I can't say I would call this Brunello blind. Very ripe red & black fruit on the nose.

Seamless but somewhat straightforward on the palate. This is not a bad wine, and to be honest, if you like California Cabernet you might think it's a very good wine, but I find it somewhat atypical of Brunello, and given the vintage, disappointing.
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