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2018 Emile Beyer Pinot Blanc Tradition Alsace
3/10/2020 - jvphoto Likes this wine:
89 points
Lychee, guava, lime zest, salt, peach making a soft nose. Lick smacking acidity, slightly oily lips - grapefruit, unripe plum, lemon zest, ginger.
Simple and straight forward with a good price for the quality.
  • jjhsom commented:

    11/10/20, 2:58 PM - This review is 80+% on in describing the 2019 vintage. Nice review!!

2014 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/26/2020 - BrendanMc wrote:
93 points
Beautiful nose of ripe purple and red fruit, predominantly plum. Really great perfume to it. The wine has a smooth and silky texture across the tongue, with a decent amount of acidity, though the tannins are a little rough around the edges forwards the finish. Heavy with fruits. Plumb and blueberry forward; decent heat to it as well. Really well balanced with a medium to long finish. Drinking very well at the moment. Still a great value for a Napa cab.
  • jjhsom commented:

    11/4/20, 3:33 PM - Well done. accurate review!

2013 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/20/2019 - brianmik wrote:
Spicebox aromas of cedar and spice (allspice). Tannic grip after decanting makes me think this could age quite a bit longer. Some vegetal herb on the palate (dill) and a decent amount of dark fruit.
  • jjhsom commented:

    4/1/20, 2:36 PM - Has apparently changed a lot in a year. I found it somewhat diluted and past its prime

2018 Loveblock Vintners Ltd Pinot Noir Central Otago
1/11/2020 - bound4er Does not like this wine:
84 points
Should call this "LoveOakBlock". Not much Pinot character other than some cherry but lots of vanilla oak if that's your thing.
  • jjhsom commented:

    1/22/20, 3:37 PM - I agree w/your review. Maybe it will improve w/age, but not that great now

2017 Kirkland Signature Gigondas Red Rhone Blend
12/16/2019 - Mootsie Likes this wine:
88 points
Not bad for $15. Spicy red and black fruits, white pepper, mineral finish. Would buy again as a weeknight wine.
Give it an hour or more of air.
Day 2 not as good.
  • jjhsom commented:

    1/10/20, 4:35 PM - 100% agree with this review. As a 1st level Som, I know a fair amount about wine. This discription hits the bulls eye!

2010 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
11/27/2019 - adipovino wrote:
89 points
Disappointing at this time. Tried upon release and thought it had potential but currently its tart, okay, flat, dry and lacking in fruit. It's possible time in the bottle will soften but I am concerned about lack of fruit. Coravined a second bottle to make sure this was not a bad egg, but second bottle was similar.
  • jjhsom commented:

    12/15/19, 12:58 PM - I am more aligned with this review than the more glowing ones written by others. I would rate it low 90s, but maybe it was impacted by drinking 2 very good cabs beforehand with our dinner group. In comparison, this wine tasted somewhat diluted and with only a limited red fruit spectrum

1998 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/15/2016 - Mathijs81 wrote:
Purchased out of curiosity and also to compare against the 1st wine.

+ Nose - dried fruits, wine gums, some cinnamon, marmalade
+ Taste - quite round, dusty, a hint of fruit, plain
+ Finish - still some fruit, very short and boring

Clearly this is still drinkable, but its strong points have long gone.
The only thing still enjoyable was the flavor out of the glass.

  • jjhsom commented:

    6/29/19, 7:30 PM - I agree it is past it’s prime. Open the bottle and drink it as quickly as possibe before the fruit is gone!

Red - Fortified
N.V. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino Storico Italy Red Blend
12/10/2018 - Guy Des Rosiers Likes this wine:
87 points
Had a rather unusual opportunity today to taste this side by side with my beloved Cappellano Barolo Chinato, and the contrast was enlightening. The comparison is not fair, of course, since the two products are entirely different. Nevertheless, considering the very steep difference in price between the two, I must say the Cocchi held up extremely well.

In terms of sweetness, the level is similar, but obviously Barolo Chinato has the natural advantage of some additional acidity, as well as a good dose of bitterness on the finish (there is also a hint of bitterness in the Cocchi, but it is an extra rather than a supporting actor). While the quality of Cocchi's elixir of herbs and botanicals is exquisite, the end product comes off as more buttery and cloying when enjoyed on its own, while the Barolo Chinato is more balanced, rich and complex.

In the end, the Cocchi provides amazing depth in mixed drinks, but for drinking on its own, Barolo Chinato is unbeatable.
  • jjhsom commented:

    1/15/19, 3:12 PM - I find the Cocchi to be lighter/smoother and in Manhattans allows the whiskey to shine through (if it is good bourbon). The other is great but dominates the boubon-good if the bourbon is just OK, but can overwhelm a great bourbon

2015 Herman Story Casual Encounters California Red Blend
8/15/2018 - Wine Lover 1964 wrote:
93 points
Love this wine, year in year out.
  • jjhsom commented:

    1/6/19, 1:03 PM - Can’t agree more!!!

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