Tasting Notes for JuliannaDHS

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Red
Now that I've cornered the market on this wine, time for a note. I've found a bit of bottle variation but no distinct faults. Some bottles have just been a bit better than others. From about a half dozen bottles, I'd rate this 85-88. Very tannic but not heavy by any means, this has nice dark berry fruit, reasonable complexity. The best bottle had a much more complex nose with smoke/flint being prominent. It reminded me of Schioppettino.

If you got this from you-know-where recently, you.... SCORED!
Red
12/1/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
90 points
Some cherry fruit remains but it is fading. Still quite tannic and better with food. Drink soon.
Red
12/2/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice showing. Seemed younger than 2005. Nice BdX profile with a hint of earth and funk. Medium body, balanced, prominent tannins. Probably better with food than as a sipper. At auction pricing, good QPR.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Deltetto Rosé Piemonte DOC Rosé Blend (view label images)
11/27/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
91 points
Another nice showing. I found this more enjoyable that a Veuve Clicquot NV Rose.
Red
1995 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/24/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
88 points
Tired but still kicking. Last glass was best so if by chance you have this, I'd open it up a bit before drinking. Some red fruit, spices, a bit of madeira.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Deltetto Rosé Piemonte DOC Rosé Blend (view label images)
11/24/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
91 points
I'm surprised at a few low scores. We found this very impressive. Its not rose champagne but its barely off the mark. Lots of bright red and strawberry along with smoke/soot or something savory (Nebbiolo influence?). Good mousse and finish.
Red
11/18/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
92 points
From magnum. I really enjoyed this. A bit more austere and dry than most would probably expect and want from a CA pinot. Plenty of mixed berry fruit and great structure. Not to be confused with Red Burgundy but the relationship is obvious.

An example of less is more.
Red
11/17/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
90 points
Much improved from previous bottle. Still not overly complex but this has good structure and plenty of tasty Merlot fruit.
Red
11/12/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
90 points
Decanted over an hour before consuming. Distinct browning to the red hue. Medium weight, strawberry and cherry, tar, not very complex. Quite tannic but not overbearing. The last glass was the best but I don't see this going up from here.
Red
11/10/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
89 points
Enjoyed this more than previous bottle. Not overly complex but tasty and dare I say pleasantly restrained. 13.5% ABV.
Red
11/9/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
91 points
I found this more enjoyable than 2 bottles last year. Still on the fuller side but balanced and reasonable complexity. Very good QPR at $14USD.
Red
11/8/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
flawed
Not undrinkable but too funky. More band-aid than cellar mustiness.
Red
11/5/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
89 points
From Jeroboam (3.0L). Cork was completely soaked through with a hint of wetness under the wax capsule.

Interesting. This has load of sweet fruit (plum, berry) but there's prominent astringency as well. I'm reminded of bitter dark cocoa. Finish has good length. At auction price, incredible QPR!
Red
11/4/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine really shined tonight. Better than I remember. Plenty of mixed fruit but no fruit bomb. This was very balanced.
Red
2015 Piccinini Chianti Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/3/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
89 points
Nothing extraordinary but a solid Chianti.
Red
11/2/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice. Dark, full, lots of dark fruit. Good structure.
Red
1999 Dievole/Munoz Plenum Tertius Italy/Spain Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/1/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
92 points
Possibly even more primary than a previous bottle. This tasted 2.2 years old, not 22! Hold?!
Red
11/1/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
flawed
Drinkable but definitely off. Prominent stewed plum flavors. No signs of leakage but cork was nearly soaked through.
Red
10/30/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
92 points
Fading but with grace. Still enough dark fruit to match the balanced acidity and tannins. Exceptional length on the finish.
Red
10/28/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
89 points
I did not enjoy this like a bottle on 12/19/14. This was surprisingly on the lighter side (still a fuller wine) and it had nice flavors but no "oomph!" or "wow!" to it. And at what I paid, I deserve that!
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Red
10/28/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
88 points
Not a great showing. Delicious but simple. Lacked depth and texture. Showed improvement from PnP but not much. Last taste after 2 hours in a decanter.
White
10/28/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
93 points
Much better than a bottle last month. Carries a nice balance of fullness (CA) and classiness (Chablis). Loads of fruit, great mouthfeel.
Red
10/26/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
88 points
As before this is funky but it was reasonable and balanced. Very good QPR.
Red
2015 Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/26/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
89 points
Yes Virginia, this is getting better. Best showing to date. Mid weight proper chianti that is now showing future potential.
Red
10/23/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
90 points
Better than previous bottle. Still has Merlot fruit profile but more tannic structure in this.
Red
10/22/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
88 points
Simple but not boring. A solid red wine. Would please most palates, or at a minimum, would not offend. Very good QPR.
Red
10/22/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
91 points
And..... we didn't hold. Enjoyable again.
White
10/22/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
88 points
Another bottle that is not up to snuff. It doesn't seem to have any classical faults but its just ho-hum and other bottles have been quite enjoyable.
Red
10/21/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
86 points
Again, simple but enjoyable. Showed lots of heat.
White
10/21/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
91 points
Another enjoyable bottle. As before, quite Burgundian. This bottle had the most sediment (tartaric acid crystals) I've ever run across in a white wine.
Red
1997 Dievole Chianti Classico Riserva Novecento Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/20/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderful. Brilliant texture, great fruit flavor (fresh tart cherry), excellent balance with tannins fading and acidity still present.
Red
10/17/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
90 points
Another good bottle. At auction price, fantastic QPR.
Red
10/17/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
87 points
Simple yet pure. Bright red fruit, spices, and a nice subtle note of funk. Good QPR at $15.
Red
10/15/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
89 points
Perhaps a bit more weight than a bottle a few months ago. Very nice and I feel this won't see any improvement. Drink now.
Red
10/15/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
93 points
A very good showing this evening. Much better than all previous bottles. Still has plenty of tannic structure along ripe dark fruit, complexity added with spices (sandalwood) and complimentary oak. Great length on the finish. Alcohol is noticable.
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Red
2015 Cecchi Chianti Classico Storia di Famiglia Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/3/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
89 points
2 enjoyable bottles. A touch of age seems to be improving this.
Red
10/13/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
88 points
2 more enjoyable bottles. I could see this being a real surprise in a fantastic vintage year.
White
10/11/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
88 points
Not the best bottle/vintage of this wine I've had. This was full and unctuous but definitely disjointed. I don't believe its an age issue as we've had other vintages of this wine at 6+ years and have enjoyed it.
Red
10/10/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
91 points
Oops. Apparently I should read my previous note. Still enjoyable but quite tannic. No more bottles to hold.
White - Sparkling
10/8/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
90 points
A nice champagne, on the more delicate side. But, this doesn't really stand out. Special? Not so sure.
Red
10/7/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
90 points
The most enjoyable bottle to date. A definitive improvement. Bottle variation?
Red
10/8/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
90 points
Wow! This is tannic. Don't seeing this ever overcoming the tannic structure and improving further. Some red fruit and tar. And tannins.
Red
9/28/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
95 points
Fantastic. I'm not sure how much longer this will age but its wonderful now. Classic flint and black pepper nose but this bottle had a bit more weight to it. Plenty of ripe dark berry fruit.
Red
9/29/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
90 points
Another bottle that was enjoyable but quite large and a modernistic rendition of Sangiovese.
Red
9/25/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
93 points
A wonderful showing tonight even amongst some Barolo and Brunello. I think it stood out for being so different. Lighter to medium body with noticeable fading color. Quintessential floral pepper nose. I don't remember previous bottles of vintage showing funkiness but this did.
Red
9/11/2021 - JuliannaDHS wrote:
86 points
Comparable to a bottle on 08/22/20.
Red
9/10/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
93 points
As before, an excellent balanced and full bodied Cab.
Red
9/8/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
93 points
A very nice showing. As before, with 6+ years in bottle these are so much more palatable. No denying this is a big wine but it has balance and complexity with cola, spices, and earth to go with the oodles of dark ripe fruit.
Red
9/2/2021 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine:
91 points
Much improved over the last time I had this. Delicious cherry flavor with a touch of leather. The alcohol at 14.9% was well concealed.
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