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Red
2020 Casaloste Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
6/12/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
I served at KSK's reception after the service. Correct. Some plum skin and pectin. Ready now. But likely best between 2026 and 2029. 91-pts. $21T. Happy I have more.
Red
6/2/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
I brought to CDC at YOT. In a good spot now. Some tertiaries.
White
6/2/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
Pablo brought to CDC at YOT. Blind I thought it was a light Torantes. A lean clean light muscat presence. Tame alcohol. Very nice. Very different from the 2021 (funkier).
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White - Sparkling
6/2/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
QA brought to CDC at YOT. Smell of fresh apples. Not sure the vintage. But one of the best Prosecco I have had.
Rosé - Sparkling
6/2/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
Andrea brought to CDC at YOT. Nice acid and a little reductive. 91- pts. Get one. $14G.
Orange
2021 Biokult Naken Burgenland White Blend (view label images)
5/28/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Got from QA who got from UBs. Maybe a bit too sharp with citrus peel bitterness and carbonic bitterness. Very clean. No funk. 90- pts. Don't need more.
Red
5/15/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
2/24/2023 - I WROTE: ... Very nicely balanced. Easy to drink now. No rough edges. Medium bodied. Liquid mid-pallate. A bit chalky on the finish. No tertiaries showing yet. Great QPR at $14 from Garagiste. Reminds me of the nice affordable Bourgueils or St NdBourgueils BTG in Bistros in Paris and Belguim. 90+
Red
5/11/2024 - RussK wrote:
92 points
Day1 Almost no decant. WOTN at Pablo's. I brought. Still love this wine. See my prior note. 92pts

Day3 The more interesting funking aromatics fade, leaving the black pepper notes more prominent. 91-pts.
Red
2003 Château Thieuley Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/11/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
Brought to Pablo's. It was the 2nd WOTN. Earthy, savory, some tertiary notes. Good now and maybe for another 5 years. Very easy to drink.
White
5/9/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Think dry sprite with some pleasant (MdB) bitterness. 12%ABV. Easy to drink and finish. 90+pts. $9ABC. Might buy another.
Red
5/4/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
In a good spot and nicely balanced. Even opon PnP. Medium bodied. Easy to drink. 20G.
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White
5/2/2024 - RussK wrote:
flawed
Pleasant floral qualities and acidity. Some saltiness and phenolic bitterness. I don't need more. From Primo.
Red
4/28/2024 - RussK wrote:
88 points
dumped
Red
4/28/2024 - RussK wrote:
flawed
Drink up.
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Red
4/28/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Nice weight and mouth feel. Too much black pepper for me. 90- pts
Rosé
4/28/2024 - RussK wrote:
88 points
Dumped
Red
2020 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/28/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Dumped.
Red
4/28/2024 - RussK wrote:
87 points
Sour. Dumped.
Red
4/28/2024 - RussK wrote:
92 points
Didn't like as much this time.
Red
4/28/2024 - RussK wrote:
89 points
Light tart drinkable but I don't need more 89+ points
Red
4/28/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
WOTN with Pablo. 91+ points. Biodynamic and it shows. Funky in a great way. Reminiscent of the Becker PN. Wish I had 6 more.
Red
4/25/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
I agree mostly with TWARD below, but would add this. Chalky nose. Very light, like a red Sancerre in nose and body. I get the "smokey" thing, a bit like a Austrian Zweigelt. But Blind you would know it was a cold climate PN. $10G. I don't need more.
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Red
4/23/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Natty from the 1st taste. I agree with Brian Capers below, especially on the Soudhat meets natty Loire. I would add that there is a pleasant secondary fermentation and cabonic taste. The nose and mouth show raspberry and black pepper notes (like Riberia Sacra and Lisan Negro) notes and no bretty farmyard notes (like Loire CF). 90+. Don’t needmore. $20G.
Red
4/21/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
3 days later the 2020 improves and shows more like the 2019. See my note below. 91‐ pts.
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Red
2012 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/20/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
NIce nose of iron, blood, earth and chaulk. Maybe a tiny bit of horse stable. Mouth, like the nose but showing some char on the barrel and the tiniest bit of baked fruit. Very savory. Med+ bodied and pithy. Ready now, but could go longer. 90+pts. $26G.

3 days later in the fridge it was falling appart. 87
Red
4/18/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
I had the 2019 and 2020 back to back, and the 2019 is showing much better now. See my '19 review there. Is it one less year in the bottle, or is it the vintage? I think it is the vintage. The 2020 seems more austere and green, less fruit, more spice. I not a big fruit fan. But having more fruit in the '19 helped keep it more balanced than the '20. Both vintage still show the pleasant touch of brett and 12.5ABV that i find and like with this producer. 90pts. I don't need more of the '20 and I would wait another year or 2 before opening another.
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Red
4/17/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
Liked again. Medium+ body. Juicy acidity. Ready now. Low abv 12.5%. A pleasant touch of brett or petrichlor. $17G. Get more if possible. I have some of the 2020 or 2021, not sure. Of all the Loire CF producers I have tried, I like this one most consistantly.
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Fruit/Vegetable Wine
4/13/2024 - RussK wrote:
89 points
As with many Normandy ciders, this was sweeter and thicker than you would expect. Especially since it says "extra brut". A bit disjointed. Still we finished. But I don't need more.
Cider
N.V. Ordago Iberiko Cider País Vasco Apple
4/13/2024 - RussK wrote:
89 points
Think dry funky light cider meets lemonade meets apple cider vinegar. Better on day two. Interesting, though it can be jarring at first. Enjoyable in a tonic (medicinal) kind of way. 89+pts $8G.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/12/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
I still like this a lot. Some grapefruit pith bitterness and clean funk. Get more.
Red
4/9/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
Nose of iron and chalk. Blind you would know it was Bdx varietals. Liquid mouth and pithy. Savory with iron notes. Med+ acidity. 13%ABV. Correct. Some earth. Easy drinking now. 91-pts. Get more. 17G.
Red
4/7/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
I agree with David Paris below. I would add that this comes across more like an Alto Piedmonte (than a Langhe) , translucent, feminine, medium++ acidity. 91-pts. Get more. This producer seems stronger in Piedmonte than in Tuscany.
Red
4/6/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
Consistant with my last note. Especially the iodine note. Not past its prime,
White - Sparkling
4/5/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Easy to drink. But this time I don't need more.
Red
2020 Villa Spoiano Chianti Classico Le Querciole Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/2/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
Second bottle. Still like. See my prior note. I would add that it is lean and shows smoke and tar. On day 2 I am picking up more bitterness (not unpleasant) and what seems like Slavonian oak, almost like a Montefalco Rosso.
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Orange
4/2/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Interesting, but maybe a bit too strident or phenolic. Better on day 6 in the fridge. 18P.
Red
3/31/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
Again, better than I remember. Iodine, iron, petrichlor, and barnyard. No bell pepper. No flabby fruit. Lean. 12.5 ABV. Good from start. But even better on day 3. $14G. Wish i had more of this vintage. I have the 2021, we will see.
Red
3/27/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Some funk on the nose (and on day 2, some VA). The mouth gives as sweet, tart, savory mix. Interesting and natty, if not perfect. Pretty fruity. 90pts. I will finish the bottle but I don't need more. $17G.
Red
3/20/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Nose of iron and chalk. Medium bodied. Mouth feel ok. Tast = Savory and sweet, with a touch of funk/dirt (I often find in AA PN) and iron. Will likely finish. But don't need more.
Red
3/16/2024 - RussK wrote:
91 points
Had at Pablo's. A WOTN. Carbonic, funky, interesting, good mouth feel some black pepper. Get some more in the mid 20s.
Red
3/13/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Better at room temp (instead of cold) and on day 2. Nose of iron and merlot. Pithy and pulply. Medium bodied. Some tertiaries. A bit of bitter mental in the finish. Easy to drink.
Red
3/13/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Some tertiaries. Light to medium bodied. A touch dirty earthy. It fell appart after a few days in the fridge, so drink within a couple of days of opening. I have a few more.
Red
3/12/2024 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Seemed disjointed upon opening and I thought about dumping it. But then with air and a day in the fridge it came together nicely. Dusty nose. No tertiaries. Light to medium bodied. Not complex but easy to finish.
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