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2015 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
5/4/2021 - Jason Wu Likes this wine:
93 points
Appearance: pale garnet.
Nose: medium plus intensity; aromas of dry herbs, coconut, dry flower, balsamic, fennel seeds, star anise, subtle red currant, coriander, tomato leaves, stewed vegetable in a good way.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, medium body, medium plus flavour intensity, medium plus finish.
Overall, it’s a very good wine. Can drink now, has potential for further ageing.
Classic Brunello with a lot of herbs notes. Despite 15% alcohol, the vivid high acidity provides balance to the wine, fresh, delicious and mouthwatering. Beautiful tannins structure, quite smooth actually, but it’s more complex on the nose than on the palate.
On day 3, the tannins are better integrated. The flavour intensity is actually better with more red fruits coming through, plus some sweet spice, black tea. A very well made Brunello.
  • Volleyball commented:

    11/7/21, 4:17 PM - I read your review after writing my own and was struck by how similar our impressions were. Cheers!

2018 Concha y Toro Chardonnay Amelia Quebrada Seca Limarí Valley
3/11/2021 - swifty6 Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich flavors wit lasting finish.It triggered a fond memories of previous great wines tasted.
The best chardonnay I have had recently .It's pricy but well worth it.
  • Volleyball commented:

    7/11/21, 11:20 AM - Maybe edit your score? a low average may cause folks to overlook a real gem.

2011 Sine Qua Non Syrah Dark Blossom Central Coast
10/3/2020 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
98 points
Amazing wine. Enjoyed with a wonderful slow cooked braised short rib on my birthday.

Inky ruby color, no sign of age. Aroma is only medium intensity, ripe plums and blackberries, mint and eucalyptus, sweet spices and mocha.

The mouthfeel is wonderful, thick, plush and very full bodied but also soft and silky, but very well integrated tannins. Clearly high alcohol. Medium acid. Flavors match the nose, more emphasis on the coffee and chocolate tertiary flavors but very well balanced by the soft fruits and the eucalyptus. Very, very long finish.
  • Volleyball commented:

    10/6/20, 3:11 PM - Thanks!

    Decanted half the bottle for ~2 hours. Drank the rest over the remaining 2 days. Not a huge difference.

White - Off-dry
2005 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Nahe
Peach, white flowers, raw apricot, Canadian honey on the nose, on the palate, white peachy fruits along with some green apple and lychee, the acidity was very lingering and not overwhelming, modest touch of creaminess on the finish. Very enjoyable and I prefer this over 2011 vintage
  • Volleyball commented:

    9/12/20, 6:29 AM - Nice review. I have never heard of Canadian honey before. What distinguishes that flavor for other honey?

2014 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Canberra District Shiraz Blend, Syrah
2/14/2020 - tenorselbow wrote:
94 points
Intoxicating nose with great height reminiscent of the froth of freshly squeezed oranges, cranberries, aged wooden furniture and ever so slightly sweaty saddle (but in a good way!). Elegant mouth of loganberry, rhubarb and tapenade with more height but not much depth, almost like a Pinot Noir. Long sherbet mineral finish with notes of cinnamon popcorn and balsa wood. Was even better with lamb shanks.
  • Volleyball commented:

    8/29/20, 5:49 PM - Great review - the orange is really unusual in a red

2016 Sandhi Wines Chardonnay Bentrock Sta. Rita Hills
8/15/2020 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium lemon color with a green tinge

Fairly aromatic, with the oak most prominent. Coconut and buttery scone, plus some straw.

Tart acidity (medium+) with lime fruit, also some straw, but the primary flavors don’t seem to be perfectly integrated with the fairly strong coconut-and-scone flavors of the oak. Fairly full body and long length, but not explosive.

A good wine, I like it, but the oak is a bit too heavy and needs to be better integrated. Not an “oak bomb” my any means though.
  • Volleyball commented:

    8/17/20, 11:25 AM - My pleasure, thanks for the comment.

    At 4 years old, I’m not sure how much it will evolve. Feels like there is as much risk that the tart fruit that balances the oak may die down.

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