Tasting Notes for TheManFromUtopia

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2007 Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/20/2011 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
85 points
Smooth and fruity, but there's no real Chianti Classico backbone here.
Red
2/2/2011 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
87 points
Introduced by a subtle waft of a stimulating volatile acidity, recalls of intense dried fruits (fig, prune, grape), liqueur chocolate and dark herbs smell, then performs well in the mouth, with fiery acidity and an overall strong sensation, finishing with a remarkable sapidity.
Red
12/27/2010 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
83 points
A really smooth, tasty, fruity wine, but lacks of character: blue and purple fruits dominate all the way, with just some hints of oak and acidity at the minimum wage: no clean mouth here and no help in digestion.
Red
2007 Foradori Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Teroldego (view label images)
12/26/2010 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
87 points
Blackberry, cocoa powder, tobacco, and a pick of black salt are the nuances which identify this dark wine and its middleweight body made of light tannins and active acidity. Today its still fruit-driven sensation and its digestibility make it a pleasure to drink, but it is still whitdrawn, destined to full disclosure in the next years to come.
Red
12/19/2010 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
85 points
Very smooth and versatile: shows hints of redcurrant, mint and green tobacco, refines the palate with a coherent fruity and veggy sensation using a gentle touch with soft, little tannins followed by a subtle, remarkable acidity.
Red
12/11/2010 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
88 points
An example of the finest traits of "nebbiolo di langa" here: light in colour, recalls of withered rose, chinotto and light cherries, then lights up and refreshes your mouth with an understated showing of agile, gentle tannins and lively acidity, introducing a slow-paced, still stimulating, coming back of the olfactory memoirs for a bit salty, licorice-driven finishing.
Red
12/8/2010 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
83 points
A tasty red fruity juice: a good aromatic intensity brings clearly to mind sweet fruits (strawberry jam, blueberry) and is refreshed by balmy blows of eucalyptus and pennyroyal, then a very smooth touch of tannins brings in a mid-lasting finishing, when becomes evident a lack of acidity and crunchyness, which leaves the mouth covered by a subtle peel of paste.
Red
11/16/2010 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
86 points
Agility here: pink and violet flowers float on a skinny mixture of cherries with some balsamic pennyroyal and an unmistakable and refreshing acidity.
White
9/27/2010 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
85 points
Very smooth (just a hint of sugar here: it balances a slightly bitter aromatic aftertaste), tastes fruity (some citrus, some litchi) and mineral.
Its acidic freshness is not enough to balance its smoothness: serve it cool (10° C).
White
2/3/2010 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
88 points
Topaz yellow with intense smells of apple, elder flowers, spinach, black lava. Taste is strong, alcoholic, involving but a little too much drying. Highly digestible.
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Red
11/25/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
87 points
Dark ruby red, with purple veins. Smells of black fruits, licorice, mint, cardamom, black ashes. Taste is muscular, intense, but lacks of retro-olfactive memory and it's a bit ruffled, with an unfinished balance between thick tannins and alcohol followed by a flash of sharp acidity and a typical, rather bitter, finishing by licorice and black minerals.
Red
10/27/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
92 points
Red, iridescent from ruby to carmine to brick. Smells of dried prune, raisin, withered violet, black pepper, rubber. Taste is warm, intense, soft, slightly tannic, wide, embroiling.
White
10/27/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
84 points
Yellow, deeply colored, macerated with skins. Smells of apple juice, elder flowers, anise. Taste is quite intense, lively, with light tannins, deep sapidity, good alcoholic comfort.
Red
10/21/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
92 points
Smells of pink pepper, redcurrant and strawberry, orange blossom, blood. Taste is subtle, intense, balanced, stimulating, elegant, spicy.
Red
10/21/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
89 points
Smells like sealing wax, sweetish flowers, leather, black cherry. Taste is wide, warm, tannic, intense, embroiling.
Red
10/21/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
85 points
Smells of withered flowers, cherries, coffee grounds. Taste is narrow, solid, sharp, light, steady, sliding.
White - Sparkling
10/9/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
82 points
Smell is driven by a bluff of yeast and precise recalls of lime zest and vanillin. Taste is enough intense, creamy, acid-driven with zesty finishing. There are far better entry-level NV brut, out and about.
Red
10/9/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
80 points
A bit of raspberry sweet, some herbal flavors and a hint of earthly nuances prelude to a subtle, sour, enough balanced, minerally finishing taste.
Red
2001 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/5/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
94 points
Deep, ruby, lively, red. Smell is characterized by typical and intense odors of black cherry, green tobacco and withered violet. Taste is profound and intense, with rich, soft tannins and a long-lasting mineral and spicy feeling. No big complexity here, just a straight, unsmiling, classy Chianti Classico.
White
9/29/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
89 points
Fresh, intense and aromatic bouquet, based on herbal aromas and recalls of yellow citrus fruits. Taste is intense too, with good balance between a strong presence of alcohol and a subtle and sharp mineral layer, which characterizes a medium-to-long finishing. A little less wide, deep and definite than in vintage 2007.
Red
9/28/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
92 points
Purple and black: a dark wine. It smells of purple fruits like prune and blue/black berries and of black spices like pepper, with a hint of coriander and violet. Taste is really enjoyable, balanced: with smooth, subtle tannins, the required spit of freshness and the right quantity of alcohol, for a great aromatic impact and a coherent fruity and spicy finishing. I'm sure it's a vin de garde: its bouquet will be wider and more fascinating from 2012.
White
9/28/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
86 points
A verdicchio-style nose tampered by late harvesting: notes of pineapple and mango side cedar and white flowers, the usual suspects. Thanks to those over-ripen grapes, it tastes smoother, more rounded, more balanced than a classic verdicchio, sadly lacking of the typical vibrant nerves that give verdicchio its primer.
White - Sparkling
9/28/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
85 points
A peachy and floral smell with a hint of mineral is followed by off-dry, soft, foamy, medium-length taste. Simple, narrow, vertical, effective wine, perfect for starter or even to match some off-dry appetizers.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/22/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
84 points
Golden, honeyed, sulfurous fluid. Smells like yellow and greasy tropical fruits with a hint of brackish. Taste is intense, sugary and smooth, but lacks of some freshness: rough balance here.
Red
9/11/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
85 points
Deep red, swinging from purple to crimson tones. It smells of blackberries with some hints of marjoram and chocolate. It tastes nice, with some thin tannins, plain softness, mild alcohol, a slightly excessive acidity and a recognizable terroir mineral imprint. Good teroldego.
Red
9/9/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
91 points
Dark ruby red. The smell is based on Mediterranean scrub: ranges from helicrysum to licorice, then temporarily rises to mulberry and plum to eventually descend down to its roots, grown on ancient soil: tar and volcanic ashes are recalled. Subtle mature tannins, stimulating acidity and a mind-blowing selection of dark minerals are in perfect balance with persuasive softness. Clean finishing. Terroir champion.
Red
9/8/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
88 points
It swings from a joyful cloud of redcurrant and raspberry to an earthly, dark gray, stimulating rock layer. Taste is subtle, balanced, elegant, with clean finish. Made with a blend driven by the earthy carignan and the gentle cinsault, it is an agile, adolescent, red wine: narrow-bodied but deeply rooted in its terroir.
Red
2006 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/7/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
85 points
Typical black cherry-driven smell, simple but pleasant, then palatable softness, subtle tannins, stimulating acidity and some fruity savageness in finishing: they define an agile medium-bodied, balanced, good Chianti Classico. No frills here.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/2/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
86 points
This is driven by the usual suspects of a Sicilian sweet wine: honey, apricot and a vigorous salty feeling open the way to a tasting characterized by smoothness, sweetness and an unsmiling but proper nutshell finishing. Good partner of a selection of nuts biscuits.
White - Sparkling
7/23/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
80 points
Peach and apple followed by a good taste with pleasant perlage and some sweet finishing: easy and fair.
Red
7/22/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
85 points
A little inaccurate smell made up mainly by a jam of red fruits doesn't spoil the performance of this subtle wine, which offers an overall clear sensation of delicacy and balance, supported by a confident and lively tasting performance driven by sharp acidity and original sapidity.
White
7/17/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
90 points
It's gifted with refined, clear and elegant impressions of red pepper, pomegranate and mango, while being greatly admirable for its succulence, its gentle strength and its perfect balance while tasting. Not a cumbersome elephant, not even a little sparrow, but an agile gazelle. Definitely a fresh, distinctive and charming Gavi from biodinamically-grown cortese grapes and aged in big acacia barrels.
White - Sparkling
7/20/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
85 points
It is opaque, with light complexion, gives raw and aromatic sensations of young peach, stimulates your palate with fine sparkles and a gingery finishing. Good.
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/14/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
93 points
Clearly a master in charming your mind with its ballet: it gets your attention after turning in a saffron bouquet of white flowers laying on a bed of flinty clay with some fake grass made of botrytis, in a presepio-like show. Then shines a light, and with a triple-header dive you splash in a biodynamic balance of power, between earth (flinty clay, humus), water (flowing softness and lively freshness) and fire (the delicate spirits and the energy of some drops of sugar). The rite of spring.
White
2006 Fattoria La Monacesca Mirum Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva Verdicchio (view label images)
6/14/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
91 points
Wearing a wealthy golden vest with green embroidery, bows and takes its hat off, perfusing a subtle but elegant smell of white flowers, cider and pineapple, then starts to tell its long-lasting story, made of intense and balanced sensations: memoirs of citrus fruits, striking freshness and relaxing softness. A memorial stone in verdicchio's history.
White
6/7/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
88 points
Subtle fragrant notes and a deep white minerality open the way for a balanced and lively feeling in your mouth. Essential, delicate, harmonic.
White
6/5/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
88 points
First of all, you have to follow producer's guideline: twist the bottle upside down ad give it a small stroke before serving: it will even the natural subtle sediment of this unfiltered wine, giving full body to each glass. It is of an opaque (now even) pale yellow with a fine, enchanting, smell of flowers grown on a mineral layer and a hint of quince. It tastes more intriguing though: it is perfectly balanced and alive, with a full sensation of softness and depth, in spite of its 12/100 of volume parts of alcohol. Served at at 14°C on a salmon/apple salad was a great starter.
Red - Sparkling
3/22/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
85 points
A remarkable wine from lambrusco grapes. No big structure or complexity here: just a dark, creamy, fragrant, purple-red, foamy, fruity, easy-to-drink liquid to pair with some sausage/cheese-based appetizers.
White
3/16/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
88 points
First: it makes you curious with its light but shining yellow. Second: it charms your nose with lime and pear notes, grown up on a fancy mineral layer. Third: it freshens up your palate with its subtle acidity, with its balance, elegance, softness (just a hint of sugar here) and its consistent finishing, with the harmonics of those green and yellow fruits. To drink heavily.
Red
3/9/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
84 points
A wine made with light touch. It is no sensational wine, no frills here, but recalls a subtle and pleasant memory of withered flowers, licorice and an unfortunately misty citrus finishing. The body is light but well defined.
Red
3/13/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
92 points
Carrying an elegant and dark ruby vest, it smells of blueberries, pennyroyal and green tobacco, shows some hints of coffee too, but its main feature is a solid graphite layer, which recalls the volcanic soil it comes from.
This aglianico tastes good too: its supply of tannins is rich and soft, it gives a lasting felling, intense and fresh, and finishes to prove solidly, with a black and blue ending driven by its dark mineral layer and the memory of its little blue fruits. Solid and soft, this great performer lacks only of a pedigree, being a selection of grapes from many vineyards rather than coming from a single one.
White
3/6/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
80 points
Fresh and aromatic, fragrant of peach and white flowers as a zibibbo from Pantelleria has to be, with a smooth taste (evident residual sugars here) not so well balanced by acidity and an agile, yet a little weak, body. Finishing is pleasant but short, lacking the mark of an appropriate salty feeling.
A different zibibbo (aka moscato d'Alessandria, an aromatic grape said to be from Egypt and of primal use in sweet wines from all around the Mediterranean Sea).
Red
2/17/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
87 points
It gives an unexpectedly glamorous feeling, with its fine and effective scents of strawberry jam and licorice which anticipate a striking softness, well balanced with a black and white salty sensation. It is no heavyweight champion, but a great, dexterous, welter.
Red
2/15/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
81 points
Simple, narrow, light, maybe even a bit rough because of its sour finishing, but it has good intensity and that subtle and strong fabric typical of nebbiolo wines. It is perfect to match with some dairy cheese-driven dishes from northern Italy, like Pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese.
Red
2/13/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
86 points
Spreading an intense feeling with both complexion and fragrance, its colours and stinks are memories of red berries and vanilla, with a concealed licorice layer. Taste is in consonance with the first impressions, but while mantaining a strong attitude, it lacks of depth. A strong overall feeling, without the appeal of terroir tough: it lacks mainly of profundity, ampleness and of an earthly mark.
Red
2/9/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
84 points
A wine of simplicity and character. The smell is narrow, but clearly focused on dark fruity and floral nuances. I found the most peculiar characteristics in its tasting features: its balance swings between a smooth tannin and a rich softness, which overshadows its alcoholic power (12.5°), designing a easy and yet solid taste.
White
2/2/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
91 points
Outstanding. Its fresh, distinctive, aromatic bouquet ranges from tea leaves to citrus, from chrysanthemum to lemon balm, with inspiring intensity. It is strong (alcohol reaches 14,5 degrees in volume), intense, round and soft, with a sharp salty finishing. To couple with some spicy oriental dishes, without red meat.
White
1/23/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
88 points
Elegant. Its white and green gold nuances suggest the fresh smell of pineapple, lime and limestone which immediately follows. The upper feeling is elegance: the balance between its softness and the stirring acidity is perfect, with pleasant finishing of citrus and white rock.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/23/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
92 points
Original and peculiar. The bowl pours a golden and dense liquid, typical marks of a strong white wine; these characteristics are misleading tough: honey, exotic yellow fruits and camomile preface a thick but gentle body: it is soft, deep but not profound, amabile rather than sweet, and its calorific attitude is perfectly juxtaposed with a flowing and subtle salty feeling, for a perfect balance and fulfilling finishing. A perfect match is with blue dairy cheeses, like gorgonzola and castelmagno from Italy or stilton from UK.
Red
1/18/2009 - TheManFromUtopia wrote:
90 points
Confident attitude, a real ruby Chianti's sangiovese. It smells of strawberry's jam, withered flowers, fur, brushwood and has a strong dark mineral flavour. In the mouth it is less persuasive tough: it has got all its numbers, being profound and warm, but it's a bit rough, not a creamy one then, and lacks of harmony, partly because of its young age.
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