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Red
2010 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
11/7/2018 - Zweder wrote:
90 points
EEE Nov 2018; Bordeaux Right bank (@ JWS): In the bouquet dark berries, graphite, leather and some green impressions. On the palate dark berries, some bell pepper, beautiful acidity and round, but firm tannin. Wait another 3+ years.
  • Kris G commented:

    3/23/20, 11:24 AM - still firm tannin ;)

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2004 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/15/2014 - pjaines wrote:
An exasperating experience yet again with this wine - pretty scratchy and tight with some green notes coming through. Time in the glass offers a modicum of relief and some black fruit starts to peek through. It is just not doing it for me, this wine.. I love elegant and perfurmed wines but this never seemed to have anything other than a mean, unforgiving quality. The kind of wine that lovers of fruit bombs hold up as an example of why they prefer big and brash.
  • Kris G commented:

    3/22/20, 11:29 AM - I agree with you : the green (unripe) notes also bothered me.

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2008 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
9/9/2017 - Zweder wrote:
90 points
An easy afternoon with close friends; Saint Julien & Pomerol (@ FD): In the bouquet the wine is a bit locked and dusty and showing some bell pepper, cherries and red and black berries. On the palate a bit earthy, firm acidity and sticky tannin, vanilla and a good length. Still a very youthful wine with a good length. No problem to wait at least another 10 years. For today after lots of air: 90+. Potential for a bit more.
  • Kris G commented:

    3/20/20, 3:37 AM - "90+. Potential for a bit more." > indeed : 91 :)

  • Kris G commented:

    3/21/20, 5:37 AM - My girlfriend is a pharmacist. So she is very bussy and is very liable to being infected. Resulting in stressy times here. Take care and stay healtly!

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2006 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
2/15/2020 - Kris G Does not like this wine:
85 points
Unripe and thin appearance with sour cherry, paprika and too much wood. I have only drunk half a glass of this bottle.
  • Kris G commented:

    2/17/20, 9:31 AM - It was pop and pour, starting at 12 °C. I gave it 45 minutes in the glass in the hope to see some improvement.

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2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
10/16/2018 - Zweder wrote:
94 points
Monthly Tuesday group "The Dead Sparrow" #032: Wines with 98+ points: In the bouquet a firm dose of toasted oak and coffee as well as black berries. On the palate a concentrated wine with beautifully fresh acidity and round tannin. Firm oak as well. Still another decade to go? 94+
  • Kris G commented:

    11/26/19, 4:55 AM - Hello Zweder, I only have one bottle of this wine. Better wait a bit you think?

  • Kris G commented:

    11/26/19, 6:22 AM - thx for the input, much appreciated!

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2009 Château La Tour Carnet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
11/9/2019 - Kris G wrote:
89 points
Juicy, full bodied, a lot of fruit and some bitter touches from the wood and the terroir.
  • Kris G commented:

    11/10/19, 4:38 AM - I think the fruit is now showing at its max. It is juicy and not in a closed faze, so if you want to a pop a bottle I don't see anything against it. Will it get better? I don't think so, the bitterness was maybe a touch too sharp (but still very moderate for a Bordeaux in that price range) but with food this wine performed very well. No hurry to drink this, but if you like abundant and crisp fruits (which are very fresh considering the hot vintage) drink it now.

White
2015 Bodegas menade Verdejo Rueda La Misión
4/15/2019 - Zweder wrote:
87 points
Weekly tasting group RWP #327; vin nature, orange wine vs traditional wines (@ RK): Not so expressive bouquet with white fruits and flint stone. On the palate limestone minerals and mild acidity which becomes more firm with some more air time.
  • Kris G commented:

    10/27/19, 12:47 PM - My first impression was exactly the same, scoring it 87 with a rather poor QPR. I didn't look forward to having this wine again in the glass. But immediately it displayed a more complex and more balanced showing.

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2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
9/21/2019 - Kris G wrote:
flawed
No surprise > a bottle from Superiore.de that goes down the drain, the opposite would come as a shock. If I write down my uncensored feelings about Superiore.de, I will be banned from Cellartracker I'm afraid.
  • Kris G commented:

    10/14/19, 6:49 AM - I have put 19 Brunello's in a row down the drain. +90% of them came from Superiore and I have stored them correctly at 12 °C and I have no issues with wines coming from other stores.

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2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
9/18/2019 - Kris G wrote:
flawed
Superiore.de delivered yet another painful experience (my 17th flawed Brunello in a row)
  • Kris G commented:

    9/19/19, 10:01 AM - A Brunello can offer a stunning experience, but it is a very delicate juice that has to be transported and conserved with great care. Hopefully you will soon experience a great glass of Brunello!

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2014 Château Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drézéry Tête de Bélier Blanc White Rhone Blend
Pale. Dull nose. Spiky alcohol, fat, heavy oak, creamy. No varietal expression. Heavy and dull.
  • Kris G commented:

    6/10/19, 2:45 AM - The heavy oak also bothered me.

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2005 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
11/22/2009 - Zweder wrote:
92 points
Compact wine with a lot of good cassis fruit and round tannin. Pleasant oak. Another really good Lagrange. Already giving a lot of pleasure, but it is probably wiser not to start drinking before 2015. 92+
  • Kris G commented:

    6/10/19, 2:41 AM - I completely agree with your 92 score, showed very well and still fresh/young

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2010 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Red Rhone Blend
3/20/2018 - Zweder wrote:
96 points
Monthly Tuesday group "The Dead Sparrow" #027 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 (By JdB): Almost black juice. In the bouquet blackberries and blueberries, licorice, black olives and beautiful herbs and spices. On the palate really complex with a pleasant touch of sweetness, good and fresh acidity, tannin with still a pleasant and firm bite and a good length. Beauty!
  • Kris G commented:

    12/16/18, 7:33 AM - what would you give as an advice concerning the drinking window?

  • Kris G commented:

    12/19/18, 10:33 AM - thanks for the input, I have 1 bottle at home

Red
2006 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/28/2016 - Zweder wrote:
91 points
In the bouquet dark forest fruits and luxurious oak. On the palate red fruits, vanilla, firm acidity and fairly light, but a bit unripe tannin. Not really sure what to think; the high acidity in combination with a fairly lean body in this stage, but also luxurious elements. I would like to taste this again around 2022 to see how this wine has developed. I hope for the better. For tonight 90 – 91+?
  • Kris G commented:

    11/17/18, 5:12 AM - I had also noticed the high acidity but it delivered freshness to the wine. The tannins were still on the young side. But it is a well balanced wine and we agree on the score ;)

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2009 Château La Tour Carnet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
12/17/2011 - Zweder wrote:
89 points
Beautiful cassis juice, oak, cigar box, licorice etc. Certainly a beautiful wine. I also wrote down "lacks some body" but that should be interpreted considering the vintage. Some other 2009 wines were just more impressive on this point. Next try around 2016 is probably a good idea. 89+
  • Kris G commented:

    6/21/18, 2:53 PM - we agree on the 89 score ;)

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2006 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/8/2016 - Zweder wrote:
90 points
DTC 2016-01; Bordeaux 2006. (@ SS): Beautiful bouquet with ripe dark forest fruits, beautiful oak and a touch of sweetness. On the palate dark forest fruits, a firm dose of good oak, good acidity and firm, a bit green and still sticky tannin. Still much too young and not really refined in this stage. This is a classical Lafon Rochet for the long term. I would like to taste this wine again around 2025, then it might show much better. 89 - 90 for this evening.
  • Kris G commented:

    4/9/18, 12:28 PM - indeed now still on the young side, good Saint-Estèphe really needs some time in the cellar, I agree with the 90-score :)

  • Kris G commented:

    4/10/18, 3:55 AM - You are most welcome to share my last bottle of this wine in 2025! If you drop by before I offer the Lafon-Rochet 2003 (and some other bottles ofc :D)!

  • Kris G commented:

    4/11/18, 5:30 AM - if you have the time : that same weekend there's the grand opening of Vitis Vin in their new building in Drongen with 16 winegrowers present

Red
2014 Mas Doix Priorat Salanques Grenache Blend, Grenache
12/31/2017 - Kris G Likes this wine:
92 points
already more accessible than last time, very expressive with a fruity acidity, well done!
  • Kris G commented:

    4/3/18, 5:36 AM - It was served with Coravin, it didn't need much time in the glass to come open, this wine is still on the young side, but in its drinking window, it is not far off the quality of the Doix Vinyes Velles 2014 that was served alongside.

Red
2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis Nebbiolo
1/21/2018 - Zweder wrote:
93 points
In the bouquet some smoke, chocolate, herbs and spices. On the palate a complex and powerful, full bodied wine with good acidity and firm, drying tannin. Beautiful wine and much more promising and interesting than the 2012. 93+
  • Kris G commented:

    3/5/18, 5:46 AM - I will buy one :)

Red
1997 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli Sangiovese
1/20/2009 - Zweder wrote:
94 points
Cherries. Very youthful wine with a lot of fruit. Full bodied, round and complex and a long future ahead. 5 - 8 years will be no problem.
  • Kris G commented:

    3/4/18, 12:39 PM - even 9 years is no problem ;) lovely Brunello

  • Kris G commented:

    3/5/18, 4:23 AM - was bottle number 26 in the line up of the tasting, a pitty that my palet/mouth wasn't that fresh anymore by than, but fortunately I still could appreciate it

Red
2000 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/27/2018 - Zweder wrote:
97 points
Occasional dinner group; Bordeaux 2000 (@ Merlet): Beautiful rustic bouquet with ripe dark berries, cedar and graphite. On the palate juicy dark berries, vanilla, cedar, graphite and a beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness. Already a great pleasure, but the tannin hold a promise for at least another decade. 95 - 97+
  • Kris G commented:

    2/10/18, 9:55 AM - lovely to read this, I'm trying to wait as long as possible to open mine, but it's tempting to uncork one now

    Montrose usually ages beautifully

Red
2010 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
2/9/2018 - dagij Likes this wine:
86 points
I first tasted Flaccianello in Rome two decades ago, and it blew my mind. Could Tuscan wine taste like this, I thought. After having drunk some more wines, my fondness for this type of wines have clearly waned, or have this wine become even more extreme? Deep dark colour, almost black. The nose is just too much; black forest berries, sweet black cherries, vanilla, chocolate and coffee (from barrel), as well as a clear earthy tone. Full bodied, lots of just everything. Highly concentrated, very good acidity balancing the enormous fruit, alcohol and viscosity. But the tannins are on the dry side, clearly from wood and not from grapes. The aftertaste becomes almost bitter in its dryness. Impressing wine, but is it pleasant? My answer would be; no. At least not now, I will save the rest of my six-pack for at least 5 years to see what happens.
  • Kris G commented:

    2/10/18, 1:36 AM - thanks for your honest tasting note, hopefully this wine just needs lots of cellartime

Red
2010 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
6/1/2015 - Zweder wrote:
87 points
Weekly tasting group #169; South Africa vs France (@ The factory by MN): In the bouquet dark forest fruits, sweet spices and a good dose of oak. On the palate ripe dark forest fruits, some bell pepper, firm acidity and sticky, drying tannin. The oak is not fully integrated yet. Wait until 2019 or 2020 or a few years longer. The wine did not really impress this evening. 87+
  • Kris G commented:

    2/1/18, 10:46 AM - the oak has well integrated now and the dark fruits give it a lovely touch, probably just in a bad fase when you tasted it

  • Kris G commented:

    2/2/18, 5:10 AM - I find that the 2010 vintage in Bordeaux is a very classical one and much fresher and elegant than the overrated hot 2009 vintage.

Red
2005 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/17/2018 - acyso wrote:
83 points
Flickinger Tasting at The Casino (Chicago, IL): I love this estate, but this version of the wine is but a weedy wreck. It's thin and emaciated, with just a whole lot of acid and tannin. The finish has an unpleasant drying sensation. Where happened here? There's only upside to aging this, because it's pretty bad right now.
  • Kris G commented:

    1/18/18, 4:58 AM - way too young is an option?

Red
2011 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso Toscana IGT Cabernet Franc
1/10/2018 - JonnyG wrote:
90 points
A bit of a disappointment, and quite a step down from the 09 and 10 (not to mention older vintages). More oak than smoke, and notable heat on the finish. Missing that tension I love.
  • Kris G commented:

    1/11/18, 6:26 AM - hopefully it will improve with some extra cellartime, I also don't like excess oak

Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/8/2018 - JayP Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice but a bit disappointing - one hour of decanting may not have been enough judging by the bright red ruby colour
  • Kris G commented:

    1/9/18, 3:52 AM - 2003 is a strange vintage in Bordeaux, I had some personnal experiences that were way off the average score at Cellartracker with that vintage

Red
2012 San Polino Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
9/4/2017 - thunberg wrote:
89 points
@Handpicked Wines trade tasting
A good Brunello that need time, lots of time, very harsh at this point, if you can't cope with the high levels of tannins and acidity this is not your wine. If you like me gladly accept the challange this is worth trying.
  • Kris G commented:

    12/31/17, 5:21 AM - 89 seems a low score for this wine, when you taste a wine before its drinking window is more fair to score on its potential I feel

Red
2005 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/13/2017 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
Greatly improved relative to a bottle I had a year or so ago. Benefited from a 90-minute decant. More fig, plum and black cherry than the blue fruit profile I look for from the appellation, with ripe tannins, some leather and truffle. Good depth, rounding out nicely.
  • Kris G commented:

    12/14/17, 12:50 PM - Clos du Marquis needs time in the cellar ;)

Red
2010 Bodegas Luis Cañas Rioja Reserva Selección de la Familia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/16/2017 - pauliwin Likes this wine:
92 points
Zeer krachtige, zware wijn. Diep donkerrood en heel intens van kleur. De aroma's variëren van natte boslucht, leer, pruimen en vanille tot gestoofde paprika en zondoorrijpte tomaten. De smaak is intens, pure cacao, leer; de wijn is dik en romig van structuur, met gestoofd fruit, pruimen, ananas en rozijnen; zeer kruidig met kaneel en kardamon en aangename vanille tonen. Door zijn opvoeding van 20 maanden op 50% nieuw Frans- en 50% nieuw Amerikaans eiken zijn de stevige tannines en zuren prima geïntegreerd; met een heel licht zoetje. Moet echt bij gegeten worden, wild of gegrild vlees. Het hoge alcoholpercentage is enigszins storend, maar de afdronk is groots. Fantastische wijn van 85% Tempranillo en 15% andere druiven
  • Kris G commented:

    11/19/17, 1:05 PM - mooie TN! ik vind het een zeer geslaagde wijn en een koopje, ik heb die eens blind aangeboden in mijn wijnclub en is zeer goed onthaald

Red
2008 Château Chauvin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/14/2016 - Zweder wrote:
89 points
Monthly Tasting Group HWS #114; Bordeaux: St. Emilion Grand Cru Classé (By me): Beautiful and somewhat developed bouquet with creamy berries, some smoke and vanilla. On the palate creamy red and dark berries, sweet spices, good oak and acidity. Some green bell pepper as well. A bit drying. Nice wine to drink between now and 2020+?. 88 – 89?
  • Kris G commented:

    10/31/17, 12:05 PM - the red berries were the most prominent fruit, 'the drying' I also had with my previous tasting of this wine was gone, I completely agree on the score : 88-89, I don't see any upscoring potential

Red
2000 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/26/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
94 points
The perfume delivers tobacco, smoke, forest floor, truffle and red fruit notes. The palate, working in tandem, delivers pretty, fruits that are softly textured, sweet and fresh. There is a polish to the finish. This is drinking well now, and why not, it's looking forward to its 18th birthday soon.
  • Kris G commented:

    9/19/17, 4:40 AM - Dear Jeff, I have only one bottle of this wine > can I drink it (with my winebuddies ofc) now or is it better to wait a couple of years? thx and grtz!

  • Kris G commented:

    9/19/17, 10:34 AM - thanks for the advice, every 6 months we do a blind tasting with some more expensive bottles, I have a few at home but the problem is finding one that's in its drinking window ;)

  • Kris G commented:

    9/19/17, 2:14 PM - tasting is on October 7th, I will post here the result of my choice of bottle and how it was received by my fellow tasters :)

Red
2010 La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
6/22/2016 - Bam_Man Likes this wine:
94 points
Unlike any Brunello I have ever had - even those that are ultra-modern in style. Very dark in color. Doesn't look or taste like Sangiovese at all. If tasted blind I might have guessed this was a Masseto or Messorio (Merlot), or even a Scrio (Syrah). Big, big wine. So rich, it coats the inside of the glass completely. Firm and noticeably restrained, but the intensity of its blackberry, plum and dark currant fruit is still astounding. The minute-long finish is incredibly tannic, yet shows ample dark, tangy fruit, notes of coffee and licorice and a gigantic mineral streak. Very primary. This is a massive, tannic monolith right now, with decades of life ahead of it. Very unique and impressive. Should develop into a truly great wine in coming years.
50+5+12+18+9=94
  • Kris G commented:

    8/6/17, 9:24 AM - I served a 2006 last night and my fellow tasters thought it was a Bordeaux, indeed very full and big structured for a Brunello, but it was a great showing, I will try to get some bottles of this 2010

Red
2006 La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
3/26/2016 - Arch57 Likes this wine:
96 points
I'm going to drop a whopping 96 on this wine as it was a fantastic expression of the way wine should be made in Montlacino. We followed to very good Kosta Browne Pinot's with this bottle of match an exquisite dinner prepared by my lovely wife as our kids were home for Easter weekend with their spouse and girlfriend.
I opened this at 4pm and we started drinking it at 7pm. Huge nose of earth, spice, dark fruit and Yankee candle. Nice attack on the palate on a long, long finish as I'm typing this sentence I still can taste the last sip. This is why I rate Brunello as my favorite wine because when it hits the right notes it can't be beat.
  • Kris G commented:

    8/6/17, 4:54 AM - I couldn't agree more!

Red
2010 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolás Catena Zapata Mendoza Red Bordeaux Blend
11/26/2015 - Zweder wrote:
90 points
Monthly Tasting Group LTB 2015-08; Argentina (By GWL): In the bouquet dark forest fruits and herbs and spices. On the palate dark forest fruits, cocoa and chocolate. Sill locked. Good acidity and round tannin. Definitely a better wine, but it needs some more ageing. At least until 2018. For tonight I scored it 90+.
  • Kris G commented:

    4/26/17, 2:19 AM - would you recommend buying this at around 60 €? I see a lot of variation in the notes here

Red
2005 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis Nebbiolo
2/19/2011 - Zweder wrote:
94 points
Great wine with a lot of acidity, bitterness and firm tannin. Still much too young. Very long finish. Give it at least another 3 - 4+ years. 94+
  • Kris G commented:

    4/6/17, 6:27 AM - it was worth waiting for ;)

Red
2007 Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
11/15/2012 - Zweder wrote:
92 points
Beautiful bouquet with dark fruits and green herbs. On the palate rustic with some sweetness and bitterness, toast and a firm amount of sticky tannin. Already approachable, but probably wise to wait until 2016+. A beautiful wine.
  • Kris G commented:

    1/20/17, 7:41 AM - indeed best after 2016, still very young now but in its early drinking window

Red
2009 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT Sangiovese
11/9/2016 - Zweder wrote:
92 points
Monthly Tasting Group HWS #113; Italy: Chianti Classico Riserva (By BS): Smoky bouquet with vanilla, cassis and other dark berry fruits, sweet spices and a touch of barnyard. On the palate chocolate, dark forest fruits, licorice, cinnamon, beautiful acidity and soft tannin. Overall an elegant and refined wine with a good length. 91 - 92+
  • Kris G commented:

    12/7/16, 12:20 PM - I have only one bottle of this wine, when would you advise to drink it?

  • Kris G commented:

    12/7/16, 2:01 PM - no problem! and thx for the reply

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2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/22/2016 - Kris G wrote:
91 points
in the nose : coffee, leather, chocolat, black berry's and licorice
in the mouth : quite firm with a lot of tannins, pepper, iron, blood, a bitter touch, paprika, it reminds me of a Léoville-Barton 2003 I drank a couple of months ago, this bottle could not convince me, poor QPR with the current prices for this bottle
  • Kris G commented:

    12/6/16, 2:28 PM - I like Montrose, Pichon-Baron (both are very close to 1e GCC quality) and Domaine de Chevalier > I agree, they also have become to expensive, but last wines I drank from these châteaux offered very good QPR

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2014 Bodegas AAlto Ribera del Duero AAlto Tempranillo
11/21/2016 - Zweder wrote:
91 points
Retailer tasting; just short notes. (@ AB): Beautiful dark and red forest fruits, beautiful and well dosed oak. Beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness. In this stage very elegant, but cellaring this until 2025+ will be rewarding. I have a few, so there will be follow ups. 91++ for today.
  • Kris G commented:

    12/2/16, 4:26 AM - would you recommend buying this at 33 €? ;)

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2009 Château Gazin Rocquencourt Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
11/26/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote:
89 points
In its prime time drinking window, the wine is soft, round and smoky, with a black cherry, espresso and earthy profile. This is not meant for long term aging, so if you have a bottle, pop a cork.
  • Kris G commented:

    11/19/16, 3:18 PM - uncorked my last bottle today and it was indeed time to drink it, on the second day the wine was only good to fill the sink ;)

  • Kris G commented:

    11/21/16, 4:10 AM - it liked it : I have it a 88-score, so we differ only one point ;) but the rather fast oxidation showed that it was time to drink it, my post lacked a bit of nuance indeed ;)

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2006 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese
12/14/2015 - Kris G Likes this wine:
93 points
lovely showing of a great Brunello, the acids keep coming without ever becoming too much
  • Kris G commented:

    11/12/16, 12:57 PM - glad you enjoyed it, it's a shame that we live so far apart : it would be great to taste together someday :)

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2011 Tenuta Monteti Caburnio Toscana IGT Red Blend
7/27/2016 - GTFreek wrote:
50/25/15/5/5 Cabernet/Merlot/Alicante Bouschet/Cab Franc/Petit Verdot. Medium nose shows dark fruit, fresh earth, slight spice, green pepper. Palate is very expressive, wow lots of layers of fruit, red currants, blackberry, earth tones, tomato paste, sweet spice, medium finish, good structure. Best QPR I've seen from a SuperTuscan.
  • Kris G commented:

    10/2/16, 11:09 AM - I agree on that : finding better QPR is almost impossible

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2006 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
9/30/2016 - PC73 wrote:
89 points
very primary, still lots of tannin on the finish.
nice fruit.
hold off for a few more years if possible?
  • Kris G commented:

    9/30/16, 1:17 PM - the 2006 vintage in Toscany needs lots of cellartime, I think it's still too early to drink this Brunello, the 2007 and 2008 vintages have to be drank before the 2006 in general

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2010 Tenuta Monteti Monteti Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
Very good bordelais nose, with cassis, ink, plums and a pervasive coloratura of sweet spice. This is very much a child of the Maremma, but betrays no heat or over-extraction. Best compared to a very good St Emilion, the palate presents fine-grained tannins and a kind of restrained, austere elegance, as though it were waiting for a few more years to come into its own. I feel I drank this far too young. Outstanding with food - drank with a smoked shortrib and held up well to the fattiness and intensity of the bone marrow sauce.
  • Kris G commented:

    7/12/16, 10:37 AM - I can imagine that it worked well with that kind of food, but I think it's a couple of years too early to fully appreciate this wine ;)

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1998 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
A gift for the host ....

Nose - beautiful ( could smell that all evening ), burned wood, dark
Flavour - very refined and elegant in mouth
Finish - nicely round tannins, very intense and long

Smashing wine, received 92-93 from the other tasters.
No rush in drinking this, will keep for some time !
  • Kris G commented:

    7/12/16, 9:55 AM - the host was very happy ;) :D

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2010 Argiolas Turriga Isola dei Nuraghi IGT Grenache Blend, Grenache
5/2/2016 - dream Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful nose of dark cherry, smoky minerals and pungent dark spices. A regal wine from the get-go. Tastes balanced and integrated almost like a good Bordeaux with nothing out of place. The flavors are unique though with this lovely dusty cherry component along with subtle notes of licorice, smoky minerals and middle-eastern spices. Finishes tannic and dry in a classic Italian way with a nice taut complexity. Blind I might have guessed Barolo as it has similar weight and structure but this wine is definitely influenced by the sea and the unique native grapes (85% Cannonau). I really like this and it might improve as the tannins soften
. 93+
  • Kris G commented:

    5/3/16, 4:30 PM - I have only bottle of this wine, when would I best drink it?

  • Kris G commented:

    5/5/16, 3:25 PM - My previous bottle : a 1997 I drank too late, I don't want to make the same mistake again ;) but maybe its a wise decision to wait a couple of years, thx for the reply

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2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/17/2016 - wineforth Likes this wine:
90 points
Rated 94 the last two times I drank this, I was a bit disappointed this time as the wine seemed out of balance. Good blackcurrant nose, but tannins outweighed the fruit and the flavour seemed a touch too bitter and over extracted. Perhaps I need to find the right food to go with this.
  • Kris G commented:

    4/17/16, 3:12 AM - lately all top 2003 from Bordeaux can't please me, and I hear the same story from my wine-buddies, I think they are in a bad fase

Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/20/2016 - Kris G Does not like this wine:
88 points
unbalanced, way downhill, didn't perform even close to the level it showed a couple of years ago, very poor PQR
  • Kris G commented:

    3/28/16, 1:36 PM - it is a possibility that the bottles suffered from poor storage prior to my purchase about one year ago, I conserved them at 12 °C, it was put 2 hours in the decanter, a very experienced taster scored it 87, and there was also a sommelier-conseil present : he didn't liked it all, the wine was served blind

  • Kris G commented:

    4/8/16, 7:20 AM - thx for the info!

Red
2003 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend
3/20/2016 - Kris G Does not like this wine:
91 points
classic Bordeaux blend from Bolgheri but couldn't deliver the pleasure it should if you take the price into account, I was very disappointed
  • Kris G commented:

    3/28/16, 1:38 PM - a very experienced taster scored it 88, the wine was served blind

Red
2012 Château La Pointe Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
11/29/2015 - Kris G Does not like this wine:
87 points
a bit disappointed about its showing
  • Kris G commented:

    1/27/16, 2:05 PM - in the priceclass that La Pointe is situated I expect at least a 89+ score, my points are not price related but in my assessment the price plays a huge role, a wine with a 87 score that only costs 5 € I would be very happy about and recommend it, but the La Pointe 2012 is rather poor QPR, hence my disappointment

Red
2012 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
12/13/2015 - Francois Le Mouel wrote:
87 points
Extremely closed for the moment...not giving ANY pleasure. A touch of smoke meat on the nose. Celery seeds on the palate...nothing sexy. Got killed by the 2012 Flaccianello and Tignanello...not even comparable at this stage. Will certainly be better in 7-10 years, so don't be in a hurry.
  • Kris G commented:

    12/14/15, 8:00 AM - Do you only see a potential 87 score in this wine? A young wine is normally rated on its potential and not on its actual score. I've tasted it : a lot of potential but I can't tell if it will end up with a 90 or 95 score within 10-15 years. It was at a tasting : it's almost a crime opening this wine now ;)

  • Kris G commented:

    12/14/15, 8:45 AM - I agree : the Sassicaia 2012 couldn't convince me enough to buy it : a large risk of poor QPR ;)

Red
2006 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese
10/21/2012 - Zweder wrote:
92 points
This wine is fermented in steel tanks and ages in large old barrels. The bouquet is perfumed with a lot of flowers. On the palate supple and soft red fruits, some menthol and spices as well as some earthiness. There is some bitterness and firm tannin which is a bit drying in the finish. Beautiful wine. Wait until 2017. 92+
  • Kris G commented:

    12/14/15, 7:53 AM - the firm tannin, bitterness and drying are all completely gone now, if you still have a bottle of it you can give it a try, but there's absolutely no hurry

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