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Red
2008 Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino Barolo Riserva Bussia Cascina Dardi Nebbiolo
3/26/2017 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
95 points
The nose was enticing as sweet spices gave way to crushed raspberry, and dried roses, with hints of slate and new leather. On the palate, I found a stunningly textural wine, like pour silk, ushering in notes of savory cherry sauce, cranberry and mulling spice, which all seemed to coat the senses as a zing of acidity neatened up the back palate. It's youthful tannin only made an appearance through the dry finish, as tart red fruits and mineral-tinged spice lingered on a structural framework.

I don't usually note color, yet this threw me for a loop, as it appeared light, like a more transparent ruby with hints of orange, leading me to expect a feminine and lighter-styled wine. Even the bouquet hints of beauty over power. However, there's so much texture and undeveloped depth on the palate. This is a wine to follow for decades.
  • Anonymous commented:

    5/22/17, 12:05 PM - Great review! I just received 4 bottles and am really looking forward to trying one soon!

White
2012 J. Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley
10/12/2013 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Crisp with good acidity, nice structure with mild citrus notes on the nose. Less fruity than the typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Delicious, went well with our Dijon encrusted Salmon.
  • Anonymous commented:

    10/13/13, 5:25 PM - Nice note! Looking forward to drinking more of your wine this winter!

Red
1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
1/8/2013 - BradKNYC wrote:
Chave night with the Gelbs. (Christine & Marty's.): Marshall brought a bottle of this for our dinner last year on 1/1/12 and though that was my first wine dinner of the year, that ended up being my wine of the year. That bottle was perhaps the best bottle of it that I've had. It was explosive on the palate, with tremendous fruit, so much complexity and depth and was just belting out opera tunes. The bottle he brought this year, however, from the same case he brought on release, was extremely tight and unyielding. Unfortunately, it was not decanted, which probably would've helped if done earlier in the day. After taking an initial sip, I left mine in the glass untouched for most of the rest of the evening in the hopes that it would open up and it only did just enough to show you that it was chock full of red fruit, meat and spice goodness. Call this showing an A- only because the wine refused to budge. The goods were there, though.
  • Anonymous commented:

    7/12/13, 11:57 AM - Nice comment...I am glad I found this comment
    and deducted the bottle or I would be quite disappointed in the future.

  • Anonymous commented:

    7/27/13, 8:52 AM - Wine showed beautifully with BradE. in Colorado.......Only one left! January 2014 in NYC?????

Red
1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
7/20/2013 - BradE wrote:
A trio of Chave - 90, 99, 03. I was looking forward to this flight, but it was a bit of hit and miss. The 90, as expected, was a rock star. Beautiful from the get-go, and the fastest empty class by a wide margin. Perfect bottle, perfect juice. The 99 started with a little edge, which aired healed for the most part, but in the end didn't live up to previous bottles. I still maintain it will ultimately be one of the greatest Chaves of all time. The 03, which I hadn't had for years, was a mess. Over ripe, unappealing, a real shame. Don't think it was the bottle, but will revisit with a different source and verify. Had expected this to be a killer flight, it wasn't.
  • Anonymous commented:

    7/25/13, 2:18 PM - Loved the '90.....need to find the '99.

  • Anonymous commented:

    7/27/13, 8:50 AM - This case has been extremely consistent. I am down to my last bottle with no complaints! Two years ago, BradK. had this as his wine of the year despite tasting it in early January. My go to wine in New York and Colorado....saving my last one for.................

Red
1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir
7/20/2013 - BradE wrote:
Showed brilliantly. Lovely with Colorado lamb grilled for an afternoon snack.
  • Anonymous commented:

    7/25/13, 2:17 PM - This was the Burgundy of the weekend for me....An absolute rock star revelation. Thanks!

Red
2004 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
5/30/2011 - Anonymous wrote:
85 points
Came out of the gate acidic and hot and really never came around. It threw off lots of strong aromas that ranged from black fruit and rhubarb to dark cherries but even the cherries smelled tart. On the palate, it was a weird mix of the fruit with a bit of bell pepper, and a definite herbaceousness. After about 3 hours, I picked up on v/a which really has to be pronounced for me to key in on the flaw. At this point in the wine's arc, there was also a tar/burnt rubber hint as well as an earthy tapanade. I really wanted to love this wine as I haven't had a realm in a while. Unfortunately, my experience with this bottle was underwhelming as it never really came together and seemed to become more disjointed and flawed with more time in the glass. I will open another bottle in the near future to see if this was an off bottle given some of the other notes I have seen on this wine.
  • Anonymous commented:

    6/18/13, 2:54 PM - Yo, have you tried another recently? I just brought mine home from long term storage.

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