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2009 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard Carneros
8/15/2014 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Decanted 45 minutes. Beautiful but tannic. Blueberry and blackberry liqueur nose, ground black slate and graphite mineral, great concentration, presenting more like a Shiraz than a Pinot. The palate picks up some coffee grounds and mocha notes, sweetly ripe purple fruit, yet very dry with a gripping, green, tannic finish. Probably best to wait a couple more years on this. Drink 2016-2020.
  • Giggs commented:

    9/29/14, 2:11 PM - Hi Dave, Your experience is similar to mine. The bottles I drank in 2012 and 2013 were open, expressive, and not overpowered by tannins as my most recent bottle was. I think it's just in a closed-down phase and hopefully will reemerge in a couple years.

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1999 Luddite Cellars Shiraz Barossa
7/13/2014 - Renot Likes this wine:
91 points
Still very good, but this bottle was not as rich as the last.
  • Giggs commented:

    7/14/14, 1:07 PM - What happened with this bottle? A 12-point downgrade in eight months is surprising. Do you think it's past peak?

  • Giggs commented:

    7/21/14, 9:33 PM - Good news... thanks, Renot. Glad to hear it wasn't a bad bottle. I have three bottles arriving in the fall and am looking forward to trying it. I'll be sure to drink them sooner than later.

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2004 Forest Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Block 5 Mount Barker
1/13/2012 - Giggs wrote:
87 points
Bottle purchased in Sydney, 4/2011. Light-framed Cabernet opens with heavy graphite and black olive, black currants, nougat nose. Herbal palate lacks depth of fruit, tea leaf, salty acid, anise, dry wood spice. Biting astringency from 2/3-palate onward. Good complexity but not much flesh to it.
  • Giggs commented:

    12/30/13, 6:11 PM - arthrovine, I had big hopes for this bottle, but it just didn't deliver. It had been stored upright in the shop for who knows how long (screwcap, so it should have been fine). Maybe mine was just a substandard bottle, but it didn't have the power I had hoped for. I suspect it was too old, but this is going off the one experience. I hope you have better luck with yours.

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2001 Gralyn Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 'SBR' Margaret River
11/15/2013 - Giggs wrote:
94 points
Decanted briefly. Straight out of the bottle this is heavily marked by oak barrel notes, but fortunately this is less apparent in the glass. Instead, there's strong menthol on the nose with a mix of cassis and chocolate. The palate is herbal, with concentrated red cassis, tangy cranberry, and a some cola. Finishes with cottony tannins. A fun wine to drink. Drink now-2018.
  • Giggs commented:

    12/30/13, 6:06 PM - arthrovine, thanks for the comments. Lucky you got to visit Gralyn...I never got out that far west. I gave the SBR only about 30 minutes in the decanter, but I don't think it needed any more than that. It's not a wine that needs 3-4+ hours decanting, but the oak barrel notes did need some time to blow off. I really enjoyed it...very unique, ripe but still tons of herbal influence. It was like a Napa Cab in a bizarro world universe. There are clear similarities, but the differences make it very exotic, the menthol being the primary thing, and also the intense tangy cranberry. I'm sure you'll enjoy your bottle...it's one of those bottles you could drink whenever. Would have been great to have a case of it.

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2000 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/1/2013 - Giggs wrote:
94 points
Breeders' Cup XXX; 11/1/2013-11/2/2013: Decanted 4 hours. Very masculine nose, lots of Merlot character, alluring, deep black cherry, coffee, and clay. Expansive palate has features similar notes, nice texture to the fruit, still youthful but certainly in its window. Excellent.
  • Giggs commented:

    11/5/13, 2:36 PM - Congrats on the Ria Antonia-Dank double!--it was the right decision on the disqualification. I was big on Beholder in the Distaff... great to see her win, but wish the price had been more generous.

    I agree this was quite an oaky selection of wines, but many do seem to have integrated well. Generally these special occasion wine dinners turn into an arms race for big, full-bodied, in-your-face wines, which accordingly are usually heavily oaked. Fortunately, many pulled it off nicely.

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2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
11/1/2013 - Giggs wrote:
91 points
Breeders' Cup XXX; 11/1/2013-11/2/2013: Decanted 4 hours. Spicy, cedary nose, the expected heavily-oaked profile, but it doesn't bring the anticipated power. Same on the palate: lacks the power you'd associate with this label. Up front there's good dark fruit edged with black licorice and smoke, but the fruit concentration falls off considerably in late palate and finish. While I don't think this is in a dumb phase, I do think a few more years will improve it by letting some of the oak integrate.
  • Giggs commented:

    11/4/13, 2:27 PM - Harley1199: Yes, it's an interesting one. My prediction would be somewhere around 2017 will see it drinking nicely, the thinking being that the oak will have receded just enough to balance with the maximum amount of fruit. That being said, as others here have noted, it's presently an overrated wine. I hope your winery tasting proves to be insightful!

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2001 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Syrah
7/9/2013 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine:
99 points
Tasted blind. OMG!!! Mind-blowing nose of blackberries, black currant, licorice, flowers, tobacco, graphite/earth and pepper. On the palate, there are again waves of fruit and an incredible aromatic complexity. Full-bodied, but with no impression of heaviness at all, medium-high tannins and medium-high acidity. Incredibly long. This is one of most complex wines I have had in a long time. It's huge, but at the same time stunningly elegant and has tons of finesse. I absolutely loved this wine!
  • Giggs commented:

    7/10/13, 2:00 PM - Awesome review--was the wine decanted? If so, how long? What kind of drinking window would you give it? Thanks!

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2005 Zanzibar Cellars Sandra Alder Creek Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend
3/4/2013 - LexTom Likes this wine:
89 points
Second time around for this wine, with somewhat different nose and palate. ... Still very grapey to nose but fruit seemed more bitter. ... Nose of chalkboard, wood fire, and eucalyptus. ... Strong palate sweeter than nose with a very even finish. Slightly lower rating this time but still a nice drinking wine.
  • Giggs commented:

    4/28/13, 8:28 PM - Butterscotch ... cherries ... not offensive ... more cherries ... nothing offensive in any way .... cherries.

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2005 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley Red Blend
4/14/2013 - Win-E Likes this wine:
93 points
N: fresh ripe black cherries and currant, licorice
P: figs and prunes and dates. Interesting fruit profile. Well balanced with complexity but a little fruit forward. Nice now and layers of favors apparent. Long finish. Higher alcohol and can use some time in cellar
  • Giggs commented:

    4/28/13, 1:09 PM - Abbreviating "nose" and "palate" must really save time writing tasting notes.

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2004 Seña Aconcagua Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/12/2007 - win wrote:
93 points
If you truly want to get a sense of this wine, read the prior reviews by vinho and losvinhos in Spanish. I wish my 4 years of Spanish in school served me better. Amazing wine -- very surprised by it. Carlisle meets a refined Bordeaux. Not sure how it will age, but my guess is that is has quite a bit of time in front of it. I'm buying in a little quantity to find out. Hold for a few years.
  • Giggs commented:

    3/31/13, 9:55 PM - Those reviews are in Portuguese.

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2001 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala Nebbiolo
3/26/2013 - pikemasterflash wrote:
92 points
Quite tannic upon opening and throughout. I felt like this could use more time to mellow, if that is possible. There was definitely an underlying grapy fruit nose that was immediately evident. I might be a bit biased on the downside here but I probably prefer a BdM.
  • Giggs commented:

    3/26/13, 8:09 PM - If you didn't decant this wine for at least a few hours, I don't think you gave it a fair chance. Also, stylistically it's very different from a Brunello.

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1998 Wild Duck Creek Shiraz Springflat Heathcote
11/2/2010 - Screameagle wrote:
92 points
Wow, this bottle was drinking great. The previous poster is right on. I've consumed some good and some not so good '98 Wild Duck shiraz. Happy to have one bottle left.
  • Giggs commented:

    3/14/13, 9:45 PM - Have you tried your last bottle yet? Curious to hear your thoughts because I just bought a few bottles.

  • Giggs commented:

    3/15/13, 8:15 AM - Thanks. I actually called the winemaker, Liam, yesterday and asked him about the wine. Really nice guy. He said he hadn't had the 1998 in a couple years, but that it was "on the way up" when he had it, and that a friend of his in Hong Kong tried the wine last month and said it was drinking awesome.

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2000 Francesc Sanchez Bas Priorat Montsalvat Red Blend
1/13/2008 - Anonymous wrote:
88 points
Same rating as the last bottle. The middle has filled out, and there is now some spiciness throughout the wine. A little more tar on the palate this time.
  • Giggs commented:

    3/14/13, 8:48 PM - SacredCow: Have you had any more of these? How are they drinking? I just bought nine bottles, so I'm curious...

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1998 Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella Corvina Blend, Corvina
1/15/2013 - Richard Jennings Likes this wine:
99 points
White Burgundy, Barolo, Brunello, Amarone Feast (Caffe Macaroni): Opaque red violet color; rich chocolate, dried fig, chocolate syrup nose; rich, delicious, chocolate, chocolate syrup, hazelnut, licorice palate; very long finish
  • Giggs commented:

    2/14/13, 8:21 PM - Thanks, Richard. What's the best drinking window for this wine? Do you recommend a decant?--if so, how long?

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1992 Yalumba Shiraz The Octavius Barossa Valley
6/4/2012 - Gazonator wrote:
97 points
Are You Kidding Me!!.....Yalumbas third ever vintage of Octavius....20 years old and WHAM. 8 is Enough wine tasting group had just swirled down a 2002 Yalumbe Reserve and were in Nirvana. The Octavius was also decanted for 2 hours. The nose was incredible, a powerful, spicey plums and black berry aroma Cigar Box,oak and cloves...WOW. Then the tasting...well, this is where GOD lives!. Yep... sitting in a barrell of 92' octavius. Powerful fruit with smooth balanced tannin and oak. This is a Masculine wine...full bodied and fully ripped...but yet elegant and soft with a long finish...how the winemaker achieved this is a true reflection of his ability. Cripes it was gooooood
  • Giggs commented:

    1/3/13, 9:29 PM - Thanks for the great review. See my review above. Much appreciated!

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2001 The Standish Wine Company Shiraz The Standish Barossa Valley
12/22/2012 - mcubed Likes this wine:
94 points
Just an outstanding wine. Needs a long time to breathe. Once open, there are layers of flavors from nose to finish.
  • Giggs commented:

    12/23/12, 1:45 PM - Did you decant it? How long before it was drinking its best?

  • Giggs commented:

    12/29/12, 3:54 PM - Thanks, mcubed, much appreciated.

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2004 Glaetzer Shiraz Barossa Valley
10/1/2012 - LexTom wrote:
90 points
Lots of grape in nose with hints of smoke and earth. ... Noticeable smoothness on palate with some chalkiness, clay, and flowers. ... Very mild aftertaste.
  • Giggs commented:

    12/23/12, 1:56 PM - For anyone reading this review, Tom's score is too low and therefore inaccurate. This was my bottle that I shared with him, and there is no way that a wine of this concentration and quality gets only 90 points. It was easily a 93-94 point wine. Forgive Tom; he is still learning how to rate wines.

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2009 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard Carneros
9/23/2012 - Giggs wrote:
95 points
Decanted 4.5 hours. Deep, layered nose of wild strawberry and raspberry, coffee bean and chocolaty mocha, oiled leather, earthy mineral, and green tobacco leaf. Palate continues the ripe, concentrated but not explosive, slightly tangy strawberry and raspberry flavors, fruit is balanced across the palate with a refined mouthfeel and polished edges, adding hazelnut, fresh mint, and herbal accents in mid and late palate, and just barely hot on the tip of the finish.
  • Giggs commented:

    12/4/12, 6:14 PM - Yes, I think you'd be better off giving it 12 to 18 months, but it doesn't need a ton of time. It's certainly drinkable now, but the fruit has some primary characteristics (ripe, sweet, tangy) that I think will relax enough in that time to be more harmonious with the wine's more subtle qualities. I've earmarked my other bottles for late 2013 to 2015.

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2005 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley Red Blend
9/24/2012 - BlancdeBlanc Likes this wine:
92 points
We decanted it in the bottle for 2 hours and then I spilled some on the floor. Very dark red. Aroma: dark, woody, plummy Palate: dark chocolate, coffee, dark berries.
  • Giggs commented:

    11/28/12, 8:28 PM - Did you decant it or did you just let it breathe in the bottle? How much did you spill on the floor? Did someone trip you?

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2009 Jean Farris Winery Petite Sirah Kentucky
9/23/2012 - LexTom wrote:
94 points
Just bottled the previous week. Served with dinner at the winery. ... No decant. ... Had this with my wife, Karen, and we were both impressed; best wine we've had yet from Jean Farris. ... A nose of chocolate/cherry truffles, zingy licorice, assorted herbs with a hint of sweetness, complex jams including raspberry. Initial nose very tingly and menthol. ... Dark plum in color but not too thick to taste, with mostly jams and chocolate. ... Karen said it could be used as a dessert wine; I couldn't really argue that. Interesting because it went well with everything we had, including filet mignon and duck confit. ... Mouthfeel very consistent and very warming. After a while strong butterscotch detected by nose, but not palate. A very fulfilling wine, one of our favorites so far.
  • Giggs commented:

    11/28/12, 8:25 PM - Is your glass made of butterscotch? You seem to encounter it often.

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