Tasting Notes for Giggs

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Red
6/28/2019 - Giggs wrote:
88 points
A good wine but lacking personality. As mass-production bottlings go, it’s solid but forgettable.
Red
6/28/2019 - Giggs wrote:
84 points
Menthol, tart cherry, and that’s about it. Minimal complexity. As boring as it is disappointing.
Red
6/10/2019 - Giggs wrote:
92 points
Fantastic. Licorice, mountain herbs, milk duds, truffle, cayenne. Cariñena (Samsó) 60%, Garnacha 20%, Syrah 20%.
Red
12/24/2018 - Giggs wrote:
92 points
Fantastic. 92+
Red
12/26/2018 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Aged to peak maturity. Italian herbs, red-black cherry reduction, leather/rawhide. Drink now-2019.
Red
10/26/2018 - Giggs wrote:
91 points
Oh yeah! A beautiful wine from a bad vintage. So much Grenache character here. Blue and white flowers, delicate apricot, fresh herbs. 2011 shows up on the back end... bit too much heat and greenish tannins. Drink NOW.
Red
10/23/2018 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
This is awesome. Leather and rose petal.
Red
10/10/2018 - Giggs wrote:
90 points
One of the purest and most beautifully simple Aglianicos, it tastes like the sidewalks of Campania and would stand up to the most hyped Rossos di Montalcino.
Red
10/4/2018 - Giggs wrote:
81 points
Red plum, cotton candy, heavy licorice/anise, bitter tobacco leaf. Taste the mass production.
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Red
10/4/2018 - Giggs wrote:
85 points
Wild raspberry, underripe blackberry, sappy herbs, creamy oak, insanely astringent tannins. Nice try, let’s blame it on the vintage.
Red
10/3/2018 - Giggs wrote:
92 points
Sweet and pure QPR masterpiece.
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Red
10/27/2014 - Giggs wrote:
97 points
Decanted briefly. A great wine. Pure, effortless, and silky, yet monster black fruit intensity, black plum and blackberry, asphalt, ground black pepper, cocoa/licorice, slate, and subtle hints of mountain lilac and herbs on the edges. Not the longest finish (it is Malbec after all) but everything else is perfect. Drink now-2022.
Red
9/14/2018 - Giggs wrote:
90 points
Balsamic, catcher’s mitt nose is just plain awesome. Good mouthfeel. Almost zero finish.
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Red
9/6/2018 - Giggs wrote:
92 points
Blue, black, balsamic, crushed flowers. The palate doesn’t quite live up to the nose, but still, it’s exceptional.
Red
9/5/2018 - Giggs wrote:
92 points
A revelatory experience with respect to WA Shiraz. Old world flavor profile, tons of body and control, beautiful finish. Tastes like Cornas.
Red
9/5/2018 - Giggs wrote:
91 points
Serious wine, surprisingly elegant expression of Aglianico.
Red
9/5/2018 - Giggs wrote:
87 points
It's still on the young side, so maybe I should give it the benefit of the doubt, but it came across as disjointed with harsh green edges. Grenache dominates the profile.
Red
9/22/2017 - Giggs wrote:
88 points
A $160 wine that was rated 98 points by WA. Even recognizing it's a bit young, I have personally tasted at least 30 Priorats under $20 that would thrash this. Far and away the worst QPR I've ever encountered.
Red
9/10/2017 - Giggs wrote:
92 points
Very nice, but not significantly superior to good vintages of the regular Pinotage bottling. For example, any of the 2009, 2011, or 2012 Kanonkop Pinotage would beat this Black Label straight up, even ignoring the massive QPR disparity.
Red
8/16/2017 - Giggs wrote:
89 points
Go back in time and drink 4 years ago.
Red
11/21/2016 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Mature Priorat keeps holding on. Red currant, red licorice, slate, spice. Still has enough acidity but drink now.
Red
8/13/2016 - Giggs wrote:
94 points
This has years left. Just entering maturity.
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Red
7/26/2016 - Giggs wrote:
Good, but mindbendingly young and tannic. Drink 2602-2641
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Red
2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
7/25/2016 - Giggs wrote:
91 points
Badass wine for $16-$19
Red
7/23/2016 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Wow, this is great. Cola, anise, burning incense, chocolate, dark red/black berries, white pepper. Good balance and acidity, big yet restrained, authentic, and very well made. Drink now-2020
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Red
7/22/2016 - Giggs wrote:
95 points
Hauntingly good. Purple flowers, spearmint, molasses, and grape Jolly Rancher....meets Northern Rhone?! Yep. Drink now.
Red
7/17/2016 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Rather good but young and primary at this stage. I would like to see more complexity and mineral nuance. In the realm of valley floor fruit juice, it's awesome. Judge it in 2-3 years.
Red
7/11/2016 - Giggs wrote:
91 points
Not as incomprehensibly tannic as it once was, but young. Drink 2018-2028
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Red
7/11/2016 - Giggs wrote:
90 points
Mature. 90 points, but a good 90. Drink now-2020
Red
2001 Maculan Fratta Breganze Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/8/2016 - Giggs wrote:
95 points
Absolutely at its apex. Drink now
Red
7/8/2016 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Exotic, hazelnut oak on the nose. Tons of mint that gradually picks up menthol and eucalyptus notes on nose and palate. Finishes characteristic of the 2002 vintage with cool steel meeting lime juice acidity. Back label says cellar through 2016; I would recommend waiting 3-4 years for a bit more integration. In a good vintage like '02, I've found Octavius drinks best 15-20 years past vintage. Drink 2019-2022
Red
7/5/2016 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Outrageous wine. Ultra-ripe yet bone dry. Smells like beef jerky and chocolate-covered espresso beans; tastes like mixed berry preserves, black ink, and lemon juice. Amazing. Drink now-2020.
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Red
7/4/2016 - Giggs wrote:
95 points
Not decanted. This has completed the long arc from its bombastic youth in 2009 to absolute peak drinking. Mature and textured with a sweet black plum and chocolate notes on the finish. Drink now-2020 with a preference for now.
Red
7/3/2016 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Coming down off peak, but wow it was good in its heyday. Drink now.
Red
6/18/2016 - Giggs wrote:
96 points
Incredible wine. Textbook young Shiraz that is drinking well now. You could keep it 10-12 years, but I think it's rocking now.
Red
6/5/2016 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Thick, tight, massive, young. Drink 2020-2030
Red
5/29/2016 - Giggs wrote:
91 points
Decanted 1 hour. 85% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot. "We call this wine Amorio, or 'Love Affair' to convey the deep and enduring feelings the Argentine people have toward the Malbec grape," winemaker Ernesto Catena writes on the back label. But 15% is a lot of Petit Verdot, and it is unquestionably the dominant flavor profile here. Tons of that Petit Verdot ink, purple saltwater taffy, licorice, and sweet floral perfume. The Malbec contributes weight and underlying gritty loam, all wrapped in a polished shell of charred cedar and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is very clean and feels heavily filtered (there was no sediment in the bottle), which makes me think "science experiment." I like this wine, but I'd love it if I could dial down the Petit Verdot to 5% or 10% and add back some unfiltered, authentic character. It's interesting to note vintages 2001-2010 are 100% Malbec and 2012-2013 are 60% Malbec/40% Cab Franc, so I suppose it was an experiment after all. Drink now-2021
Red
5/18/2016 - Giggs wrote:
91 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: Nice surprise here, an unknown 10-year-old Taurasi drinking perfectly. Medium-bodied, elegant mouthfeel, soft with enough acidity, hallmark Taurasi black fruits, tar, pipe tobacco, herbal edges. Drink now-2018
Red
5/17/2016 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: This is the real deal but frustratingly young at the moment. Obvious quality on nose and palate, intense black plum, black cherry, crushed flowers, herbal tea and spice. Very tight and tons of acidity, needs at least another year in the bottle. Drink 2017-2021
Red
5/18/2016 - Giggs wrote:
89 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: Quite evolved compared to the 2010; mixed dark red fruits, clay and graphite mineral, fresh and dried wild flowers. Lacking tension at this stage. Drink now.
Red
5/24/2016 - Giggs wrote:
91 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: Tightly wound and ratcheted down by tannins, this Taurasi has extreme concentration of blackberry and plum fruit with licorice, asphalt, and burning incense. The nose was slightly barrel-marked (corky); fortunately it didn't carry over to the palate. Good wine, but I prefer the 2010 normale. Drink 2017-2025
White
5/16/2016 - Giggs wrote:
91 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: Stylish and authentic, like tasting the Tyrrhenian Sea. Saline, citrus, white peach, crushed coral. Very good. Drink now-2020
White
5/17/2016 - Giggs wrote:
88 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: Weighty white with creamy lemon curd and peach, but the alcohol is out of balance and hijacks the experience. Drink now-2020
Red
5/24/2016 - Giggs wrote:
89 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: Not decanted. Similarly powerful but less structured than your typical Taurasi, this plays to the sweeter, juicier side of Aglianico, with purple fruits, incense, and dried herbs. There's plenty of acidity and good extract in midpalate, but an overwhelmingly fierce tannic finish. With more air the alcohol becomes increasingly out of balance. Despite its flaws, a good drink. Drink now-2019
Red
5/24/2016 - Giggs wrote:
92 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: Not decanted. A full-bodied, dark, masculine expression of Taurasi. Nose of blackberry pie, melted licorice, asphalt, charred briar, exotic spices. Palate delivers the blackberry as extract rather than juice, tons of power through midpalate, then fine, weedy, green tannins through the finish. Drink 2018-2025
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Red
5/19/2016 - Giggs wrote:
90 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: Not decanted. Lovely wine, a Nero d'Avola with finesse. Nose and palate give notes of stewed cherries and red plum, nougat, sweet pipe tobacco, and rusty/salty mineral. A medium-bodied wine with strong acidity, older vintages suggest it will pick up a little bit of heft with more bottle age. Drink now-2021
Red
5/19/2016 - Giggs wrote:
93 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: Not decanted. Expressive, perfumed nose of crushed red raspberry, fresh flowers, pastille candy, and black licorice. Palate has tons of fruit extract, mouthfeel like watercolor paint, more crushed raspberry, licorice, muddled mint and herbs, and smoky/exotic wood edging the finish. This was drinking nicely with tannins in-check, but I suspect it will soon shut down for a couple years. Drink 2019-2029
Red
5/23/2016 - Giggs wrote:
87 points
Costiera Amalfitana; 5/16/2016-5/25/2016: Straightforward and enjoyable, pleasantly tannic, typical Aglianico notes of medicinal cherry, tar, and tobacco leaf. I'd be curious to try it again when the tannins chill out in a couple years. Drink 2017-2020
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