Tasting Notes for FLI

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Red
9/18/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
92 points
Restrained on the nose, lighter color and style, earthy and long on the finish.
Red
2013 g. Cuneo Seccopassa Columbia Valley Red Blend (view label images)
9/18/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice ripasso style.
Red
9/14/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
83 points
Perfect sangria wine. I actually mean that as a compliment - not every wine needs to be grand cru.
Red
9/14/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
90 points
Hint of peppery spice, earth. Great value.
Red
2018 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
8/27/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
88 points
Tannic now, will be better after a couple years.
Red
8/27/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
90 points
Great value. Just as good the second day.
Red
2016 Virginie de Valandraud St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/10/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
86 points
Disappointing, to say the least. Hard and astringent. Opened two bottles, with consistent results. Maybe the shipment got skunked on the tarmac somewhere?
White - Sweet/Dessert
2000 Château de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/31/2020 - FLI wrote:
85 points
Over the hill.
Red
7/4/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
92 points
Easy drinking, with bold fruit and lots of earthy balance.
Red
6/18/2020 - FLI Does not like this wine:
80 points
Yikes. Past vintages were cheap and cheerful. This just cheap.
Red
6/4/2020 - FLI Does not like this wine:
82 points
Sharp, light like a Pinot. Best use would be chilled as a summer white alternative, but no.
Red
6/1/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark color, but cool on the palate. Bit of pepper. Nice low ABV.
Red
5/30/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
88 points
A bit hot, but nice fruit.
Red
2009 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/22/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine is drinking very well right now, and could still go another 10 years. Fruit is well developed and full on the palate, tannins are becoming well integrated.
Red
5/17/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
88 points
Touch of spiciest, which was nice.
Red
2009 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/9/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
92 points
My initial impression was that there was cab franc in the blend - which is to me a “softer”” profile. There is not but definitely is a more fruit driven, and less tannic than expected.
Red
2009 Château Dauzac Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/3/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose was very faint until about 30 mins in decanter. On the palate restrained but well balanced, dense and rich.
Red
5/2/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
91 points
Needed a bit of air to show its best. Well balanced.
Red
5/1/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
90 points
Clean, easy drinking, low ABV. Very nice
Red
4/29/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
90 points
Well balanced not showy. Drinking nicely now.
Red
4/25/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
90 points
Wears its high ABV quite well, so careful on the refills!
Red
2015 Château Lalande-Borie St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/15/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
89 points
So reliable! Go to Bordeaux value. Ready to drink but still showing tannic character. Nice fruit.
Red
4/14/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
88 points
What I imagine a cold climate Syrah would be like, or perhaps early harvest. Pepper dominates on the palate, lighter than typical for a Syrah. An odd bottle, to be sure, but enjoyable.
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Red
2016 Delmas Syrah SJR Vineyard The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater (view label images)
4/13/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
93 points
Super dark in the glass, very hedonistic fruit that goes for miles. Dense and layered.
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Red
2016 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/10/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
87 points
Fine, but, nothing noteworthy.
Red
4/6/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
88 points
Better the second night!
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Red
3/30/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
90 points
Dense and rich, without being overly tannic. Very nice. Good QPR
Red
3/28/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
88 points
Lighter style. Very pleasant.
Red
2009 Donelan Syrah Kobler Family Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley (view label images)
3/20/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
95 points
Amazing - perfect balance of fruit, earth and aromatics. After this week of COVID-19 madness, our house was completely worn out and ready for something special and this wine delivered and then some. It's partly where I am after a tough week, and it's partly where this wine is after 10 years in the bottle, but either way, it was the best Friday night bottle I've had in a very long time. Congratulations to Joe and the Donelan team.
Red
2009 Château Marsau Francs Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/15/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
90 points
Amazing for the price.
Red
2012 Pax James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
3/15/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
88 points
Needs a good decant to show its best self.
Red
2/29/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
87 points
Needs a bit of air, but overall a nice pinot
Red
2009 Château Marsau Francs Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/25/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
90 points
Surprisingly good for the price! Great value!
Red
2/16/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
92 points
Elegant. A bit lean.
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Red
2010 Château Lalande-Borie St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
91 points
Right in its window.
White
2/7/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
92 points
California Mersault. Really good.
Red
1/26/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
91 points
Great fruit, but still light with a touch of acidity.
Red
1/24/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
92 points
Very well balanced - not a funk bomb. Drinking very well right now.
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Red
1/12/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
90 points
Back up the truck! This is the best Laya since 2015. At this price, it’s THE value bottle of the year.
Red
1/2/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
89 points
User's Guide to the 2015 Motor City Kitty.
Host should pop and pour themselves a wee dram. Not for company!
Host will be shocked at the funk and over-the-top fruit and worry whether the bottle was a mistake.
Host will then vinturi the remainder into a decanter and offer a prayer of supplication to the aeration gods.
After 30 minutes, host will pour MCK to the guests from the decanter.
All will be pleased with the dark fruit and earthy complexity.
Host will say a prayer of thanks to the aeration gods and pour self another glass.
Cheers!
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Red
2014 Villa Monaco Ruthie's Reserve Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/2/2020 - FLI Likes this wine:
89 points
Seriously, a very nice wine. Notable for complexity of the fruit profile. Lot's to like here, despite the low-prestige label, etc.
White
12/27/2019 - FLI Likes this wine:
86 points
No acidity. Fine Cali chard.
Red
12/24/2019 - FLI wrote:
86 points
No nose at all. Palate inoffensive but nothing special.
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