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White
10/8/2015 - pting Likes this wine:
88 points
Cellartracker says I should have opened before now, but I find it holding up very nicely. Nice golden color. Very muted nose. On the palate the initial impression is wax and cream giving over quickly to high acid and sour quince. It does have some oxidative character on the prolonged finish, mixed with some underlying mineral/wet limestone. Just a hint of bitter smoke/tea on the end is a bit distracting and perhaps the only significant indication that this wine is a "drink now" rather than a "continue to wait" wine at this stage. I paired it with a dish that included olives, and it actually matched quite nicely.
Red
2004 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
8/26/2015 - pting Likes this wine:
92 points
Although the cork completely disintegrated when I tried to pull it, the wine inside appeared to be in good condition. Deep, dark purple with notable bricking. Surprisingly restrained nose with only hints of fruit and some oak vanilla. Very forward and powerful on the palate, with red fruits and Asian spice, some smoke and leather, and notable acidity and astringency on a long finish. I thought this might be prime for drinking after 11 years, but there is a lot of life (and aging potential) left in this wine. Decanted now (mainly to get rid of the pieces of cork), and plan to drink with beef short ribs tonight in about four hours.
Red
12/25/2014 - pting Likes this wine:
88 points
Christmas 2014 - despite being told that this is beyond its drinking window, the wine remains vibrant and delicious. The color does show significant bricking, consistent with some oxidation...but still bright fruit and tons of acidity on the palate. Will go well with Christmas dinner. This is my last bottle, but just wanted to put a note here to reassure anyone who thinks this is past its prime.
Red
4/13/2014 - pting wrote:
91 points
Great value at this price point. 100% tempranillo. Tasted over two days. Very emphatic purple and ruby color. Loads of sweet fruit on the nose with hints of honeysuckle, violets, and roses. On the palate, initial impression is all red fruits and cherry with just a hint of graphite and smoke as the initial attack fades. A bit of dry astringency on the finish suggests a tannic structure that will allow 4-5 years of aging, but drinking extremely well right now.
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White
11/3/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
89 points
Nose is thin and unassuming. Initial taste on palate has some apricot and white peaches and then enlarges in weight to sweet lemon and honeysuckle. However, this fruit is overwhelmed by the high alcohol. Finish is lingering with some lemongrass and herbaceous tones lasting past the suggestion of sweetness.

This is a well-made wine, but a very different style than what I was expecting. High alcohol makes it noticeably "hot" on the palate and the wine shows a lot of structure, but neither clear acidity or a soft fruit roundness that I associate with this varietal. This is mostly because of the fact that it is a New World Viognier from California, picked very ripe and fermented to dryness. Barrel aging adds structure, but the palate is mostly phenolics instead of definable fruit.
White
10/21/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
90 points
Very pale straw color. Nose is very faint with hints of honeysuckle and violets. Initial strike on palate is muted with hints of lemon and grapefruit that rises into a fuller sweetness, perhaps some suggestion of papaya and star fruit. As it progresses, the palate turns sour/bitter again suggesting hints of grapefruit and lemon pith. This bitterness lingers to a mouth puckering finish that pairs well with food. An interesting wine that is complex and full of nuance.
Red
9/26/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
92 points
Not a full tasting note, just a quick note to say that this is NOT past its prime. It is drinking beautifully still. Full of fruit, a very lively mid-palate and lots of spice on the finish. A big, bold wine that still exhibits nice balance.
White
7/31/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
88 points
This will be a strange tasting note, but this is a somewhat strange (although delicious) wine. Pale straw in color with an almost clear rim. Muted nose with a hint of petroleum on the otherwise citrus aroma. The attack reminds me of cocoa (I know this is odd, but I tasted multiple times to be sure) before evolving into a striking blend of citrus undertones with bitter greens, dandelions, and green olive overlying it. Finishes with loads of citrus fruit, but then a hint of minerality and bitterness lingers for quite a while. Interesting. Very bold. You will either love this or hate it.
Red
7/1/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep maroon/purple in color. Initial nose is somewhat muted with hints of violets and red fruits (strawberries). Initial impression on palate is a light, high acid wine that then evolves into fuller mouthfeel and flavor. Never quite becomes a "big wine" but has nice balance - flavors of red and black fruits predominate with some brightness that suggests whole berry fermentation. The palate continues with some minerality and dried sage in the undertones. The medium length finish seems to be mainly due to oak tannins. Pleasant. Good food wine.
Red
2009 Montague Red Mountain Red Blend (view label images)
6/28/2013 - pting wrote:
87 points
Deep garnet color. Nose is full of sweetness, almost candy with dark red fruit undertone. Palate is big, sweet, red cherry, cough syrup, moderate to heavy oak with a moderately length in the finish which is slightly bitter with hints of lemon peel and stone fruits as well as a bit of pencil lead. There is complexity to be liked here but also a lot of distracting candy sweetness. Improved balance with some time open to air, but still clearly "new world" in style and emphasis.
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Red
6/7/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
91 points
No detailed tasting notes as I took this to a friend's house and drank it over several hours, but suffice it to say that this is an excellent example of what Peitite Sirah can be. A nice, delightful wine that everyone in the group enjoyed and one stated that it "just makes you happy" when you drink it. Dark purple with powerful dark berry flavors as well as hints of licorice and cassis. Bright fruit mixed with dark spice can easily summarize this wine which has excellent tannic structure and should drink well for many years to come.
White
6/3/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium golden straw color. Very muted nose with some hints of honeysuckle, white peach and green apple. Initial palate of apricot and lemon/tangerine to a clean finish mixed with some bitterness (almost like citrus peel) with some nice acidity and a fairly long tail full of minerality. Very good.
Red
5/24/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
90 points
Was worried that this might be beyond its prime, but I should have known better. Bright crimson in color with some obvious bricking at the edges. Nose it somewhat muted with hints of bright red fruit and almost some citrus undertones. Initial taste fills the mouth with warmth and roundness while at the same time being fairly soft in its attack. As it progresses, this turns into red fruits with plenty of acid to match any food you might choose to pair with it. Long lingering finish of minerals and lemon. Still very fruit filled and still with some tannic structure that suggests it could sit for another year or two. Very well done.
Red
1998 Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/15/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
89 points
Color is muddy - bricking evident with almost brown rim and some sediment. Nose is faint with some stewed currant in the background and perhaps a little bit of mild cedar. Initial palate is leather, stewed raisins, flint, some muted red fruit which changes to pencil lead, floral notes and continued "hot" red fruit. Finish is moderate length with a little astringency and sour cherry/green apple lingering. Classic Chianti in many ways and drinking decently now, but may be a bit past its very best.
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Rosé - Sparkling
5/12/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
88 points
Sparkling, medium saturation salmon color. Nose is dominated by the CO2 with some yeastiness coming through. Initial palate is all strawberry and sweet honeysuckle but this changes into citrus, grapefruit, and even lemon with a astringent and surprisingly long finish. Not a lot of depth, but you wouldn't expect that from a sparking rose. This is a perfect fill-in for a lemon-lime soda if you want more to be more mature and sophisticated. Perfect sipper for a hot day. Would be great with BBQ. Plan to serve another bottle later today with Mexican food.
Red
4/9/2013 - pting wrote:
92 points
Dark, opaque purple color with very evident "legs" on swirling. Nose is full of menthol, green pepper and even some asparagus. Initial taste on palate is bright berries transitioning into a darker berry, green pepper combined with stewed raisin mid-palate. Finish is long and starts as a sweet, almost candy taste and then develops into leather, tobacco, flint tail with some astringency. Very hot. Likely will benefit from a few years of aging to integrate some of these very bright and disparate taste sensations, but a wonderfully made wine that is rewarding to drink now and will reward careful cellaring.
Red
4/8/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark, dense and intensely purple wine. Nose is muted dried fruit and tobacco. On first taste, this wine is powerful and full in flavor. Taste of eucalyptus initially transitions into bright cranberry/raspberry flavors - tastes almost like "candied cranberries" - and then becomes even fuller into flavors of leather, tobacco, tar, with a long and astringent finish that hints at charred fennel. Really lively and intense experience. Has an underlying tannic structure that implies it is quite age worthy. You can tell that this comes from great fruit.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/3/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent example of Sauternes. Honey, apricot, honeysuckle, orange peel, and hints of caramel dominate but the wine is not too sickly sweet. Very high praise from everyone at the dinner table. Very pleased.
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Red
2/24/2013 - pting Likes this wine:
93 points
This single vineyard sourced wine is a delight. On the nose, bright strawberry and cherry with hints of oak. On the palate, the brightness is reflected in acidity and bright fruit (cherry, cranberry, green tea, black olive) and lingering mid-length finish that has easy tannins and some astringency. Tasted over three days and held its character well over that time. Great food wine and a must try for Pinot Noir lovers.
Red
2/24/2013 - pting wrote:
88 points
The 2010 version of the First Born did not "wow" me quite as much as the 2009, but the lineage is clear and the philosophy remains the same. Deep and dense color with plum and dark berries and hints of barrel on the nose. On the palate it is again highly extracted, smooth tannins that lend a velvety texture with flavors of berry, plum, asian spices. Drank this over three days and it evolved nicely from initial tasting a little "hot" to a mellower character that still had plenty of flavor and impact. Compared to the 2009, seems a little bit muddier in flavors without the clean finish of the previous vintage. Still, a wonderfully crafted wine and a winner for those looking for a bigger and bolder Pinot Noir.
Red
2/24/2013 - pting wrote:
91 points
THis first release from Gros Ventre was a joy for me to discover. From the color (dark, but with excellent clarity), you expect that this is a highly extracted expression of Pinot Noir. The nose, however, is floral and plums with only some underlying hints of asian spice. On the palate, the influence of oak is apparent immediately from the weight and texture...and while this is clearly Pinot Noir, there is more of the red and blue fruits that you might expect from the appearance. Tannins are smooth. A more aggressive Pinot Noir than some might desire, but a well made and delicious wine that invites you to take sip after sip.
Red
12/30/2012 - pting Likes this wine:
90 points
Although the "drink by" dates on this wine say to drink by 2011, the wine today is still quite drinkable and delicious. Although the nose has only a muted hint of red fruit left on it, the initial impression on the palate is definitely one of fruit (strawberries with maybe a little bit of apricot) and then the midpalate has some hints of wood and raisin/prune flavors leading to a long and acidic finish that is pleasant on its own but holds up to food quite well.

I have not had this wine prior to today, so perhaps it is slightly past its prime in terms of how much fruit is delivered. However, in my opinion, it is a nicely mellowed wine with a great deal of nuance throughout the tasting experience. I am glad to have been able to try it today.
Red
11/16/2012 - pting wrote:
90 points
Bright cherry/red fruit with lots of acidity dominates this wine. Underneath that the structure shows through with hints of tobacco, mushroom, dirt, pencil lead. Flavor has a big impact and the finish is long and astringent. Will improve with time, but delicious now.
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Red
11/16/2012 - pting wrote:
87 points
All earth and tobacco up front revealing hints of raspberries, leather and minerality in the mid-palate and finish. Very young and tight. Needs time.
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White
11/8/2012 - pting wrote:
91 points
Very delicate pale gold in color. Sweet honeysuckle and hints of perfumed apricot/lychees on the nose. Bright and acidic on initial taste, with citrus and asian pear and some lavender that then evolves into a fuller, almost fat, mouthfeel that is phenolic and floral (violet? rose?). Long lingering finish has some white pepper, lime/grapefruit, spiciness (fennel?). Very classic Guwerztraminer. Well made. Pairs very well with food (tonight it is roasted chicken, onions, cauliflower with some fried tofu on some slightly bitter salad greens). Well done.
Red
8/31/2012 - pting wrote:
90 points
Classic big Chianti. Deep purple with some signs of aging along rim. Blackberry, currants and cassis on the somewhat muted nose. Big mid-palate with plenty of fruit. Tannins have softened and the finish is smooth (if a bit short). Went nicely with a red sauce and some spice.
White - Sparkling
5/16/2012 - pting wrote:
87 points
Green apple, dry pear flavors predominate with a background of yeast. A bit of mineral lingers for a long time on the palate after swallowing. Golden color is appealing. Enjoyable.
Red
4/26/2012 - pting wrote:
84 points
Deep garnet in color. Not much on the nose. Initial impression is smoke, tobacco, some hints of strawberry/raspberry. Body is a bit light/thin on palate, but not unpleasant. Flat and short on the finish with mild astringency evident. For the price, a nice drinking Cabernet that retains some varietal character, but almost has too much fruit for a wine that should be more weighty.
Red
2/16/2012 - pting wrote:
90 points
A deeper red than I expected for a Loire cab franc - almost purple in color. The color belies the rather bright and "quaffable" quality of this wine - which is full of life, light on its feet, and immediately pleasurable. Warm vanilla and tobacco on the nose. The initial impression on tasting is the high acidity, which gives way to a disciplined structure with tastes of red cherry, bitter black tea and dry tobacco on the palate. There is a significant dryness to the finish and tannic structure lending to some astringency on swallowing. So, the fruit gives way to dry tannins which then gives way to a long lingering minerality which leads you to wanting the next mouthful. Very nice.
Red
2000 Château Haut Rocher St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/5/2012 - pting wrote:
89 points
For the price I paid (on initial release), this is an impressive bottle. Very dark ruby in color. Somewhat muted nose, but tons of fruit (dark cherry, raisin) and enough structure to stand up to the steaks that we paired it up with. Moderate length lingering finish very pleasant. Good balanced structure holds interest throughout the mid-palate.
Red
1/28/2012 - pting wrote:
91 points
Deep, dark ruby in color with copper/brown edges that reflect the age of this wine. Thinking that this wine might be a little past its prime, decided to drink it this weekend. Surprisingly, it was still a bit tight upon opening...but then flourished with about an hour of oxygen. It is true that some of the fruit is fading, but this is a deep and complex wine that is still showing well. Muted, very slight hints of red cherry on the nose. Opens with bright acidity and red stone fruits. A somewhat thin mid-palate (I am guessing this is where the fruit has been lost a bit), but then a long and lingering finish with clove, tobacco, stone, flint, smoke and leather. Still some tannic structure at the end. Very enjoyable.
Red
2000 Château d'Arcins Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2011 - pting wrote:
89 points
Still drinking well. Definitely ready to drink, but won't go bad this year if you don't get to it. For the price (cheap to moderate for a 2000 Bordeaux), this is a strong showing. Very classic example of the genre. Excellent with food.
Red
2000 Château d'Arcins Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2010 - pting wrote:
90 points
Drinking beautifully right now. Still full bodied and has not lost any character.
Red
8/6/2010 - pting wrote:
92 points
"Found" this bottle of sixteen year old wine in the cellar. Glad that I did. Well aged and drinking beautifully. Worn brick, almost brown color. Very muted nose with perhaps some hint of tobacco and clove. Initial taste reveals smooth and surprisingly bright wine with still hints of fruit - cherry, clove, chocolate, tobacco, leather, flint, earth... maybe some licorice. DELIGHTFUL. Time to drink. Has aged nicely and very impressive.
Red
5/26/2010 - pting wrote:
89 points
For the price point, this is a very solid blend (negroamaro, primitivo and cab sauv) with depth and complexity. Deep cherry red in color. Gravel and berry on the nose, with perhaps hints of raisin. Well extracted on tasting with black cherry, spice, dirt, raisin and olive. Not a long finish, but finishes with graphite and a astringency. Great with a red cream sauce, pizza with olives, or perhaps roasted duck with raisins/prunes. Won't last much longer but a great pour now.
Red
5/22/2010 - pting wrote:
90 points
Dark purple, ruby in color. Nose was somewhat muted but mostly sweet berry and some hint of clove. Taste was very highly extracted fruit - very bright and forward berry, raisin, cinnamon, with some graphite/flint coming forth in the long finish. Improved with some time in decanter. This seems to be a very well crafted wine, but is a bit too much of a "fruit-bomb" for me...not a lot of tannic structure or balance once the initial fruit fades.
Red
3/30/2010 - pting wrote:
93 points
This wine is simply amazing, especially at this price point. Bought six bottles on the strength of last years release. After tasting the first bottle, I ordered another case. Highly recommended.
Red
3/19/2010 - pting wrote:
88 points
Deep purple/garnet in color. Muted nose but some pencil and currant. Initial taste is thin, but builds to a fairly hot mid-palate with graphite, dirt, red fruit. Long finish is almost bitter - full of tannins on first opening. This did fade some with time in glass, but the long finish also was lost. Seems overwhelmed by the dirt/graphite/etc. type flavors with very muted fruit. Wonder if wine is a bit closed right now. Obviously well made, but not the best balance throughout.
Red
3/6/2010 - pting wrote:
82 points
This wine is a basic, decent reflection of the fruit from which it was made. That being said, it is not overly complex or interesting and nothing about it really stands out. Initial nose is a but strange with some consistent wet mushroom and green olive notes in addition to the spicy and berry tones you would expect. Initial taste is not very harmonius and lacking some in the mid-palate...but this improves with time so that the wine becomes quite drinkable after a couple hours and the next day. Good for the price, but not something that you'll be showing off as the next great find.
Red
3/4/2010 - pting wrote:
91 points
Deep red/purple color. Dark raspberry and black cherry nose. Decanter. Red fruit, graphite, some licorice...with an almost bitter finish initially that mellowed with time. Has fruit, but not overwhelming. Yet, at the same time, seems well extracted. Very long finish. Should improve with bottle aging.
Red
2/24/2010 - pting wrote:
90 points
Deep dark purple in color. Nose was "hot" with alcohol, licorice, some black currant perhaps. Difficult for me to rate this wine because I am not totally sure how Charbono "should" taste. Definitely well made. Highly extracted. Initial tight acidity on palate opens up to flint and berry flavors. Long finish with lingering hints of sweet red fruit. Feel as if this still has the ability to age a year or two and does not need to be drunk in 2010 necessarily.
Red
2/17/2010 - pting wrote:
91 points
The cork was dried and brittle and broke upon opening. Had to push a small bit of it into the bottle. However, the wine itself is in great condition and drinking exceptionally well. Garnet and brick in color. Not much nose to speak of. But on drinking, still bright and filled with fruit - cherry/blackberry up front. A bit of licorice along with hot alcohol mouthfeel in the middle. Long finish with tobacco/flint like characteristics as well as some lingering red fruit and a bit of nice astringency. Compared to other recent reviews, I find this still drinking quite well. However, I plan to finish off what I have left in the cellar since the cork is breaking down.
Red
1/30/2010 - pting wrote:
89 points
Deep purple in color. Red fruit, cinnamon and a bit of smoke on the nose. Full of plum, berry, an almost sweet cinnamon, bright acid and some tobacco with a very long finish. Very hot still. Mellow some with time in glass. This is the last bottle in my cellar of this. A trememndous value and every bottle drank well at every stage.
White
2006 Beringer Vineyards Alluvium Blanc Knights Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/30/2010 - pting wrote:
89 points
Rich golden, straw color. Sweet citrus on the nose with a bit of grass. Lots of oak, vanilla, lemon without much fruit. Creamy mouthfeel and lots of "butter" feel characteristic of lots of malolactic fermentation. Big and bold...but definitely a drink now as the fruit is disappearing.
Red
1/26/2010 - pting wrote:
89 points
Dark purple. Red fruit and raisin on the nose. Plum, cinnamon, raisin, and a bit of smoke on initial sampling. Very hot which mellows a bit with some time in the glass. Soft tannins and only a hint of oak. Great bargain for $10 (liquidation). Drinking well now. Could likely age at least three years.
Red
2001 Château Garraud Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/24/2010 - pting wrote:
84 points
Very closed on first opening. Opened up a bit and smoothed with about an hour in the glass. Muted fruit with lots of flint and leather and a bit of smoke. Enjoyed it, but would not let it age any longer. Drinks well now, but worry it would be lacking fruit altogether if given another two years.
Red
1/17/2010 - pting wrote:
90 points
Blackberry and plum on the nose with perhaps a hint of clove. Deep, dark purple color. Blackberry, coffee, oak and a bit of dirt with very volatile, hot feel on palate initially. This volatility faded over the first hour or so. Still emphasizing that this wine is very good and drinkable now, but may not age much longer. However, as opposed to other tasting notes, this wine is still drinking acceptable on second day. Great for the price - a tremendous value.
Red
1/16/2010 - pting wrote:
92 points
Still drinking quite well, but not much more potential left in this. Drink now!
Red
1/13/2010 - pting wrote:
91 points
Strangely sweet nose, but initial taste is highly extracted, chewy mouth feel, dark currant flavor with some dry flint followed by lingering hints of rasberry. Has aged well and ready to drink. May not last more than another year. I have a half case or so that is now on my "drink now" list. Opened up well and mellowed over next hour with some black olive coming through. Outstanding for price point.
Red
12/22/2009 - pting wrote:
87 points
Dark purple in color, somewhat restrained nose. Taste is all raspberries with perhaps a slight overpowering of oak influence. Definitely agree that there is some eucalyptus here as well as faint cranberry. Bright, acidic. Pleasant but a little lacking in body and depth.
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