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Red
9/22/2022 - jpinsb wrote:
70 points
Disappointingly thin and sulfuric
Red
7/5/2022 - jpinsb wrote:
85 points
Wonderful taste of cassis. A bargain gran reserva at $20
Red
1/2/2022 - jpinsb wrote:
Well stored at least since acquisition a year or two back. Approaching the end if it’s drinking window.
Red
12/24/2021 - jpinsb wrote:
95 points
Drank 12/23/2021. Perfectly matured, deep color taste and long finish. One of the best CCs that I’ve tasted
Red
7/22/2021 - jpinsb wrote:
Definitely time to drink this 2012 as it is just starting t show sign of age.
Red
This magnum sized 2011 is drinking perfectly now
Red
6/15/2021 - jpinsb wrote:
I am always interested in unusual new wines I was disappointed to report this is one of my least favorites of all times. Smoky. Bitter. To be passed upon in the future.
Red
9/1/2020 - jpinsb Does not like this wine:
79 points
Thin, bitter and otherwise disappointing
Red
2/13/2020 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite fresh and drinkable. Would expect to have another 5-10 year drinking window.
Red
2/13/2020 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
90 points
Still drinking nicely at 14 years old.
Red
11/23/2019 - jpinsb wrote:
A bit thinner than I’d remembered but elegant nevertheless.
White
11/23/2019 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
96 points
Damn good, best Galician wine that I’ve tasted
Red
10/19/2019 - jpinsb Does not like this wine:
85 points
Disappointingly grassy on the palate upon opening, decanting and an hour later.
Red
8/22/2019 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
87 points
At first,this "Bordeaux Blend" tasted in August 2019, seemed thin and well past its prime, but a couple of hours in, as the bottle opened and the Merlot tones emerged, the wine seemed to live up to its ratings. Drink soon, but decant, wait an hour and enjoy.
Red
8/1/2019 - jpinsb wrote:
92 points
I'm not sure that I'd rate this 95 but I have to agree that the wine far exceeds it's price level. I've tasted this over a dozen years and have found the QPR of almost all vintages of of this wine far above the norm.. The currant/cassis is evident in every vintage if given time to open. When I see it advertised, I buy it. It's that simple. So what if it's the second bottle opened. It's never disappointed.
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Red
6/6/2019 - jpinsb Does not like this wine:
79 points
I found this bottle disappointing when I purchased it and hoped the time would tame the tannins. It didn’t. A favorite producer’s wine gone awry
Red
5/22/2019 - jpinsb wrote:
A bit too early to pop and Pour. Opened up after an hour or so with blackberry undertones. Worth the money and enjoyable but a little scary at first
Red
5/21/2019 - jpinsb Does not like this wine:
79 points
This Pinot was wildly sulphuric on both the nose and palate. The wine label offers its "homage" to "Parallel 39", crossing Northern California somewhere around Mendocino, but continues to describe grapes selected from "across CA". If I were to guess, the grapes might be selected from further across California than implied by the label, perhaps somewhere in California's Central Valley, where the heat and soils might not be particularly friendly to this grape. This wine somehow showed up in the cellar after a party, where other wines were consumed when this was not. It wasn't undrinkable, but is truly a wine that, given alternatives, was one on which I would pass.
Red
4/18/2019 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
93 points
Hard to belueve that this wine, nominalky designated as a local Sangiovese, was one if the mist dekicious wines in our celkar. Can't wait to buy more.
Red
3/2/2019 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
90 points
A daily drinker favorite whose currant tastes span virtually all vintages. The taste and balace arecfar higher than the pruce point. I refill the cellar whenever I find this avalable.
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Red
2/21/2019 - jpinsb wrote:
85 points
Disappointingly grassy on the pallet
Red
2012 Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva Campomaggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/21/2019 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
92 points
Elegant, leathery nose, blackberry fruit, moderate finish, drinking well now immediately upon opening
Red
1/18/2019 - jpinsb wrote:
91 points
Bigger than expected, but still very drinkable as a PnP. No sign of further aging being a problem.
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Red
1/18/2019 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
90 points
A Barolo on the lighter side, perfectly drinkable at 8 years old as a "pop" and pour.
Red
12/4/2018 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
85 points
12/2018. Found a case of this tucked in a corner of the cellar, now a bit past its prime, I’m afraid.
Red
8/27/2018 - jpinsb wrote:
95 points
Perfection at this point. Alas it was my last bottle
Red
2013 Pujanza Rioja Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
8/12/2018 - jpinsb wrote:
Tasted a year ago, the tannins were overwhelming. The bottle is just now settling down and becoming an elegant balanced wine
Red
6/21/2018 - jpinsb Does not like this wine:
75 points
Tasted this in 2010 and loved it, but this last bottle in the cellar was a far different wine with an overpowering grassiness. Nothing like the usual maladies suffered by wine. Cork and even the nose were fine.
Red
4/13/2018 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
88 points
After a double decanting and an hour in the glass, the beast was calmed, the tannins softened, the cassis emerged and, with a little sharp cheese, the essence of this wine emerged. The wine is a bargain as long as you have a little extra room in the cellar to try this exercise over the upcoming years .
Red
A wine saved while evacuating the Santa Barbara fires. A particularly fortuitous choice.
Red
12/19/2017 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
95 points
A stunning drinkable wine. One of my all time favorites.
Red
10/22/2017 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
90 points
This was my last bottle of the 2012. With Pinots, depth of color and flavor are often at opposites ends of the spectrum, but here, color and flavor were consistent with one another. This wine was deeply colored, equally flavorful. with a nice balance of fruit and tannin. This wine was not particularly elegant a few years back, but, 5 years after bottling, the wine proved to offer a delightful exemplar of Willamette Pinot. I look forward to trying Omero's later productions.
Red
2013 Pujanza Rioja Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
6/19/2017 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
91 points
Still tannic, requiring another 5 years in the cellar
Red
3/26/2017 - jpinsb wrote:
51 points
At the end of its life . DRINK NOW
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Red
2/7/2015 - jpinsb wrote:
91 points
Elegant with airing. Grenache paired beautifully with a chicken based Moroccan Tagine, not an easy dish to match. The lightness matched the chicken and the unexpectedly long finish matched the middle eastern spices.
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Red
7/18/2014 - jpinsb wrote:
91 points
Nice example of Napa cab, blackberry and cassis, medium body, drinkable for some years to come.
Red
7/18/2014 - jpinsb wrote:
90 points
Nicely balanced typical Napa cab, good value at this price point.
Red
4/24/2014 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
92 points
Elegant, drinkable now but wonder about how well it will hold up over time. Pinot-like in weight, color and tannins. Would consider drinking with a lighter meat, nothing stronger.
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Red
2009 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/15/2014 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
91 points
A classic.
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Red
3/17/2014 - jpinsb wrote:
91 points
Tasted it next to an '07 whose tannins had settled down a bit and was noticeably more balanced. Still the '09 Fontanabianca was rather remarkable Barbaresco at its $20 price point.
White
3/15/2014 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
90 points
From the winery:
Fruity, flinty edgefloral and citrus aromas ohints of flinty chalk minerality, white pepper, gooseberry and lemon pith, all in elegant balance. Excellent finish, dry, long and mineral. Best drunk within two years.
Red
3/12/2014 - jpinsb wrote:
flawed
Have to agree with an earlier reviewer who noted that the 2009 is not the same as the 2007, although suspect that it is the results of the younger tannins needing a little time to settle. At the price, it is still a bargain for this quality of wine, even taking into account the need to rest a couple of years before drinking.
Red
2/20/2014 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
90 points
80% Cab, 20% Malbec with expected Bordeaux tones, but a small touch of syrupy sweetness that that will hopefully fade with age.
Red
12/13/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep dark Gigondas, Peppery, crying to rest a few years before drinking
Red
11/30/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
89 points
Surprisingly little on the nose for this deep dark GSM blend. Cherry, plum and spice on the palate with a long finish. Far better than the price point.
Red
8/6/2013 - jpinsb wrote:
A bit of a beast. Would likely heed others' advice to age further before drinking.
Red
7/13/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep almost opaque red, with little nose upon opening, but nice cherry/plum fruit balanced with slight tannins. Seems to be at its drinking peak.
Red
6/9/2013 - jpinsb Likes this wine:
91 points
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