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Red
2013 Nino Negri Valtellina Superiore - Inferno Nebbiolo
9/27/2019 - SenatorTaco wrote:
88 points
Very high acid and required several hours to open up. Some rose hips and bright red fruit, but not much complexity and disappointing compared to other Valtellina wines I’ve tried such as Ar.Pe.Pe.
  • lifeattable commented:

    9/27/19, 3:55 PM - In fairness, a.p.p costs at least 4x as much... ;)

  • lifeattable commented:

    9/27/19, 7:10 PM - Good to know!

Red
2009 Terre de Trinci Sagrantino di Montefalco
2/21/2019 - WY Leonidas Likes this wine:
87 points
Very floral nose - lilacs, with bright red cherry, spice,and earth. Leather and old wood finish. A nice food friendly red with some hefty but well aged tannins. Nice balance. Way better than my last bottle, which sounds like it had some reduction issues. Was it age or bottle variation?
  • lifeattable commented:

    3/8/19, 7:26 PM - I had some reduction issues with these as well (haven’t had one in a while tho)

Red
2014 Cantina Di Dolianova Monica di Sardegna Arenada
3/1/2018 - tsdevon Does not like this wine:
70 points
Harsh and hot, with horrifying acid aftertaste.
  • lifeattable commented:

    3/21/18, 8:21 PM - You must’ve gotten a bad bottle, b/c I had two and they were both excellent. Which store?

  • lifeattable commented:

    3/22/18, 7:50 AM - Good to know. I got the last 2 in Berwyn, but will avoid Bryn Mawr’s tantalizing 9 remaining bottles.

Red
2007 Antonelli San Marco Sagrantino di Montefalco Chiusa di Pannone
9/16/2015 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
Montefalco Visit '15; 9/15/2015-9/20/2015 (Montefalco, IT): Similar to the '06, but a little lighter, more elegant, more floral, especially on the nose. Not as typical as the '06, but interesting and delicious.
  • lifeattable commented:

    2/10/18, 2:59 PM - :O) The lighter comment was only in comparison to the '06, which we were tasting side by side. It was only a tasting though. I think this one will be good for some time to come.

Red
2013 Borgo Scopeto (Tenuta Caparzo) Borgonero Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
2/5/2017 - RussK wrote:
88 points
Russk.
  • lifeattable commented:

    2/11/17, 9:20 PM - Songoose.

Red
2009 Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Titolo
Maybe it's just me, but nothing about this wine stood out. Tannins were bitter and didn't resolve with decanting. Fruit wasn't dense enough to overcome the tannins. I was drinking without food, and simply couldn't enjoy this wine at all. With food it probably would have been fine.
  • lifeattable commented:

    1/19/17, 7:24 PM - Had a similar experience - totally uninteresting. Wonder if time will help it find itself.

Red
2010 La Ca' Nova Barbaresco Montestefano Nebbiolo
1/9/2017 - redz wrote:
90 points
especially enjoyed the perfume nose. Needs the right food
  • lifeattable commented:

    1/11/17, 6:30 AM - Such as...?

Red
2008 Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco
12/6/2016 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
89 points
First Sagrantino ever. Decanted for about an hour and drank over next 2. Probably needed a hell of a lot more air. It seemed like it was trying to break thru most of the evening. Aromatics were black licorice with hints of chocolate? and red currant, palate was tannic as expected but not numbing but this wine was initially dry enough to make your arse pucker. At about the 2-3 hour stage the palate started to come thru with sour fruit notes that were appealing but definite earth undertone. I liked it, but then again not sure what the classic Sagrantino's are suppose to be. Have 2 more bottles and will let my next bottle ox for 4 hours.
  • lifeattable commented:

    12/7/16, 5:02 PM - My experience with this wine is that it shows excellent Sagrantino tipicity, perhaps favoring the more feminine side (no I am not kidding).

  • lifeattable commented:

    12/9/16, 3:47 PM - Did not mean to suggest Scacciadiavoli isn't a good expression - it is one of my favs. Also Antonelli, Tabarrini, and Caprai, the latter of which is probably the most widely available.

Red
2003 Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Serpico Aglianico
7/7/2012 - buckeye76 wrote:
92 points
BLACKBERRIES, CURRANTS, AND BLACK CHERRIES IN THE NOSE AND FLAVOR. NICE COMPLEXITY AND A MEDIUM TO LONG FINISH.
  • lifeattable commented:

    11/3/16, 4:59 PM - SOUNDS DELICIOUS

Red
2008 Antonelli San Marco Sagrantino di Montefalco
10/25/2016 - ElSol Likes this wine:
89 points
I have been trying out various Sagrantino's, trying to wrap my head around this very interesting variety. This Antonelli San Marco is pretty typical. Dark and extremely tannic. But like other Sagrantino's I've tried- the tannins are of the very bitter variety. So I made an experiment out of this one, tasting it out of the bottle, then decanting and tasting over a 20 hour period. At first, the tannins were like sucking on a wet tea bag, and overpowered the dark fruits. After a few hours, the tannins began developing some complexity and less bitterness, but the fruit also evolved into a more prune juice flavor. Some people love this, but its not a style I prefer. At some point, blackberry/dark fruit became more expressive and balanced with the prune juice flavor. The bitter tannins never completely went away, but they did balance and this was overall an enjoyable experiment. I'm wondering if this vintage is past its prime though.
  • lifeattable commented:

    10/26/16, 5:54 PM - Interesting analysis. No way this vintage is past its prime though...

Red
2008 Rocca delle Macìe Ser Gioveto Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
9/19/2016 - tsdevon wrote:
85 points
Slightly bitter, racy, tobacco, wood. Maybe it's past prime. Decent, but not worth the 18 I paid on closeout.
  • lifeattable commented:

    9/19/16, 5:42 PM - Or maybe a PLCB employee stored it on a nice sunny shelf all summer.

Red
2008 Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco
8/5/2016 - Purslane Likes this wine:
93 points
I never dreamed I would be writing these words in a review of a Montefalco Sagrantino. Slowly, listen, read my lips: this is... a Merlot lovers... Sagrantino. What were all the other Sagrantinos doing while they were deep in their cool and rocky cellars? Lifting weights, bulking up, adding layers of muscle. And what was this Sagrantino doing? Polishing and filing down those iron hard tannins. And the main fruits in this wine are not intense black currants and briary blackberry, but instead closer to plum and black cherry. Now, the texture and mouth feel is not so much firm, grippy, and mouth stripping, but instead closer to soft, rounded, and lush. And finally, we do not have to patiently wait 15 or 20 years for the wine to become fully enjoyable, but instead the wine is open, forward, and delightfully enjoyable sooner. Is this Sagrantino a lesser, scaled back, or thinner wine? Not at all. This wine is dry and tannic, with the main difference that the tannin is less grippy and domineering. Yes, this wine is an atypical Sangrantino, but not a lesser one, just another fine and more elegant expression of the potential for how fruit and tannin may be woven into the fabric of a wine.
  • lifeattable commented:

    8/5/16, 5:57 PM - Been lucky enough to try a few of the recent Scacciadiavoli vintages in the past year or so, and I totally agree that they showcase a more approachable, elegant side of Sagrantino. And that's a good thing.

White
2014 Principe Pallavicini Frascati Secco White Blend
11/10/2015 - ElDrewid Likes this wine:
80 points
Light Juicy grapefruit. Moderately sweet.
  • lifeattable commented:

    7/1/16, 6:00 PM - Moderately sweet??? I would hate to come across something you find sweet. ;)

Red
2008 Domaine Les Verrières Coteaux du Languedoc Les Pierres Plantées Red Blend
3/18/2016 - lushlife wrote:
88 points
This is a PAWS Chairman's Special. Not a bad wine, but somehow
they always seem to fall short of expectations. Perhaps, after living in this commonwealth for 64+ years, I should have learned my lesson.
  • lifeattable commented:

    5/6/16, 11:08 AM - haha, well put from both angles.

White
2014 Perticaia Trebbiano Spoletino Spoleto
9/16/2015 - lifeattable wrote:
88 points
Montefalco Visit '15; 9/15/2015-9/20/2015 (Montefalco, IT): Melon, citrus, grass, lively. Nice wine.
  • lifeattable commented:

    10/5/15, 10:46 AM - Yes, I agree there was that aspect as well. (My notes were somewhat limited as we tasted through rather quickly.)

Red
2009 Terre da Vino Barbaresco La Casa in Collina Nebbiolo
3/28/2015 - anderegg Likes this wine:
90 points
Definitely needed to breathe for awhile before drinking. Color is fairly deep purple with a little orange towards the edge of the glass. Aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and perhaps a little tobacco. Blackberry and boysenberry flavors with a nice dry finish. Drank with grilled chicken, asiago cheese bread and a fresh green salad with vinaigrette dressing. Although there were some initially harsh notes to the mouth feel of the wine, after about 40 minutes the wine integrated quickly and became quite delicious.
  • lifeattable commented:

    3/28/15, 5:38 PM - Wait, it needed to breathe a while, or it came together quickly after opening?

Red
2013 Cusumano Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane
12/27/2014 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
87 points
Solid nero for the money. Good fruit, nice cocoa on the finish. No detailed notes. Vino-seal glass enclosure.
  • lifeattable commented:

    1/11/15, 7:25 PM - Glad to be of service! Obviously nothing earth-shattering here but certainly something to enjoy. :)

Red
2007 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
12/22/2014 - PVJC Likes this wine:
Decent bottle of wine but not as good or interesting as I had hoped for. Didn't decant so maybe that was part of it, although it didn't seem to improve over 2-3 hours. Not sure if it's past its prime or needs longer in bottle, will hope for the latter and not try another one for a while.
  • lifeattable commented:

    1/10/15, 8:53 AM - I had a similar experience (I decanted) - decided to let the other one sit for a bit.

Red
2006 Vigneti Massa Barbera Colli Tortonesi Monleale
1/22/2012 - lifeattable wrote:
91 points
Lovely aroma is more savory than fruity. Mushrooms (especially right away), tar, and a bit of smoke. Palate features some great ripe red fruits, strawberry, cherry and raspberry. Notes of vanilla and spice on the finish. Oak is wonderfully integrated - plays a role but but does not overwhelm. Lots of acidity makes this a wonderful food wine (paired amazingly with a tomato-based pork ragu). One of the better Barberas I've had, and awesome QPR at $16 - heading out to get some more this week! http://pavineco.com/?p=166
  • lifeattable commented:

    11/16/14, 12:45 PM - Yeah it was a "chairman's selection" at the PA state stores back then. Killer deal.

Red
2011 Cave des Amandiers Syrah Valais
11/9/2014 - jeffal66 Likes this wine:
92 points
A true Euro take on the variety. Gobs of dark red fruit, garrigue, meat/blood, earth, leather, tobacco, veggies. Good intensity and a modicum of force. Great complexity. Exotic Syrah to the American palate, this is no BS excellence.
  • lifeattable commented:

    11/12/14, 5:43 PM - Where'd you get it?

Red
2010 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/11/2014 - Rossodio Likes this wine:
88 points
Good solid classic Chianti. Reasoanbly priced as well. I measure Chiantis in terms of how they fit along the spectrum from "enjoyable on their own or with food" (rare), "enjoyable much more with food" (most common), and "enjoyable much more on its own" (less common, usually oaked or extracted too much to be enjoyed with food; this is actually not a good thing imo). This is reasonable without food but not great; with food it does much better and complements tomato/acidic sauce well. We had this with a meat lasagna. Nice bright sour cherry backbone with a floral component; integrated woody notes with tannins that come out after an hour or so in the decanter. This will probably benefit from 2 or more years in the cellar as it unwinds and picks up secondary characteristics. The finish should also spread out over that time (currently is about 15 seconds). A good buy at $12, for sure. Wish I'd bought half a case.
  • lifeattable commented:

    10/13/14, 5:15 PM - Agree, RdC is a reliable producer of good solid classic Chianti

Rosé
2012 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Vincent Vin Gris Carneros
Very much like some other wines we have been having lately, this seems to be getting better. Of course, context plays a role--I just rode home from work on a pretty hot day, and this screamed out to me when I opened the fridge for something cold to drink. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • lifeattable commented:

    7/27/14, 5:36 PM - I feel like it is getting worse, so I am going to lean towards your context theory. Still, $8.

Rosé
2013 Charles & Charles Rosé Columbia Valley Rosé Blend
7/18/2014 - saki846 wrote:
Sweet Rose. Indulgent.
Strawberries and cranberry juice.
A little saccharine.
  • lifeattable commented:

    7/18/14, 5:48 PM - Indulgent, maybe. Sweet, no.

Red
2009 Conti Sertoli Salis Valtellina Superiore - Grumello Nebbiolo
5/27/2014 - Tony Poli wrote:
83 points
Interesting blend (nebbiolo, merlot, pinot noir, rossola, brugnola). Tasted pretty good out of the bottle, but became harsher and less pleasant as it took on air. I'm less inclined to be adventurous after trying this. Even at the nice price point, I would probably rather buy a decent Rioja.
  • lifeattable commented:

    6/3/14, 7:01 PM - For all intents just a nebbiolo though - at least 90% required in the DOCG. Tough to compare Alpine wine to a Rioja - big difference!

  • lifeattable commented:

    6/4/14, 6:14 PM - Fair point - a tough grape to grow. I liked this one myself. Not amazing, but pretty good.

  • lifeattable commented:

    6/7/14, 7:24 AM - Thanks Tony, I actually have spoken with Alex. A profile of their business or something along those lines is an interesting idea.

Red
2011 Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Lagrein Paso Robles
6/2/2014 - ecola Likes this wine:
89 points
Juicy red berries with a soft mouthfeel. Medium to full body, just enough acidity to keep this exciting. Very good wine. Drink now.
  • lifeattable commented:

    6/6/14, 7:32 PM - Have you had much alto adige Lagrein? Curious how this compares

Red
2009 Contucci Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Sangiovese
Very pleasant. Black fruits, sweet tobacco, some floral perfume, the usual stuff. Oak and tannins are a little on the heavy side now; this one should ideally wait another couple of years in the cellar. Good investment at $20 from WTSO. Will rebuy if available.
  • lifeattable commented:

    6/4/14, 6:16 PM - I saw it come back up on wtso once, fyi, so keep an eye out.

Red
2008 Rivetto Barolo Del Comune Di Serralunga D'Alba Nebbiolo
10/14/2013 - swapdoc wrote:
Nose is somewhat muted; the mouthfeel is a traditional barolo, just a little thin overall. Cherry and strawberry core; improves as it opens up, but never captivates with either the quality of the extracted fruit nor with the level of the winemaking. Average wine, made to be enjoyed early.
  • lifeattable commented:

    5/25/14, 6:14 PM - Obviously he is trying to sell it, but. I found this interesting, from the winemaker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJHIUDSjmTc

Red
2005 Poggio il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
5/18/2014 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Red fruit and leather on the nose. Very smooth and much deeper, richer and more powerful than I had expected from a 2005. Lots of bright red cherry and raspberry upfront, shading into blackfruit, leather and mineral notes towards the finish. Excellent integration and very good length on the finish. This has the fruit and structure to continue to improve over the next few years.
  • lifeattable commented:

    5/20/14, 5:56 PM - 05 was not considered a "good" vintage, so perhaps that's why it is drinking well early?

Red
2004 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
10/28/2013 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
94 points
Nose features sweet tobacco, washed-rind cheese, herbs and a hint of barnyard. Fresh, sweet dark cherries lead on the palate, making this very approachable and easy to drink, especially when compared to the CHB. Explodes into the mid-palate with tea, herbs, tobacco, mocha and a touch of earth. Little pops of flavor tease the palate on the intensely long finish. I only had a small glass but it evolved nicely over the time I had with it. Hard to fathom paying $700 for a single bottle, but it sure tastes good.
  • lifeattable commented:

    4/7/14, 11:44 AM - Impossible to say w/o knowing your financial situation. On one hand, it's a chance to try a famous wine at a price that isn't too bad considering. On the other, I can think of many better things to do with $300. Personally I would not pay $275, but that's just me.

Red
2011 Cosentino Winery Cabernet Sauvignon The Cab Lodi
2/18/2014 - The Drunken Cyclist wrote:
84 points
I have not hidden the fact that I am more than a bit dismayed at the direction that Cosentino has taken since the re-organization. This wine is fine, I guess, not meant to be a blockbuster, but clearly has no soul. I will not be buying any more Cosentino. Period. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • lifeattable commented:

    2/26/14, 5:42 PM - I know a lot less about Cosentino than you and (the other) Jeff, but even I could have told you that! :o)

Red
2011 Frog's Leap Merlot Rutherford
2/25/2014 - ecola wrote:
81 points
Aromas of plum, red raspberry, and graphite. Exciting nose but the palate falls off leaving only dry tannins and very little flavor.
  • lifeattable commented:

    2/26/14, 5:39 PM - Hmmm, I only had a taste at an industry function, but I recall this one being pretty good.

Red
2006 Antica Hirpinia Taurasi Riserva Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
1/17/2014 - The Drunken Cyclist wrote:
85 points
100% Aglianico. I picked this up at the PLCB for $13. I thought it was an incredible deal and I could not wait to taste it, so I popped it as soon as I got home. Meh. It was OK, but there was not much fruit to balance out the bracing acidity. For the price I paid ($13), it is fine, but not much more than that. I bought three and I am thinking of returning the other two. Good, I guess. thedrunkencyclist.com
  • lifeattable commented:

    1/20/14, 7:36 PM - I had my eye on this one too. May still have to try a bottle.

Red
2008 Caves Coopératives de Donnas Donnas Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
1/16/2014 - primo1882 wrote:
80 points
Decent pizza and pasta wine. Surprisingly complex.
  • lifeattable commented:

    1/19/14, 8:46 PM - Surprisingly complex but only 80 points?

White - Off-dry
2005 Mönchhof Robert Eymael Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
1/5/2014 - jeffal66 Likes this wine:
93 points
I could gulp this by the gallon but I like to think I'm more evolved than that. That said, this is a delicious blend of opulent, sweet, structured, acidic, mineral greatness. I love how it sizzles on the tongue as a million flavors play out. A good buy at $26, and I'll let my other bottle sit a few more years to see how it evolves. Flat gorgeous.
  • lifeattable commented:

    1/5/14, 5:38 PM - what'd you have it with?

Red
2009 Foradori Granato Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Teroldego
8/20/2013 - ktrh Likes this wine:
90 points
Excellent Teroldego yet again from Foradori. This bottle was however consumed at least five years too young. Will probably last 20 years or more in a good cellar.
  • lifeattable commented:

    11/5/13, 3:19 PM - What makes you say it needs 5 years? Too tannic? Tight?

  • lifeattable commented:

    11/6/13, 1:42 PM - thanks for the explanation

White - Off-dry
2003 Schloss Saarstein Serriger Schloss Saarsteiner Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
9/11/2013 - jeffal66 Likes this wine:
89 points
This delightful, delightful wonder has, alas, passed over to the other side. The acidity has eroded making it flabbier and more one dimensional. The memories, and the value, still keep it close to my heart...and still a very solid wine by any standard. Glad I walked into this bar.
  • lifeattable commented:

    9/22/13, 10:18 AM - I wonder if there was some botle variation, because I tried this right after you initially recommended and found it to be exactly how you described above.

Red
2003 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
9/4/2013 - David B wrote:
94 points
Opened at 1pm. Kept checking nose all afternoon without tasting. What a transformation. From simple fruit/earthy nose to somebody pull me away. At 7pm guests arrived and we tasted with 2000 Tignanello, which at first seemed unfair. By 9pm we were all fighting for the last glass of d'abruzzo. Had the same depth and layers of the Tignanello. I have one more bottle, think I'll give it 5 years, if I can hold out. Did have the barnyard nose and taste like I've read about, but it was non existent as the night went on. A real gem.
  • lifeattable commented:

    9/5/13, 11:46 AM - Did you decant or just open? Do you like the barnyard nose or not? (Sounds good to me but I am thinking you didn't like it.) What did it smell like after that? Sorry for the questions but I am very curious as I have a few bottles.

  • lifeattable commented:

    9/5/13, 8:58 PM - Thanks!

Red
2008 Marchesi Mazzei Zisola Sicilia Nero d'Avola
Tuesday Night Double Blind <$30 (Bin 75): Cloudy dull crimson to the edge; ripe red and dark fruit, graham cracker, a little reductive (sulfur that I was not picking up on); ripe full mouthfeel, fig, raspberry, nice midpalate, you can taste the sunlight and hot rocks, smooth round texture with bitter finish, good nobility; swore this was CdP, couldn't get Sicilian terroir.
  • lifeattable commented:

    8/16/13, 6:20 AM - Terroir or no, $15 for a CdP would be nice, no?

Red
2008 Marchesi Mazzei Zisola Sicilia Nero d'Avola
7/12/2013 - Yiannis wrote:
88 points
Dark garnet with ruby hues. Red cherry, mocha and licorice on the nose with undergrowth indicating evolution (or poor storage conditions). Med-bodied, soft with balancing acidity, evolved fruit and a medium to long aftertaste. Drink sooner than later.
  • lifeattable commented:

    7/12/13, 6:54 PM - Yeah I popped one tonite too. It hadn't really improved since last year as I hoped it would.

White
2012 Trader Joe's Sauvignon Blanc Viñas Chilenas Reserva Central Valley
6/4/2013 - ecola wrote:
83 points
Very dry on the palate. Light tropical fruit, green pepper, and a grassiness to it. Decent and a pretty good value at $3. How is that even possible! The bottle, cork, label, and shipping have to cost at least that. Then there is the actual wine and the labor costs.
  • lifeattable commented:

    6/8/13, 9:03 PM - Look at you, drinking wine from Trader Joes!

Red
2011 Pointelle Winery Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
4/5/2013 - Yosterizer wrote:
Not a tasting note, but a little detective work leads me to believe this is produced by Archery Summit.
  • lifeattable commented:

    4/5/13, 8:38 PM - "Once you'll pull the cork, you'll know!" Um, sure, if I'd heard of them before. Do you know anything about their wines?

  • lifeattable commented:

    5/17/13, 7:54 PM - Now I get "once you pull the cork, you'll know" - the cork says archery summit

Red
2008 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo Il Quadro delle Rose Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese
5/12/2013 - LFCHALA wrote:
88 points
Medium body. Delicate. Was hampered by food. Had no structure for feijoada.
  • lifeattable commented:

    5/12/13, 8:19 PM - Did you think it would stand up to that?

Red
2011 Pointelle Winery Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
4/22/2013 - ckleiman wrote:
Awful. Don't even think about opening for another 2 years
  • lifeattable commented:

    4/23/13, 7:46 PM - I have similar questions

Red
2007 La Ca' Nova Barbaresco Vigna Bric Mentina Montefico Nebbiolo
3/20/2013 - dssmith wrote:
95 points
The color was dark red. There was no bouquet. The wine was fruit forward with a nice tanin backbone. Oak was present but not obtrusive I thought that the wine had good balance. At 6 years old this wine is very drinkable
  • lifeattable commented:

    3/20/13, 4:26 PM - No bouquet, yet 95 points? Seems odd.

  • lifeattable commented:

    3/21/13, 2:51 PM - If you're going to use the 100 point system, it is widely accepted that aroma would be part of that. Also, smell plays a huge role in how you taste food/drink.

Red
2007 Va La Vineyards Seed Pennsylvania Red Blend
2/25/2013 - Outplaying wrote:
Aromas of red fruits, earth, mushroom and smoke. Tart red and darker fruits on the palate, with some earth and mushroom again. The tannins are pretty well resolved and there is a lot of acidity that makes this better with food. The winery won't say what varietals are used but the primary grape is a a cross between two other varietals. The wineries propensity toward Italian varietals and the darker fruits and high acidity make me think barbera is one of them. I think this is our best local winery.
  • lifeattable commented:

    3/2/13, 7:38 AM - I haven't had this one but do agree this our best local winery. By far.

Red
2006 Qupé Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Santa Maria Valley
1/3/2013 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
Maybe it was the mediocre wines I was drinking during family holidays, but this bottle blew my last one out of the water. None of the off notes. Smooth, juicy, with just enough old school Syrah balance. Delicious.
  • lifeattable commented:

    1/6/13, 11:27 AM - I've only had two bottles so I can't really say, but it is drinking well now. I don't see any reason to wait.

Red
2001 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie Sangiovese
Needs more backbone, flat, hollow, simply not that good. And that's just what the other people here on CT are saying. All aboard the Meh. train! A real dud from Last Bottle.
  • lifeattable commented:

    12/3/12, 7:41 AM - I decanted for about 60 mins (was a real oak bomb right out of the bottle) and finished the bottle over several hours.

Red
1990 Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Millennium Nebbiolo
10/27/2012 - Philly NQ King wrote:
Not really sure how to rate this. My first taste of mature Barolo, so no reference point on quality. This was certainly an intellectually engaging wine. Subtle flavors and a light body require your attention to appreciate. Orange, clove, tar, cranberry, and rose petals. Fully resolved (but still evident) tannin. A faint nose that's full of funk and earth. Pleasurable, but not in a traditional sense. The wife found it disgusting - I found it engaging.
  • lifeattable commented:

    10/27/12, 3:00 PM - Good review. I must say this is exactly what I would expect out of this wine. I'm going to pop one tomorrow.

Red
2008 Tarras Pinot Noir Central Otago
8/19/2012 - lifeattable wrote:
90 points
This wine opens up nicely with a short decant. Lots of barnyard funk on the nose, mixed with some floral and caramel notes. (Caramel barnyard - what more could you ask for?!?) Palate is very juicy, with roses, cherry fruits, good acidity, and smooth tannins. Overall, a delicious new world Pinot. 88-91pts.
  • lifeattable commented:

    10/26/12, 5:34 PM - 2nd bottle consistent... Great value here

Red
2010 Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi Langhe DOC
10/22/2012 - Ludi Likes this wine:
87 points
Rubino con lampi porpora. Al naso frutti rossi, viola, qualche sbuffo balsamico, in un quadro di soffusa mineralità. La nocca è nettamente varietale, in equlibrio tra freschezza, tannicità e sapidità, mitigata da alcol presente ma non invadente
  • lifeattable commented:

    10/22/12, 5:50 AM - Ludi - if you speak English - can you explain what "la nocca" is? I take it to mean "the knuckle", so I am not sure how that relates to wine. Grazie!

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