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2010 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
4/29/2020 - rooman Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened on night one, had a glass and then resealed. First night dense, full bodied. Spice, cedar, mulberry fruit. Tannins starting to integrate. Night two, we had the balance of the bottle. The wine has opened up more over night but still dense. It does have a wonderful weight and balance that in time should produce a superb wine. If you have a six pack or more of bottles then open and decant it 5-6 hours before drinking. If you only have a couple, leave for another 5-7 years.
  • tantotinto commented:

    4/29/20, 8:10 AM - Thanks for your comment on my note. I appreciate the insight.

  • tantotinto commented:

    5/31/20, 6:22 AM - Mine was under cork.

2008 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
3/3/2018 - tantotinto wrote:
95 points
Last bottle of the 2008. Soft, smooth, elegant and delicious. Anise, dark fruit and clove. Long luscious finish. Great tonight with steak au poivre.
  • tantotinto commented:

    3/4/18, 10:18 AM - 2008 and note corrected. My mistake and thank you for the heads up.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
7/29/2015 - tantotinto wrote:
91 points
Purchased last October. Seems to be getting better with each bottle, more brioche mainly. Excellent this evening with soft shelled crabs. L1415401.
  • tantotinto commented:

    7/31/15, 3:38 PM - Thank you for your kind comment. Lot L1415401 on the bottle in question.

2010 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
7/8/2014 - tantotinto wrote:
90 points
Same smoky root beer nose as the last bottle. My wife tells me the root beer thing is sassafras but I'm thinking A&W. Good cherry and raspberry flavored fruit with a tart finish. Great balance.
  • tantotinto commented:

    7/11/14, 6:55 AM - My experience with Oregon Pinot Noir is not extensive and I am sure it is different for every wine. But in general I have found that the best can improve for up to 7 or 8 years. And in a few cases they can become almost ethereal. They then begin to decline.

    I enjoy Pinot Noir from Oregon greatly but believe that very little of it available in my market would improve significantly with extended time. So I drink them relatively young. My guess is that the 2010 Evening Land fits in this later category.

2006 R Wines Grenache Chateau Chateau Island Ebenezer Barossa Valley
9/29/2013 - tantotinto wrote:
94 points
Tasted immediately after opening. Opaque, almost black. Great nose. Black fruit, allspice, smoke and earth. Very full, lush and rich. Power rather than nuance. Mellow tannins. I don't taste the 17.5% alcohol but can feel it. Hits like Vintage Port. I like it but it's not for the faint of heart. If I had another bottle I would save it for winter evening sipping.
  • tantotinto commented:

    12/6/13, 10:34 AM - It has been long enough that I do not recall how much air it got. My usual practice is to note if more than an hour so best guess is less.

2007 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
5/4/2010 - tantotinto wrote:
94 points
Tasted this at a dinner hosted by Laurence Feraud. Of the wines we sampled, the 2007 was my favorite at this point in time. It has a wonderful nose of Provencal herbs and plum. Rich and fruit-forward but not cloying. Not fully integrated at this stage. Almost Burgundian compared to the 2006 and 2005. Tannic finish but nowhere near that of the 2005 that we tasted later. She indicated that it would probably continue to drink well for another year and then shut down for about five years. Second favorite was the 2006 followed by the 2005. The 2005 is still incredibly tannic and Laurence thought it needed ten years in bottle. All three vintages should be excellent with time.
  • tantotinto commented:

    5/5/10, 9:06 AM - She did not suggest when it would peak and at that point in the evening I was not thinking clearly enough to ask.

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