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Red
2007 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle Red Rhone Blend
9/19/2020 - Rysling Likes this wine:
95 points
Immediately after opening, a great deal of leather and dust. Rapidly resolved into very dark fruit, violets, a touch of sour cherry. I wouldn’t save this too much longer but it’s spectacular right now, one of the best rhone wines of the year.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    9/19/20, 3:35 PM - How long did it take to open up and show it's goods?

White
2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Chardonnay
8/31/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
In a weird spot for me. No longer tastes like a youthful, electric Chablis (though I didn't try this young, so can't say what it tasted like then!) but hasn't gotten very interesting with age yet. Will wait another 5 years on the next bottle.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/31/20, 12:55 PM - Thanks for taking the time to post your TN.
    I found the same thing in my last bottle. So I opened one of the 2015 I have and it also has started to fade. This leaves me feeling that this wine is best enjoyed young. I have one more of the 2014's I will most likely open it sooner rather than later.

    I also hold the 2014 Pattes Loup Vent d'Agne great value at $43.CDN as the 1er Cru has gone from $52.Canadian to $103/blt in the past 2yrs.

Red
2014 Mission Hill Oculus Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend
8/30/2020 - Francois Le Mouel Likes this wine:
93 points
Not as opulent and expressive as it was a year ago. Seems to be entering a more restrained phase. Gobs of fruit and tannins that will require another 5 years to reach it's peak probably. Well balanced and offering a good length. Still available, but a bit ridiculous at $170...in a blind tasting last night it finished just behind Nota Bene 2018; you can get 3 Nota Bene for the price of 1 Oculus! I believe that both wines were selling for approximately the same price 20 years ago - around $30 if I'm correct. One producer got greedy!
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/30/20, 2:36 PM - I still have yet to try an Oculus, from your note I don't think I will bother. So many great wines for under the $170 price point.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/30/20, 5:22 PM - I just looked at Le Vieux website and there is only the 2016 Equinoxe Cab Franc available. Have you had the 2016?

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/30/20, 6:12 PM - Thanks Francois, I will reach out to him.

Red
2014 Black Hills Estate Nota Bene Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend
7/14/2020 - Francois Le Mouel Likes this wine:
93 points
Nota Bene is one of the few wines I'd drink on a daily basis. I don't get tired of it and its probably due to its freshness, balance and complex aromas...it's easy to drink, never heavy. The 2014 is just entering its optimal drinking window and will remain there for another 5+ years. Great combination of red berries, sage and this time candy (the famous fun-dip stick).
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/14/20, 12:07 PM - I just picked up some of the 18's, I tucked them away in a corner for now.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/30/20, 3:30 PM - I am going to open a 14 for my next semi annual tasting. Thoughts on a decanting time?

Red
2015 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
8/23/2020 - RoyaltyCoins wrote:
97 points
Deep ruby, garnet accents

Nose: Black cherry, juniper, charcoal ember, hint of barnyard dust.

Mouth: A huge frame of charcoal, tar, and black tobacco leads the way here, locking down a fruit core of supple, lightly savory black cherry and black currant. A burly tannic grip takes over toward the midpalate as a notable finish of powdered chalk closes out. Flavors come in endless waves however, refusing to give up over time.

Overall: Intense, with a massive midpalate that holds reign over everything, keeping the fruit core from being able to show even 5 years away from harvest. At the moment this needs a 4+ hour decant to unwind but it is utterly stacked with flavor once it does. Hugely structured with triple waves of deep, darkened cherry notes rolling through. Additional melt in the flavors is definitely required however, as the fruit really does deserve it's time to shine. Lay this one down for a few years extra. Drink 2026 - 2043

97.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/25/20, 3:27 PM - Great note, thanks for taking the time.

White
2017 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills
8/22/2020 - Puteljen! wrote:
87 points
Perfumed nose of tropical fruit, wet wool and green herbs. On the palate a bit less fruit, medium+ acids and a distinctly herbal character. Slightly bitter and gets more so towards the finish. Also again that feeling of wet wool.

Nah, not bad per se but not my cup. To bitter and lacking a bit of freshness. Will cellar the remaining 2 bottles and hope for the best.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/23/20, 2:42 PM - I wonder if your bottle was slightly corked? But the perfumed nose would be prominent if it was corked. Puzzling, as I thought it was an average example of a California Chardonnay.

Red
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
7/30/2020 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
The more Bedrock I drink the more I am coming around to the fact that while a few of the reds drink well young, they need to sleep before the real party starts. With that in mind, after 5 years this Bedrock Heritage has up opened somewhat. Reserved notes of black raspberry play off clay and briary notes, good acidity and freshness. The back end shows a lot of power indicating this still has many years to go. Drink now with a long decant.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/30/20, 7:10 PM - great note, thank you

Red
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
7/29/2020 - RPerro Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted 1 hour and consumed over 2 nights. Night 1 was all about structure. Robust tannin, nice zippy acidity, and delicious raspberry fruit. Night 2 was just about perfect. A harmony of all things "wine", with lovely flavors and smooth mouthfeel. Nothing is out of place, and this is drinking beautifully. Could still go years I'm sure. Drink now with air - 2025.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/30/20, 7:09 PM - great note, thanks

Red
2009 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
7/25/2020 - AlanM68 Likes this wine:
92 points
In great shape now, but no rush to drink (that said, if you have a few - this was the first of a case - why not try it now). Black fruits on the nose, opens up into a long, very together, beautifully rich wine.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/25/20, 12:26 PM - Thanks for the tasting note, care to provide a decanting time?

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/25/20, 12:37 PM - So true, thanks for the recomendation.

Red
2017 Turley Zinfandel Mead Ranch Atlas Peak
7/13/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
90 points
Disappointing, but it is a '17 afterall.....best at 1 hour in, worse with more time. Fruit and spice is good up front then turns to a bit of a muddled mess. Astringent, herbal and green at the end. Drink them at the pnp and for the first hour they are open.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/13/20, 6:27 PM - I'm still holding several 14's of the Turley's. I really should dig them up and start drinking.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/14/20, 12:02 PM - @mark1npt thank you for the opinion. I agree on why we drink Zin's, it's all about the fruit. Time to drink up.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/14/20, 12:55 PM - @mark that's a great idea, come on up to Canada and give me a hand.

Red
2010 Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva Tempranillo
7/10/2020 - dalemosier Likes this wine:
89 points
This was hard to rate. It is a big, robust rioja. I think the 3rd day, after opening was better. I am going to try a freshly opened, decanted for one hour in a side by side at day 5 and compare. I think Wine Spectator said drink by 2018 but I think this will yet improve beyond 2020
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/10/20, 12:47 PM - Thanks for the note, I have been holding this bottle for several years. I think I will give it a go.

Red
2011 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
From a magnum. Prominent oak with a touch of vanilla on the open, an Italian Camus. Needed a few hours to begin showing a complex and jammy sangio. Concentrated, big wine by any measure; plum, chocolate, dark cherry, earth, hint of ginger. Heat from the warm vintage is evident in the finish. Impressive, wait.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/6/20, 5:15 PM - I am holding a magnum as well, thanks for the note. I alway wonder about how long it takes a wine like this to open up.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/6/20, 9:14 PM - I picked up my mag in Nanaimo.

Red
2015 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder
7/5/2020 - jimyeni wrote:
91 points
Closed. If you have bottles I recommend waiting. It wasn’t bad just lacked character at this point because it seemed really closed down. Didn’t decant hit drank over 2 hours with no signs of opening.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/6/20, 5:18 PM - Thanks for the note, it's always a little heart breaking when you open a bottle like this and it doesn't show it full potential. It looks like it will stay on the rack a little longer.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/6/20, 9:12 PM - @mark
    That is one of the benefits of Cellartracker, we have a great community
    here.

Red
2015 Orin Swift Machete California Red Blend
5/17/2020 - Samborowski Likes this wine:
85 points
Excellent blended red. Mild. Not acidic. Expensive. A 96 rating but do not believe the taste is commensurate with the cost.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    5/17/20, 10:35 AM - What critic gave this a 96? My first guess would be Suckling.

Red
2013 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga
4/23/2020 - diegorafaelvaldez wrote:
94 points
Decanted
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    4/23/20, 7:01 PM - How long did the wine take to show its worth?

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    4/28/20, 7:38 PM - WOW, thanks for the notes.

White
2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis Vent d'Ange Chardonnay
4/23/2020 - David_K wrote:
90 points
Day 1: Pop and pour out of the fridge. Flat and lifeless. Not oxidized, just not a whole lot going on. Not much acid, not much fruit, not much of anything. Turns out this REALLY needs air and a little time to warm up. A little better after 15 minutes, and much better after 30 when it starts to come alive. Built more like a Vouvray than a Chablis - it's a wine built on texture.

Day 2: Pop and pour out of the fridge. Dammit, same thing again. Forgot to take it out sooner, but was hoping a day of being open would help. Nope, pretty much the same trajectory as night 1. So there you have it.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    4/23/20, 7:00 PM - Pico's wines can be a mystery at times.

Red
2014 Turley Petite Syrah Pesenti Vineyard Paso Robles Petite Sirah
4/23/2020 - shawnharold wrote:
90 points
More time was great for this. Crazy to think I wrote 2020 on the bottle 3-4 years ago. And here it is. Balanced. Deep inky purple. Clogged the sulphate filter. BlackBerry juice
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    4/23/20, 6:58 PM - I love the Turley's, I picked this up on the vintage release. Thanks for taking the time for the note.

    What is your thoughts on the sulphate filter? I found this https://ullowine.com/collections/sulfite-filters
    What are you using?
    Cheers

Red
2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard Napa Valley
4/12/2020 - BinVA Likes this wine:
95 points
Drank with Easter dinner. Decanted 3 hours prior to drinking, really nice merlot. Wish I had more at the release price, too expensive now.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    4/13/20, 1:11 PM - I only found one bottle last year, what is the current selling prince?

Red
2013 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
4/13/2020 - AAJR Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP'd - dark red fruit, cocoa and expresso flavors. Full bodied.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    4/13/20, 10:19 AM - How long did it take to open up?

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    4/13/20, 1:10 PM - Always great a great day when you share a Tig. Thanks for the reply!

White
2017 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
3/25/2020 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice. Restrained but focussed fruit. Zesty and refreshing. Oak is rather obvious at the moment. Recommended!
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    3/25/20, 9:05 PM - Great producer, I recently found one of the Hamilton Pinots. It's still sitting in the cellar.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    3/29/20, 10:15 AM - Speaking of S.A. have you had the High Constantia Sebastiaan? I was gifted a bottle last summer.

Red
2014 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard Paso Robles
3/13/2020 - Topsoil Likes this wine:
96 points
Wow from start to finish! Very complex and outstanding bottle. So hard to describe other than it’s a chimera (look it up!). Deep, dark fruit on the nose which was immediately present on the palate. Large doses of blackberry and sugar plum, quite a treat! After a few hours in we were greeted by a long mineral sea-salt and white pepper finish. I’ve had plenty of amazing Turley zinfandels but this is one for the record books!
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    3/14/20, 11:42 AM - I couldn't agree with you more! Turley knows now to make a great wine.

Red
2004 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
3/2/2020 - sirpat007 wrote:
94 points
Margaux vs Sassicaia double vertical: Sassicaia vs Margaux face-off hosted by a private collector. I was surprised by the unambiguousness of the result in this 13- year (2003-2015) double vertical. Margaux beats Sassicaia 10x with Sassicaia on top only 3x. Of the 26 wines tasted, the top 6 (all scored 95 and higher) were all Margaux with 2009, 2010 and 2015 all somewhere between regal and galactic. In sum, the average score for Margaux was 94.4 (range 92-98) as compared to a Sassicaia average of 93.1 (range 92-94). See tasting story for a few more high level remarks.

This kicked of the tasting showing leather barnyard, dark berry (cherry), bramble berry and some fresh herbaceous notes. Fresh acidity, velvety texture, a bit of heat and intense blueberry fruit waited to be discovered on the plate. Maybe lacking some precision and turning somewhat port-like over time, but otherwise a nicely aged wine that didn't have to hide from the Margaux 2004 in the next glass.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    3/13/20, 1:15 PM - Hello,
    I have a 2004 what would be your suggested decanting time?
    Thanks for the reply, I will do that. serve it at cellar temp as well.

White
2017 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
10/22/2019 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
92 points
Clarity.....stony minerality.....reserved class. All good things. Not for you Cali oaky, creamy chard people. You know who you are, because two nights a week I am one of them, too. This is very different, a fresh alternative to all the oak poisoning from the West Coast. A certain Graves/BDX-like white rendition from SAfrica, for the right evening. It has lighter weight, but yet enough horsepower to state its case with the right meal. Citrus, white flowers, tart apple/grapefruit and pleasing acidity all pass the test. One curious finding......this '17 does better as it warms in the glass to room temp, but its brother, the '18 really needs a chill, IMO.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    10/23/19, 8:23 AM - I love the H.R. I recently purchased one of their pinots.
    I have a few of the 17 Chardonnays, I have yet to try one. 🤔 I have found the previous vintages have a fuller body than the Chablis I have had. I absolutely agree, H.R. produces beautiful wines.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    1/24/20, 9:11 AM - @pontifax
    I am on Vancouver Island, what store did you find the Boekenhoutskloof?

Red
2010 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Liste Nebbiolo
1/4/2020 - Johnny C NYC wrote:
96 points
Nose emerged quickly and represented the best of Piedmonte Nebbiolo. Deep, deep aspects - aging has worked some magic. There is no sharpness on the nose or the palate. Powerful dark fruit on the palate with a long and strong finish. Muted high end (not muted overall) enhances the perception of depth here. Those of you who have visited this winery (right in the center of Barolo village) will appreciate this accomplishment even more. 50/5/14/18/9
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    1/4/20, 7:44 PM - I have been waiting to try one of my bottles for three years now. This could be the year!

Red
2004 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
12/22/2019 - Wim de Leeuw Likes this wine:
94 points
Kleur: Robijnrood. Aroma / bouquet: Verfijnd en delicaat bouquet. Niet heel expressief, wel prachtg complex.. Smaak / Afdronk: Wow. Heerlijk. Sassicaia is wat mij betreft nimmer teleurstellend maar ook nimmer groots. Deze 2004 is een uitzondering. Klassiek bouquet. Prettige frisse zuurgraad. Briljant gerijpte tannines, enerzijds voldoende 'bite' voor de structuur van deze wijn, anderzijds boterzacht en dropppig. Echt heel mooi, enerzijds stevig, anderzijds verfijnd en delicaat. Algemeen / potentieel: Wat mij betreft een van de allermooiste Sassicaia's die ik ooit heb geproefd. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 11 + Smaak / Afdronk: 19 + Algemeen / potentieel: 9 = 94/100

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Color: Ruby red. Aroma / bouquet: Refined and delicate bouquet. Not very expressive, but beautifully complex .. Taste / Aftertaste: Wow. Delicious. Sassicaia is in my opinion never disappointing but never great. This 2004 is an exception. Classic bouquet. Nice fresh acidity. Brilliantly ripened tannins, on the one hand sufficient 'bite' for the structure of this wine, on the other hand butter soft and licorice. Really very beautiful, on the one hand sturdy, on the other refined and delicate. General / potential: As far as I am concerned, one of the most beautiful Sassicaias I have ever tasted. 50 + Color: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 11 + Taste / Finish: 19 + General / potential: 9 = 94/100
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    12/23/19, 3:30 AM - Would recommend a decanting tine?

Red
2012 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/14/2019 - adamanko Likes this wine:
93 points
Fantastic today. Sweet fruit and prunes. Complex and mouthwatering. A little touch of stable. Wonderful spices. Oh, so I wish I had more. Long. A little liqourice.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    12/14/19, 12:22 PM - How long did it take to open up?

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    12/15/19, 9:06 AM - Awesome! Thanks for the note.

Red
2015 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
12/1/2019 - Francois Le Mouel Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellnent Tignanello, but way too young to fully appreciate. The structure and the depth of the fruit suggest a significant improvement in the next 5-10 years. Had this wine twice in the last 6 months and I'd recommend several hours in the decanter, if you decide to open one now.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    12/1/19, 3:29 PM - Always appreciate your notes Francois.

Red
2011 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva Vecchie Viti Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/26/2019 - df1962 wrote:
93 points
PnD let air for 1hr.

Consistent with previous note.

Screwed up as I was going to keep this for 10 years. This is in such a great place of exquisite balance depth and complexity. Great finish with cherry and savoury notes. Wow. Who says CCR (even though this is a Rufina it is the same quality) can’t equal Brunello.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    10/27/19, 10:38 AM - I feel the same, a good CCR can be amazing. The value of this wine is crazy as well. The B.C. price of $25! Have you tried the Frescobaldi white wine?
    I see it listed in the BC liquor stores.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    10/27/19, 11:33 AM - http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product-catalogue?search=frescobaldi%20nipozzano

    http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/81477

    it looks a little suspicious, when I click on the bottle it provides a description of a red wine.

Red
2014 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard Paso Robles
10/3/2019 - Fractalage Likes this wine:
90 points
Good wine.
Lots of new oak, which works for this balancing out the lovely lush tart cherry and complex spices.
Quality zin, but not worth the money.
If you like big and lush oak driven fruit, then this is the one for you.
I can imagine millions of American palates in love with this one.

If you're thinking about opening this one any time soon, let it rest until clear (that's a given, but most don't know to do this.) then decant off sediment as there is quite a bit, at least there was in my bottle, then let air for minimum 3 hours before serving. It really came together after 3 hours.
For this bottle there was the sediment smoke showing through before half the bottle was poured and I had let it rest for 2 months.

Gassed the leftover and fridged.
The next day poured off the sediment another glass before the sediment smoke showed.
That glass was the best, cold from the fridge. It had complexity of tart spieces that were not noticeable before.

The last glass was big time cloudy sediment.
Tasted of dirty tart cherry spice. Loved it.
This sediment had way more power and spice than the rest. Was very enjoyable.

If you like energy and complexity with powerful spices that go on and on, then give the Pecchenino Langhe Nebbiolo a try for $20. Wow. Discovered this value at Costco, Redwood City, CA.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    10/4/19, 8:51 AM - Thanks for the tasting note. The sediment reference is interesting, I have had several of the 14 Terleys and haven't experienced any sediment. Good to know, I have plans to open this bottle with our thanksgiving dinner👍🏼

Red
2013 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
9/28/2019 - SlimShaney Likes this wine:
90 points
If I were in the Italian countryside or even eating a good pasta I can see a romantically higher score but at home and drinking it straight I think this needs another decade for the leatheriness to get deeper and the soureness on the front left palate to dissipate. From memory this gets crazy high scores from 'judges' are they judging it relative to this grape or for outright pleasure and quality?
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    9/28/19, 3:37 PM - I totally agree!

Red
2008 Roagna Barbaresco Vecchie Viti Montefico Nebbiolo
10/28/2014 - galenico Likes this wine:
95 points
SALONE DEL GUSTO 2014; 10/26/2014-10/30/2014 (LINGOTTO FIERE TORINO): Terra, polvere e cuoio. Un quadro Western.
Frutto macerato nel tabacco da pipa. Carnale, e insanguinato.
Entra sottile, poi tante rose, finissimo e profumatissimo.
Assomiglia come registro e come stile al Boca Le Piane 2010, anche se ha meno acidità, più tannino e più frutto.
Mi fa immaginare un blocco di calcare alla rosa!!
Sul finale morbidissimo torna il tabacco. Wow.
Commovente
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    9/25/19, 5:46 PM - Great tasting note.

Red
2012 Luca Malbec Valle de Uco
9/20/2019 - merryberry Likes this wine:
91 points
Hasn't changed much over the last couple of years, and that's a good thing. Cherries, sage, spices, dusty tannins, and a long finish. So good. Need to move out that "drink by" date at least a couple of years.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    9/20/19, 9:15 PM - I agree, with moving the drink dates out a few more years.

Red
2014 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor Puente Alto
9/15/2019 - greedy wrote:
91 points
Maybe too young but nothing special. Very unsophisticated. Weird finish. I much prefer Italian and Napa wines.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    9/15/19, 10:11 AM - It wasn't long ago that I use to pay $60 CDN for a bottle of Melchor. Now it's over $100 CDN. The price increase as well as the fact that there isn't that $100 WOW factor is the reason I don't buy it anymore.

Red
2004 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
8/23/2019 - msuwright wrote:
92 points
This bottle has more energy and definition than the one I had about 16 months ago (5/18 - 90 points), but it's still not a wine I would seek out with particular (or any other form of) urgency. Purple red in color and full in body, the wine offers aromas of plum, licorice, and tar. Tastes of stewed blueberry, leather, and gravel, with a loose and lingering finish. This has more life in it than the bottle I had last year, but even that variation gives me pause. 15.1% alcohol. Drink now.

I am a fan of Robert Parker (no wine writer more reliably pointed me in the direction of great wines), but I took a look at his retrospective note about this wine (97 in 2014) - and I couldn't help but laugh at two things:

The first is the idea that this has "skyscraper-like texture." What does that even mean? I could imagine this analogy for depth or complexity, but texture is mouthfeel (e.g., silky, grainy), not height. Lots of reviews, lots of words, I get that it's hard - but, drinking this tonight, I couldn't imagine that descriptor for this wine (or, to be fair, any wine).

The second is that Parker suggests, in 2014, that this wine could age for another 15-20 years (read: 2029-2034). After tasting the wine twice in the past year or so, I can say this: that drinking window is insane. Perhaps it's easy to say this kind of thing when you don't pay for the wine, but this doesn't have the density or structure to go much further. I know free advice is worth what you pay for it, but the same can't be said (at least sometimes) for professional advice, either...
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/24/19, 9:01 AM - Great note, I appreciate your view. I can't help think that most critics definition/descriptors are way out there. Parker was just first to hit the seen. I find that I am using the critics only to point out wines that I could look for. In terms of ratings, I would agree more with the CT family to rate a wine closer to it's point score. Same with the drinking window.
    On a critic's note, Suckling is a critic that I have lost all respect for.

Red
2014 Checkmate Artisanal Winery Merlot End Game Okanagan Valley
Big blueberry and blackberry fruit forward nose. Big, round, soft tannins, some tobacco, some herbal notes in the background, little bit of heat, but not overpowering. Hint of milk chocolate. Very nice wine, but no transition, not really complex. A little soft and juicy, but not on the extremes of either.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/5/19, 9:16 PM - WOW, a little British Columbia vineyard makes it to Tokyo! Have you tried the Checkmate Chardonnay's? Fabulous..

Red
2015 Edict Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/9/2019 - crowino Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice big California cab. At $38/bottle tax and deliver included, it’s a great bargain.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/5/19, 11:17 AM - Where did you find this wine?
    I live in BC as well.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/5/19, 4:50 PM - Vivino is offering some great deals. Unique wines as well. Thanks for the response.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    8/5/19, 9:12 PM - I couldn't agree more!

Red
2004 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
7/7/2019 - Jz71 wrote:
93 points
375 ml bottle, was on the other side of great. But very nice, though. I would suspect a standard 750 ml bottle would be in it's prime, right now.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/7/19, 6:47 PM - How long did it take to open up?

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    7/7/19, 10:22 PM - 👍🏼😂

Red
2012 Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri South Australia
6/18/2019 - robferguson1 wrote:
Had the 2004 prior night and it was silky smooth but this was still young so I will give it 5 years and it will like be as good, great value as poor mans grange, May it continue, keep the secret!
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    6/19/19, 9:38 PM - We drank out 2011 for Fathers day. I have been told that 2011 was a challenging year. The 2011 was a nice wine, but it wasn't what I expect from the St. Henri. Have you had the 2011 or a better question is, what is your opinion on the 2011 vintage as a whole?

Red
2015 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/3/2019 - prasm Likes this wine:
92 points
Popped and poured, consumed over 4 hours. Nose: Medium expressiveness, blue and red fruit - blueberry & cranberry, shoe polish undertones, licorice, and allspice. Palate: Medium bodied, perfectly ripe blue and black fruit attack, graphite and camphor appear through the mid-palate, very interesting complexity on the palate, graphite and dark fruit dominate the back-end and persist through a 45-60 second finish. This wine definitely punches well above it's weight class, seriously good juice for $28.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    6/4/19, 8:42 AM - $28.00? I paid $89.00 for this wine in Canada. That is how we pay for health care.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    6/4/19, 7:26 PM - I picked it up through Everything Wine in BC. It was through a new Bordeaux release back in Sept. last year. If you paid $47 in Quebec, well done. Yip, it's confirmed. I have way over paid for this wine. I just reviewed my order.
    Chateau Tour Saint Christophe Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2015 Red Blend 750ml
    131180
    $89.99
    Ordered 4
    Shipped 4
    $359.96

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    6/4/19, 9:04 PM - Your KILLING ME!

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    6/6/19, 9:22 PM - LOL!
    Thanks Francois, your comment help ease the sting of buying over price wine.
    Looking at Wine-Searcher, it could be pricing it because Everything Wine is the only retailer selling the wine at this time in our area.

White
2016 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Vintner's Reserve California
6/2/2019 - SlimShaney Likes this wine:
92 points
It will get you drunk on a hot day and make doing your kids spelling homework almost manageable.

Strong flavoured chardonnay as I like it but not too overt, though could do with more acidity. But anyhow a mass produced crowd pleaser, the constructed pop music of the weekend wine scene.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    6/2/19, 11:11 AM - Thanks Slim, your note gave me a little chuckle this morning.

Red
2014 Orin Swift Machete California Red Blend
6/1/2018 - familydoc Likes this wine:
91 points
Monster fruit nose with a hint of charred fruit

plums and prunes heave for me
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    5/29/19, 8:28 AM - Interesting, the date on your note is June 1st 2018. Is that correct, or is it a software issues?

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    5/30/19, 8:33 AM - I admire your dedication. 👍🏼

Red
2010 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
5/24/2019 - mdp01 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Wished I had decanted. By end of meal was opening up nicely
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    5/24/19, 8:28 AM - How long did it take to open up? Thanks for the note.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    5/29/19, 8:31 AM - Awesome, thanks for the reply. This is why I use Cellertacker, we have a great community here.

Red
2013 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
5/18/2019 - Vince92673 Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderful nose on opening - reminiscent of great Cali cabs like Insignia. Took to our favorite Italian restaurant and enjoyed immensely as it opened over the next 2 hours. Drinking very nicely now but certainly can age longer.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    5/19/19, 8:58 PM - WOW, a Tig resembling a Cali Cab. I must pull one from the cellar and give it a try. Thanks for the note.

White
2015 Louis Latour Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru Château de Blagny Chardonnay
Very special wine to the family. Technically not a monopole. But it functions as one because of the relationship. Its what Louis Fabrice served at his wedding.

There is new oak on this but the idea is to have the backbone to age a little longer. I am being told this wine goes crazy in a hedonistic way and apparently never dumbs down.

Not the most hedoistic wine right now but certainly darn drinkable and also extremely long finish.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    5/9/19, 2:29 PM - I just placed an order. Looking forward to it.

Red
2012 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
5/8/2019 - Nojomoschwa Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted about 4 hours before serving. What a fantastic Tignanello. Elegant, graceful, and very detailed and nuanced. I wish I had more. Great deal from Wine Library at $79+ a few years back.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    5/9/19, 8:28 AM - Really appreciate the decanting time reference to your note.

Red
2015 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/8/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
Good, but still not as great as hyped in my opinyo...Worth the 30 bucks I paid for it. Drink
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    5/9/19, 8:25 AM - You paid $30.? It's a $90.00 bottle in Canada😩

White - Sparkling
2002 Bollinger Champagne R.D. Extra Brut Champagne Blend
5/2/2019 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Dinner at PST (Chicago, IL): I didn't like this as much as my last experience with it -- there's definitely a fair bit of the yeasty autolytic character in this wine, and while there was ample acidity to retain freshness, I think it goes a little too far on the doughy side for my taste. The fruit profile doesn't strike me as delineated and precise now either -- there is a bit of browning going on. Nonetheless, don't see myself turning down a glass of this anytime soon.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    5/2/19, 10:40 PM - I couldn't agree more, I wouldn't be able to turn down a glass of RD either.

Red
2015 Painted Rock Red Icon Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend
3/30/2019 - darrenv Likes this wine:
92 points
I decanted this for three hours. Had alongside a 2011 Laughing Stock Portfolio. The Red Icon had more fruit, more body and a bigger finish, but the Portfolio was elegant and had a floral note on the nose, which I loved. I can't say either wowed me. Both decent, but both about $60 and not overwhelming. Maybe it's still too young?
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    4/5/19, 4:02 AM - Canadian wines and their price premium, I find can be hard to swallow. On occasion I find a great one.

  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    4/5/19, 10:39 AM - Ping?
    I feel your pain with the allergies.

White - Sparkling
2009 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
4/5/2019 - BillyT wrote:
93 points
I hosted our company dinner party last night and ordered a bottle of Bollinger. They came to the table with Veuve Clicquot. Well, while VC is ok, it was not the level I wanted to offer my staff. I wanted something I thought was special (not that VC isn't, it just wasn't what I wanted). So I look on the menu and the only option was DP. So they bring the DP and it is the 09 vintage which I had not had as yet.

Well, all the others sharing notes are correct, young but extremely approachable, creamy full mouth feel with great balance in minerality, fruit of apricot and peach with great structure and a lingering after taste. GREAT DP with a long life ahead.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    4/5/19, 10:18 AM - I had a 09 DP in Feb. Luv'd it. I have been looking for the 08, but I have been told that it hasn't landed in Canada yet.

Red
2014 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
2/17/2019 - finlero wrote:
90 points
My first Tignanello. Decanted 2 hours before tasting. Clear, youthful ruby in the glass. Nose of cassis, graphite, white pepper, just a hint of barnyard. Young, round, and buoyant on the palate, red and black plum, licorice, some pie spice. Notably long finish, tannins more integrated than I would have expected given the youth, but this will still be quite a bit better after another 5 years. The 25% cab is really prevalent, to the extent that I'm not sure I would have called out the sangiovese if I'd tasted it blind. Lovely wine, but IMO there's much better value out there if you're willing to part with the brand name.
  • Gustavo Brambila commented:

    2/18/19, 9:36 AM - Nailed it. Thank you for your comment.

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