• jrick wrote: 89 points

    January 5, 2021 - 89 bordering on 90, this certainly delivered more than I was hoping for. A bottle that has been kept in great storage conditions since purchase just over 6 years ago, it was not intended to be kept for this long but sort of forgot about it. Has a lot of Freisa about it, fresh acidity and quite tannic. Floral with roses and violets, mineral with iron and tar, dark fruit that seems affected by the Merlot and CS inclusion to the darker end of the spectrum, black currant and Cherry. A little hint of dark chocolate and the tiniest hint of leathery maturity. It's not like I am going to start laying down new vintages of this wine, but I was happy that it delivered so much drinking pleasure. CT drink latest of 2020 was certainly pessimistic unless you have stored the bottle poorly.

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  • Nutty08 wrote: 90 points

    March 21, 2019 - Good, but better with fruit. Acidity is quite prominent. Fruit profile is quite dark, but not roasted. Leather and tar elements. More brute force than elegance/polish. Enjoyed with food but a little too much on its own.

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  • Ramberg wrote: 89 points

    August 3, 2017 - No real notes taken.
    Good, not great.
    Final bottle in my cellar.
    89 points, solid and enjoyable.

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  • Jack O'Brien wrote:

    June 25, 2016 - The 2012 is better - they went a little heavy with the Merlot and Cab this year and it tastes as such on the palate. This seems more like a modern wine with a hint of the Langa terroir.

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  • Trader79 wrote: 87 points

    February 21, 2016 - I was in a rush and picked this up thinking it was 100% Nebbiolo. Very dry out of the gate, needs a decent amount of air. Ironically I've had a few 2011 Barolo's that were more open initially than this wine was.

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  • Rezy13 wrote:

    August 11, 2015 - Tuesday Night Double Blind <$40 (Bin 75): Ruby garnet, clarity; sweet, juicy, new, Italian, tart, candied strawberry and raspberry, Jolly Rancher-esque, some herbs; tart, sour, dark cherry, some raspberry, a touch of grip, still some nice acid; we were all on Dolcetto; this really needed air which knocked off some of the candy and brought out a more serious quality to the wine; good though not as good as the previous bottle.

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  • Ramberg wrote: 89 points

    July 10, 2015 - See previous note on this wine (2015-01-03).
    A bit more sour red berries (the good type!) present in this bottle.
    A very interesting and good bottle indeed, no signs of any big evolution since last time.
    (88 – 90)

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  • Rezy13 Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 26, 2015 - Tuesday Night Double Blind $80+ (Bin 75): Dark garnet core with maroon rim; plummy, soft dark fruit, currant, boxwood, good depth to the nose, floral; juicy fruit on the palate, fresh acid, sour, some tannin; very nice; thought this was a stout Barbera and the boxwood and currant notes make sense due to the Bordeaux varieties in this.

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  • Burgundy Al wrote: 86 points

    April 4, 2015 - Tasting, brief note. Black cherry and plum with floral notes to start, firm tannins in the middle. Some rough edges now, better in another year or two. This didn't come across as very "Piedmont" to me, but then I found out the wine consists of Freisa, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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  • rmcnees wrote: 88 points

    April 4, 2015 - Dark garnet colored, medium bodied, bright vibrant flavors of black berry and black cherry with tones of floral, smoke, cedar, earth and dried herbs.

    http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2015/04/la-jota-howell-mtn-napa-cab-highlights.html

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