Fluid Dynamics

Luigi Pira

Serralunga Barolo Nebbiolo 2016

J. Kim
9.0

The aroma is similar to Azelia, authentic and pure, but missing some bass components. It even shows some natural wine tendencies, slightly volatile and gassy, which settles down quickly. The structure lacks the authority and the weight but it scores high in transparency and dynamics. It will not challenge the supremacy of Conternos, Mascarellos and Odderos because its aroma is less complex and powerful, but its structure is built on radically different geometry, which makes it very exciting. There is also a Burgundian sense of mastery of texture, and distinctiveness of aroma that separates it from more pedestrian Barolo’s. Also worth noting that while it shows the authentic character of Barolo it does not forego a strong individuality of the winemaker. — 9 days ago

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Terrazas de Los Andes

Cheval des Andes Mendoza Malbec Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.5

The seventeenth vintage of Cheval des Andes, a wine that has undergone a model transformation. I recently tried the 2007, and it’s fascinating to trace the different stages of its evolution, all of which say something about the contemporary history of Argentine wine. To sum up, it started out with a French love of concentration and ripeness and ended up with an equally French love of equilibrium and local terroir. The 2017 is a new beginning in itself. A blend of Malbec with 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, it presents a bold nose of fresh fruit such as sweet and sour cherry with fleshy aromas and a touch of white pepper over a bold, woody backdrop. A fluid wine, slightly taut on the palate with medium structure, a delicate feel and active tannins well integrated into the terse texture, overall it is nuanced and full of flavor. Possesses a balance that respects the concentration of the vintage without ever letting it get out of hand. An Argentine wine made with more than a nod to French expertise. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, October 2020) — 9 days ago

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Glaetzer Dixon Family Winemakers

Rêveur Pinot Noir 2015

Red fruits with noticeable stalks from whole bunch fermentation - great balance and medium bodied with fluid juicy textures - last of 3. This is showing better than the previous 2 bottles. I sometimes get overly influenced by HHs reviews He gave this only 84 points and it is 10 points better than that. — 2 months ago

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Château Lestage

Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

This 2011 lestage fairs quite well. The nose is all black currant, tar, cedar and a tad bit of oak. It's very inviting. The palate is well balanced with a nice acid backbone which gives a good drive, there is a nice black fruit shining all along it, with a silky mouthfeel. Tannins are grainy and add another dimension to the palate, disrupting the very fluid and silky initial mouthfeel. The finish is rather long with blackcurrant, some discreet oak notes, well integrated now, and a salty, meaty thing popping up along with a subtle bitterness which adds a little bit of class to the overall. One of the very best lestage I've had. No wonder they got classified Cru Bourgeois exceptionnel for their 2019, there is consistency in their work. — 3 months ago

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Emidio Pepe

Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2015

Very good
I hadn't had the trebbiano from Pepe for a looong time and the feeling is still similar
It needs time to open up
When young the palate is better than the nose
It is long and enjoyable
What has changed in time is unfortunately the price and i wondered if that is due to the market or because it has been harder to source or work the grapes
I used to pay it less than 15 euros back in Italy and I understand that time flies, but here in Melbourne this is on the shelf for 140 dollars.
I thank
@Giulio Bignozzi for sharing this with me, but I struggle to realise the dynamics about its pricing..or maybe I just don't want to.
For 30 or 40 euros I would be happy to buy and drink this, but for 140 dollars I would pick elsewhere perhaps
It is also a natural wine if I remember well and I reckon there should be a bit of ethic behind that too. Still a very good wine nonetheless, but i couldn't keep the critic for myself.
— 4 days ago

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Peter Lehmann

Stonewell Barossa Shiraz 2002

Dense Ruby in colour. Even after 18 years the oak presence is like the aromas of newly sawn wood. Ripe plums with a pruney note. On the palate rich and full bodied with fluid smooth tannins finishing dry. Obviously the product of very old Shiraz vines in the Barossa sourced from growers who the original Peter Lehmann had a marvellous bond with for decades. This is Peter Lehmann’s flagship red from the cool 2002 vintage resulting in a long hang time and great flavours. A Barossa Icon. — a month ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice, I really enjoy Shiraz when it gets around this age, the strong bottles get some of their tension removed.
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Agreed Severn. The Barossa (and McLaren Vale) are blessed with old Shiraz Vines which need to be cellared. Definitely their strength.

Château Latour à Pomerol

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2008

Superb wine. I could describe as usual but this is the feeling I got whilst drinking this wine: completely involving with fluid continuity, great depth and a captivating finish. Cheers. — 2 months ago

Josh, Sagee and 8 others liked this

Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

This was Cabernet No. 4 in the lineup of 9 tasted blind and my 3rd highest pointed wine of the 8 Cabernets. Dark red with ripe red and black fruits showing the warmth of the vintage Rich, succulent and delicious on the palate of profound intensity. Fluid persistent fine tannins. This will have a very long life. Next in 5 years if I can keep my hands off it. I have 4 left. Maybe one every 5 years for the next 20 years — 24 days ago

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Love their 09. One day.
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❤️

Ron Zacapa

Gran Reserva Edición Negra Sistema Solera

Dark tawny brown in colour. Strong molasses/cane earthy smoky aromas. A brilliant palate of Caramel, molasses - a fluid mellifluous palate, so smooth it doesn’t show its 47.5% ABV. Aged in Double charred Oak Barrels. A marvellous Rum from Guatemala - love the raffia basket weave around the base of the bottle - great presentation. — a month ago

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Severn Goodwin

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I love Zacapa, but for my palate, the 23 year is more of what I'm looking for. We've owned this, once. The 23 is a regular buy, it's also less expensive, in the US.
Bob McDonald

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That was the end of a litre bottle Severn. Now will open an 18 year old Flor de Cana from Nicaragua. Love these Central American and Cuban Rums.
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Fully agree on those locales 👍

Cellers Joan d'Anguera

Altaroses Montsant Granatxa Fina de Darmos Grenache 2013

MICHAEL COOPER
8.9

Pale red color. Aromas of violets, potpurri, raspberries. On the palate the wine is dry, medium(-) body, with medium(+) slightly chewy tannins, a fluid, liquid texture of tart strawberries and hints of ground pepper. Very easy drinking, too easy. Very good. #garnacha #spain #winesofspain #winesfromspain — 2 months ago