Ol' Grafter

Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga

Fontalloro Toscana Sangiovese 2008

ESF
9.2

Ol Tuscan Aristocratic: gorgeous dark ruby w/noticeable bricking at edges: dusty country cherries & currants mingle with soil, worn leather & subtle spice. Something special about it - med bodied, well framed w/just enough acidity to spar w/surprisingly rugged tannins. Secondary elements really shine on mid palate. Graceful finish & cherry tinged follow through. Only thing holding this back is the marginal acidity. Drink up! — a month ago

Adam, "Odedi" and 6 others liked this

Orin Swift Cellars

Inside Out Red Blend 2018

Shazam. A big in your face blend that is fun to drink alone or with a big ol burger! — 5 months ago

Shay liked this

Haut-Fonrazade

St. Émilion Grand Cru 2008

Is Merlot Monday a thing? Okay so this is only 80% Merlot (20% Cab Franc) but it is working for me. Smells like purple plums got inspired to write poetry about the cedar trees and violets blooming in their backyard (plums DO have backyards) so they naturally whipped out number two pencils, lit a pipe, and chilled out to write in situ. The plums, the pencils, the trees and flora, the birds and bees, you get all this in here. And soy sauce. I can’t explain it. Mayhaps I’ll go old-school and give it the ol’ WSET analysis:
Eye: medium ruby teasing at the beginnings of garnet at the rim. Thick slow tears.
Nose: medium plus intensity of plums, cassis, cedar, violet, tobacco and dare I say...garrigue‽ in Merlot? Who knew.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium plus alcohol (albeit nowadays we would have to call it high as it is 14.1 so just barely high), medium body medium plus flavors echoing the nose with the added savory soy note that is quite compelling. Finish is medium plus.
It may be too late for new year resolutions but mine is now to not neglect Merlot. Merlot Monday’s it is!
— 7 months ago

Paul, Daniel P. and 16 others liked this

Domaine de la Pépière

Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Melon de Bourgogne 2019

A good ol standby. Value for your dollar.
N:Very grassy w lime peel, green apple and salt
P: Just a hint of frizzante, green apple, rounder than the nose might lead one to think, but the acids cut it off and refresh the palate. Some honeydew and lots of minerality.
— a month ago

Byron, Neil and 3 others liked this

Podericellario

Rosso Vasca 2 Freisa Blend

A big ol’ jug of birthday pizza wine, for the 2nd annual Pizza Sit — 4 months ago

Hirsch Vineyards

San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2011

2011 bottle from the cellar, very nice weight, the good ol days — 6 months ago

Stephen and Ira liked this

Paul Chapelle

Gravières Santenay 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2012

What a deal/qpr -& released with some age. Persistent cherry life savers, some gamey notes. I used a big ol Pinot Noir glass for first time, kinda fun. Day 2 notes: so much deeper & nuanced, with the cherry life savers giving way to a meatier, meaner body. The QPR is now glowing. — 7 months ago

Severn, Anthony and 6 others liked this

Twisted Oak

Ol' Chumbucket Tempranillo Blend 2014

Among many perfect wines expertly crafted by El Jefe, this was perfect with barbecued ribs. — 2 months ago

Bonnie Hodur
with Bonnie

Buoncristiani

O.P.C. Ol' Pa's Cuvée Proprietary Red Blend 2013

Not remembering where I got this or what I paid. Pleasant wine, interesting blend. — 3 months ago

David liked this

Domaine Leflaive

Mâcon-Verzé Chardonnay

Another excellent OL, a little more mineral and acid than the Aux-D, less crisp and clean but also more buttery than the Mersault / Monthelie — 7 months ago