Pesenti Vineyard Grenache 2021

This new offering from Turley is a total sledgehammer. Full bodied with ripe, boozy raspberry and spice flavors giving way to a plummy finish. Tremendous — 4 months ago

Le Macchiole

Paleo Bolgheri Cabernet Franc 2006

Pomegranate opener, then alarm bells, then capiscum, soil, and a sledgehammer finish - cascade of velvet. — 4 years ago

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K.H. Schneider

Felsenberg Riesling Auslese 2015

Citrus flower on the. Jose. Intense citrus. Such great acidic balance. Wonderful. So clean and fresh. Not a sledgehammer auslese Great because of the balance but not obvious weight. Bought from fass selections ... epic intense juicy tartness as it opens. Wow. ... a week in still great. Stone fruits. Acidity. Wow. — 5 years ago

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Lyle Fass

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17 is better

Domaine Laurent & Karen Boussey

Puligny-Montrachet Chardonnay 2017

Small producer making some excellent wines. Only $58 so quite on the low side these days for village puligny.

Very good on pop and pour.

Nose is gorgeous. Seashells. Some flowers. Very mineral. Intensely aromatic.

Palate has good richness. Very good. Mineral spine. On the dense side but by no means a sledgehammer. Really delicious. Sweet fruit. Very good amplitude. Almost a hint of peach.

Long lovely nicely fruited finish.

Bought from fass selections.

— 3 years ago

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Great wine. This was less in 17 and 58 in 18 because of tariffs

Guillaume Gilles

Les Massardieres Gamay 2017

Wow. Can’t decide if this is plain dark or totally evil. Nose is dense blackberry and licorice flower. Almost sagrantinoey But it has a lovely sweetness. Palate is dark fruits. A bit of licorice. Mineral. Almost a hint of spicy mineral with a pleasant balancing hint of bitterness. The wine is on the sledgehammer side a bit so you have to be prepared for that. There is some brightness but it’s more In the background. As it opens some lovely licorice flower on the finish. Slightly pleasantly grippy texture. Not typical bojo gamay. But this has a place in a cellar. It’s a great example of what it is. Perhaps the only example of what it is. — 4 years ago

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Shafer Vineyards

Hillside Select Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

3 hour Audoze followed by a 2 hour decant and poured back in the bottle for dinner. This was extraordinary! Every bit as impressive as the ‘01 and ‘02. Robust blackberries, graphite, a smooth yet substantial mouthfeel and a sensational lingering finish. I recall reading a review of the Shafer HSS that descried the wine as “an elegant sledgehammer”....a perfectly succinct and apt description — 5 years ago

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05 is my favorite, typical decant for me is 4 hours, drink over the next two hours and it just keeps getting better, still have a couple mags of 05 & 2 .750’s
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Francois Gerard

Condrieu Côte Chatillon Viognier 2016

Nose is tropical flowers. A hint of honey. An hour in more dense. The most elegant honey. Not unctuous at all.

Palate is quite mineral. Fresh . Not unctuous more precise. Like really mineral water flavored with tropical essence. Not obnoxious. Very very elegant.

The great thing about this is that it has very elegant richness and integrated minerality. It’s not a sledgehammer. No obvious wood after 15 minutes.


Needs an hour for density to present itself. Then it’s amazing.

Bought from fass selections.
— 3 years ago

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Miner Family

Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Beautifully balanced Cab fruit. Cassis without a sledgehammer. — 5 years ago

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De Dolle Brouwers

Stille Nacht 2012

Delicious sledgehammer to the head — 5 years ago

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Peter Jakob Kühn

Rheinschiefer Trocken Riesling 2017

A velvet sledgehammer. All the power, intensity, precision and length you could want from a dry white wine. Burgundian weight and richness. Slate, rainwater, blood orange, fresh milk. Riveting. — 5 years ago

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