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La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

A absolute steal at $35, this Rioja is aging beautifully and I’d say 2022 is the perfect time to drink this. A light, tawny color. A nose of cranberries, cherries, leather, tobacco and what I’m calling a fresh goat cheese. The palate is perfectly balanced. Lots of intense, bright fruit with a wonderful acidity that reminds me of ouzo or lemon curd. The finish is long and smooth with some leathery and cedar notes. Nearly perfect structure. Wow. — 21 days ago

Roagna

Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

From what I can tell, Roagna’s Langhe Rosso is a combination of fruit from Pira and Paje made in Roagna’s traditional style of long macerations and neutral oak fermentation. I brought this bottle of the 2016 to Tasting Group and presented it double-blind to the crew. The wine pours a bright ruby with a transparent core and slightly water rim. The nose is redolent with raspberries, cranberries, mushrooms, licorice, and tobacco. On the palate, the wine is bone dry with medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. The fruit and non-fruit characteristics are confirmed. The finish is quite long. Most everyone’s calls were in Italy and mostly Piemonte with a couple calling Langhe 2016 and a few calling Barbaresco 2016…which is pretty good if you ask me. In debrief, we all found this bottle to be pretty austere and felt that it was holding its cards really close to its chest. The juice is really good...it just needs some time. FWIW, I saved a glass in the bottle to enjoy later in the evening and it had opened a little more by then. With that in mind, I expect these to be quite nice in a few years and enjoyable for several years to come. — 3 months ago

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Crisera

Nerone Di Calabria 2010

Calling this a beast plays a little too favourably into the branding… this is as close to brunello as you’ll get for a calabrese wine. It’s really good and you can probably even get upwards of 15 years on this one. — 6 months ago

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Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018

Great RRV Pinot. Easy drinking wine. Great with food & good medium finish. — 2 months ago

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Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

A favorite. Always delivers — 3 months ago

Xavier Vignon

1972 Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 1972

One of those bottles where curiosity is simply overwhelming. Opened, Audouzed 6 hours and served blind to a small gathering of friends from Tasting Group. In the glass, the wine appears a bright ruby color with a translucent core; no visual signs of age. On the nose, the wine is fresh, bursting with ripe red and dark bramble fruit, garrigue, the water from reconstituting dried porcini mushrooms, some dry earth, and purple flowers. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium tannin and medium+ acid. There’s a lovely soft texture about this. The brambly fruits are confirmed with licorice, dusty earth, and a savory quality that was rather compelling. The group felt this had southern Rhone vibes, some calling Chateauneuf Du Pape, but vintages were more recent with many calling 2014 with the Burgundian sensibilities showing through. Everyone was shocked at that this was nearly 50 years young. Truthfully, the way in which this wine was aged has granted it an unusually long life — 5 months ago

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Jay Kline

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@Severn Goodwin it’s typically my preferred method although there are times where a decanter makes the most sense
Tom Casagrande

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I had to look it up too. I’ve never done that, but it kinda makes sense. I am always nervous opening a very old wine too far ahead of the guests/dinner for fear it will peak before the appointed time and already be in decline when served.

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Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Enjoyed for the Masters 2022. Needed to be chilled a little. Smooth. Lightly fruity. "9.5+ -A" — 3 months ago

Alzinger

Ried Steinertal Smaragd Riesling 2018

Summer is calling. Pick up the phone. — 3 months ago

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Domaine Weinbach

Alsace AOC Riesling

Second time I try Weinbach. It’s remarkable though not my style. Lots and lots of weight and concentration down to the high intensity medium gold color. Lots of florals, honey note, viscous on the palate with a touch of textural phenolics. The acidity stands up to the texture but doesn’t shine. Would have a hard time calling it Riesling but a really easy time calling it Alsace — 5 months ago

Chepika

Pet Nat Catawba 2020

Pure strawberry essence dancing in the glass.

Super fruit forward , strawberries all the way. Slight effervescence. Tannins and acidity nicely calling for balance on the palate.
— 6 months ago

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