Elements Of Islay

Bott-Geyl

Les Elements Alsace Riesling 2018

Just falls short of excellency. Great mouthfeel. Not too acidic for a riesling, medium fruitiness and balanced intensity. — 2 days ago

Denis (Isabelle et Denis) Pommier

Fourchaume Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2017

Lyle Fass
9.4

Terrific rich and deep nose of savory minerals and an elite airiness. Also a hint if that classic Pommier richness. Pure and fresh. Palate is deep, rich, savory and incisive. Mouth-filling and deep. Awesome structure and finesse. So well made. Flavors of lemon, lemon pith and some savory elements. Has years to go. Truly great. — 6 days ago

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Valdicava

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2006

Amazing brunello...love this producer...dried red fruit/black fruits, savory, leather and cigar box. Came out of the gate with some VA and barnyard funk which made it fun as the structural elements all there..it blew away in time but overall just perfect. Paired with grandmas pizza! — 14 hours ago

Château Pontet-Canet

Les Hauts De Pontet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

45+ decant but needed closer to 2 hours. Dark purple in color. Nose was all over the place - US, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy. Wine had minimal fruit, plenty of wood, and lots of Portuguese elements. Would have guessed California or Portugal if having blind. Depth was medium as well as the finish. Ample tannins. Expected more from the label and vintage. — 22 days ago

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Manolis Garalis

Terra Ambera Muscat of Alexandria 2019

This bouquet is magnetic man. Honeycomb, wildflowers, sweet apricot preserves, and jammy jam jam lilies.

Subtle apricot and flowery honey petals. I’m not even making sense because of how much this drips of wonderfully fragrant natural elements.

Slight bubbles. No funkiness, just smooth sailing to flavor town.
— a month ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Flavor Town...Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner.

Terre Antiche

Rubino Cesanese del Piglio 2019

First bottling for this Cesanese del Piglio producer, and it’s very interesting. Still young and a bit harsh on the tannins, but the style is lean and elegant. Not a typical Cesanese. Notes of Dolcetto-like dark fruit, crossed with floral Nebbiolo elements. — 18 days ago

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Analemma

Tinto Mosier Hills Tempranillo Syrah 2017

Bought at winery. Garnet red, moderately extracted pigment. Leather, tangerine and red fruit aromas. Oak and cherry flavors, slight seed bitterness, good acid, wood and somewhat gripping acid-skin astringency on finish. Drinkable now, but not sure what additional aging will get you tannin-wise. More wood dominance and less fruit? Balance among the elements now so why wait? Winery tasting notes mention fresh fig (yes, how did I miss that?) petrichor (huh? Turns out I know what this is - smell of dust or dirt after rain first falls on soil, but I didn’t pick this up in the wine) and red currant (close enough). 40/25/25/10 blend of Grenache (tangerine note), Tempranillo, Syrah (cherry) and Mencia, 228 cases produced. If you’ve never heard of Mencia, Analemma or this AVA, you have to check them out! Only one bottle to taste *sigh* Give the wine an hour for the red fruit to come out and develop length, and a better quaff at that — 8 days ago

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Weingut Weltner

Rödelseer Schwanleite Trocken Sylvaner 2016

Timothy Eustis
9.2

Rich and interesting. Lovely fruit but tons of savory elements. I love this. — 7 days ago

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Yes 👍 all the Weltner stuff is wonderful.
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Just had 17 this am

Adobe Road

Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Paul K
9.2

Bright cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, tobacco, and a little forest floor funk at the end. It’s got good balance and a nice, long finish.
Rich, full bodied. It has all the elements. I read the other reviews and it feels like I’m drinking a different wine. The last one was 3 years ago, so maybe time in the bottle.
This is really good. A little disappointed with this because expectation of price, vintage, and vineyard, but I still really enjoy it. Gone back and forth between 91 and 92.
— 3 hours ago

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Tulloch

Sémillon Verdelho 1983

One more from the James Halliday's Collection
Never had a blend semillon verdelho, but i must admit you you can tell than 80% is sem
The wine kept marvellously, it is still fresh and there is a touch of oak which you can hardly tell since the toasty side of the semillon has developed fully, but all the other elements are covered up
A bit of mandarin and loquat
Nutmeg, ginger, white pepper and coriander
Mushroon, thyme and oregano
Graphite, hazelnut, straw and marzipan
It is long and perhaps not for everyone palate(which is probably a minus), but i wish everyone to open a 37yo white wine that has hot so much to say. Should I add how much I love my Hunter Semillon? I reckon everyone knows😅

BTW early morning after in the empty glass left on the table I smell apple crumble with cinnamon..i must be dying for breakfast 😁
— 16 days ago

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Ceccherini Cristiano

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@Ira Schwartz prices went sky-rocketing, but there was so much to choose from. I am sorry you missed out. I was adrenaline for a month waiting for the day.🤪🤪
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@Ceccherini Cristiano @Bob McDonald given the logistics it’s unlikely I would’ve bid. If I were involved, I definitely would’ve put a premium on the wonderful provenance .