Toscana Merlot 2010

Dark fruit but showing precisely with solid but integrated tannins. Then rounding out with enough acidity to prevent it from becoming heavy and jammy. All about balance and a finish for dayyyyyssss. Mind blown!🤯 — 5 days ago

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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia

Bolgheri Red Bordeaux Blend 1998

This was much more open than the Masseto showing a beautiful nose of fruits & spice. — 4 months ago

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Dominio de Pingus

Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2003

One of the most stunning & beautiful wines I've ever enjoyed, and I've tasted many of the worlds best wines over last 30 years. A 1966 Leoville Las Cases is a close #2, a 1982 Mouton Rothchild, 1989 Pinchon- Longueville, 1997 Masseto, 1997 Insignia, 1997 Dominus, 2001 Termanthia, 2003 Clos de Papes... — 10 months ago

Tenuta San Guido

Bolgheri Sassicaia Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2004

Easily the best Super Tuscan I’ve ever had (Smokes 02 Masseto) — 2 years ago

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Diamond Creek Vineyards

Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Wow, what a night!! The Diamond Creek trifecta (Red Rock, Gravelly Meadow and Volcanic Hill) and Masseto. Oh my. They are all great! Masseto has to be one of the strongest Merlot’s made. The Red Rock Diamond Creek is a such a strong expression of terroir with a strong iron minerality. The Gravelly and Volcanic are much softer and approachable. Much like trying to pick between your kids! — 7 days ago

Jerry Sax
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Château Rayas

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache 1995

Bday wines. Fun night. 1995 Rayas right in prime drinking window. Roulot was WOTN for some. My fave was the 2015 Masseto. No apologies for drinking this so young as it’s incredible. Have a few laid down to see how it evolves. — 8 months ago

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Hundred Acre Vineyard

Kayli Morgan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Nic Z

Ink purple. Beautiful, extraordinary nose of creme de cassis and graphite. Full bodied, reminded me of a good Masseto. Totally drinkable now — 2 years ago

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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

Richebourg Pinot Noir 2004

Are you crazy??? Who opens this after 6-7 others....well we did and it was beautiful. I just couldn't bear to see Masseto 2012 opened so we suffered with this instead. A fantastic wine. Incredible. — 3 years ago

Richard GallosRichard LernerMichael Allison
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That would've been the first thing I opened. @Rob Sternthal

Blankiet Estate

Paradise Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Shay A

An absolutely stunning lunch from @joe leatherwood today. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.

You know you are living right when this wine is probably number five out of five reds on the table. Sounds like a slight, but with two old vintages of Insignia, older Masseto, and older Haut Brion, that’s stiff competition. Compared to those other four reds, there was more sweet fruit here. Dark fruit has softened to more of a black cherry medley, but the red fruit is still nicely tart and youthful. I picked up licorice and juicy blackberries here, both of which took me to South America for my guess. Not much herbal or secondary notes here...impressive fruit at 17yrs.
— 3 months ago

joe leatherwoodDan FitzgeraldMark Flesher
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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Tasted blind and out of a magnum vs the last experience of 5 months ago where this one was tasted from 750. This experience was definitely better and I would say two solid points higher than the February experience. 5th of five red wines in a blind lineup. However, I think if this one was poured out of a 750 it would have shown more age than the vintage suggested. Tasted very similar to the Phelps 01 Insignia out of 750. But those two could not compare to the 97 Insignia, 98 Haut Brion, and 97 Ornellaia Masseto. If served on a table of its own, no one would be disappointed or complain. But this was in a lineup of dynamite reds and was not in contention for the medal stand!

Fattoria Petrolo

Galatrona Merlot 2012

I don't care what Sideways said, I love Merlot. Right Bank at heart. And it's done well in Tuscany too (hello, Masseto). Petrolo's top wine Galatrona from 2012 is a ripe Merlot. Mocha, cherries and spice come together deliciously. We enjoyed this wine at a terrific Japanese steakhouse in Williamsburg called Salt + Charcoal. Fatty, salty, juicy red meat with a big Merlot... kampai! indeed. — 2 years ago

Cara Zimmerman
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Right on, great stuff. I'm sitting on some 2004's on this one.