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Ruffino

Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2020

In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make Italian wines from the heart of Tuscany. Medium Ruby red color with aromas of dark berry fruit and earthy spice, blend of 80% Sangiovese with rest Merlot and Cab Sauv. On the palate flavors of black cherry and plum with tobacco, pepper and earthy cedar notes. Full-bodied, well balanced soft drying tannins on a smooth medium+ finish. Grab some Italian food and enjoy the great value wine. Consistent quality, a Fav!! — 9 days ago

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Château Angélus

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

2005 vintage. Decanted and open for 3.5 hours before tasting. Intense and spicy richness in the frontal palate/gums. Harmonious the rest of the journey. Very very close to opening the door to the hall of mirrors and entering the "zone" of optimal drinking. Still pretty youthful and no rush to crush. At least two decades of gorgeous enjoyment ahead. Even the greatest wines change themselves in the looking glass. 5.17.23. — 9 months ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice nice nice!

Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello

Monprivato di Castiglione Falletto Barolo Nebbiolo 2015

Finally a taste of ripe dark cherry, white flowers and baking spice. A fight to open - nose never did, even at 5 hour decant. Leave the rest in the cellar for many years. — 2 years ago

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Domaine Belleville

Rabourcé Rully 1er Cru Chardonnay 2006

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9.0

Golden color and whiffs of oxidation but still holding up very nicely in its balance and complexity and perfect for dinner of mixed sushi. Better drink up the rest though. — 2 years ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

A blend of 80% Tempranillo with 15% Garnacha, rest Graciano and Mazuelo, aged 5 years in American oak, deep Ruby with aromas of ripe jammy fruits, spice and tobacco notes, resulting from a warm dry growing season. On the palate flavors of ripe plum, blueberry and ripe cherry with spice, tobacco and cedar notes. Fine big rustic tannins, long finish, savory ending with tobacco and leather notes. Nice! — 20 days ago

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Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2010

Served double-blind as a sort of epilogue to an already epic night. This was served alongside another red wine that was also presented double-blind. Immediately, I called this Southern Rhone and the other wine, Sangiovese from Toscano (it ended up being a 2012 Biondi Santi Riserva). This presented a bright ruby color in the glass with a transparent core. This wine…had an OMG nose. The kind of aromatics that could end all wars and bring a century of peace to all mankind. It’s both powerful and elegant. Both ripe and fresh. An androgynous wine that represents both masculine and feminine with a grace that would make Prince or David Bowie envious. Gorgeously layered red and dark fruits, exotic spices, licorice and garrigue wrapped in the most beautifully textured package imaginable. It reminded me of something similar a previous experience; like Fonsalette…but this was different, there was more here. When you taste this, everything becomes clear. You look at everyone at the table differently; for what you have more in common instead of what makes us different. An experience akin to an Odesza show on MDMA. It’s that profound and then you are forever changed. You wake up the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that and weeks go by and your worldview is different. You see love in everything. And then it was revealed to be a 2010 Chateau Rayas. *Insert expletive*. A magnificent wine. An epiphany and, as far as I’m concerned, perfect. This is not merely a great Chateauneuf du Pape. This transcends the appellation. It should be its own AOC. Drink now or whenever you’re reading this note. — 8 months ago

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Tom Casagrande

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Bucket list to drink a Rayas.
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@Ceccherini Cristiano @Tom Casagrande @Andrew Cullimore thank you…but really, thank the wine. It was truly that special.

C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España)

Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Deep Ruby, aromas of sweet red and black fruits with pepper spice and oak. 4 grape blend from some of CVNE's best vineyards in the Rioja Alta (85% Tempranillo, rest Garnacha, Mazuelo & Graciano), aged in both French and American oak for 24 months. On the palate flavors of blackberry and currants with licorice, vanilla, tobacco & toasty oak tones. Soft full ripe tannins, wonderful balance, lively acidity on a long finish ending with an earthy mineral character. Very nice! Tried several bottles! — 2 years ago

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Black Kite Cellars

Kite's Rest Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018

[Tasted on November 3, 2023 at Home]

The Kite’s Rest estate vineyard is located in Anderson Valley, 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Cherry and dried red currant, with licorice, smoke, stony minerality and spice.
— 4 months ago

Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga

Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2019

I was expecting more from this reputable producer of Chianti. The bottom line is that this is too young to be drinking now, especially for such a long living wine. The mid palate needs to fill out to catch up with the tannic finish which means the wine finishes with some astringency. Needs to rest in a cool cellar for 5 to 10 years at least. — 6 months ago

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Agree. Like this producer but their CC performs nicely in 10 years.

Podere Poggio Scalette

Il Carbonaione Alta Valle della Greve IGT Sangiovese 2013

Sangiovese from some of the oldest vines in Tuscany. The personal estate of Victorio Fiore and his son. Very dark and opaque. Nose is floral,earthy and dusty. Plum, black cherry, licorice and dark chocolate flavors. Still tannic and ++ acidity. Quite dense even after a hours long decant and open 2 days. Needs more time to rest. — a year ago

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