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Tenuta di Trinoro 'Le Cupole' Rosso Toscana 2014 image
Posted Oct 2, 2019[Verified]

"It has a good medium body. red fruit mild tannins 90pts"

Sette Ponti Crognolo 2015 image
NICE WINE GREAT VALUE
Posted Jul 18, 2019

"2016. Dark ruby. Cherries, strawberry twizzlers, and some cedar on the nose. Nice dark fruit on the palate with medium body and tannins that fade softly. Great, elegant super tuscan. I like it better than the oreno. 91_92 pts"

Felsina 'Fontalloro' Sangiovese 2013 image
FAIR
Posted Jul 17, 2019

"Dry acidic light body. Lacks depth structure. Little fruit. Not memorable. Disappointed by all the hype 89-90 pts"

Siro Pacenti 'Pelagrilli' Brunello di Montalcino 2013 image
WOW
Posted Jul 9, 2019[Verified]

"Dark ruby red not typical of brunel. Floral herbal nose with red cherry strawberry cedar oak . Some hint of fresh watermelon too! What? Yes . palate is succulent rich full of fruit and more new world than expect. Hint of oak . Great finish . Chalky medium tannins . 92_94 pts . Cant wait to see how it develops with decanting . But it's so good right out of the bottle"

Le P'tit Paysan Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 image
AVERAGE
Posted Jun 8, 2019[Verified]

"Nose of berrie. palate ligh. lil sweet light fruit mild tannins.light body. Not memorable. 89 pts"

Chateau La Diligente Puisseguin Saint-Emillion 2015 image
GOOD
Posted May 31, 2019[Verified]

"Dark fruit on the nose and palate medium body fine tannins 90 pt. nothing wrong here"

Hardin 'Napa Valley' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 image
GOOD
Posted May 29, 2019[Verified]

"A fruit forward wine that got progressively darker and less sweet with more chocolate and espresso on progressive days after opening i. best on day 4 so decant, decant, decant! 89 pts first day 91 pts last da."

Chateau La Croix Lartigue Cotes du Castillon 2011 image
NICE WINE
Posted May 25, 2019[Verified]

"Dark opaque. Nose of strawberry dark cherry. Cedar. I smell the cab franc for sureDark fruit. Good acidity. Espresso finish. Firm chewy tannins. Good medium body. Nice finish. 91 pts."

Finca El Refugio 'Legado' Petit Verdot 2011 image
NICE WINE GREAT VALUE
Posted May 22, 2019[Verified]

"Dark inky purple. Vanilla spice nose. Big juicy grape. Succulent cherry. Bold full body. Firm tannins that linger. Bitter espresso finish and Hintof oak. 90-91 pts. A great value."

Elouan By Copper Cane Pinot Noir 2017 image
OK
Posted May 22, 2019

"Cherry on the palate. Short finish. I like a more classic Russian River valley style Pinot noir that this wine does not have. 89-90 pts"

Pian dell'Orino 'Piandorino' 2014 image
Posted May 21, 2019[Verified]

"Not memorable. 90 pts."

Castello di Monsanto 'Riserva' Chianti Classico RSV 2015 image
GREAT
Posted Dec 20, 2018

"Nice dark purple opaque; darker than usual chianti. Great dark fruit of prune and plum on the nose. Some lavender as well. Palate of dark fruit and some dark cherry. medium body. nice long medium tannins. Drinks more like a super Tuscan . Very nice. better on 4th night corked in wine fridge 92 pts decant"

Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 image
GOOD
Posted Dec 20, 2018

"Nice ruby hue nose of red cherry and cedar palate is tart and a bit bitter on the end nice medium tannins it got better by day 4 corked wine fridge not very good straight out of the bottle food specific good with traditional Italian food 90-91 points"

Bodegas Triton Tinta de Toro 2016 image
GOOD
Posted Dec 12, 2018[Verified]

"Deep dark purple. The Nose is of dark plum and dark candied fruit with some smoke. The palate Is a deep dark fruit flavor with coffee and some tart mixed in slight bitter finish mellowed on the second night. not my type of wine. amazing how different Toro can be. 89_90 point"

Numanthia Termes Toro Termes 2015 image
NICE WINE
Posted Dec 11, 2018[Verified]

"Nice dark purple hue. The nose is of dark plum dark fruit vanilla clove and oak . The palate continues with dark fruit and some tart cherry and jolly rancher. The tannins are firm and round and linger softly. This is a good wine. 91 points. Good value at this price"

Domaine De L'Agly Les Cimes 2013 image
GOOD
Posted Dec 1, 2018[Verified]

"Very nice Wine for the price. Minerals give way to dark fruit. Chocolate. Espresso. Mild velvety tannins. A silky wine. Nice medium body. 91 points. So good with lighter fare like oven roast chicken."

Martinelli 'Zio Tony' Pinot Noir 2015 image
VERY GOOD
Posted Nov 7, 2018[Verified]

"Dark dense color. Darker than most Pinot noir. Flowers honey lavender nose. Little menthol too. Palate is deep rich dark fruit and some sweet red cherry. Mild spice clove. Mild tannins. Medium body. Noticeable but slight bitterness is anticlimactic /disappoints at the end Reminiscentof the dairyman Belle glos but not as good because of that parting bitterness. Tasted over 5 nights non vacuum corked winefridge. Very consistentent each night. 92 pts. True to the winemaking process described (whichmeans it was not filtered or really touched out of the barrel to the bottle) this young wine put to rest for only a month or two showed fine sediment in the bottle."

Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 image
EXCELLENT CAB
Posted Oct 30, 2018[Verified]

"Beautiful dark color. Vanilla. Spice. Everything nice on the palate and nose. Very smooth. Nice tannins. Good finish. 92-93 pts"

La Rioja Alta 'Vina Ardanza' Rioja Reserva 2008 image
VERY GOOD OLD WORLD MATURE WINE
Posted Oct 23, 2018

"Dark Ruby color. Nose of honey. Prune. Cedar. Clove and spice. Silky medium body. Camomile and honey give way toTart acidity. Cherry. Dark esspresso. It got better after 3 days stored corked in a winefridge. This will appeal to the more expert Wine Drinker and much less so to a novice palate"

Paul Hobbs 'Napa Crossbarn' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 image
GOOD
Posted Oct 10, 2018[Verified]

"An entry level Paul Hobbs. Nose has an earthy overtone. The palate is pretty routine but not overly sweet. Its not memorable. 90-91 pts. The Paul Hobbs Napa Cabernet for $105 is a better buy despite the higher price tag."

Martinelli 'Bella Vigna' Pinot Noir 2014 image
VERY GOOD
Posted Aug 26, 2018

"Nice light color. Great nose of spice, vanilla. On the palate a beautiful sweetness. Tart cherry. Sour candy. BBQ smoke. Lingers so softly. Nice mild round tannins. Great wine. 92pts 2014 vintage"

Casa Castillo El Molar 2014 image
GOOD WINE
Posted Aug 26, 2018

"Tart red cherry. Sweet strawberry. Acid. Not much fruit. No oak light to medium body. 90 pts. This jumilla is not typical as it's not monastrell but rather 100% Grenache. Enjoy"

Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2010 image
EXCELLENT
Posted Aug 18, 2018[Verified]

"Nice sweet cherry. Good smooth tannins. Beautiful tannins. Great brunello. Decant. Longer the better."

Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2012 image
EXCELLENT
Posted Aug 18, 2018

"2010 vintage. Nice sweet dark cherry. Great smooth tannins. A lovely brunello with excellent layers. I wish we decanted it longer."

Michele Satta Bolgheri Rosso 2015 image
GOOD WINE
Posted Jul 31, 2018[Verified]

"It is a floral and fresh wine with good fruit and zest. Lively. Not very full. Too light and fruity for my palate but I can understand who might appreciate this wine. Good structure. 90 POINTS"

Antinori 'Guado al Tasso' Il Bruciato 2015 image
GOOD WINE
Posted Jul 26, 2018[Verified]

"I had this one night at a party. It was a decent wine off the top of my head. Dark fruit. Good structure. Acidity. Food specific. Nothing memorable."

Vilalva Reserva Douro 2015 image
GOOD
Posted Jul 10, 2018[Verified]

"Nice dark purple hue. Noses of dark sour cherry. Dark plums and black cherry palate. Slightly tart. Mild smooth tannins. No bitterness. Lil hint of smoke on the finish. Its not gonna get better so drink now. Its a simple but good wine. Good for a large backyard party or BBQ. Great value /QPR. 90 POINTS"

Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2014 image
GREAT CHIANTI
Posted Jul 2, 2018

"Nice dark color. Nose dark fruit. Prunes and dark cherry palate is full. Medium body. Some oak. Some mildsweetness and medium round tannins. Great value. 91-92 points"

Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 image
ACIDIC
Posted Jul 1, 2018[Verified]

"Nice dark color. Alcohol and dark fruit nose. Very little fruit on palate. Dry. Dry. Acidic.Not a great wine. Disclaimer: tasting review on fourth nightopened, corked in fridge. Did not change a lot. In a world full of great Chianti and other wine, this is not memorable."

Podere Brizio Rosso di Montalcino 2015 image
GREAT WINE
Posted Jun 22, 2018[Verified]

"Nice ruby red color. The nose has nice Violet and floral notes with some hints of lavender and red fruit. There is initial sweetness on the front palate gives way to very firm and very pleasant tannins that linger nicely. This is a very enjoyable wine without food but even more so with good Italian food. 91pts. Great RDM"

Fattorie Melini 'Selvanella' Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 image
GOOD WINE
Posted Jun 22, 2018[Verified]

"Nice Ruby red color. Concentrated dark fruit and dried cherries on the nose. Palate is tart cherry, plum and prune. Minor intermittent smoke. Very Italian food specific. Great with meatballs and sauce etc.mild tannins. straight forward Chianti classico riserva. 91pts"

Casanova di Neri 'Ir Rosso' Di Casanova di Neri 2015 image
DECENT WINE
Posted Jun 20, 2018[Verified]

"Nice dark and dense purple color. Nose is dark fruit and berries with slight Brandy. Dark cherry and plum palate. Slight Olive brine. Medium body. Tannins are mild and round. 90 points. It's a good table wine with Italian food."

The Prisoner Red Blend 2016 image
UNIQUE
Posted Jun 13, 2018

"Im a just a bit disappointed by all the hype. I think this wine is very unique. It is very sweet The hue is dark. The nose is as described but it's essentially port and Sherry. A super concentrated sweet fortified wine flavor. I think there has to be significant tampering with the winemaking process here. This is not for my palate but if you like this you definitely like port and Sherry. Consider the basil Hayden port rye or Spanish Brandy from Jerez afte dinner with this. Same lineage."

Domaine Lafage 'La Narassa' Red Blend 2015 image
DECENT WINE
Posted Jun 8, 2018[Verified]

"90 pt. Dark inky purple. Cherry nose. Warm palate. Medium body overall. Dark cherry cola and stewed plum and prune. Dark, sweet fruit dominates. Fresh and young tasting. I bet there is mourvedre and syrah tucked into this. Mild smooth tannins. It's not my style but my California-wine-fan friends would love it. Beautiful bottle and label. It's a good overall value but not for Italian dry wine lovers like me. By fourth night it lost its fruit."

Bodegas Ego 'Infinito' Red Blend 2012 image
GOOD
Posted Feb 22, 2018[Verified]

"Dark inky purple. Nice dark plums on nose. Youthful tasting younger than its stated age. Big dark cherry cola up front. Juicy. Some vanilla and spice from oak mid palate. Mild tannins. Finish is sweet. Not my style but good structure. This is a pleaser for the less experienced palate and occasional wine drinker. Drinks like a lower end Cab. The opposite of a dry wine. Lotta sugar here. 15%ABV supports that observation. It got better with aeration. 90 pts"

Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe 2016 image
GOOD
Posted Feb 14, 2018[Verified]

"Nice Ruby red. Nose of mild rubber. Asphalt. Earthy. But pleasant. Berries up front but fruit is mild. Late palate reminiscent of coconut water. Medium to firm tannins are round. No bitterness. Great dry wine May get better with age,certainly good now. Italian dishes will pair very well. 90-91 pts"

Cantalupo 'Agamium' Nebbiolo 2009 image
GREAT
Posted Jan 26, 2018

"Nice light read color. Cherries on the nose. Dark fruit and cherries. Little Greek yogurt. Good firm tannins linger. Love this wine. Great with any traditional italian Food."

Molino 'Gallinotto' Barolo 2013 image
GOOD AND SOLID
Posted Jan 25, 2018[Verified]

"Nice garnet typical of barolo. Nose of violet, lavender, strawberries and Concord grapes. Mild sweet fruit. Dark cherries and chocolate on the palate. Great firm tannins linger. Round and smooth. Great wine. 92 pts."

Decoy by Duckhorn Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 image
GOOD
Posted Nov 27, 2017

"Nice tart dark hue and raspberries cherries on nose. Those notes carry over to the front palate. The mid palate gives way to a hint of tart jollyrancher candy dominated by darkchocolate and espresso. Mild tannins. Not too dry. No real oak notes. Does not drink like a cab in my opinion. A nice wine at a good price. 90 pts"

Antinori 'Toscana' Villa Antinori Rosso 2013 image
GOOD
Posted Nov 25, 2017[Verified]

"Dark cherries. Good tannins. Smooth finish. Good italian Tuscan red made for Italian fare. 90 pts."

Le Potazzine Rosso di Montalcino 2015 image
GOOD
Posted Nov 3, 2017[Verified]

"Mild flowers on nose. Dark Cherries and mild dark chocolate. Silky wine. Mild tannins. A nice wine with good structure. Good for Italian cuisine for sure drinks like a super Tuscan pricey relativeto it's competition but a nice bottle overall. 91 pts"

Castello Banfi Rosso Di Montalcino 2015 image
GOOD
Posted Nov 3, 2017

"Good structure. Dark fruit. Mild oak. Good tannins. 91 pts"

Altesino Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2015 image
GOOD
Posted Nov 3, 2017

"Good wine but better RDM for the price. I enjoyed it though. Dark fruit. Not much oak. Dry. Fair tannins. Not memorable. 90 pt"

Barone Ricasoli 'Brolio' Chianti Classico 2013 image
GOOD
Posted Nov 1, 2017[Verified]

"Nice tart dark Cherries. Good acidity. Nice tannins. Great Chianti. 91 pts"

Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso di Montalcino 2015 image
EXCELLENT VALUE
Posted Nov 1, 2017[Verified]

"Nice dark hue. Dark plum and fruit on nose and palate. Espresso chocolate. Some vanilla and spice from the oak in background. Long smooth tannins finish well. Great wine. Best RDM I've had in a while. 91-92 pts"

Marisco Vineyards 'The Kings Favour' Sauvignon Blanc 2015 image
GOOD
Posted Oct 28, 2017[Verified]

"I don't typically drink SB but this one is good. Not as acidic and thin like the usual SBs are. Good value."

Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile 2013 image
GOOD
Posted Oct 28, 2017[Verified]

"2015 reviewGreat dark hue. Plums. Cherries. Medium body and tannins. Good smooth finish. Great value. 91 pts"

La Colombina Rosso di Montalcino 2014 image
AVERAGE
Posted Oct 27, 2017[Verified]

"This has good dark color and fruit. Medium tannins. A bit tart. 90 pts"

Castello Banfi Rosso Di Montalcino 2014 image
PRIVATE REVIEW
Posted Oct 27, 2017[Verified]
San Polo Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2014 image
AVERAGE
Posted Oct 27, 2017[Verified]

"Violet lavender nose. Thin body. Acidic. No fruit. Did not get better after a night recorked in winefridge. This wine is not special. Better RDM out there for sure. 89-90 pts"

Il Fauno di Arcanum Toscana 2013 image
EXCELLENT SUPER TUSCAN
Posted Sep 7, 2017[Verified]

"nice ruby red hue. lavender and violet and cherry cheesecake on the nose. white pepper and dry bay leaf on the palate. dark concentrated dry fruit on the palate. small amount of smoke in the background that is reminiscent of Bordeaux . tannins are firm and linger softly. polished with subtle vanilla from oak at the very end (reminiscent but lighter than an Amarone), i would decant and let breathe. this robust wine will be better with oxygenation and will cellar well. will shine with good italian ciusine. 91 pts"

Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 image
EXCELLENT VALUE
Posted Aug 27, 2017

"Beautiful ruby hue. Oak with its vanilla and sweet cherry nose. Awesome supple velvety texture with medium body. Very nice cherry and black tart fruit. Tannins are firm and linger softly."

Casa Santos Lima 'Colossal' Red Reserva 2014 image
EXCELLENT VALUE
Posted Jun 9, 2017[Verified]

"Great inky purple. Nose of dark Cherries. Palate has dark plum and cherries. Pleasantly Tart. Dark chocolate. Mild oak. Nice medium tannins. Great with egg rolls and Chinese food. 91 pts"

Cune Reserva Rioja 2012 image
AVERAGE
Posted May 12, 2017[Verified]

"This wine is a bit mute. Dry. Acidic. No real oak. No fruit Not a typical rioja by my taste."

Torre de Ona Rioja Reserva 2010 image
CLASSIC RIOJA
Posted May 12, 2017[Verified]

"No surprises here. A pretty typical rioja."

El Coto 'Coto de Imaz' Rioja Reserva 2010 image
GOOD
Posted May 3, 2017[Verified]

"Classic rioja. Good acidity. Tart sour cherry. Nice oak on back finish. Medium tannins are rounded and polished."

Ruffino Modus 2013 image
EXCELLENT VALUE
Posted Mar 10, 2017

"Great smoke and sulfur nose with some berry in background. Full juicy dark fruit and cherry palate with medium to full body. Round silky tannins. Great luscious wine. Richer and better than the 2012. 91-92 pts."

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Pinot Noir 2013 image
GOOD
Posted Mar 8, 2017

"This is a good Pinot noir. No good smoke that I love. I drank side by side with the deloach Russian River valley and it was better at less than half price."

Orin Swift Locations 'F-3' French Red Wine 2013 image
FAIR 3.5 STARS
Posted Feb 14, 2017

"Dark purple. Dark plums and Violet bouquet. Dark stewed plums with some sweetness. Tannins are velvety and almost chalky at the end. No oak. It's a young bulk wine. Nothing impressive. Not very complex. 89-90 pts"

Tolaini 'Al Passo' IGT 2012 image
GOOD
Posted Feb 5, 2017[Verified]

"Great garenet color. Cap and tobacco smoke on the nose. Palate offers tart cherries with good acidity. Light to medium body with medium firm tannins that linger. 91 pts."

Fratelli Saraceni 'Libero' Toscana IGT 2010 image
SOLID WINE. GREAT VALUE
Posted Feb 5, 2017[Verified]

"Dark hue. Nose and palate are tart cherry and dark plum fruit. No oak. Medium body and tannins which have great long finish. This got better after a night recorked. 90-91 points."

Orin Swift 'Locations' 'E-5' Spanish Red 2015 image
TOO SWEET
Posted Jan 31, 2017[Verified]

"Nose of dark plum. Sweet dark fruit and plum on the palate. Chalky tannins are medium. 89 pts. Fruit forward young wine."

Macarico 'Macarico' Aglianico 2012 image
LOVE THIS VINTAGE
Posted Jan 31, 2017[Verified]

"Dark purple. Nose of strawberries with cedar and light oak. Palate with medium body. Dark Cherries red fruit with soft supple silky medium tannins. This beats the 2007 vintage in my estimation. What a value! Better after a night re-corked in fridge. 92pts"

Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco 2010 image
FAIR. 3.5 STARS
Posted Jan 31, 2017[Verified]

"Dark deep hue. Nose of dark fruit some violet. Palate is of burnt coffee and dark chocolate with some bitterness at the mid palate and finish. A hint of brandy as well. High tannin content that grip the mouth. Prior vintages were more polished. This opened and softened each day I drank it suggesting time will soften this very dry wine. I bet in 2-5 years it will get better. Decant if drinking now. This is only for the dry tanninc wine lovers. 90 pts as always cuisine will make the difference."

Orin Swift Locations 'I-2' Italian Red Wine 2012 image
JUICY VIBRANT YOUNG
Posted Jan 30, 2017[Verified]

"Nose of fig and Spanish brandy. Dark plum with mild spice and dark coffee on the palate. Reminiscent of of a Spanish Jumilla monastrell yet surprisingly made from negroamaro and Nero D'Avola. Tannins are medium as is the body. This is a fruitier wine but a good value. 90 pts."

La Lecciaia Rosso di Montalcino 2011 image
EXCELLENT VALUE
Posted Jan 23, 2017

"Dark brown red color. Nose of raspberry and cherry. Tart cherry with medium body. Great smooth tannins. A beautiful rosso. Really opens up over several days. I should have bought a case. 91 pts."

Rocca delle Macie 'Sasyr' Sangiovese / Syrah 2012 image
AVERAGE
Posted Oct 2, 2016

"Same bottle sampled over several days. The nose has good tobacco smoke and some red berries. Palate has mild sweetness that fades to mild tartness and mild tannins. No noticeable oak and does not linger. It tastes young. Not dry or bold enough for my palate. Reminiscent of a Nero D'Avola. I agree, would be good with light fare. Everyday wine without much direction will lend itself to the food that dominates your palate. Good value overall. 89-90 pts"

Piccini 'Villa al Cortille' Brunello di Montalcino 2008 image
GOOD
Posted Sep 12, 2016[Verified]

"Nose of lavender and Concord grapes similar to dei vino Nobile. Palate of tart fruit cherries and mild oak. Medium tannins and good finish. Was definitely better after night to breath corked in wine fridge. 91 pts"

La Colombina Rosso di Montalcino 2013 image
GREAT ROSSO DI MONTALCINO
Posted Sep 1, 2016[Verified]

"Lavender and berries on the nose. On the palate, tart cherries typical of good sangiovese. Finish is dry with good round tannins and mild oak. Very good. 91 pts"

Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile 2012 image
GOOD VINO NOBILE
Posted Aug 4, 2016[Verified]

"Acidic and tart most with nice tart cherries on the palate. Smooth medium rounded tannins. A good wine at a fair price."

Lopez de Heredia 'Reserva' Rioja 2003 image
PAST ITS TIME
Posted Jun 21, 2016[Verified]

"The wine has a must-like odor with little fruit. Palate is acidic and turning towards vinegar. Little tannins left. Oak, Rioja's trademark finish, is almost completely absent. Not a good rioja at this stage."

Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco 2009 image
VERY GOOD
Posted May 25, 2016[Verified]

"Nose has nice notes of dark chocolate and plums/cherries/tart fruit. Palate has great full body with chocolate, espresso, dark cherries. Nothing sweet here. Just beautiful dark, dry goodness. Sagrantinos are the most tannic wines I have ever tasted. Not for the fruit-forward wine drinkers. I like this wine and I bet the grippy firm tannins soften in time in the bottle. Great wine at this price point. I did not recognize much difference from the 2008. Such remarkable consistency."

Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Montepulciano 2013 image
OK
Posted May 19, 2016[Verified]

"Nose is mild and muted with hint of light berries. Palate is mild. Tart acidic fruit. Mild tannins. Lacks body. Not very complex. No oak. Good for the price. Good with light Italian fare such as pizza. A bulk wine for large party. 89-90 pts depending on food and atmosphere."

Dei 'Vino Nobile' Montepulciano 2012 image
GOOD
Posted May 17, 2016[Verified]

"The nose has mild Concord grape aroma. Palate has mild fruit. Little hint of oak. Dry finish with mildly puckering tannins. Not bad but not as good as the 2011 which was far more refined. What a difference a year makes. There are better wines at this price. 90 pts."

Castello Banfi Rosso Di Montalcino 2013 image
GOOD
Posted May 17, 2016[Verified]

"I recently sampled about 6 or 7 rosso di montalcino and this one was among the best. I think I still prefer a good chianti but this had good tart cherries. Minimum oak due to short time in the barrel but good medium smooth tannins. 90-91 pts depending on food and atmosphere. Pairs well with traditional Italian food"

Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2013 image
GOOD
Posted May 10, 2016[Verified]

"Cherries and some smoke on the nose. The palate has tart fruit. Good firm tannins. This is s very good wine at a reasonable price. Wish it had a liitle more time in oak. I suppose thats where the brunello enters. 91 pts"

Mocali 'Rosso di Montalcino' Sangiovese 2014 image
OK
Posted May 10, 2016[Verified]

"cherry and mint on the nose. Palate is dry with sour cherry and little oak despite its 11 month tenure. Tannins are firm, smooth, rounded, and modest. It's good not great. At this price point you have many options. It did get better with each tasting over three night suggesting air will open it up. 90 pts."

Dei Rosso di Montepulciano 2014 image
OK
Posted May 10, 2016[Verified]

"Nose is muted. Little character. Palate is acidic. Tart. No real fruit other than mild Concord grapes. Very young wine lacking features. Tannins are fair and smooth. A fruit plucked too soon. 89 pts."

Robert Mondavi Private Select 'Bourbon Barrel Aged' Cab 2014 image
GREAT VALUE
Posted Mar 3, 2016

"Classic cab fruit. Has great oak. As a scotch and bourbon drinker I can appreciate that bourbon American oak flavor with honey and vanilla and a hint of spice. The tannins are mild and polished. I am not a big cab drinker but this is a good wine at a great price."

Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 image
GREAT CHIANTI
Posted Jan 17, 2016

"Muted nose of sour cherries and Sherry brandy. The palate is firm and minimal fruit with good acidity, mild bitterness, and good smooth rounded tannins. The wine lingers. A good riserva though I prefer ruffino tan label at a lower price."

Gran Passione Veneto Rosso 2015 image
FAIR WINE
Posted Jan 12, 2016

"Violets and sour candy on nose quite floral. Tart light fruit on the palate with mild sweetness which is largely from the majority merlot. The tannins are mild and make this wine Finish light to medium. This is not an amarone though it shares some of the same production process. It is a fair wine at a fair price. It was better the second night after sitting with a regular non-vacuum cork. 90 points."

Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino 2010 image
NOT GREAT
Posted Jan 10, 2016[Verified]

"Not a great brunello. Average to subpar. A good chianti take you farther for less. Would not buy again. Based on two bottles"

Villa Poggio 'Salvi' Brunello di Montalcino 2010 image
GOOD BRUNELLO
Posted Jan 10, 2016[Verified]

"Typical nose of cherries and plum. Palate is deep. More oak than usual but a pleasant surprise and taste. Smooth tannins linger nicely. Decent price. Not a steal but I would buy again"

Di Majo Norante 'Ramitello' Biferno Rosso 2011 image
GREAT VALUE
Posted Jan 10, 2016[Verified]

"Dried fruit and tobacco on nose. Mild fruit from the sweeter montepulciano and oak on palate. Tannins medium and rounded owing to the aglianico. Medium length finish. Smooth and dry. Excellent wine at a great price."

Cusumano Nero d' Avola 2016 image
GREAT VALUE
Posted Jan 6, 2016

"Nose is mild, raspberry jam. Palate is dry with tart acidity. Mild bitterness near the end. Good firm lingering tannins make it a nice dry finish. Great cork indeed. Fabulous wine. Price even better."

Antiche Terre Amarone della Valp 2012 image
GOOD WINE BUT A FAIR AMARONE
Posted Dec 26, 2015[Verified]

"Strawberry and cherry jam on the nose. Sweet on the palate but very little oak. Not typical of an amarone. Good wine not so good amarone."

Sella & Mosca Terre Rare Reserva Carignano 2010 image
OK
Posted Dec 25, 2015[Verified]

"Stewed prunes on nose. Salty olives dominate the palate with very little to no oak. Tannins are moderate with dry finish. Not my style. This grape typically a filler, this wine shows why. 89 points"

Marco & Vittorio Adriano Barbaresco Basarin 2010 image
GREAT BARBARESCO
Posted Dec 24, 2015[Verified]

"Sour Cherries on the nose. Dry with oak on the palate. Fruit is mild. Oak is mild and good. Tannins are moderate and soft. Very good wine."

Marques del Puerto Gran Reserva Rioja 2004 image
GREAT
Posted Dec 9, 2015[Verified]

"This is a classic rioja. Tart with cherries up front finishes with soft round tannins and good, but not overpowering, oak. One of the best rioja riserva values I've ever found!"

Rocca delle Macie 'Riserva' Chianti Classico 2009 image
GOOD
Posted Dec 3, 2015[Verified]

"The wine stays true to the typical chianti taste and body overall using the not-so-typical-for-chianti fillers of merlot and Cabernet sauvignon. Mild sour cherry on the nose. Not much fruit or oak on palate. Mild tannins. Sangiovese dominates the scene but cab and merlot make this supple. It is a good value and a good overall wine. 90-91 pts."

Mastroberardino 'Mastro' Aglianico IGT 2011 image
Posted Dec 3, 2015[Verified]

"Great value. Firm round tannins. Dry with little fruit. A popular winemaker without a cliche wine"

Casa Moreiras Barrica Mencia 2013 image
Posted Dec 3, 2015

"Slight fizz on the tongue. Some fruit dominated by cured olives. Tannins are mild. No oak in sight. Sharp contrast to a bold dry wine. It is clear why France and Italy have created doc and docg; to standardize quality and consistency. I've tried many mencias and no two are alike. It's no wonder"

Casa Moreiras Barrica Mencia 2012 image
OK
Posted Dec 3, 2015[Verified]

"Slight fizz on the tongue. Some fruit dominated by cured olives. Tannins are mild. No oak in sight. Sharp contrast to a bold dry wine. It is clear why France and Italy have created doc and docg; to standardize quality and consistency. I've tried many mencias and no two are alike. It's no wonder"

Dei 'Vino Nobile' Montepulciano 2011 image
GREAT VINO NOBILE
Posted Jul 25, 2015[Verified]

"Concord grapes on the nose. Mild tart cherry on the palate. Soft supple tannins that linger softly. Nothing harsh or bitter here. Very smooth. Excellent vino nobile. 91"

Di Majo Norante Aglianico Contado Riserva 2011 image
STILL YOUNG
Posted Jun 30, 2015[Verified]

"The posted review is accurate. Cherries and some oak in nose. Palate is dry with little fruit initially and then espresso,burnt coffee and cola at the end. The tannins are strong and "grippy" indeed, with a bitter finish. The 2010 was soundly better and more polished. This may soften with several years time in the bottle. Not bad just not quite great."

Tenuta Ghiaccio Forte Morellino di Scansano 2013 image
VERY GOOD
Posted Jun 18, 2015[Verified]

"Iron on the nose. Subdued fruit, sour cherry on the palate. Subtle. Round medium tannins with modest finish. 90-91 pts."

Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco 2008 image
EXCELLENT
Posted Jun 15, 2015[Verified]

"tobacco and stewed plums on the nose. dry and tannic on the palate. excellent body with a good round espresso finish."

Ruffino Modus 2011 image
Posted Jun 4, 2015[Verified]

"Good fruit. Not too much. Hint of oak. Round mild tannins. Excellent with Italian cuisine. Best ruffino of the line. 92 pts"