|Cafaggio Basilica del Cortaccio Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana 2013|
Rated by PittGuy on January 27, 2019
Very good wine. Cedar with a bit of tobacco and jam; fairly low astringency. It's an easy drink at good price. I decanted for an hour, but I don't think it was needed.
|Castelli del Grevepesa Chianti Classico Castelgreve Riserva 2013|
Rated by PittGuy on December 29, 2018
I found this to be very disappointing. Maybe it was just an off bottle that I had, but it was pretty featureless to my tastebuds. Moreover, it had an odd - unpleasant, really - aroma, like stewed vegetables with a hint of methanal. More time in the decanter didn't help. I must admit that I get suspicious whenever a Wine Spectator score is placed on multiple locations of the bottle.
|Hogue Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Columbia Valley 2012|
Rated by PittGuy on March 10, 2017
Just okay to me. There is some tannin, but not much body or anything lasting. It's just okay.
|Bodegas Ego Infinito Jumilla 2012|
Rated by PittGuy on December 17, 2016
I agree with WharfRat. This is a very decent wine that needs at least an hour to open up. Nice structure with its smooth tannins still exhibiting some grip. I picked up a bit of ceder at the beginning, but the intensity of that decreased with aeration. Good value overall.
|Henry's Drive Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Padthaway 2010|
Rated by PittGuy on April 3, 2016
This is a very good wine that's drinking well now. On the palate it displays nice concentration with flavors of licorice allsorts - I think - and dark chocolate followed by some spice and pepper. Fine grained tannin structure with a long and pleasing aftertaste.
|Havens Winery Bourriquot 2012|
Rated by PittGuy on November 19, 2014
Smoooooth ... that was my first and lasting impression of this wine. It does have some character and I do think that it's a pretty decent value.
|Clarendon Hills Grenache Romas 2008|
Rated by PittGuy on October 26, 2014
I found that this wine needed at least an hour in the decanter to open. It's pretty densely structured and concentrated on the palate. I got flavors of black raspberry and licorice. There is also some pepper, but not a lot. The tannins are firm, but still sufficiently fine grained for my liking. Very decent length. I'll be getting more.
|Montechiara Sagrantino di Montefalco 2005|
Rated by PittGuy on February 23, 2013
I let this breathe for about an hour before tasting. To me this wine is overly astringent and too much on the front, with the back of the palate getting only a mild rush. I fear that the fruit won’t outlast the tannin, meaning that I really don’t think this will show much improvement with age. It’s not a bad wine, but it’s also not special. I’m on the fence on whether to buy more.
|Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri 2005|
Rated by PittGuy on November 13, 2011
I was only able to locate the 2004 vintage, which I had last night. Medium- to full-bodied palate with flavors of blackberry, cedar, and mocha with some pepper overtones. Slightly chalky, giving the wine a somewhat restrained mouthfeel, but excellent length. This is a very good wine now, but it can still improve with a couple more years of cellaring.
|Vezer Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve Suisun Valley 2007|
Rated by PittGuy on October 30, 2011
I am in firm agreement with J2K's informative review. My initial tasting of this wine, which was prior to any aeration, gave the impression that it was pleasant but a bit too cedary. However, with a couple hours of aeration the wine mellowed to a very pleasing taste. The tannin is firm, but definitely not overwhelming. I picked up a touch of vanilla to go with the oak and fruit. This is an excellent buy at $20.
|Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006|
Rated by PittGuy on September 17, 2011
I let it breathe for about three hours before drinking. This is a very good wine, particularly at $20 a bottle. It’s smooth, with the tannins not overwhelming. The wine has a decent body to it (not what I would call full), filling the front of the palate nicely, though it does drop off a bit at the back. Overall, I score it a solid 4. I’ll be buying more.
|Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2006|
Rated by PittGuy on April 13, 2011
I've had this wine on two occasions and both times I found it to be a pleasing, very easy drink. It's a drink-now wine that's reasonably full at the front of the palate, but not much at the back. Not particularly earthy, but still offers fine tannins and decent acidity. I'll definitely buy more, especially at such an appealing price. (I bumped my score from 3+ to 4- given that the wine is such a good buy.)
|Wakefield Shiraz Cabernet Promised Land 2006|
Rated by PittGuy on February 13, 2011
A good commercial style. Flavors show some spice followed by plum and a hint of vanilla. There's also a hint of raisins and cedar. Soft tannins and aftertaste is reasonable. It's a "drink now" wine. Excellent value (which caused me to bump my score from 3+ to 4-).
|Helfrich Riesling Steinklotz Alsace Grand Cru 2006|
Rated by PittGuy on November 17, 2010
This a very good wine, with a nice balance of fruit that reasonably fills the entire palate. It's a refreshing wine that is drinking well now, but I suspect it will show greater depth with some aging (say another two years or so). It's a good representation of an Alsatian Riesling that is a fantastic value at $13 a bottle!