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  • 111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

    Rating:
    (6/23/2011)
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2007
    Sold Out $209.00
    1997 vintage available for $329.00
    • red wine
    • collectible wine
    • RP98
    • WS96
    • CG96
    (9)
    Style: Big & Bold
    Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm, Chocolate, Lamb, Beef
    color, this wine has a nice ruby color, sexy. Nose, very complex, full of crushed black fruits, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, toasty oak, coffee beans, mocha, a hint of vanilla, black licorice, a hint of mineral aromas, and a hint of dark bitter chocolate. Midpalate, very voluptuous on the palate, dense, mouth filling, full bodied, mocha and coffee beans are vibrant, textured, dry, big and bold, a hint of sweet tobacco. Finish, this wine is well balanced, nice firm tannins, very elegant, silky, multi-layered, lingering in the mouth (50+ seconds and still feeling it), nice complexity, black fruits are still dancing on my palate. Overall, this wine is very well made, very seductive, round, classy, very new world. Bottled at 14.5%. Anticipated maturity 2016-2027. I am 94 points on this effort now. I can see it as a 95 point wine in 8+ years. Happy drinking!
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  • 111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

    Rating:
    (6/23/2011)
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
    Sold Out $99.00
    2011 vintage available for $99.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    Pair with: Cheese > Hard, Cheese > Semi-Firm, Chocolate
    Actually, 4.25 stars. First of all the vintage of 2007 Napa Valley is one of the best ever. Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet sauvignon 2007 is a blend of 7% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot and 90% cabernet sauvignon. 100% new French oak! Color, the wine has a sexy ruby red color. On the nose, there are a lot of things going on here. very ripe black licorice, blueberries, currants, a hint of vanilla, nice oak (not over the top), very floral. This is a fruit bamb bottle of wine (very new world). Midpalate, very consistent to what I get on the nose but black licorice is dominating here. Finish, this wise is well balanced and very well made. It lingers in the mouth, very polished, sexy tannins and lush. There are also black licorice and blackberries dancing on my palate here. This is indeed a voluptuous and elegant bottle of wine and very seductive. Even though it is bottled at 16%, it is still very well balanced and you do not feel the heat of alcohol at all. Good job, Robert Mondavi! I am 94+ pts on this effort. This is a soled bottle of wine and you should seek it out. Happy drinking!
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  • 111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

    Rating:
    (6/21/2011)
    Fontodi Flaccianello 2006
    Sold Out $169.00
    2007 vintage available for $99.99
    • red wine
    • collectible wine
    • WS99
    • RP96
    • ST94
    (3)
    Style: Big & Bold
    Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm, Veal > Chops
    Actually 4.1+ stars. Color, this wine has a very deep ruby red color, very attractive. Nose, very complex nose, earthiness, dry leaves, toasty oak, a hit of vanilla, very aromatic, cherries, and some coffee. Midpalate, very voluptuous, dry, full bodied, beautiful texture. Finish, layers of very firm tannins are going on, the wine fills the mouth, lingering (45+ seconds and still feeling it), nice a acidity, some cherries are still dancing on my palate, well balanced, nice complexity. Overall, this is an exceptional wine. It is very well made. I am enjoying it very much. HOWEVER, this wine has not peaked yet! If you are going to drink it now, you will need to decant it for at least 6-7 hours! I would recommend to put it away for 19 more years. Bottled at 15%. I am 94+ on this effort now. I can see it as a 96 point wine in 18-19 years. Happy drinking!
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  • 111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

    Rating:
    (6/19/2011)
    Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009
    Sold Out $16.29
    2014 vintage available for $16.99
    Style: Fruity & Smooth
    Pair with: Sushi, Cheese > Stinky
    Actually, 3.5 stars. Color, nice clean color. Nose, pear, green apple, a hint of grapefruit, and some flowers coming through. Midpalate, considerably dry, clean, crisp, not a light riesling. Finish, this wine has nice acidity, lingering, nice finish. I am 90 on this effort. Happy drinking!
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  • 111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

    Rating:
    (6/17/2011)
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2003
    Sold Out $199.99
    2006 vintage available for $219.00
    Style: Earthy & Spicy
    Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm, Beef > Mushroom
    Actually, 3.4 stars. Color, this wine has an OKAY color, nothing spectacular really. On the nose, pencil shreds, yes! There a lot of pencil shreds going on here, wet stones, sweet tobacco, dried leaves, and a smell of (swimming pool!), very thin, a hint of blueberries. Midpalate, the first thing I notice here is that this wine is thin! It has a decent complexity, pencil shreds still vibrant, some blueberries coming through. Finish, this wine fills the mouth, acceptable acidity, rough tannins (not harsh though!), considerably long finish, not very pleasant. Overall, this wine is still well balanced. Taking into account that 2003 was a hot vintage in Bordeaux and not really that good, I think this is an acceptable effort compared to the other 2003 Bordeauxs. I have to emphasize that this wine is really thin in the mouth now, so I wouldn't recommend that you put it away for a long time. I am 91 on this effort. Happy drinking!
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  • 111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

    Rating:
    (6/17/2011)
    Chateau Lascombes  2005
    Sold Out $109.99
    2000 vintage available for $129.00
    • red wine
    • collectible wine
    • RP95
    • W&S94
    • WS93
    (2)
    Style: Big & Bold
    Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm, Beef > Mushroom
    Color, this wine has a ruby red color. Nose, this is indeed a modern old world wine! After many hours of decanting, this wine smells like a fruit bomb to a cretin extent. There are a lot of of black fruits coming through, blueberries are dominating, some cassis, floral aromas, some heat coming through, some earthiness and dirt. Midpalate, charcoaly flavors are vibrant here, some minimality coming through, really a modern Bordeaux, blueberries still going on. Finish, it proves that this wine is a new world! I am not getting any acidity. There are firm layered tannins going on, nice texture, nice complexity, blueberries are still dancing on my palate. I am still feeling this wine after 30 seconds of sipping it. This is a well made and balanced bottle of wine. I am 93 on this effort. Bottled at 13.5%. Happy drinking!
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  • 111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

    Rating:
    (6/16/2011)
    Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009
    Sold Out $15.29
    2014 vintage available for $19.99
    Style: Light & Crisp
    Pair with: Cheese > Goat, Cheese > Stinky, Cheese > Creamy, Sushi
    Actually, 3.6 stars. Color, this wine has a nice clean color. It is a little be darker than the regular sauvignon blanc I would get from Australia. On the nose, there a lot of fresh tropical fruits going. I am picking a lot of grapefruit, kiwifruit, pineapple, clean fresh melon, and some grassiness, lime and lemon, very bright nose. Midpalate, very crisp, light, clean, some pears coming through, refreshing. Finish, this wine has a nice decent finish. It is very crisp and lemony. It makes you think of lemon and lime a lot! Some kiwifruit component is coming through. This is a nice summer afternoon wine. Very green, well balanced, nice acidity. It doesn't have that sauvignon blancy cat pee component, which is strange. It is bottled at 13%. I like this wine. It would play off beautifully with sushi and some goat soft cheeses. I am 90 pts on this effort. Happy drinking!
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