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Santa Brigada

Fattoria La Ripa Santa Brigada Chianti Classico 2009

D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy
2870 days ago

Vera scored this wine: 90/100

Great Chianti Classico from Tuscany. Lovely and intense aroma, on the palate rich, zesty fruit flavors, bright dark cherry tones, medium to almost full body feel. Great acidity will pair well with food. Long finish that makes you long for more.

Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Napa Valley, California, United States
2870 days ago

Vera scored this wine: 92/100

This wine offers intense, rich flavors of dark berries, with notes of baked plums, black currant and spices. The rich mouth-feel brings notes of dark chocolate, cocoa and layers of flavors. Excellent wine with balanced acidity, velvety tannins and seductive, long finish.

2870 days ago

Vera scored this wine: 89/100

Although this wine was stainless steel fermented, and didn’t age in oak, it offers surprisingly dark, ruby, almost purple color. Lovely aroma of dark berries and perhaps a little dust of cocoa. On the palate it was fresh, full of yummy fruit flavors, reminder of dark cherries, sweet and acidic blackcurrant from my mom’s garden, with a little spice of black pepper. When you got to drink a greatly made wine , without oak, it actually shows you the bare, clean, unmasked wine flavors in its best glory. I loved what my husband said about Pallas, when he took his first sip: this wine is cheerful! Yes, it’s rich fruity flavors with silky tannins made our dinner cheerful event. Incredible value wine for hard to believe $8.00. I left my second bottle opened till next day, and almost liked the wine better than when I first opened it. Which is sometimes the case with some really expensive, big reds, when the wine is not “opened” enough yet. But it hardly happens with wine in this price range. Dry Medium Body No oak

2870 days ago

Vera scored this wine: 93/100

this wine is made from very old vines – Tempranillo and Graciano grapes, with very low yields. That usually on its own is a promise of great, concentrated flavors in the wine. The wine really was a treat. Probably still too young (the critics predicted that this vintage may have potential to improve over 1-2 decades), but already quite approachable. Not at all big powerhouse, but fine, complex, lovely, silky wine that will go places in time (if I had more bottles, I would definitely love to try 2004 Aurus again in 5 years). But I don’t. Drinking this wine reminded me of those few beautiful days I spent in sunny Rioja. Dry Medium body Aged in oak

Château Haut-Vigneau 2005

Pessac-Léognan, Graves, France
2870 days ago

Vera scored this wine: 91/100

2005 vintage was considered one of the best in decades for the Bordeaux. The prices of their top wines went through the roof. Therefore, it's a great thing when you find "value" from that vintage. And, it's worth to wait few years for wines like that. I can compare, since I first tasted this wine as soon as it was released. It was approachable then, but I knew it will develop even better in the bottle. Seven years later, Château Haut-Vigneau was a silky, medium body wine, with smooth tannins and perfectly balanced acidity. Lots of fruit reminded me of ripe plums and black currant, with tiny bit of smoke, white pepper and all spice. A superb, contemporary wine of amazing value (it sells under $20). Grapes for Château Haut-Vigneau were harvested by hand, and underwent a temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel vats. It then aged in barrels for 15 months and was fined with egg-whites before bottling. Dry Medium-Full body Aged in oak


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Memorable Wine

Just one? The No.1 most memorable wine is definitely a single vineyard wine called Señorío de San Vicente from Rioja, Spain. Another one I can't forget, as it kept changing with every sip, would be a single vineyard Nebbiolo Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga from Italian Piedmont.


First Wine

After years wasted on anything-sweet-with-water-please, the wine that first woke up my palate was Grüner Veltliner from Czech town Veltlin. That was my AHA moment when it hit me: "Wow, I guess that's how wine really supposes to taste like!"


Unusual Wine Experience

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Current Fav Wine

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