On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Mark Anthony (Agent Tasting) 2016 Edition

14 Feb 2017

 

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Achaval Ferrer (Argentina)

2013 Quimera
2013 Finca Mirador
2013 Finca Bella Vista

Adelsheim (Oregon)

2014 Pinot Noir, Breaking Ground

Austin Hope (California)

2013 Syrah
2013 Grenache

Davis Bynum (California)

2014 Chardonnay, River West

Dona Paula (Argentina)

2014 1100
2014 Malbec, Estate

Hidden Bench (Ontario)

2013 Chardonnay, Estate

Michael Mondovi (California)

2014 Petite Syrah, Spellbound

Mission Hill (British Columbia)

2012 Oculus
2013 Chardonnay, Lone Pine – Terroir Collection
2014 Merlot Reserve

Ornellaia (Italy)

2014 Le Volte

Rodney Strong (California)

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockaway
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockaway
2014 Chardonnay, Chalk Hill

Santa Rita (Chile)

2011 Triple C
2012 Casa Real

Tenute Sant’Antonio (Italy)

2014 Scaia Corvina

Treana (California)

2014 Blanc

Troublemaker (California)

NV Blend 9

Tyrrell’s Wines (Australia)

2011 Semillon, Vat 1 Hunter Valley
2013 Shiraz, Rufus Stone Heathcote

 

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Chianti Lovers 2017: Good Better Best

12 Feb 2017

(February 12, 2017) ... TUSCANY - As a rule I do not score unfinished wines (aka: barrel samples), too much can go wrong between barrel and bottle that can compromise or otherwise change the wine that I have I tried straight out of barrel … the problem becomes when I have scored a wine from a barrel sample it can come back to bite me in the ass if the finished wine isn’t as I perceived it from barrel – so I have just stopped the practise all together.

Here at the Chianti Lovers tasting in Tuscany we get to taste a lot of unfinished wine to rate it’s potential for the future (we also get to taste a limited amount of wines that are “on sale” (or finished, bottled and on the market) … so below I will be rating the wines on future potential on a scale of Good – Better – Best ... plus at the very bottom of the page are some fully scored finished wines.

Good Potential

Cantine Bellini 2014 Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG
Cantine Bellini 2016 Chianti DOCG
Casa de Monte 2016 Chianti DOCG
Castello del Trebbio 2016 Chianti DOCG
Castello di Oliveto 2016 Chianti DOCG
Colognole 2015 Chianti Rufina DOCG
Fattoria Betti 2016 Chianti Montalbano DOCG
Fattoria Il Capitano 2014 Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG
Fattoria Lavacchio 2015 Chianti Rufina DOCG
Fattorie Giannozzi 2015 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG
Le Leccia 2016 Chianti DOCG
La Querce 2016 Chianti DOCG
Marchesi Gondi – Tenuta Bossi 2015 Chianti Rufina DOCG
Podere Il Pozzo 2015 Chianti Rufina DOCG
Poggio del Moro 2014 Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva DOCG
Tenuta di Artimino 2016 Chianti Montalbano DOCG


Better Potential

Agricola La Svolta 2016 Chianti “Principio” DOCG
Azienda Agricola Lanciola 2015 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG
Conte Guicciardini 2016 Chianti DOCG
Fattoria di Sammontana 2016 Chianti DOCG
Forconi Fabrizio – Podere dell’Anselmo 2014 Montespertoli Riserva DOCG
Guidi 1929 2016 Chianti DOCG
Tenuta San Jacopo 2016 Chianti DOCG


Best Potential

Agricola La Svolta 2016 Chianti “Familia”
Cantina Gentili 2016 Chianti DOCG
Castelvecchio 2016 Chianti DOCG
Fattoria Casalbosco 2016 Chianti DOCG
Fattoria San Fabbiano 2016 Chianti DOCG
Marchesi De’ Frescobaldi 2014 Chianti Riserva DOCG
Ruffino 2016 Chianti DOCG


Scored (Finished) Wines …

Fattoria Casalbosco 2014 Chianti Riserva DOCG … (*** ½)
Castelvecchio 2015 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG … (****)
Fattoria di Bagnolo 2014 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG … (****)
Fattoria di Bagnolo 2015 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG … (*** ½+)
Fattoria di Fiano 2015 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG … (*** ½)
Fattoria San Michele a Torri 2015 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG … (*** ½)
Malenchini 2015 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG … (*** ½+)
Poderi del Paradiso 2014 Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva DOCG … (*** ½+)
Poggiotondo 2015 Chianti Superiore DOCG … (*** ½)
Tenuta San Jacopo 2014 Chianti Riserva DOCG … (*** ½+)

 

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