Tenuta di Ghizzano- Il Ghizzano 2016

Smells of tart cherries and currants. This wine smells incredible lasts long and very pungent. The color is burgundy and is elegant. Off the sip this wine takes your regular wine experience away. Medium body with tremendous flavor. Tannin is prevalent with backdrop of currant. First ever organic wine.

My rating: 93/100

About Tenuta di Ghizzano:

The Venerosi Pesciolini family settled in the upcoming and esoteric Colline Pisane area near Pisa in the 14th century. For 26 generations, the family has been growing vines, olive trees, and cereals with a deep respect for tradition and terroir. Since 1996 Countess Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini has run the estate, continuing the tradition of award-winning wines. Tenuta di Ghizzano became certified organic in 2003 and has employed biodynamic principles since 2006. 

Our aim is to keep investing in biodynamic agriculture and viticulture to offer the market limited quantities of outstandingly high-quality products, reflecting the inherent characteristics offered by these gentle hills. Respect for nature, the place that sustains us and the people that live and work here; these are the principles that our family has always observed in its management of the Tenuta di Ghizzano estate and has handed down through the generations.”  — Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini, Winemaker and Proprietor 


Wethos 2014

Beautiful purple color when poured. Legs are prominent on the sides when stirred. The smell is very prevalent with oak and currant followed with the right amount of spiciness. This wine makes you want to close your eyes and be transported to another location. Long lasting and pungent. Flavor complexity is insane for this wine. Tannin lasting on the palate with a incorporated dry mouth feel. One great wine. Highly recommend.

My rating: 96/100


Oddero Barolo 2011

Country: Italy

Region: Barolo, Piedmont

Grape varieties: Nebbiolo

Degree of alcohol: 14.5%

My review:

Beautiful and magenta color. Super flourish. Legs off glass is great and fluid for 14.5%

Deep currant and anise scented, off the inhale you have incredible almost menthol scented backdrop. One sniff of this glass really hits deep and fills your body with its flavor .

Medium body. Spicy and incredibly dry. The grape varietal is amazing and well balanced , juicy , dry , but incredible tannin profile completes this wine .

One truly exquisite wine.

My rating: 97/100

Winemaker Notes

#62 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015

Brilliant garnet-red color, with warmer tinges developing over time. Unmistakable bouquet, very pleasant, intense yet ethereal, very persistent, at times spiced, with aromas of truffles, licorice and dried flowers. Dry taste, with important, full tannins.

Wine Spectator: 93/100.

This red is tightly wound, binding the cherry, strawberry, licorice and mentholated herb flavors with fine-grained tannins and lively acidity. All the elements are there, but this needs time to find equilibrium. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2030.


Enrico Serafino; Cantina Maestra Alta Langa Zero 2010

Country: Italy

Region: Alta Langa, Piedmont

Grape varieties: Pinot Nero, Chardonnay

Degree of alcohol: 12.5%

My review: Color is very clear and and crisp. Legs are decent rolling off sides. Smells of apple and pear, very lively and zesty. This wine is incredible and packs a punch of flavor. The bubbles incorporated with this wine is outstanding. A perfect champagne to start your meal.

My rating: 95/100 93/100

“A blend of 85% Pinot Nero and 15% Chardonnay, this vibrant sparkler delivers creamy apple, ripe pear, pastry and tangerine zest while a hazelnut note accents the finish. Fresh acidity brightens the palate alongside small continuous bubbles that lend elegance. It’s loaded with finesse and flavor.” – KERIN O’KEEFE


Domaine Chante Cigale; Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2016

Country: France

Region: Vallée du Rhône, Rhône méridional

Designation of origin: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Grape varieties: Grenache 65 %, Syrah 20 %, Mourvèdre 10 %, Cinsault 5 %

Degree of alcohol: 15 %

My review: Deep purple color with strong legs hanging on the sides of the glass. Very beautiful color and visual complexity. Initial hints off the nose are deep rooted pungent black berry notes , long lasting in the nasal cavities of spice, oak and tobacco aromatics. Taste is tremendous and incredibly balanced. Upfront mixture of spiciness and tart that blend into well rounded flavor of lasting pepper and tannin. Medium body wine that is surprising for the flavor complexities.

My rating: 92/100 Robert M. Parker Jr: 91/100


Heitz Cellar 2013

Heitz Cellar 2013
Region: Napa Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol percentage: 14.5%
My comments and rating:
This wine is great. Full body and deep notes of oak and spice with hints of black currants. This wine is definitely for those who love dry and spicy wines . I would love to try this wine again poured from a decanter sitting for some time.

Rating: 90/100

Winemaker Notes: One sniff and anticipation takes hold. Beautiful aromas of vine-ripened blackberry contrast perfectly with spicy notes of nutmeg. There are a luscious weight and texture to the wine, but also a racy edge of well-balanced acidity on the palate.

This is an extraordinary Cabernet – powerful, yet elegant, with all the wonderful aging potential you’ve come to expect from Heitz wines. ratings:
2013 James Suckling: 93
2013 Decanter Magazine: 92