Somm at Cantinetta Luca in Carmel, CA. Amaro/i has a warm place in my heart. And chest.
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Black cherry, strawberry jam, hint of black pepper, subtle clean minerality. Very ripe very round perfect acid like medium, medium plus. I like to say sorrel/rhubarb when I taste something like if you eat a strawberry leaf. It has a smooth woodiness to it. I know hanzell does a good amount of new French oak on wines.. this was perfectly balanced with the oak. I always feel like this winery is so underrated. So much depth and sensual vibes going on — 3 hours ago
I've never tasted a wine thinking I'm close to perfection. Beautiful balance: Cranberries, shitaake mushrooms, black licorice, roses. More or less these are on the nose or on the palate. A little dark chocolate/tobacco included but heavy notes/appreciation for the four main flavors mentioned. The cranberries and rose petals... it's like they're both on my tongue minutes after drinking. I believe these qualities will still have longevity but only be earthier down the road. — a month ago
Extra rich. Definitely borders on a Merlot you could have for dessert. Very forward dark chocolate, like this things 95% cacao. A raisiny plumy sauce injected with oak, dark cherries, and a heavier dark spice going on. Restricted acid round tannins. Great wine but can't do these regularly — a month ago
Oooooo-weee! There was so much love for this from everyone I shared it with at work. Espresso, chili flakes, smoke, cranberry sauce, rusty dustiness, red cherries, chocolate raisins.. the signature note is the smooth and forward acid. I personally think there's a splash of some beneficial VA to this (red wine vinegar). This is young but entering its peak. I think it can sit on it's peak for another 10 years too. Really mean this when I say one of the best brunellos I've had yet. Wild — 13 days ago
Cousin/basically brother in town, always whip stuff out to entertain us. Anyways this is wildly rich with a purple cassis and dark chocolate tone. It surrounds the nose with dark cherries. As it opens you get like a pile of mashed blueberries/huckleberries going on. There's a 6 foot wall of tannins your palate has to jump through every sip but its deliciously coated with green chiles and the menthols we smoked. DONT WANT TO RAMBLE, but the depth of lush earth if that is a thing is key here. Think stewed plums, melted dark chocolate, a Cuban cigar level chewing tobacco. It's rich powerful and elegant. This review is over an hour and I just keep writing.. so maybe let it wait an hour then drink?
— 25 days ago
Just opening the bottle you get old ripe strawberries and vanilla on the nose and palate. The florality goes away pretty quickly after opening, one of the reasons I'm a bigger believer on just pop and pour for 90% of ageable wines. Over an hour this pulled in more chocolate notes and red pepper tones for me with a tangeriney-strawberry character that was pretty nice. Apparently '85 is apart of some killer years in the 80s, friend of a friend shared more than enough with me at work. — 21 days ago
Add it to deals I need to buy a case of. So definitive and showy in my favorite Piedmont vintage. You've got a heavy menthol cherry nose with faint truffle salt, faint grass.. More aggressive than your middle of the road barb. Not as much florality/rose here. But the three things that sell this: multitude of cranberries, leather focused, and a slap of dirty ol chewing tobacco👅 $40 killer barb = sexy,, 10 more years ahead at least. — a month ago