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WTF Barbaresco, paid C$41 for it, expected nothing bear this quality. Asphalt-tar-laden nose bathed in rose-and-tulip florals. Wide beam of tannins. Clean, crisp but smooth and beautifully articulated layers of leather, light asian spice. Class-in-a-glass. Peaked at an hour after decant, sole disappointment was that it started to break down around 4 hrs in. This is ready with decant, but has stuffing for cellar time. — 9 minutes ago
Had to slot in lineup for '01s as this was so good last week. It performed as well last night, even of a bit shy vs last one. If this was a person, it would be Louis Chevalier. Class, refinement, unmistakably French. Light on its feet with substance from perfect, fine tannins. Extraordinary! — a month ago
A Sicilian (orange) white that's completely different, and not in the Monty Python sense...as if we needed more evidence of @giustoocchipinti genius, dry, floral, dried apple, stark minerality. You can taste the clay amphorae in which these were made. Best ever match for sashimi. — 2 days ago
Positive surprise in the '01 CdP flight, gamey, smokey nose, rich, leathery, big-but-integrated dark red and plummy fruit. Lonnnnng sweet tobacco finish, hiding alcohol well. Still has tannins to go but unlikely to get better, quite beautifully integrated. — a month ago
Top 2-3 Napa Cabs I've ever had. Magical nose, cassis, cocoa, red flowers. Rich but nicely aged mid-palate, spreading into a wide swathe of candied red and black fruit, soft but powerful. Secondary stuff in spades. Then - an explosion at the back-end of cedary fruit and fig, tobacco, dark chocolate that lasted for >60 seconds. Just a monumental wine, sadly a solo.
This is note #500 for me, grateful to so many Delectable contributors who take the time to educate and expand my wine perspectives (or, in the case of @Bill Bender...other stuff, too!). Thanks to @Anthony Lombardi @Kimberly Anderson @Jörgen Lindström Carlvik @Jeff Savigny@Ron R@Shawn R @Richard Steinberg @Martin G Rivard (who is living the dream), @Greg Gregory among so many others, not to mention @Roman Sukley with magical reach to inaccessible, iconic SQNs (and the will to pop them) and frank open perspectives from legendary winemakers like @Mike Smith and @Cathy Corison, you all make this a neat community of which I try to be a small contributor.
Finally - a renewed plea to @Antonio Galloni to return "trending" to this community, as it was stolen by the bean counters! I'm no social media expert (I do have 2 teenagers!) but I'm pretty sure that "trending" speaks to the integrity and will to contribute of an entire community...take a look! — 8 days ago
In December I pledged to keep this a long time, but Joe had better ideas. This time, 3 hr decant paid off. Rich, smoky, tarry nose. Florals, too. Feminine, delicate but powerful, the former by light berry and cherry element, the latter by perfect, fine tannins and tar. Last of half case, this could've gone longer. Bottle variation curious...just edged the Clerico for me, though the Clerico was way better value. — a month ago