Economist, Entrepreneur, Epicurean
Lots of good reviews for this special Caymus offering exclusive to Total Wine, but I'm baffled as to why. Lots of oak on the nose and palate. Too over the top with cheap fruit. Residual sugar. Almost no tannic structure. A very poor wine at a premium price. Shame on Caymus.
88 points — 18 hours ago
Back in Milan...
Beautiful color, light red with a pink orange rim.
Drank this way too soon/fast (no decant).
Beautiful floral aromas, a welcome home to the north. Licorice underneath. Medium plus acidity, medium plus alcohol (with the nice burn).
Tannins are at medium. Finish of cherry.
94+ points — 5 days ago
We are now in Matera... A special year for a special city. Besides being the European capital of culture 2019, it's the site of the opening scene of the new Bond movie. D.Craig picked the same spot for his accommodations. Anyways, I was ready for Aglianico....
With artisan pizzas all around, this 2010 paired wonderfully.
A big wine at 14.5 ABV, color is only starting to turn the rim, otherwise a deep dark ruby.
Earthy, black licorice, dusty, black olives on the nose, continuing to the palate. Tannins at are very firm and grippy. This thing could be cellared for several more years. I loved this wine.
94 points — 10 days ago
Finally, back stateside in Miami. Was very ready to come home. Maybe should have started with a big fat Napa cab, but this is what I had handy at my mother in law's house.
Thanks to everyone for following our Italian voyage.
This was a very solid Bordeaux that I should rebuy and cellar.
92 points — 3 days ago
Last night, early am flight back to Miami. Not going out with a big bang but instead one final solid bottle of Nebbiolo.
Lightly fragrant, high acidity, dry, 14 ABV.
NOTE: As a statistician, I suspect that my ratings while in Italy may have a built in +0.1 upward bias (e.g., an enhancement due to the experience of being there). With more data, I can test this via regression.
90 points — 4 days ago
Leaving Puglia tomorrow starting the journey back home (READY, Willing, and Able as economists say). Really needed something somewhat different to eat, and drink. Last night in Lecce, so we went with this Roma-based restaurant, which has been great, despite the no AC thing ....
Decanted this blend of Montepulciano and Nero Buono for 30 minutes or so... More as we drank. I like this ...
I'm tired so I'll just say that the taste is the best part. To me, take a 10-15 Taylor Fladgate subtract the sugar and you get this taste. Oversimplifying of course ....
93 points — 6 days ago