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90%+ Nero Mascalese, with some Nerello Cappuccio. Old vine of 60+ yo, ungrafted.
Deep slightly bricked garnet color. Semi transparent, compact rim.
Aromas of coca cola soft drink, cinnamon, star anise, red cherry, raspberry, lavender, violet, and ash.
Resolved tannin, med plus acidity, med bodied (13.5abv). Complex profile of minerally driven red fruits intermingling with licorice, sweet spice, and slightly mechanical low tone.
Definitely needs air time to uncoil, otherwise it can be quite tarty. Superb wine made in the traditional Piedmontese style (large neutral cask and library release). Paired well with wide variety of food, especially Thanksgiving dishes. 91. — a year ago
Clear, clean, almost devoided of color.
Aromatically complex. Herbaceous, basil, honeysuckle, white peach, lime, flint.
Med plus plus acidity and dry. Big fruity profile. Asian pear, green apple, lime, with minty uplift.
This is a superb summer quaffle. Amazing value and uniquely Finger Lakes with vibrant acidity and immense mineral profile (though the grape variety came from Republic of Georgia). 89. — a year ago
Mainly Grenache with roughly equal parts of Syrah and Cinsault.
I have never been a fan of France's hot 2003 vintage in general. However, last couple of encounters have shaken my prejudice.
This Gigondas definitely drank like it was bathed in a long heatwave for sure with very low acidic structure, soft tannin, and dried stewy red fruit characters. However, it kept me interested with the enticing Southern Rhone unique profile of grilled gamey meat, iodine, green olive, dried mint and damp earth.
This wine will not hold any longer. It's on its last leg but what a journey! 91. — a year ago
Celebrating two newly mint doctors in the family!
Bricked garnet. Transparent, clear. Medium width rim.
Bouquet of espresso, cassis, blackberry, potpurri, dry rose petal.
Structurally resolved. Smooth, agreeable traces of tannin. Med plus acidity. Medium bodied. Dry. Complex notes of cassis, blackberry, dark cherry, cattle range, newly ploughed paddy field, mineral high tone, light touched, floral perfume. Delicate but very much present.
Superb old school Margaux. No heaviness, no excess. A birth year wine that delivers. 93. — a year ago
Unknown blend of Sauvignon and Seyval Blanc, the latter native to Hudson Valley, NY.
Medium light straw color. Clear and transparent.
Clean nose of peach, lemon, tangerine.
Uplifting palate with medium plus acidity and expressive fruit profile of similar characters to the aromatics. Refreshing finish.
Honest and straightforward. Nothing fancy but it doesnt need to be. 87 — a year ago
Mainly Merlot supported by Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet, opaque core with early widened rim.
Aromas of red cherry, blackberry, graphite, mushroom, forest floor, wet dirt, violet.
Still tannic, med plus acidity, med bodied. Red fruits, dried plum, wild ripe strawberry. Good evolution showing secondary characters of smoke, pencil lead, cattle range, earth. Finish nicely on cedary wood, baking spices, and red currant.
This wine requires at least an hour of air to uncoil. Keep improving in the glass. Peaking right about now with the structure to hold for 2-3 more years, though no reason to wait whatsoever. 90. — a year ago
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep, opaque, rather dull ruby. Compact rim.
The nose gives away milk chocolate-coated blue blueberry, some anise, cinnamon, with a slight hint of graphite and tobacco.
Structurally, this wine is soft but substantial. Silky and velvety. Lots of creamy blueberry fruit - almost like a milkshake. Ripe plum, dried fig, and some cassis. Low acid which makes this wine rather mono-dimensional. Even though declared at 15 plus abv, the heat is very well hidden. Toasted new oak, cedary wood, with some smoky backend.
Clearly this wine is well loved but it runs against what I believe is the model for a classic Napa Cab. With this much abv, low acid, and soft tannin, it will not evolve into anything else beyond its current state. Look elsewhere for more exciting alternatives. 82. — a year ago
100% Pinot Noir
Semi pale, bricked garnet. Transparent. Slightly widened rim.
Bouquet of bright red cherry, cinnamon, with slightly woodsy backend.
Surprisingly tannic still, med plus acidity, dry. Bright red fruits which shows better on the second day. Damp soil tone, stuffy antic, freshly ploughed meadow. Finish long on licoriced fruit cake, baking spices.
Surprisingly lively. Very enjoyable, perfectly mature Burgundy that won't break your bank. Peak. 90. — a year ago
Mainly Merlot, with some Cabernet Franc
Fresh garnet. Semi transparent. Compact rim.
The elegant bouquet of slightly licoriced red cherry, rosy perfume, cinnamon, earth and mushroom, and integrated cedary oak.
Relatively resolved palate though some traces of tannic structure still detectable, med to med plus acidity, dry. Red cherry, raspberry, cranberry, and red plum. Christmas fruit cake. Hint of tobacco smoke, tea leaf, and graphite.
Better lucky with this bottle than the previous one. No VA! 2/3 98 Cobin have been great. Classic Right Bankers are a dying breed, if not already extinct. 91. — a year ago
Primarily Nebbiolo with some native varieties.
Bricked garnet, semi transparent. Compact rim.
Rich bouquet of tar, rose petal, orange zest, flowery perfume, mushroom, earth, slight hint of cedary oak.
Typically Nebbiolo palate. Dusty tannin, medium plus acidity, 13% abv. Red cherry, currant, cranberry, Japanese plum. Hint of cinnamon, and other baking spices. Finish long on dry red fruits and spices.
I love this style of wine. Simple, honest, and elegant. Requires 4-5 hours of thorough decanting to uncoil. Wow, be patient and everything will come together. 91. — a year ago