Another Wednesday Wine Committee in the books. Great hosting by @Bill Makens . 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine all served blind.
Only the second Amarone I’ve had that has been truly fantastic. This was raisiny but not overly stewed and muddled. It was more dusty and fig based. Blackberry compote, Mexican vanilla, dark chocolate and candied dark fruits on the nose. Rich and decadent with graham cracker, black cherry liqueur and a small spice note toward the back of the palate. Lots of guesses of CdP and Sonoma zin. I went back and forth between zin and mid 2000s Aussie Cab. — 12 days ago
Unexpectedly given this bottle of 2001 drank today with friends on 9152019. Complex aromas of dark fruits figs dates and cooling herbs like mint. Rich and full palate wth spiced figs roasted nuts. Cool soothing finish a delight. — 2 days ago
While this is Quintarelli's current vintage it does show its age with a medium Garnet color and aromas that are mainly tertiary in nature - the cherry fruit is underpinned with earth, forest floor, leather, wet stone and tobacco. I doubt it will improve with further age and I don't expect it will gain more charm. All in all a surprisingly austere effort — 12 days ago
Dark cherries, smoky leather, pretty tannic. Interesting balance of elements for this style. Can’t tell if I’m too inexperienced/unsophisticated to fully grasp the balance, or if they’re presenting too sequentially vs. harmonically. I like it, but I expected something different. Worth trying again with a different dish. — 5 days ago
Brie cheese funk in the nose upon opening. Dissipated into dark chocolate, rasins and broken cherry tree branch green woodiness. Left the bottle open, uncorked, for 23 hours and came back to this tremendous complexity. Should age beautifully! — 6 days ago