Italy

Tenuta Monolo

Riserva Bramaterra Nebbiolo Blend 1990

A somewhat stunningly beautiful snapshot of evolution in a bottle. Definitely do not wait on this at this point (and no need to decant, but there is a ton of sediment). Pale brick red in the glass. Aromatically very nice, but lost a bit as the night wore on. Quite pure and fresh on the palate with light red cherries, dried red flowers, good acid, long finish. Very fun one to try. — 14 days ago

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Ok, intrigued

Montepepe

Grand Vintage Toscana Vermentino Viognier 2010

Lyle Fass
9.6

Nose is like a blend of Condrieu and sea salt. Very intriguing. Apricot pit. Floral and mineral but I get a sense it’s holding back. Now some terroir notes are coming through. Nose is nuanced and complex but right now is showing maybe 10% of itself. Has that earthy funky dirty Burgundian thing. Palate is epic. Juicy, structured, deep and very complex. Super dry on the finish. Really lingers as well. Also showing only 10% of what it could be. Very delineated on the finish and superbly mineral. Not much fruit to speak of as of yet. Acidity is good and there is lovely balance and it definitely floats on your palate. Good concentration and depth. Needs time. Maybe 1.5 hours and I will check in again.

Ok nose is a bit better now. Huge spice. Very floral. Like an elite condrieu but much earthier and reminiscent of white burgundy. Gorgeous citrus. Really needs a bit of air here. Sugar cane. Palate is now gaining finesse and has no hard edges. Gorgeous structure and finesse. Really massive 1er cru/grand cru elite white burg structure. Long finish. Amazing how young this shows. Awesome finish. 9.4 to 9.6.
— 6 days ago

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ESF

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What a blend!
Lyle Fass

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@ESF special stuff. A top 5 Italian white.

Costadoro

Orange de Noirs Vinyes Velles d'Alçada Rosé 2019

Part 6, no notes, day 2. Rose. — 8 days ago

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Tenuta di Catellaro

Ypsilon Red Blend 2017

Delicious! Definitely needs a decant to tame some of the acidity. Bright acidity with red fruit and lavender. Interesting, unique, and very good! — 7 days ago

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Fattoria Cerreto Libri

Padronale Rosso di Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2010

This was a random bottle from the cellar on normal a Thursday night paired with a simple bowl of Mezzi Rigatoni and Marinara. I know very little about this Biodynamic estate but with Dressner as the importer, it has my attention. It appears to be declassified Chianti Rufina.

Popped and poured; consumed over several hours. In the glass, deep ruby with a translucent core and slightly browning edges, possibly indicating its near 11 years of age. Medium viscosity. On the nose, stewed black berries and black cherries, some VA, old leather bound books and dusty earth with medium+ intensity. On the palate, a rather powerful cherry red rope licorice character dominates accompanied by mushrooms, dried herbs and a bitterness that reminded me of walnuts. Medium tannins which seem completely integrated at this point. The acid seems to be on the higher end of the scale yet, the wine remains fairly balanced since it’s so well endowed with fruit. Medium+ finish.

I gotta say, I’m really digging this wine. It was fun on its own and worked really well with food. If this bottle is an indicator of the estate’s style and quality then I am definitely looking forward to experiencing more. Drinking very well now so no need to hold longer. Bottle number 0365/1350 😳
— 2 days ago

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Louis/Dressner is wonderful!
Anyone catch Captain Chemo?

Elena Fucci

Titolo Aglianico del Vulture 2016

Medium garnet; medium intensity aromas of red plum, black plum skin, pomegranate, blackberry, rose petals, licorice, black pepper, dried herbs, volcanic minerality; dry, high acid, medium plus refined tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, incredibly concentrated and complex, outstanding — 2 days ago

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Carolina Gatti

Tredici Sette Rosé Blend 2019

A humble sparkler with lots to appreciate. So pretty in the glass. Flavors that linger around for a bit. Bone dry, full of fruit.

The bitter interesting sides of fruit we don’t think about too often.

Think thick white bitter pith of ruby red grapefruit. Dry, tart, sour raspberry funk, green strawberry.
— 14 days ago

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Covalli

Covalli Barbaresco Red 2014

This wine proved to me how much of a food wine Barolo really is. When I first opened it and took a sip with no food, I smelled sulfur and rip red fruits. I wasn’t a big fan. Then I had some cold shishito peppers in the fridge and tried some with one of those, and it totally transformed. Subtle red fruit with a dry espresso, chocolate finish. Really lovely — 20 hours ago

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Distilleria Quaglia

Fernet Liqueur

Minty! Not as sweet as Branca. — 3 days ago

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Isole e Olena

Cepparello Toscana Sangiovese 2017

Just a baby. Hand selected grapes from the oldest vines; 100% Sangiovese. Had this right after Stella de Compalto Brunello. It certainly held it’s own and at half the price.
Complex, tart fruit and acid with tannins to give it major aging ability. WOould love to try again, 5 years down the road.
— 4 days ago

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