How do you say Bordeaux in Italian? A brooding dark purple with thin edges and a bright, fresh nose. The Franc shows it’s hand prominently here with some green bell pepper, moist earth, and smoke. Fresh red berries and dried herbs come to play, as well. This is an outrageously fun wine. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Umbria? It may sound odd but it certainly works. This Superumbrian is full bodied and rich on the tongue with just the right amount of acidity. Plenty of oak on the palate but it’s well integrated because Italians know what they’re doing. Vanilla, chocolate, and red cherries are predominant, along with tobacco, mint, leather and lace. Go find this immediately and don’t worry too much about age, it’s brilliant. — 8 days ago
Bea & Nothingness? No nausea here, just funky & beautifully structured blend of Sangiovese, montepulciano d’abruzzo, & sagrantino. 3 hour decant. Fascinating nose of balsa wood, cherry, herbs, barnyard. Palate is a shapeshifter, White pepper, violet, cherry, acidic undergirding and a pummeling tannic finish. Drink now with a decant or hold for a decade or more. Believe the hype. — 4 days ago
100% Petit Verdot. Dark nose of ripe blackberry and violets. Full-bodied palate echoes the nose. Firm fine tannins and medium acidity. Quite the surprise from Tuscany where the “Supers” are often blends. Very approachable for this variety. A wonderful compliment to beef dishes and hard cheeses. Drink now through 2027. — 3 days ago
I should have known, but wow I'm really in love with sparkling Nebbiolo (Spanna) rosé!
Prior notes still apply:
Nose has cut yellow & red cherry, washed raspberries, freshly baked white bread, (light) white pepper and moist chalk.
Palate has chalky cherry, raspberry juice, medium acid and crusty bread on the very long finish. — 19 days ago
Lovely color. Ruby red to dark royal purple. Smells nice. Flowers (roses, bearded iris and tulips?). Flavors are juicy and dense. Woodsy with cedar and cherry bark. Bit of licorice. Plenty of pies. (Cherry, strawberry, rhubarb, even a strawberry-rhubarb perhaps). All that is wrapped in a velvety, elegant mouthfeel that lingers long with just the perfect amount of bittersweet. 8 years on this is fo sure ‘keeping it real’. This is a Barbera magnifico! — 3 days ago
Definite browning,.. trending aroma notes of savory and herbal...still vibrant and alive. We ordered this wine with the best Italian cheese board I’ve had...amazing match with funky robiolo, gorganzola, and 7 year old pecorino. Mediam weight, bone-dry, with a one-minute finish. You either love mature wines or not... on this day history rings through and life is indeed, good! — 5 days ago