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Red

2011 Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensées de Pallus

Cabernet Franc more

9/16/2014 - kdsipe wrote: 89 points

Dirt, dirt, fertilizer and dirt. Hints of red berry, violets and capsicum. Shimmering aromas, clean and mineral. Light to medium bodied, powdery tannin, broad on the palate, great acid, seamless and full of class. Savory. Gains weight and sweetness with time in the glass. I think this will improve over the next three to five years. Classically styled Loire Cabernet Franc with out the rough edges. Lacks some concentration in this vintage but has good energy. Very claret like. Not for the dirt averse.

  • Comment posted by kdsipe:

    5/18/2015 8:59:00 PM - Thank you hankj, your kind words are appreciated. I love Cabernet Franc, but from time to time I am surprised how "dirt-ish" it can come across. I had the wine a second time on 1/8/2015 and that bottle showed considerably more fruit. I really the wines of Pallus, Chinon meets Ribera del Duero. Fascinating and delicious.

White

2012 Mastroberardino Fiano di Avellino

Fiano di Avellino DOCG more

7/19/2014 - TannicBeast Likes this wine: 90 points

The best of several whites from Campania we tasted. Clear pale lemon, with a clean, aromatic nose of medium intensity. This was served colder than the last time I had it, and the aromas were less tropical with more citrus (lemon and lime), a herbal component (freshly cut hay and straw) and an interesting hint of chalk dust. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and minerality. The alcohol is medium at 12.5% and nicely integrated. This wine is harmonious, with a medium body, medium flavor intensity and a medium long finish. It is quite elegant and structured. It does exhibit fairly different characteristics depending on the temperature and time opened. It is drinking well now and is likely to continue drinking well for several more years.

  • Comment posted by kdsipe:

    10/2/2014 4:40:00 AM - I couldn't quite put my finger on what made this wine special. Its the fresh cut hay and chalk dust. Thanks for the great note.

Red

2012 I Cacciagalli Lucno Roccamonfina IGT

Piedirosso more

3/11/2014 - kdsipe wrote: 90 points

Light, natural, floral, fruity and mineral. Good wine, reminiscent of a Beaujolais. But not what I was looking for on this occasion and I am not any closer to understanding piedirosso. Not a good match with tagliatelle alla bolognese, it would have been better with the kale and chickpea stew.

  • Comment posted by kdsipe:

    3/12/2014 3:40:00 AM - Thanks for the tip. After looking at the notes for the La Sibilla Piedirosso Campi Flegrei it appears that the I Cacciagalli Lucno Roccamonfina may be a representative example of piedirosso. I see many references to Beaujolais, Burgundy, etc.

Red

2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Nebbiolo more

2/18/2014 - Winetex Likes this wine: NR

Having a tannic moment that wasn't in previous bottles. Root day? Same lot L9.105.

  • Comment posted by kdsipe:

    2/20/2014 12:01:00 PM - According to http://uk.rhythmofnature.net/biodynamic-calendar-february-2014, 'twas a flower day.

Red

2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Nebbiolo more

1/29/2012 - kdsipe wrote: 91 points

Dark cherry, rusty nail, spice, purple flowers. Rich and concentrated, with fine, drying tannins, plemty of acid and a good finish. More than I usually expect from this bottling. Good for another three or five years. And yet... some how... this doesn't excite. Consumed at Nishiki Arashiyama.

  • Comment posted by kdsipe:

    12/10/2012 10:06:00 PM - I could sense quality in the wine, but I didn't like the pairing. If I remember correctly, it was too big for Kyoto kaiseki. I meant to write, that in my opinion, the wine would be at its peak in 3 to 5 and drink well for another 5 to 10. But, to each their own. I am curious to read your note in 2032. ;)

White - Sparkling

2008 Raventós i Blanc Cava Reserva Brut (L'Hereu)

Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

11/2/2012 - kdsipe wrote: 88 points

A fine bead, with aromas of petrol, lemon and lime. Delicate, not complex. Opens up with some time in the glass. Feels a bit disjointed, with the sugar and acid at opposite ends, though nicely balanced. The acid is persistent. Lacking intensity. Good value at 16.

  • Comment posted by kdsipe:

    12/6/2012 2:29:00 PM - Upon rereading, this must be one of the most skitzophrenic notes I have written. I am not sure it even makes sense.

Red

2008 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

1/16/2012 - kdsipe wrote: 90 points

Cream, kirsh and spice. Rather lush, round and polished. Medium acid, good tannin, decent finish. Not inspiring.

  • Comment posted by kdsipe:

    11/28/2012 9:46:00 PM - Jaded... from time to time, sure. Snobbish... ok, maybe. :). The note is just a snapshot of my impressions at the time. I remain open-minded. I'd love to try the wine again, especially with more bottle age.

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