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2014 Giovanni Almondo Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie

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5/20/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 91 points

The nose was highly expressive and remarkably fresh, showing spiced floral tones, chalky minerals, and young peach. Managing to maintain both richness and a refreshing persona. On the palate, I found soft textures offset by vibrant acidity with flavors of ripe peach and inner floral tones, which lasted well into the finish.

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2014 Weingut Keller Riesling Limestone

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5/19/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 91 points

What an incredibly intense and interesting nose, like walking through a moist cave, lined with mineral-laden rock and tropical flowers, while peeling a fresh lime. On the palate, this was buzzing with acidity, yet perfectly balance by a noticeable hint of residual sugar. Ripe peach, lime, minerals and inner floral tones lasted long into the finish. This is a dangerously delicious and very drinkable Riesling.

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2012 Lutum Pinot Noir La Rinconada Vineyard

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4/25/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 92 points

This showed a gorgeous nose, which walked the line between fruit and savory tones, showing crushed raspberry, pretty florals, savory herbs, olive tapenade and saline minerality. On the palate, it displayed youthful tannin wrapped in intense, tart red fruits with exotic spice notes and minerals that seemed to coat the senses. It finished fresh with tart berry and hints of fine tannin. The ’12 La Rinconada may need another year or two to soften and flesh out, yet the potential is evident in the glass.

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2007 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

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5/18/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 92 points

The nose was forward, practically oozing with rich dark fruits, autumnal spice, vanilla, fresh tobacco and a hint of herbs. On the palate, I found velvety textures with ripe blackberry, cherry liquor and mocha. It turned slightly herbal and tart on the finish with a coating of dusty tannin lingering on the senses.

Unfortunately, this is not the wine I remember from years ago, as it lacks the balance to contrast its ripe, velvety intensity. That said, there are still plenty of people who will love it for what it is, instead of what I had hoped it would become.

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2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

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5/18/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 96 points

The nose was elegant and refined with intense aromas of crushed raspberry, black currant, and tobacco with hints of smoke and spice box. On the palate, I found silky textures over a tannic spine providing a wonderfully classic feel with resonating notes of wild berry, herbs and tobacco. The finish revealed it's still youthful state with a coating of refined sweet tannin across the senses providing measured grip. This is a gorgeous--classic Ornellaia.

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2012 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore L'Incanto

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5/18/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 93 points

The nose was elegant, expressing cool red toned fruit, as well as black currant, hints of cola and a beautiful perfume of herbal mint with hints of tobacco leaf. On the palate, it was silky smooth, yet quite closed, showing dark weighty textures, which nearly masked its fine-grained tannin. Flavors of tart red berry with a hint of herbs lingered long into the finish. This is a very pretty expression of Ornellaia, in need of time in the cellar for the palate to catch up to the bouquet, and may warrant a higher score down the road.

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1990 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 96 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The ’90 Cannubi Boschis was a great way to end an epic tasting. The nose was so amazingly rich and lively with black cherry, sweet spice and balsamic tones. On the palate, it was a smooth as silk, yet seamless and finessed. The fruit entered sweet yet quickly turned to tart berry with hints of mint, tobacco and cedar box. The finish was long and saturating to the senses, as its tannin resolved to reveal spice and a hint of wood.

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1990 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 96 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The nose was intense, with currents of black cherry and dark soil tones wafting up from the glass. Digging deeper, I found sweet herbs, mushroom, tobacco, balsamic notes, black olive and minerals. Dark red fruits seemed to saturate the entire palate in a silky shroud, along with flavors of savory meat, minerals, and dark inner floral notes. The finish showed youthful tannin, with dried strawberry, minerals and tobacco leaf. This is an amazing wine.

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1985 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 97 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The bouquet of the ’85 Cascina Francia was everything that I wanted out of a mature Barolo, especially with its Serralunga earthiness and minerals. The nose opened with dark red berries, dried flowers, tea leaves, minerals and exotic spices, becoming sweeter with time in the glass. On the palate, soft, caressing textures washed over the senses, leaving masses of mature red fruits, inner floral tones and soil-laden minerals. It finished with dried fruits and berries, crushed fall leaves, and a hint of iodine. Stunning.

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1996 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 95 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): Still a brick wall of a wine, giving hints of mint and eucalyptus with dark soil and mineral tones lurking in the glass, yet still not ready to show us its gifts. Intense, dark, brooding—but so far from ready on the palate, showing focused dark red fruit on a seemingly taught and wiry structure, with herbal hints in the background. It finished cool and structured, yet not hard or tannic. The balance here is beautiful; I just hope I’ll one day be able to see it in its maturity, which I believe will warrant a higher score.

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1996 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 95 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The ’96 Cascina Francia displayed a gorgeous bouquet of bright cherry, fresh minty herbs, rose and tobacco with a slight medicinal note to its fruit. It entered the palate with silky textures, yet quickly firmed up by fine tannin, releasing notes of tart berry, dried strawberry and minerals. It finished firm with lingering minerality and dried fruits. This was a very pretty, even if tannic, expression of ’96 Cascina Francia.

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1996 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 93 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The nose was rich and intense, showing dark red fruits, sweet spice and dusty soil tones. On the palate, it showed more mature than I would have expected, yet wonderfully smooth in texture with notes of crushed berry, plum and minerals. Tannin coated the palate throughout the finish, yet maintained the presence of ripe fruit.

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1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 94 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): This was a gorgeous wine, crashing down many of my preconceptions. The nose was massive, yet refined, showing black cherry, charred meat, sweet herbs, dusty soil and balsamic tones. On the palate, it showed velvety textures with dark red fruits, sweet spice and saturating minerality, which carried fine tannin across the senses. It was palate-coating and intense on the finish with hints of cranberry lingering long.

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1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 96 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The ’99 Cascina Francia opened with a dark and brooding bouquet of earth, animal and fruit, showing soil-laden minerals up front, leading to dried flowers, animal musk and dark berry tones. On the palate, it showed brilliant, yet tart, wild berry and strawberry fruits, minerals, and fine tannin that saturated the senses. It finished clean and youthful with hints of dried fruits. This is so young today, and it should continue to evolve into something very special over time.

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1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 98 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): This was a thrilling wine to be sure, as a bouquet of intense rich fruits, masses of rose and tar, leather and earth came forward along with hints of mushroom and balsamic tones. On the palate, a dark mix of fruits washed across the senses, turning to cranberry and spice with deep, silky textures over a spine of fine tannin. The finish showed palate-saturating cherry with contrasting hints of dried citrus and inner floral tones. This was amazingly drinkable on this night, and some tasters wondered if it was the Cascina Francia, yet the bouquet alone gave it away.

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1998 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 91 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The nose showed rich, dark fruits with hints of spice, herbs, cedar and salty brine. On the palate, it was broad and dark, as dried red fruits turned to dry cocoa and coffee grind. Gruff tannin clenched the senses throughout the finish, drying the remaining fruit. This came across as smaller in scale than the ’98 Le Vigne yet lacked depth and definition, and didn’t improve over time.

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1998 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 94 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The nose was dark and earthy, showing wild berry with olive, minerals, woodland tones and animal musk. On the palate, it displayed stunning purity with tart black cherry and soil-laden minerality, kept lively through a brisk wave of acidity. A mix of dark fruit, minerals and tannin coated the palate throughout the finish. This may be one of the best ‘98 Cascina Francias I’ve ever tasted.

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1998 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 93 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The nose showed black cherry with soil, minerals, sweet floral tones and a hint of sawdust. On the palate, it showed smooth, almost creamy, medium-weight textures with stunning purity of fruit, as notes of cherry, spice and minerals cascaded across the palate. A note of hard red candy lingered on the palate, with hints of still-youthful tannin providing grip.

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2000 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 89 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The nose was restrained at first, showing dark berry tones; yet with coaxing, it began to release a bouquet of cranberry and minty herbs with a hint of cedar. On the palate, I found radiant, focused fruit with hints of spice in a very pretty and brilliant expression of Nebbiolo. Gruff tannin coated the palate throughout the finish, yet with a lack of balancing fruit and acidity.

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1997 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 88 points

The Icon Vs. The Iconoclast: Giacomo Conterno & Luciano Sandrone (Morrell Wine Bar): The nose showed a mix of moist earth, minerals, musky cedar and olive brine. On the palate, I found tart red berry fruit in a sappy, yet somewhat muddled expression. Dried red fruits and musky tones lingered on the finish. The question came up if this is over the hill, or possibly damaged, yet the bottle was stored properly since release. It may just be that some ‘97s are fading fast.

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2012 Château Pontet-Canet

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 91 points

The nose came across as compact, yet aching to explode, showing rich black fruits, airy spice, violet florals, a hint of grapefruit and bell pepper. On the palate, I found firm, palate-staining wild berry fruits and herbal tones with silky textures giving way to tannin. The finish was long with lean dark fruits and inner floral tones in a very chiseled expression—yet the slightly green characteristics here reminded me more of a cool-climate Cabernet, not Pontet-Canet.

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2011 Château Pontet-Canet

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 91 points

The nose was dark, almost sappy, with intense pine, cedar and menthol, followed by floral perfumes and crushed raspberry fruit. On the palate, it was rich with silky textures, giving way to young tannin. A mix of tart wild berry saturated the senses with a gorgeous sense of balance throughout. The fruit here lingered long upon the senses with hints of inner floral tones and tannin.

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2010 Château Pontet-Canet

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 94 points

The nose was beautiful, with cool, restrained dark fruits, floral perfumes, earth tones and a hint of menthol. On the palate, I found silky textures with a dense, massive wave of dark red, blueberry fruits and minerals, which seemed to envelope its youthful tannins. The finish was almost completely shut down with dried-out dark fruits held tight by imposing structure. I imagine 2010 Pontet-Canet may outlive me.

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2009 Château Pontet-Canet

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 97 points

This is a truly stunning young Pontet-Canet, with its large, dark persona, yet it somehow remained cool toned and wonderfully fresh. The nose displayed crushed dark berry, floral tones, and a hint of pine, minerals and smoke. It was like velvet on the palate, with underlying sweet tannin, showing rich dark fruits, balsamic tones, spice and baker’s chocolate. The finish was long with saturating fruit, which slowly faded to reveal a zing of acidity and young tannic spine.

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2008 Château Pontet-Canet

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5/14/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine: 93 points

With an intense nose that hinted at both the sweet and savory, the ’08 Pontet-Canet showed notes of red and blueberry, sweet spice, rich reduction sauce, and hints of moist soil tones. On the palate, I found silky textures with a medium-weight frame and a veil of ripe red and black berry fruit, which seemed to nearly mask its youthful tannins, while notes of spice, graphite and a hint of citrus saturated the senses. This lasted long throughout the finish, as its fruit slowly faded into fine tannin. This is a dark beast of wine, yet elegant and in need of time in the cellar. This should be amazing in 5-10 years’ time.

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