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2005 Lorenzo Accomasso Barolo Vigneto Rocchette Rocche

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, Alan Tardi
July 15, 2012
Lorenzo Accomasso is something of a local legend—one of the few remaining “traditionalists” in the sense that he is still operating much as he (and most other small wineries) did 40 years ago. This Barolo is a pretty garnet-red color—dark but still transparent, with a slight brownish tinge. A bit oxidized and volatile on the nose, it displays an alluring aroma of mature black cherry with hints of dried berries and violets and noticeable alcohol. The restrained palate has sensations of new leather and varnish. Supple tannins follow a surprisingly soft attack; the smooth, almost creamy finish leads to bitterness and a slightly resinous aftertaste.
Postmodern Barolo: The War That Never Was
Red

2008 Elio Altare Barolo Vigneto Arborina

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, Alan Tardi
July 15, 2012
Dark purple-black with reddish highlights. Ripe wild juniper and blackberry aromas linger beneath a leafy, woodsy cover with a trace of alcohol. After a soft attack, the palate is full, fleshy, dense, and intense. Super-ripe black-cherry and plum flavors are almost sweet, but with just enough tart blackcurrant acidity to counterbalance the heft. Fruit flavors turn to licorice, which yields to firm yet supple tannins and a lingering, mouth-puckering finish. Multilayered and tightly wound, but with enough balance to pull it off.
Postmodern Barolo: The War That Never Was
Red

2008 ANTA BANDERAS Ribera del Duero A10

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
A sit-down wine of assertive and purring 100% Tempranillo. Spice and tobacco notes are supported by substantial backbone.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2008 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero

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, Alan Tardi
July 15, 2012
Transparent red with a slight brownish-orange hue. An aromatic perfume of strawberry jelly mingles with hibiscus and honeysuckle. Ripe strawberry and star-fruit flavors, backed by fresh bay leaf, evolve into caramelized orange rind and cinnamon stick. Soft, unobtrusive tannins underlie a gracious palate, with no hint of the 14.5% alcohol. Simple as it seems at first, there’s much more here than meets the eye—including the fact that Burlotto continues to crush grapes for this wine by foot.
Postmodern Barolo: The War That Never Was
Red

2010 Cillar de Silos Ribera del Duero Joven

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
Chewy, bright, and powerfully elegant. Old World class meets New World flamboyance.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2010 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
Also 100% Tinto del País, this is Sisseck’s flagship wine. Aromas of smoked meat and blackberry are followed by a palate of absolute refinement and supple freshness. Built to age.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2009 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero Flor de Pingus

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
100% Tinto del País aged 18 months in 50%-new French oak. Elegant and delicate, complex and dynamic. “Not a second wine—it’s another wine,” says Sisseck.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2008 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
This wine is full of the same limestone and chalk that dusted my shoes as I walked the vineyards of the estate. Aged in half-French, half-American oak, it boasts spicy, rich flavors and a superb texture.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2008 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus de Valderramiro

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
Named after the Greek word for “little vineyard,” Malleolus is processed in an old-style vertical basket press to ensure gentle extraction and aged 18 months in oak. It’s a terroir-forward wine with a beautiful nose, juicy midpalate, and black-fruit finish. Will thrive with time.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2008 Gaja Barbaresco

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, Alan Tardi
July 15, 2012
Transparent brick red with a pink rim. Fresh, ripe aromas of cranberry and strawberry pie are followed by a hint of pink peppercorns. On the palate, notes of small wild berries, tree bark, and graphite are suggestive of a young Grenache or Cabernet Franc. The wine shows admirable reserve, with tart acidity, brambly tannins, and a clean, subtly mineral finish.
Postmodern Barolo: The War That Never Was
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2005 Bodegas J.C. Conde Ribera del Duero Neo Punta Esencia

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
100% Tinto del País from 80-year-old vines. The wine spends 24 months in new French oak, making it an exciting, seductive equivalent of Gran Reserva minus the wait.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2007 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

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, Alan Tardi
July 15, 2012
Transparent brick red with pink highlights. In the nose, a touch of alcohol leads to aromas of fresh, bright redcurrant; wild strawberry; and sour cherry, with hints of dried flowers, worn leather, and asphalt. The pleasantly restrained palate offers dried cherry, cranberry, and even caramelized strawberry. Supple tannins emerge on the way to a pleasantly astringent, slightly bitter, and spicy finish. A graceful wine that is decidedly present yet understated and elegant.
Postmodern Barolo: The War That Never Was
Red

2007 E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Via Nuova

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, Alan Tardi
July 15, 2012
Dark red, with nice transparency. Soft, muted aromas of black cherry, bay leaf, and rosemary are set off by pronounced alcohol. Slightly green tannins surround a ripe, almost sweet berry core. The wine is round and full on the palate but well proportioned; a long flavor arc gracefully fades into a dry, tannic finish. Throwing some sediment, it has room to grow.
Postmodern Barolo: The War That Never Was
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2006 Bodegas Rodero Ribera del Duero Carmelo Rodero TSM

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
75% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot. Opaque, pure, and seamless, with aromas of fresh strawberries.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2007 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis

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, Alan Tardi
July 15, 2012
Dark maroon-purple to black; dense but not murky. Ripe, macerated black-cherry notes mingle with frutti di bosco and blackcurrant, followed by toffee, a hint of black pepper, and star anise, plus a not-unpleasant undertone of tar. The plush, dense palate is big yet not overbearing, framed by firm, toasty tannins and tart berry acidity. The aftertaste is green and tannic, but this wine should mellow out over the next three to five years.
Postmodern Barolo: The War That Never Was
Red

1999 Viña Sastre (Bodegas Hermanos Sastre) Ribera del Duero Pago de Santa Cruz Gran Reserva

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
After 30 months in used barrels, this old-vine Tempranillo is lip-smackingly good. A Gran Reserva for Brunello devotees, with relatively elevated (15%) alcohol.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2006 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc

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, Alan Tardi
July 15, 2012
Dark purple-red; shiny and transparent. Bright, fresh black-plum aromas are backed by licorice and bitter chocolate with hints of asphalt and lilac. The palate offers super-ripe, concentrated black-cherry flavors with a refreshing touch of tree-bark astringency; it’s full bodied but soft and supple, with just enough acidity to keep it from seeming heavy. Pronounced green-grape tannins kick in midpalate and bring the wine to a nice, dry finish. Very solid, not flabby, but needs time for the tannins to soften.
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Rosť

2009 Ventana Vineyards Rosado

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
70% Tempranillo and 30% Albillo combine to produce a jolly color. Strawberry, watermelon, and raspberry candy leap from the glass. Dry but juicy.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2006 Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero Pruno

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, Jason Tesauro
July 15, 2012
This estate, adjacent to Vega Sicilia, also grows the grapes used in Flor de Pingus. Its own blend shows gorgeous fruit, not upstaged by the wood, and has a mouthfeel like microsuede. Merlot gives the midpalate some RPMs; Cabernet Sauvignon brings richness to the finish. Layered and balanced.
Ribera del Duero: The Burgundy of Spain
Red

2007 Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra

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, Alan Tardi
July 15, 2012
Bright garnet-red with an orange hue; translucent in the glass. After a nose of Bing cherry, the soft attack fills the mouth with ripe cherry, Damascene plum, and raspberry, articulated by dried tobacco leaf and sage. Firm tannins show up toward the finish, with a cedary, cigar-box aftertaste. Intense and concentrated; there’s a lot going on here, but even more chomping at the bit to get out.
Postmodern Barolo: The War That Never Was
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