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2007 Scholium Project Bricco Babelico Tenbrink Vineyards
- > California
Community Tasting Notes 14
drdebs Likes this wine: (91 points)
October 5, 2013 - Exceeded my expectations. I don't know what Abe does to this to make Petite Sirah truly taste like an Italian Barolo, but it is spectacular. Firing on all its aromatic, earthy, mushroomy, floral cylinders with enough blackberry to push through to the bright, juicy finish. Lingers in the mouth. Do be aware that, unlike most Nebbiolo, this is 15.8% ABV--approximately the same level as port. Proceed with caution.
wormfarmer Likes this wine: (92 points)
September 14, 2013 - Tasting notes lost to history, but I recall it as one of my favorite bottles this year -- not because it was the most exquisite, but because it was fun to follow through the evening. Delightful, and a crowd-pleaser. (And yet I wouldn't pay more for it, at the same time.)
May 18, 2013 - Just firing on all cylinders now with about 2 hrs air. Monster dark fruit, intense spices, moderate tannic grip, finish for minutes. A truly super wine, a bit Barolo-like as Abe has noted (the first of these wines I've felt that descriptor fitted). Mesmerizing.
May 14, 2013 - The opening act, roughly 30 minutes uncorked, carries aromas of undulating, alcoholic heat, stewed prunes and under-ripe blueberry. A little off-balance at first, the pieces start to come together as the second act starts, just prior to the two hour mark. This monster of a wine is unveiled behind the curtain, brooding on the palate, with delineated cassis, dried raspberry, raisin, and tar - deep earth in character and pungently blood thick. Unbelievable integration of oak and tannic power, this wine begins to finish with very balanced portions of clean acidity and weight, hinting at dried mushroom and handfuls of spices (white and black pepper, nutmeg and clove). At the third and final act, a masterful performance of dynamic, seductive intensity arises, with perfectly extracted dark berry fruit and a long, clawing finish that ranges from fresh brewed espresso to vintage leather to flower pollen. A rapture that is the epitome of Scholium?s genius in allowing Petite Sirah shine in its glory.
Bricco, the term in Piedmonte Italy which identifies the highest part of the hill as the most superior for grape-growing, resonates in this wine. It has a touch of character similar to that of both Barolo and Barbaresco.
100% Petite Sirah from the Tenbrink Vineyards in Suisun Valley
Anonymous wrote: (90 points)
February 20, 2013 - melted raisins and burnt herbs with dark cherry liquor.
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- Vintage 2007
- Type Red
- Producer Scholium Project
- Varietal Petite Sirah
- Designation Bricco Babelico
- Vineyard Tenbrink Vineyards
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion n/a
- Appellation California
- Pending Delivery 3 (3%)
- In Cellars 64 (63%)
- Consumed 35 (34%)