Opened at the table. Blueberries and cocoa dust in the mouth; finishing with somewhat gritty tannins. Appears significantly less evolved than a well airated sample recently tasted at an event. After more than an hour in a decanter, the wine lost most of its harsh finishing edges, revealing a sweeter side and a more complex shades of cedar and plum. Needs a few more years to come into a better balance.
Le Macchiole Wine Dinner (La Pizza Fresca Ristorante): Wonderful flowery aromatics soar from under a beautiful nose of an evolved Bordeaux. Taste of fully ripe red fruit and plum is buttressed by notes of mushrooms and earthy aromatics. Very floral, particularly when compared with a darker and more extracted syrahs. Beautiful balance overall. Drinking perfectly now.
Lovely young dark cherry fruit on the palate with plenty of acidity.. The tannins are still harsh and the wine needs more time but it is certainly a pleasure to drink now. The fruit is somewhat pruny and you can easily find the oak but it is well integrated.
Incredible and surprising cabernet franc, perfect. Decanted for four hours, it had a medium+ body with a simple but very tannic structure, and a long and wonderful after taste on the palate. Great wine!
One of the best Cabernet Francs I’ve tasted. Powerful nose of prune, dusty black berry, tobacco, and spice. On the palate a rich concentration of flavorful dark fruit, black licorice, vanilla, and oak wrapped up with a slightly rustic finish. The texture is definitely reminiscent of a young grainy Pomerol. Will merit a higher score in 2-3 years as the tannins and acidity mellow. Decanted for 2 hours but needs 5+.
Ok this is a good wine and although it has all the big sides of Bolgheri in terms of juicy, ripe, oaky (not too oaky). Feels like it has quite a bit of alcohol too and as time went by it was more evident. Big and Juicy. As we said its a nice wine but it bacame a bit monotonous after some time and we even left some in the decanter.... Started well but then just had nothing to keep us going back. 90-91 and hopefully time will help here.
Italians, 2nd Labels of 1st Growths, 95 Prum, +; 10/5/2014-10/6/2014 (Our favorite Italian Place): Easily my WOTN. Gorgeous wine. It was slow-oxed for 6 hours and firing on all cylinders. This is Cabernet Franc from Tuscany. The nose has dark cherries, spice, licorice and cigar tobacco. On the palate, lush texture that separates into complex layers of fruit, tobacco and earthiness. Great acidity. Long finish. I kept going back for more. Just delicious. Perhaps not quite at peak, but getting close.
Decanted for 2 hours. The wine is well balanced. A little sweet at the start, and then fruitiness began to emerge. Hints of chocolate, coffee, blackberry, plum. The tannin is not well integrated yet. May keep to develop in the years to come.
Very dark in color. Nose of ripe dark berries, coffee and chocolate. The wine is quite rich yet still elegant, has a great structure and a wonderful balance. This is a very straight wine, quite smooth and very pricise. The tannins are still not fully integrated. For my taste still on the young side, one would never expect that this wine is already ten years old. Hold for a few more years and this will be a superb Cab Franc. Rating: 93+
Double decanted. Minimal sediment. Deep red with slow legs. Terrific blackberry nose. Good balance with lots of fruit. Long finish. Overall, a great wine that should be good for at least another fiver years.
Tuesday Night Double Blind $50+ (Bin 75): Dark core with bricking; cigar, new oak, lush, green pepper, cedar, not yet delineated; cherry, currant, great fruit on the palate, ripe, lush, loamy, slight medicinal, spice, grip but not too tannic; good; thought this was younger Pomerol.
Tanto legno, vino poco espressivo, tanta materia, terra, polvere e frutta matura. Bottiglia a posto, ma il vino non splende, non c' è pathos.... Un polpettone difficile da bere, pastoso, appallottolato, manca della spina di acidità e mineralità dei grandi vini della Loira e del Médoc. Bella delusione
dark red-purple-black colour Developed ripe aromas of dark currants, cedar box, tobacco, menthol, graphite, and a hint of stems. Full body, black currants, tar, licorice, and earthiness. Present round tannins with currants and plum flavours on the long finish. Will reach its peak within 2-5 years.
last glass remaining after 24 hours: still enjoyable
Tasted blind. A wonderful nose full of black fruits, herbs, and a hint of licorice. With significant aeration this develops a great floral lift and a rustic chalky note. The plate is wonderfully structured with great rustic but smooth tannins I associate with Bolgheri. Long lingering finish. In short a wonderfully precise yet rich wine with impeccable balance.
I first tasted the 2002. Nose - Lovely nose. Just a tad tannic, but very nice. Palette - A very interesting, different palette. Abit tannic (still needs 5 years in bottle), but a fine wine none the less. 95. My WOTN
I then tasted this 2004. Nose - more tannic the 2002. Palette - similar to the 2002 but more tannic. Needs decant time or 5 years more in bottle. This wine did not open up, over the evening. But still a decent wine. 92
Tuesday Night Double Blind $40+ (Bin 75): Dark core with garnet rim; nose of tar and green pepper, stemmy, clay, bitter chocolate, a bit sharp on the finish; sort of Chilean in style which made me call Don Melchor, yikes.
Served blind. A stunning Cab Franc nose! Typical Bolgheri, with Italian hay & grass, dusty gravel road, fine herbs and spices. On the palate this is dry, cab franc fresh and dark red fruit, great structure, with smooth and gravelly tannins, spices, and Italian Bolgheri acid. My blind guess was Paleo Rosso. Spot on! This is a great display of this variety, from a great producer. Talk about terroir typical. Buy if you can find. Drink now if you like, but will continue to develop and gain from further cellar storage. A truly brilliant wine. I just love Le Macchiole! Tuscany’s no1 producer, too me.
Dark extracted core with visible color change at the rim; bell pepper, a little nail polish from the oak, currant, green notes consistent with Cab Franc; thick, viscous, sweet, tannic, rustic, some heat on the finish; liked this much more than previous tastings; oak still needs to integrate some more; was tracking Cab Franc but could not place it in Tuscany.
Ever so young and powerful. Opened by mistake as clearly our earlier TN says do not touch for a few more years. Just too powerful at this stage and took like 2 hours in a decanting to relax. Needs 3+ yrs in bottle more.
Forgive the short note here. I have always loved this wine, and always marvel that it's 100% Cab Franc - I guess there isn't a hint of 'green' in Tuscan CF :) PnP fr 750. We drank half last night, it was slightly better (less dumb) tonight. Garnet color. Nose surprisingly restrained both nights. Well rounded and lovely, soft tannins, medium finish - always enjoyable. This hopefully is still slightly improving with a couple more years....
I have been sitting on many of these for quite some time and have been dying to try this. Very elegant, old world. Like silk. Someone described this like a right bank first growth. I loved every aspect of this wine. One of the best Cab Franc's I have every had. Probably the best..
dark red-purple-black colour Developed ripe aromas of dark currants, cedar box, tobacco, menthol, graphite, and a hint of stems. Full body, black currants, tar, licorice, and earthiness. Present round tannins with currants and plum flavours on the long finish. Will reach its peak within 5-10 years.
This was very confusing. Initially the nose quickly opened up and reminded me of an Italian Bordeaux. After 3 hours of aeration in decanter the wine only became more nuanced with the new oak and hard tannin as it seemed to recoil into a shell. The oak was dominant (obnoxious) and tasted American with coconut and vanilla. The wine had depth and potential in the midpalate, but the finish came quickly with hard, bitter tannin. I do think this wine will be very good if you can wait another 10 years at least. Not feeling this wine as others have. It was tough going after a '95 Pavillon, but after revisiting the wine had not budged.
This nose goes on forever... ripe, dark currants, cedar box, tobacco, menthol, graphite, and a hint of stems. Palate: Ripe, dense black currants, tar, licorice, and crushed gravel on the attack. Big, fleshy tannins coat the mouth on the mid-palate and give way to currants and plum sauce on the medium-long finish.
This wine is so big, so tannic, so structured, and so good right now but I would be lying if I said that things were seamless and integrated. Far from it actually. This wine is going to be so long lived and that much better when the tannins have integrated. If you have a few, then it's definitely worth popping the cork on one to check in on it but I would hold the others for at least another 7-8 years.
Still very young and powerful and no where close to what one might expect from 100% Cab Franc. Decanting may help here but we chose not to.Nose is open though , long deep nose and u keep searching for more. Still the oak is on the forefront and overpowers the sweet dark fruit which lingers below, shame. On the palate it is big and lush but the tannins are still too strong and unfort quite a bit dry wood tannins. That gives the feeling of the wine beeing unbalanced adn spoils the finish. We would suggest one waits for 2-3 yrs minimum. 91 for the moment but lots of potential.
Powerful nose with pronounced spiciness/garrigue complementing the black and blue fruits. Extracted to be sure, but not overly extracted. Very silky, fine tannins help the concentrated fruit mingle with the spicy flavors from the nose for a wonderful finish.Drinking great now, but can easily go another 4-5 years. Outstanding bottle.
Really delicious, though still very primary, reminiscent of a Pomerol, but a little more spice and acidity. Some notable herby notes (not green at all, though), with lots of thickb lack and blue fruit. On first taste I was worried this would become heavy/palate-fatiguing as I continued to drink and that the oak (noticeable) would wear on me and make this undrinkable, but in fact I quickly found this to become MORE and not LESS drinkable, and very enjoyable...Great stuff, one of my favorite Cab Francs...
Decanted 3 hours prior to consumption. Strange lack of normal smell from cork. Color & aroma seemed OK - but less impressive than previous 2004 Paleo. After 3 hours the wine seemed mediocre in a way compared to the former I've tasted so far.
This wine is ridiculously good. Cracked my first bottle tonight. Very smooth across the palate with a very bold flavor and lots of fruit. Mild tannins at this point. I noted a taste of licorice on my tongue long after it went down. One of the best bottles I have tasted in some time.
100% Cabernet Franc. Deep sweet black fruit aromas complemented by balsamic, iodine and mineral notes. Modern style - very sweet black fruit, especially blackberries, iodine and balsamic, powerful and concentrated, almost New World. Full lasting finish, coffee, chocolate and balsamic. Intense and impressive. Tasted at the producer.
Beautiful somewhat perfumed bouquet with fruits and beautifully toasted oak. Very concentrated and juicy. Good herbs and spices (white pepper) and well dosed and integrated oak. A real pleasure already, but definitely a future of another 5+ years.
100% Cabernet Franc from five different vineyards in Bolgheri aged between 2 to 21 years with average yield of 800 gr per plant. It is aged 14/16 months in 225 lt new oak barriques. Shiny deep ruby in colour. It has a rich nose with black fruit laced with vanilla and spice from the oak along with meaty tones. It is full with firm tannins backed by a good level of acidity and a long, rich finish.
Very impressive wine with lots of flavors and a superb finish. Gave bottle a 2hr decant and it had wonderful spicy floral nose mixed with hints of tart berries. Concentration on the palate was strong, with dark fruits, licorice, cassis, and a garrigue hint adding some spiciness. Finish was long, memorable with caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint or pepper. Glad I have more of this, but will let it sit2+ years as I don't think it has reached its peak yet.
Very nice rich Bordeaux-ish wine, which I would have thought was Merlot-based Tuscan wine if I didn't know better. However, this doesn't have nearly the character of the 2001, nor does it have the quite the concentration or the specific Cab-franc notes (without the green) that the '01 shows. However, it's certainly an enjoyable, lush wine with New World "crossover" appeal.
very concentrated, rich and lush, with evolving layers of dark ripe dusty fruit that really opened up with air time. loads of black berries, plum, cherry, cassis, licorice, cocoa, black peppercorns, and nice earthy forest notes and hints of broken concrete. nice silky tannins and a creamy vanilla finish. Delicious stuff. 100% italian cab. franc that reminiscent of a big powerful california wine. a great super tuscan!
Tasted at Enoteca Tognoni in Bolgheri. Dark garnet color in the glass, slightly dusty looking. Slightly tight nose of florals, briar patch, violets and berries. Falvors of currants and berries. Brigh acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full body. Hold.
Absolutely fantastic evolvement of this puppy. Enjoyed over 3 hours with lamb chops, home made pesto, pasta, bread, olive oil and fried tomatoes. Will turn out huge for the patient ones. If you plan on opening one, I'd do it sooner than later before it closes down. Enjoyable straight from bottle but do ypurself a favor and decant it a couple of hours.