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  • 2013 Cantine Antonio Caggiano Aglianico Taurasi Salae Domini

    The style of Caggiano reds tends to be bold and in your face, especially when young. Here even the young vines are capable of a tannic, aglianico-driven snarl. Took the better part of two hours to say much of anything. Deep ruby color, shy nose of deep red fruits and ripe but sour cherries, wet rocks and some alcoholic heat. Intensely tannic from the start, dries so quickly against the gums that everything else is held in check. At the risk of swirling it around in the mouth, the attractive cherry sort of breaks free and is joined with raw leather and mineral notes. Not for the faint of heart or for anyone in a hurry, and again, this is the little guy. Will save some for tomorrow when it might start to calm down.

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  • 2010 Domaine des Croix Beaune 1er Cru Bressandes

    Full disclosure: Note entered upon opening, wine still at/near cellar temperature.

    Outstanding freshness and purity on the nose, really inviting red berry fruit, I'd dive into the glass if I could. Very primary but oh so engaging. Faintest sous bois on the edges. On the palate it seems very Beaune, lighter bodied and berried with some subtle floral overtones, abundant acid and beautiful balance, though understandably tight at the finish.

    I might come back and edit this after a respectable amount of time elapses, but if I don't, there seems little chance this won't get better and better.

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  • 2007 I Custodi Etna Ætneus

    Translucent brickish red. Nose doesn't quite explode like an erupting volcano but it's not shy either. Dark kirsch red cherries, scorched earth, tar, prunes, tobacco and leather. Takes about an hour even at age 9 to settle into a more mellow groove, cause it's a little rough and hot at first (14% ABV). With some air, opens and trends to a little more elegance, softening on the palate and giving up the raw expression, even if it retains a little bit of ferocity on the finish. Weightier than some Etna Rosso's I've had, and that helps make it a good winter wine.

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  • bevetroppo says:

    2/26/2014 4:52:00 PM - WS- Great idea, but purtroppo I'm not going to be there. I'll take a full report when you're back though! I live in NJ, so parachute in sometime and we'll crack a few. -B

  • wine strategies says:

    2/26/2014 3:06:00 PM - Any chance you;re going to VinItaly (Veronafiere) this year, would be nice to say 'Ciao'?

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    1/4/2014 2:59:00 AM - Bro I thoroughly enjoyed your notes homage: Sultry bulls eye

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    3/2/2013 12:57:00 PM - Loaded our cellar and are now online! Thanks for the tip yesterday. From two wine lovers in Austin

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    9/5/2012 6:31:00 PM - Hear hear! Well done indeed.

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    4/25/2012 11:51:00 AM - Outstanding job on your Tasting Notes. I appreciate the time and effort you have given to them.