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  • 1995 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Reserva Especial

    Amazingly youthful considering its age. Color is still deep and dark with no bricking. Full force an the attack with ripe dark red fruit flavor with depth and complexity. Some development of secondary favors with maybe a bit of mushroom. A serious wine with significant concentration and grip for a Tempranillo. Not quite as lithe as I would have expected and maybe a tad heavy handed. Paired nicely with paella Valenciana.

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  • 2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese

    A teenager. Darkening in color and putting on a little weight. No longer sweet and unctuous as in its youth. A more pronounced Petrol nose and just beginning to dry out. Still a nice wine but at an awkward stage of development neither here nor there.

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  • 1986 Soldera (Az. Agr. Case Basse) Brunello di Montalcino

    My first bottle of Soldera BdM so I had no prior experience with the wine from this producer or the vintage. For some reason, I was expecting a big concentrated wine with plenty of grip possibly influenced by my perception of a contemparary Bordeaux. The reality could not have been farther from this preconception. This is pure Sangiovese at is finest. Concentrated only in the sense of a fine Vonse that has depth of flavor but lightness. Perfectly balanced and perportioned. Surprisingly subtle and smooth for the varietal with no hard edges, tartness or volatility. Just gracefully washes over the palate. Leaves a lovely long and soft lingering finish. Provides that "elusive sweetness" that only the great mature dry wines impart. My only reticence is that it is not overly complex having developed little secondary or tertiary characteristics. Just pure succulent mature cherry flavors. Lovely wine, but I think that there are other examples that provide similar experiences at a fraction of the cost.

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