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  • 2011 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero

    I know that I probably shouldn't. But I couldn't resist opening another bottle of this Barolo. I enjoy it so much. However, I sense that this bottle is now starting to shut down ... the tannic structure is now coming forward to mask the fruit ... Colour plum red. A nose of dark berry, musk, dark spices and baked clay, with a funky, stemmy, herby element. A top perfume note of old English rose. On palate, more savoury, earthy and dry brushwood driven than you'd expect from the bouquet. Also plummy with raspberries and some tobacco. It's ripe and rich and big boned but it has sufficient acidity for balance. The fine grained tannins on the back palate now seem more prominent and firmer than last time I drank a bottle. It'll definitely need the 6-8 years Fabio recommended.

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  • 2012 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso

    This wine is a great everyday drinking wine with excellent QPR (~US15). A blend of approximately (the proportions vary slightly across vintages) 20% Nebbiolo (for structure, aromatics and elegance), 30% Dolcetto (for bright red colour, violet hints, primary aromas of fresh fruit and berries), 30% Barbera (for freshness and fruitiness), 10% Albarossa (for generous ripe fruit and body) and 5% Pinot Noir (for cherry hints). Serve slightly chilled. Under screwcap. Deep, dark colour. An expressive bouquet of wild blackberries and raspberries, compote of dark cherries, gunmetal and graphite. The flavours are those wild blackberries and cherries with blueberry jam and some savoury fallen leaves and earth. Fresh, vibrant and succulent. ‘A little volatile, unbalanced and unstable’ said Maciej, which is right, but this actually adds to the character of the wine and is not surprising at this level. Good, bright acidity. For early drinking.

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  • 2012 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco

    Two Etna Biancos: Brighter, deeper colour. Also brighter on the bouquet with white florals, citric aromas, pineapple chunks and peaches. There was a little creamy vanilla, but not as much as for the 2013, and a fair whiff of seaspray. On palate, I strongly preferred the 2012 to the 2013. It seemed lower acid, but with sufficient acid. It seemed richer and riper than the 2012 with excellent phenolics, expressing itself as a pleasing bitterness on the long finish. The oak seemed more integrated and the oily, tactile mouthfeel more complex. The flavours were limes, melon, almonds, guava, wet limestone and clotted cream. Good dry extract, weight and volume. The wine was ‘cheese’ to the 2013’s ‘chalk’. Noone saw any link or similarity between this wine and the 2013, thinking that my wine was from the Rhone. Finishing the bottle the next day there was more pronounced salinity to match the fine citrus on bouquet and more salt and chalk on the finish. Overall, the wine was drinking better on the second day. Ideally, I’d still give this wine another couple of years …

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  • Burgundy Al says:

    4/25/2015 10:11:00 PM - Howard, Re Coche 2009 CC - lots of acidity for the vintage. Really came through middle to finish, even is somewhat obscured by the ripe fruit and concentration.