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  • 2004 Tommaso Bussola Ca' del Laito

    I'm now thinking this wine has crest over his peak and is on a rapid decline. I haven't had a good bottle in over a year now. This one started out showing some hints of reduction but also quite a lot of fruit. I was hoping that reduction would fade and the fruit bloom, but what has happened is simultaneously with the reduction fading the fresh fruit has died and the wine tastes slightly oxidized with maderized fruit. Undrinkable on day two; went down the drain.

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  • 1998 Conti Sertoli Salis Rosso di Valtellina Salis Il Saloncello

    The winery claims this can be aged for 10-12 years, so I took a flier on a few bottles of these at a reasonable price. The cork was perfect. The color is light red with hints of a brown hue. Aromas are fairly dusty and old, like a dried up old book. There are some nice hints of fresh ripe raspberries hiding under there too, but you have to really seek them out.The palate is quite thin in body, showing more of those old book flavors but there is some fruit here too. Moderate acidity on the finish but it's here that the old book flavors just take over and become a little unpalatable. Granted, this does actually improve quite a bit over the hours from the initial pop and pour, but still, glad I opened the first one by myself and didn't embarrass myself by pouring this for friends. I doubt I'm going to be able to make my way through this whole bottle.

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  • 2013 Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Grignolino d'Asti

    This wine is very light in color and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. The aromas are lean and lithe, showing graphite, high, bright red fruit tones, spice, minerals, and soil. Quite pleasing, elegant and graceful for the leanness. Palate enters with sweet fruit and texture is on the thinner side, showing those bright red tones (bright under ripe cherry), some minerality, a bits of spice and acid. Acid dials up hugely on the finish but this is coupled with pure bright red fruit that offers a nice softer counterpoint. Definitely overall a lean wine, but the fruit held throughout is quite nice. This wine is pretty killer to consume on any given Tuesday. I'll try and seek more of these out.

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  • nortonnose says:

    12/21/2013 5:54:00 PM - Great TNs! Thank you, David!

  • gripNsip says:

    2/14/2013 2:27:00 AM - let's drink some wine sometime homie

  • osufan says:

    10/24/2011 11:20:00 PM - Gorgeous picture of Portland (and the wine)!

  • gripNsip says:

    1/12/2011 5:08:00 AM - your mom has a clever thing to say about your notes LOL

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    4/29/2010 3:55:00 PM - OMFG GRATS ON 1K