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  • 2005 Château Monbousquet

    Knew it was a big boy going in so threw it in the decanter while I prepared the sirloin medallions. Poured half a glass for "cooking" purposes and was rewarded with tart cranberry, spicy black cherry, and cacao laced blackberry. Bold and dark with massive weight; despite the intensity I somehow felt it still had room to open up so I resisted the urge and let this beast brood while I continued cooking. About an hour and a half later, once lil'Knurdette had her bath and Mrs. Knurd was ready for dinner, full glasses were poured. Now I could detect notes of black plum, anise, espresso, graphite, char and hints of black olive and black tea. Very oak driven, now and then I got bright hints of vanilla intermingled with the deeper notes. Despite the oak presence it was very well integrated with a seamless transition of the acid, tannins, and alcohol across the palate. If I could only use 3 words to sum up this wine: mocha espresso cranberries. $62 from Wired for Wine back in 2010 was an excellent price for what this wine is delivering now. It has enough complexity and development for a high score but I feel it relies too much on the oak to carry it through to the highest echelon; overall evaluation: A.

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  • 2012 Massimo Marengo Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato

    Bought the during my trip to the Piemonte based on the 14.5 abv listed on the bottle as well as the rarity of finding a Ruche in the states. Definitely interesting, has all the lower abv Ruche characteristics I am familiar with but trades the rustic, acidic edge for a rounder, fuller, more candied texture. Tart Oceanspray cran-raspberry with some tangy orange zest and candied anise, almost twizzler-like. It was nice but ultimately the alcohol and its contributing bitter finish was a bit too noticeable for my tastes and my old school palate prefers the rough acidic edge. Overall evaluation B.

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  • 2012 De Forville Langhe Nebbiolo

    Sour cherries yes, but overall very earthy with strong tannins. Lots of secondary earthy notes- tar, leather, pepper, spice, some forest floor and an interesting anise-cola-menthol thing going on. Has all the classic Nebbiolo notes and acidity but they seem disjointed and the tannins are clearly in control right now. Generally I expect Langhe Neb's to be open and approachable while I let my DOCG's come together but this one seems like it needs time for the tannins to fade but not much pedigree behind it to offer promise. $25 at Hope Valley Body Shop is on the high side so I am going with a B- overall evaluation.

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