From 2010/2011 vintage. Subdued on opening with very little on the nose. In glass as it warmed from cellar showed dark cherry, earthy pine notes. Certain austerity here. I liked it and suited food but definitely one for others around the table. But compared to other bottles I've had this was all correct and stable. Will revisit rest of bottle tomorrow. Day two: gritty tannins and harsh on the mouth.
Hard to rate for me. High acid, 15% listed alcohol, just a hint of CO2 that dissipated by day 2. Somewhat surprisingly and intriguingly, seemed to pair well with home-made mentaiko udon. There was a lot going on in this wine. Got the potpouri (good call) and touch of pine one reviewer noted, but no sauerkraut. Picked up on the sour cherry another reviewer noted; not so much on the embalmed squirrel. (I've tasted some squirrel back in the day, though always fresh and never embalmed or otherwise preserved.) Overall, interesting for something to try every few years, but not something I'd drink with any regularity. Faded on day 2. 88-89.
(NV but mostly 2010 fruit) All natural Nerello Mascalese; no sulphur. Funky nose of red cherry, liquorice, and dry leaves with a bretty barnyard note. Rich and sweet in the mouth, firm and structured, long finish. Evolved greatly as it decanted. Drink in the next year or two.
Fairly consistent w btl I had in 2013 but not quite as impressive. A bit more sour cherry here and also some embalmed squirrel. Now that everyone is doing the au natural biodynamic non-interventionalist thing I am not sure this is the novelty it once was. Still remains a wine to discuss.
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