Decanted for 3 hours. Drinking superbly tonight. So smooth and complex with a beautiful finish. Dark Sangiovese fruit from Panzano at its best with balancing acidity and lush tannins. Was great with pasta bought in Italy, a light fresco tomato sauce and pan seared Filet mignon.
Purchased from auction to see how this vineyard ages. The 2004 was strange - the nose was right but the palate was a bit hot and strained. Not sure that this was a great bottle or indicative of a mid-life crisis. Drank a 2001 alongside it which had thinned out considerably over its life.
A bunch of wines with friends (Pine Lake Trout Club): Pop and pour, this could use more air or cellar time. Purple in color. On the nose this has cassis, dark cherries, tobacco, dust and crushed leaves. Full bodied. Great acidity. On the palate, this has cherries, dark cherries, and spice. Long finish. There is a great complexity as it unwinds in the glass. Still firm tannins. Long finish. delicious wine. Food friendly.
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I thought a celebration was in order this week (with my new addition) so I'm going big...really big. There are also a few other options of interest, all rare and all directly from the source with perfect provenance (at what should be very low prices)
Have a great weekend everyone - I haven't slept in four days so I'm going to try and get some, but that's not up to me is it? For some reason, I'm not even tired...
- Jon Rimmerman
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With the state of the market and the economy in general, it's probably not the best day to offer this but it's a week for me to celebrate so it seems more than appropriate. With that in mind, I wish this set was $200 but it's not. It is certainly the heaviest group of wines we've ever offered and it's also one of the most memorable.
The ultimate centurions, these will guard your cellar door from intruders and make for one heck of a party down the road (for 1000?). This set of perfect 12lt bottles was just released to us from the winery and only three sets exist. Stored since release at Fontodi, from what they consider to be the finest vintages of Flaccianello, this is a collector set of wines on par with few other (the secondary market value a few years down the road could be interesting as well). It took four pallets of a 747's cargo space to air-freight these to the US but it was more than worth it. An original cellar showpiece that will pop the most jaded of eyes...
Flaccianello (Fontodi) 12lt bottle set (4 x 12lt) 1 x 1997 1 x 1999 1 x 2001 1 x 2004 ***************************** Other, slightly less expensive options...
2001 Oddero Barolo (DOCG) 3.0lt (Give this another ten years and you will have a party wine for the cerebral..very rare in this format)
2006 Domaine George Vernay Syrah (Rhodaniennes) STRICT LIMIT 6/person Nothing showy, just honest un-oaked Northern Rhone Syrah (from a great vintage) that wants to be Saint Joseph with the femininity of Condrieu (vinified by a white wine specialist). A medium weight, mineral-tinged, refreshing style that is only 12.0-12.5% alcohol. Tough to pass up at this price...but don't expect 100% new oak La-La's.
2005 Roblet-Monnot Bourgogne Rouge (BH87) STRICT LIMIT 6/person This is one of the better examples of Bourgogne in the 2005 vintage - considering everything was elevated in 2005, that makes this even more enticing...
2005 Roblet-Monnot Volnay Saint Francois (BH88-91) STRICT LIMIT 3/person
2005 Roblet-Monnot Volnay Santenots (BH89) STRICT LIMIT 3/person The Santenots may not be as user-friendly as the Saint Francois today, but time is on its side - will surprise in another 6-8 years.
2000 Moschioni Picolit (500ml) EXTREMELY LIMITED Insane dessert wine - one of the rarest in Europe.
2001 Moschioni Picolit (500ml) EXTREMELY LIMITED Even more insane?
(Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve) This is delightful on the nose, showing a very pure and bright Sangiovese character, which is matched on the palate by a wealth of ripe fruit laid over a big core of ripe, structured tannins and fairly good acidity. It doesn't quite have the substance, texture or flesh that I would like for the structure that I find, but I suspect this is just in an awkward phase at the moment. I think this may come together very well indeed, and may have absolutely excellent potential in fact. It will be fascinating to see.
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