Appearance: Clear, medium ruby color, legs. Nose: Clean, medium intensity aromas of cherry, plum, blossom, vanilla, green pepper and fresh cream. Developing. Palate: Dry, medium acidity, tannin, alcohol and body. Medium intensity flavors of cherry, vanilla and liquorice. Medium finish. Conclusion: Very good quality. Can drink now, but has potential to age.
Carpe Vino!; 11/9/2014-11/15/2014 (Tuscany (Florence, Montalcino, Siena)): Obviously a normal person would wait to drink this wine - it's much too young to be trying now. But since we were all in Italy and no one had tried the Masseto we made a group purchase to check it out. Much more tannic and less approachable upon early try than the Messorio. This was a beautiful wine but even 4 hours into the dinner there was still a lot of evolution going on. Nice cherry flavor, good earth, some spice. Very interesting wine. Is it worth the money? Unclear, but I wouldn't turn someone down who wanted to pour me a glass.
Gambero Rosso 2013 (Metropolitan Pavilion): The nose showed intense, luxurious red and blue berry fruit, undergrowth and notes of sour green stems. On the palate, it was fresh yet intense with blue and black fruits and showing incredible structure that lead to a long palate-staining finish. This was a beautiful Tuscan Merlot that should be amazing in a few years’ time.
Opened and decanted 3.5 hrs before serving. Dense, powerful aromatics of red and black cherry/berry with leather and espresso notes. Freshly crushed stones. Big, dense dark fruit filled palate with firm mineral backbone. Great acidity. Full bodied with a very long finish. Great bottle of wine.
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