Tonight's blt seemed a bit more lean and herbal than my last. That said, it did get improve and flesh out with more air and I didn't give it enough tonight. Think this needs a couple hours of just breathing or a decant to be at its best. 89+ / 90-
PnP & slow ox about an hour prior to drinking. In hindsight I'd give this a decant as the tannins became smoother and the wine opened up further as the night went on. Last sips the best. 89pts at start / 92pts at end. All in all remarkably similar to the 2010 tasted recently with slightly more structure at this point. As expected, not heavily fruited but rather just enough pretty red fruit with a little burst of fruit on the finish not un-like bighting into a pomegranate seed. Also delivers some earthy sous bois. Plenty of old vine inspired complexity here. Wines like this are such a nice diversion from the tons of cabernet and zinfandel consumed in the US. I wish more people had the opportunity to expand their horizons and try this unique nuanced wine. I also love it's weightless Burgundian sense of elegance. 12.5% Alc. A fascinating terroir driven wine for $34.
PopnPour, tasted over 2 hrs -light nearly semi-translucent red -rhubarb cranberry herbal -med+ acidity, lighter weight, good complexity with candied red fruits and herbal/floral elements -very good, typical Occhipinti Frappato, drinking well now and should be for at least 2-3+ more years
Slow-Ox 30 min, tasted over 1 hr -nearly translucent med red with some bricking -funk, red fruit -med+ acidity, crunchy red fruit rhubarb, med- tannins -still drinking well though wouldn't expect to improve much
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