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Community Tasting Notes (31) Avg Score: 90.4 points

  • Very bitter and seemed off (we usually like the Cornelissen oddities of taste and smell).

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  • An interesting wine but not something I enjoyed very much. I tried it over three days, being unable to finish a glass any of the nights. The fruit profile is unique and complex. My bottle experienced secondary fermentation with a noticeable fizz on the first day. The gas continued to build in the bottle each of the following two nights despite having more and more wine removed. I consider that to be a flaw, but I'm not sure whether this is typical of the producer/bottling.

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  • Pomegranate, raspberries, rooibos, orange rind, smoke, garrigue and a bit of funky zeit.
    Medium bodied and meaty palatal feel with a lively bit of effervescence. Quinine bitter bite, stone dust and healthy tannic grip. Altogether rather balanced feel. Some nice rooibos and grapefruit nuances.
    Good stuff. Youngish.

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  • Wow, its like a mouth of dried cherries, fresh raspberries and Umph! This wine is so explosive, such a mouthful of fresh, bright exuberant fruit. The mix of flavors goes on and on. Not for everyone, this wine is so intense that many will find it off-putting. But its not thick, heavy, concentrated syrup like many California wines that are "seeking something special". Rather it jumps off the palate and runs circles around your mouth without weight, stuffiness or any self-consciousness. Great stuff!

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  • Echoing my previous note, beautiful soft red fruit with a hint of vanilla and underpinned by a hint of volcanic ash. Just perfect.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Central And Southern Italy: A Wine Lover's Paradise (Feb 2013), (See more on Vinous...)

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