La Paulée de New York - The Verticals (Colicchio & Sons - New York NY): Tasted in 10/09/03 vertical, brief note. Mostly black cherry aromas with enticing spice, palate showing more red cherry. All very elegant and intricately textured. New oak still a bit pronounced, but that should soften in another year or three. This will most likely reward patience in the cellar.
SARZI AMADE' TASTING (HOTEL MARIOTT MILANO): Qui la musica cambia, altra cilindrata, già dalla prima boccata d' aria! Aromi imponenti, pieni, che ti conquistano. Ha qualche tono di selvaggina, frutto insanguinato che fa molto Nuits, ma c' è molto altro, tanto frutto insanguinato e bellissimo naso ceroso in cui le note amaricanti di pompelmo invadono l' aria. In bocca tanti fiori, rose appassite, un' acidità stupendamente bilanciata con un finale lunghissimo di polvere di caffè amara. Non si sente il legno, ma il tannino è setoso, quasi in salamoia. Già grandissimo vino
Blind tasting of 9 2010 reds at VVW, 2.5 oz pours. Wine H. Ranked 2 out of 9. This shows a very pretty nose of spice, cherry and flowers, very alluring, very floral with evident stems. You could almost say it has a DRC type nose, but not quite. Very lithe and lightweight palate, with a solid core of perfectly ripe fruit, this is very tasty today. Finishes a touch dry and lean, but I believe given its youth it will fill out with some years.
Day Five in Burgundy: Bonneau du Martray, Clos de Tart, Faiveley, Niellon (Cote d'Or): Tasting at Domaine. Approx 45-50% whole cluster. Lots of powerful black cherry aromas to start, with hints of red cherry, blackberry, plum, and a meaty almost Gevrey-like spice. Power and density come through clearly on the palate with lots of the same mix of fruits. Tannins seem a bit assertive to start, then soften through middle and finish, where great spice, acidity and minerality bring great textures and harmony. Long finish. 94-95 point potential for me today.
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