Again, this is one of those times when Parker got it right. This wine has matured well. Full of tar, earthy, mushroom flavors. The tannins have smoothed out. The flavor profile is really unique....I can (sort of) see why some haven't cared for this wine, but we have loved it. Such a nice contrast to the usual fruity wines from the usual varietals we all drink. Yet it was, in early years really a hard, closed, somewhat massive wine. Really fun to occasionally taste really unusual wines. Still have several bottles to go, can't see waiting.
Color: dark ruby core -> dense ruby rim showing the start of some bricking. Quite the intense bouquet on PnP of leather, black cherry, asphalt and earth, iodine and, interestingly, wet wool. Medium weight on the palate with sour cherries, pepper and minerals. Nice acidity and palate presence but a short to medium-long finish ends too quickly and harshly drying for my taste. Tannic and a little sour, this definitely needs more time to sleep. More upside ahead? Only time will tell.
This is a remarkable wine and indicative of a great vintage. It benefits from air, air and then some more air. The color is clear, deep, purple with garnet hues on the rim. It appears a lot younger than its stated age. This is a concentrated, glass-staining wine with a considerable amount of sediment. The nose is clean, with baked cherries, sugar plums, baking spices, pine, licorice, coffee and tea leaves. The nose is still developing. The palate is dry with some nice fruit upon entry, medium (+) alcohol (14%), polyphenols and minerality. The acidity is medium (+) and the tannins are medium (+) to pronounced, even after 14 years. This is a medium (+) to full-bodied wine, with medium (+) flavor intensity and long finish. The tannins are still quite noticeable and - thanks to the lively fruit - this bottling appears to have several more years of additional aging potential. A very interesting wine, particularly if you can find it on sale in the $50 range.
Decanted 4 hours. First glass was tight and tannic featuring earth, licorice and oak. Next few glasses really showcased the dark fruits in the wine and it was quite balanced. Medium to long finish and if properly prepared drink now. It also has potential to go another decade.
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(Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Serpico) Group's #2 (my #1) – 49 pts.; 3, 1, 1, 0 - opaque purple red violet color; appealing, tart berry, tart plum nose; tight, tasty, tart berry, tart black plum, charcoal, licorice, black plum palate; medium-plus finish 91+ pts.
(Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Serpico) Group's #6 (my #5) – 80 pts; 2, 1, 3, 3 – dark red violet color; initial mustiness that blew off, ripe black plum and blackberry nose, with a touch of TCA becoming more evident with time; tightish tart black fruit, graphite palate with sweet, firm tannnins; medium finish 91+ pts.
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