Decanted for 2h at a grant writing meeting at Garth's. From magnum. Just a massive brambly beast of a wine. Delicious. Intense blackberries and cottony tannins on the finish. Great now and will last for 5-10 more years at least.
Still drinking very well. I'm sure most of you remember Parker's off the chart score and no one else liked it. We did wait 10 years per his review, and to our surprise, it has been drinking really well at 15 years of age. On the nose, we got shoe polish and soy sauce, not so much fruit. In the mouth at first, a little funky, but after about an hour, it was soft, rich, dense...just a wonderful wine. Very different flavor profile from most of our wines. We kept coming back to dot sauce, aromatics...soft but not the usual berry profile. Really enjoyed. Parker wins, for us, a rare one.
This is not any other wine. Viscous, visually impenetrable. Experience with this grape at this age limited so very interesting to try. A terroirist's kind, not likely to fail to evoke opinions one way or the other because this is anything but shy. I really liked it.
Weekly tasting group; Chianti plus some pirates: Very dark ruby red and high viscosity. In the bouquet beautifully ripe dark berries like blackberries, sweet spices, chocolate and vanilla. On the palate very ripe dark and red berries, chocolate, sweet licorice, a lot of oaky flavors and some herbs. Good acidity and soft tannin with still a pleasant bite. There is a bit heat in the long finish, but nevertheless this is a great and concentrated wine.
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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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