The tannins are still green which affected my fully appreciating the fruit. I don't think it deserves Parker's 95 but the wine is still young. I will have to wait another year or two to see if the wine settles down.
Tuesday Night Double Blind $40+ (Bin 75): Very dark, opaque core, highly extracted with thin garnet rim, some age; tar, dark, ash, tobacco, slight prune, cedar; powerful palate, ripe, some age, blackberry, Italian, sweet, some juicy fruit, not that astringent; called '06 Montevetrano.
The nose radiated dark earth, stone and minerals, with a tart cherry and herbal notes rounding out the fruit. On the palate, soil laden, sour red fruits with rich, focused concentration flowed across the senses. The tannins were chewy, but not overwhelming, leaving an impression of austere elegance. It finished with palate staining dark red fruits and tannin, which slowly faded, yet never seemed to disappear. Day two was even more enjoyable as this wine darkened even more, while also taking on undergrowth and notes of mushroom, which continued to accentuate the experience.. Earthy, so very Italian, and enjoyable to the last drop.
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(Salvatore Molettieri Vigna Cinque Querce Taurasi DOCG, Campania) Molettieri is one of the most exciting producers not only in Campania, but in all of Italy. The vineyards are in Montemarano, the best subzone for Taurasi Aglianico, and production is entirely Biodynamic at this tiny, family-run estate. Because of the fairly high altitude, harvest may not take place until mid-November, sometimes under snow. The finished wines are packed with massively complex flavors. This Vigna Cinque Querce is a single cru that spends 36 months in French oak and another six months in bottle before release. It's dark and rich, offering aromas of dried plum, tobacco, and sweet-smoky spices. The intense palate brings flavors of dried dark berries, tar, cured meats, ash, and earth that last for minutes on the finish. Hot Picks
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