In a great place. Decanted for an hour before dinner. Lush texture. Soft, medium tannins. Some baked brown sugar; some cloves, cinnamon, other baking spices; some red currants. Only gripe might be that it lacks some acidity at this point, and might in a way be as well or better suited to a stand-alone than to a meal. (It served our pork shoulder/polenta/celery root "lyonnaise" quite well, but everyone agreed that it shone more brightly after dinner was over....)
Not tired, not in decline, but I also can't see how this improves much from here.
This was part of an odd bottle blind tasting of the Seattle Wine group. Nice red fruit, and very smooth. Not much tannin or structure, but still nicely put together. A bit of a short finish, and little too fruity for me without more complexity. Still a nice wine. This was ranked second out of ten by the group; it was my fifth.
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We were able to time a dip in the Euro exchange a month or so ago when it was at 1.19/1.00 (for less than a day) and this offer is the result - two crazy prices on wine that will exceed your expectations. They may have contrasting styles but both are more than worthy of exploration...especially at their respective tariffs. Both are LIMITED.
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2006 Produttori del Barbaresco “Barbaresco” - I will let you look up other TN’s and accolades (the WA review is below) but the price speaks for itself. This wine contains almost all the Riserva wine from the single vineyards as well. A crazy deal on traditional Barbaresco:
(As far as I know, little or no Riserva was made in 2006 – only this bottling – JR)
2006 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva “Old Vines” - (compare at $35-50+) As good of a deal as the Barbaresco is, this is even better. If you are looking for deep, extractive depth and spice-tinged, tobacco-laced substance (that still has elegance and a satiny texture), this dreamy example wine will surprise in a blind tasting...not to mention a casual setting such as a Sunday afternoon barbeque. Be sure to allow at least 2-4 hours of air. A laugh of a price:
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(Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva) As many as 30 grape varietals from the older vineyards, most of them foot-trodden, are aged in new French (85%) and American (15%) oak and bottled unfiltered. This version shows a brick-red color and oak notes of cedar and vanilla, followed by blackberry and plum on the palate. Rounded and balanced, it has enough depth and concentration to develop for 15 years. The 2007, from an outstanding vintage, will be available in the fall. Winery Spotlight: Quinta do Crasto
(Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines, Douro, Portugal) Considering there are about 30 grape varieties in this northern Portuguese beauty, complexity is a given. Eighteen months of seasoning in mostly French oak add earthy notes of kalamata olive, cassis, and tobacco. This wine is still very much a youngster, with layers of bright purple fruit, vibrant acidity, minerality, and tannins that are rounder than in previous vintages. I’d either leave it in the cellar for a decade or pour it by the glass for customers willing to experiment with something that is probably new to them. Extraordinarily food-friendly with hearty meat and game dishes. Sommelier's Choice: Top Releases of 2009
(Quinta do Crasto Reserva (Douro)) This is apparently a field blend, and it certainly has a very different style. It is has more density on the nose, and seems a touch more earthy, with sweet but meaty fruit and some honeyed oak. Lots of substance on the palate, rich but with grit, and impressive depth. Nicely polished at the finish. Really very good wine indeed.
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