Blind Italian. Looks young. Probably inside 2005. Cool nose of blackberry fruit and black currant with a fair bit of spice. Medium+ oak. Striking on the palate but with very good balance. Dark enough for Cabernet but not as heavy... Fairly dense, so maybe a bit of Merlot too, maybe Ornellaia or Massetto? Tannins have a lot of grip and there is a ton of sharp peppery spice through the finish. 2006 Sassicia on the reveal.
Zachys/Mana tasting (Mana Contemporary (in Jersey City)): Maybe the show stealer of the night. It was between the French and the Cali and really came off as the best of both worlds. Cigar and leather and fruit. Pretty strong tannins. Almost an unctuousness to the wine. And a hint of minerals and salinity. Paired very well with the pork belly. When we did our recap a number of us (me included) had this as one of the wines worth remarking on.
Drank last night along with some other amazing wines. Drinking like an elegant Bordeaux. 85% Cab, 15% Cab Franc. A delicate, silky, refined experience. Just starting to show within it's undoubtedly long drinking window.
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