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My first 100 point wine, then a second

Buffalo, NY

Tasted December 19, 2011 by David_T with 1,048 views


Several of us met at a friend's house to celebrate the return of another friend from a four month stay in Italy helping with this year's Barolo harvest. I knew going into the night that it was going to be a special evening with amazing wines opened, but I had no clue there would be not one but two hundred point wines that night. In fact of the stunning 100-99-100 trio we had that night, none were a part of the original wine lineup planned.

Flight 1 - Pre-dinner blinds (3 notes)

2010 Meiomi Pinot Noir USA, California
90 points
Served blind; what hit me first was how silky smooth this wine felt. Cocoa and blue fruit on the nose and palate, with good acid and a whisper of tannins. Fresh and vibrant.
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2007 Casa E. di Mirafiore Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
90 points
Served blind; notes of red fruit and florals come through, drying tannins, a bit of cedar, loads of acid that went quite well with wild boar salami, and a lengthy finish. Nice value at $30.
2005 Stéphane Cossais Montlouis-sur-Loire Le Volagré France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire
89 points
Served blind; this wine has a lot going on. Bracing minerality throughout the attack, midpalate and finish. Fairly acidic; medium bodied yet viscous. Stone fruit flavors come through along with a distinct saline note.

Flight 2 - The main event (11 notes)

2000 Château Prieuré-Lichine France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
90 points
Enjoyable aromatics of crushed dried flowers and leather. These aromas continue through on the palate, adding a bit of red cassis. Elegant, feminine and everything was well integrated, but it seemed quite light & the finish was somewhat short. The rest of the group liked this much more than I did and were consistently in the 93 range.
1999 Château Péby Faugères France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
Wow, what a nose- inky, leathery, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate. The palate had currant, herbs, leather, a hint of balsamic. Long, rich tannins and incredibly balanced. A pleasure to drink.
This did fall apart about an hour after being opened, so I would not recommend decanting.
2001 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
I don't know if this was necessarily flawed, but it certainly did not live up to expectations. Tons of spice but little else; was incredibly light and there wasn't much structure. We poured our glasses back into the bottle so it could be returned.
2001 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Santa Caterina D'Oro Vigna di Pianrosso Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
98 points
Oh, what a gorgeous wine! Inviting nose full of game, along with iron, tar and cassis. Incredibly structured with iodine, spice (oregano), full tannins, leading into cured meat further followed by a long herbal finish. Very savory, bordering on umami. Again such good structure and balance, simply wonderful and a pleasure to drink.
1998 Silvio Grasso Barolo Ciabot Manzoni Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
100 points
I never expected to give this wine 100 points, but kind of like falling in love, the more time I spent with it the more it opened up, the more it showed me until it was a complex, flawless, seamless, elegant, beautiful wine. It started with distinct aromas of cinnamon and licorice, adding in whispers of berry and black tea. The palate had soy, spice box, subtle fruit, all of which blended harmoniously as it danced around the tongue and adding fennel towards the end. The tannins and acid were both structured and perfectly in balance, and everything kept lasting and evolving on the long finish. Just stunning.
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2001 Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
91 points
This has a nose I could smell for days- complex and layered with chocolate, barnyard, black cherry, and leather. The palate for me was over-oaked: gripping, mouth-drying tannins overwhelmed the red fruit/vanilla flavors. Nice acidity & a lengthy finish, somewhat viscous.
2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
95 points
Oh boy what a big wine. The nose was exactly like a glazed ham with notes of pineapple, meat, brown sugar. As soon as the wine entered my mouth it created a black vortex of flavors- deep, dark, and dense with ink, blueberry, and the pineapple from the nose carried through as well. Huge tannins that did not get in the way of the flavors. Very concentrated and complex. Long finish. Already classic but with the potential to improve as it integrates and settles a bit.
2004 Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Valpolicella Superiore
99 points
Fresh, cool aromatics of lavender/violet/floral, plump raisins, ink, quite complex. Very layered and complex flavors as well with ink, spice, blueberry/blue fruit, firm tannins, a long finish. Just so much going on and all balanced. A delicious, enjoyable wine that several in our group gave a perfect 100.
2005 Bodegas Pintia Toro Pintia Spain, Castilla y León, Toro
94 points
Lovely, intense aromatics of meat, espresso and blackberry. Red cherry, cedar, and chocolate come through on the body, which has large tannins. Oaky, but rich and structured.
2005 Le Macchiole Messorio Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
100 points
This is an OMG wine that stopped everyone in their tracks as soon as we first inhaled, and only got better when it touched our lips. That moment was as exhilarating as when your favorite band first takes the stage & turns up the amp starting to play your favorite song with you in the front row- it just doesn't get better. I actually didn't write much down besides "nose- unspeakable. tobacco, earth. flavors: coffee/earth/chocolate..." and I stopped writing so my attention couldn't be anywhere but the marvelous wine in front of me. I briefly glanced up only to see five other people with giddy looks on their faces, silent in awe as Bocelli played in the speakers. Complex, powerful, balanced, finish goes on and on, and you just can't stop thinking about it. Wow.
White - Off-dry
2006 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
96 points
Brilliant wine with stunning aromas of pineapple, peach, and apricot; the same fruits continue on the palate with great vibrancy, fantastic acid/sugar balance and a sweet nectar finish that goes on and on and on.


Quite simply an evening I will never forget.

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