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2015 Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
4/9/2017 - Zocc wrote:
88 points
A decent rose. But, many California Rose are better in this price range.
  • ArntErik commented:

    8/8/17, 12:39 AM - This is a red wine, not a rose.

2007 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
5/16/2010 - rath44 wrote:
Drank in Italy with chingale, percino cheese and bread at Villa overlooking the Tuscan hills. Wine was okay but with all the aforementioned it was great!!
  • ArntErik commented:

    6/8/10, 7:53 PM - Just to set the record straight, wild boar is spelled cinghiale, and porcino is spelled... well, porcino.

2006 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Cune Crianza Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/23/2010 - anonymoose12345 wrote:
82 points
Very basic. Cherry, slightly tannic but not overbearing, medium bodied, short finish. Nothing very memorable. Maybe I'd like it better if I had some iberico jamon to go with it. Who am I kidding...I'd pair motor oil with jamon and rate it a 99. Mmmmm jamon.
  • ArntErik commented:

    4/10/10, 12:11 PM - That's a funny note! Makes me want to try motor oil! No, wait...

2005 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco Nebbiolo
3/27/2010 - pinotwinelover wrote:
94 points
Very enjoyable, a bit of oak that burns off, cherry with dusty tannins. If you don't drink Barolos often this is a good place to start.
  • ArntErik commented:

    3/28/10, 12:48 AM - Since I'm one of those very people who don't drink Barolos often (and since I have this wine in my cellar) I am curious as to why you would consider this a good starting point? I might just follow your advice but would like to know more... Also, according to the drinking window it isn't ready in a few years but I take it you disagree on that?

2007 Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina
3/23/2010 - ArntErik Does not like this wine:
81 points

Is there something wrong with us?

It is as though we have tasted an entirely different wine than the previous tasters. We found it to have the usual cheapo wine yeasty smell up front (forgot to mention it spent 90 minutes in decanter prior to tasting) and then some remotely interesting smells of raisins, prunes, and bitter cherries. We searched for the vanilla you got Niklas; but no, seems you got it all...

On the palate it had a predominant bitter almonds feeling, and was slightly metallic and hollow. «It'll grow on us with the food» I declared, as we put the Madrid spaghetti carbonara on the table (yes, Madrid, our son-in-law is Madridian (is there such a word? Maybe Madriscan?) and he brought us the bacon. This is commonly referred to as Fusion cuisine).

Surprisingly, the food did nothing for the wine. Quite the disappointment as can be gathered from the above. (Still, wine is a bit like sex someone said; even so-so sex is better than no sex. Same goes for wine, no!?)
Hmm, wonder if this TN will be banned...
  • ArntErik commented:

    3/25/10, 12:41 PM - Niklas, I sort of expect that cooked wines are not an issue with the Norwegian state monopoly but you never can be sure I guess.

    By the way, your touring the Languedoc countryside in March, when our Nordic homelands are wet and dreary, seems like something to envy!

1999 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
3/20/2010 - ArntErik Likes this wine:
89 points
An hour in decanter. Our first Taurasi, and a very nice acquaintance it was. Did not look like - or taste like an - 11 years old wine, so years of cellar potential yet. (The cork had to be removed in 2 parts though). On the nose very modest wood, and some licorice, among other undefinable things. A very well built wine. It was - in the words of Cosmo Kramer - a circus in your mouth, but we were having trouble defining exactly what we tasted. Quite tannic, but pleasant and round. Absolutely great with the pizza margherita Iren made as so often on Saturdays. Iren declared it's not necessarily her kind of wine, but still gave it 88, whereas I gave it 90. In any case, Taurasi is definitely something that will get further attention in the future, whatever she says...
  • ArntErik commented:

    3/20/10, 10:31 PM - Yes, I probably would too!

2002 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
3/3/2010 - NiklasW Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for about an hour. A dark red still looking quite young. A blast of barnyard on the nose initially, with a slight hint of VA, some chocolatey moccha notes, lots of plum, yum! On the palate, a nice sweetness, lots of tannins, really upfront and in your face at this point, but very delicious. This definitely beats the 2001 I had a few weeks ago! 50+5+13+17+8=93
  • ArntErik commented:

    3/6/10, 12:12 PM - Looking forward to drink mine, sounded nice. How do you feel about about the drinking window, should I wait?

  • ArntErik commented:

    3/6/10, 12:46 PM - OK, will do. Should probably get more myself, it is readily available still, in Norway as in Finland. Thanks!

2007 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
3/5/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
83 points
Half hour in decanter. Not enough; had a vail of rawness that disappeared after a while in the glass. Hints of pencil and blackberry on the nose. Surprisingly light and one-dimensional on the palate, its smell is better than its taste. «Hollow» as Iren put it. Drank with pizza margherita.
  • ArntErik commented:

    3/6/10, 8:15 AM - True. For lack of that button I probably shouldn't have pressed any button at all. But I LIKE pressing buttons...
    BTW, hooray and thanks, this is the first time someone comments on my notes!

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