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White - Sweet/Dessert
Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Quite delicious, dark amber with butterscotch, orange peel, bourbon, almond, coconut, stewed fruit on the nose, and full flavors of nuts, caramel, marzipan, raisin, toasted coconut, maple, orange peel, and dates. “A wow wine!” and a favorite of a couple of our tasting groups.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Straw-colored with some oxidized and sour flavor notes, it had a bouquet of butter, apples, and olives, truly, with lots of acidity and flavors of vanilla brulee, caramel, turbo sugar, over-ripe apple, almonds, and soft lemon. Exotic. Fun. A favorite of one of our tasting groups.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Vermentino, this was straw-coloured, quite exotic, with a petrol, mineral, caramel nose. It resembled a Riesling. Had an overtone of sweetness and was viscous, with flavor notes of Japanese pear, forest floor, green apple, and nuts. Most tasters enjoyed this wine much, and it went well with our ceviche.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Clear, this drank a bit like a moscato with a clear light straw color and lively aromas of orange blossoms, perfume, spice box, mango, and honey. It had a light acidity with flavors of ripe pear, peach, mandarin orange, honey, and tropical fruits. Went great with our ceviche.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Light gold and bright in color, with a lively nose and palate, tasters differed on this wine. Some disliked its petrol nose and vinyl/leather taste, others thought this gave way to a nose of orange peel and fresh pine, with flavors of almond, honey, apple, grilled peach, pear, green apple, and lime.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Most tasters thought this was a corked wine, but a few hung in there and declared it okay, noting its gold color, a musty (and musky?) nose, even detecting some fruit, and a simple and clean tannin character. But no flattering flavor……
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Light straw in color, we drank this wine at room temperature, probably too warm, at the insistence of our resident Italian oenophile/restauranteur. This is quite a lovely and powerful wine, a favorite of the salon. It had a strong floral and noticeable nose, a bit musty and smoky from its warm temperature so that offal, mushroom, and brisquet showed through. Well-balanced with good acidity, it had flavors of earth, smoke, creamy, vanilla, lime zest, pear, and slate. Multi grande! A favorite wine, along with the Masciarrelli and Felsina, of the whole salon.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Tthis is a round and fairly complex wine showing notes of pear flesh and pear skin, cantaloupe and a rocky/chalky minerality – a touch of smokiness as well. Very enjoyable and the second favorite wine of the six bottle flight among three tasting groups.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Pale straw yellow color with some flects of white gold – aromas and flavors of yellow and green apple and citrus fruits – notes of oranges. A second favorite of one of our tasting groups.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Medium yellow color - this is another funky, earthy, smoky white wine – notes of sweet flowers and caramel green apples – a touch of grape spice, great minerality and a touch of citrus fruits.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): This is a light and simple porch sipper, it is an off dry wine showing notes of honey and riper fruit but with great minerality that keeps this wine in balance.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): The color of this wine is an orange-yellow – right off the bat I get aromas of peach pie with lemon – this is a funky wine! Also shows notes of guava and papaya with a certain smokiness – a different and enjoyable wine that is full-bodied – medium acidity, medium alcohol.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): This wine caught our attention … the color was an amazing deep yellow color with tinges of orange/orange reflections – fruit aromas of kumquats, stewed apricots, and mandarin oranges, perfumed flowers and a stoney minerality. The favorite wine of a very good flight of six bottles for our three tasting groups.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): A wine from the Marche showing lemon, lime, green apple and grapefruit on the nose and palate, a well balanced wine overall with m+ acidity and chalky minerality, a fairly lean wine on the palate. However, there is a touch of sweetness of the fruit flavors – not residual sugar sweetness just ripe fruit sweetness
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Light straw color with a nice flora, green apple, and honey bouquet, “like sweet hay in the fall.” The wine was clean and refreshing, tart and a bit sweet, an interesting expression of four grapes expression of the grapes (chiefly Verdicchio), with flavors of light lemon, papaya, pear, apple, some petrol, vanilla, and honey. Went well with food and had a fruity finish. The strong favorite wine of the six bottle flight among three tasting groups.
Orange
Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Was this a light Calvados? It had a copper color and was very dry, with noticeable oak tannins and quite exotic. It had a nose of orange marmalade, ginger, all-spice, apple, peach, and wood, This wine is composed equally of five varietals (Grechetto, Malvasia Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Garganega), so its flavors go all over the place for tasters. One taster called it bananas foster, another cantaloupe juice, and several Calvados. Flavors included stone fruits, bubble gum, sweet candy, bitter orange, pecan shell, minerals, and apple. Food helped this wine, especially with its tannins and lively acidity.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): A blend of Malvasia, Tocai Friulano, and Riesling. Light straw color, the wine was light, feminine, dry, and floral, with mineral, flowers, and citrus on the nose, a good balance, and noticeable minerality, tropical fruit, soft grapefruit, sour apple, and grass/hay on the palate. Well-liked by all, it had a nice mid-palate and finish. Very enjoyable and the second favorite wine of the six bottle flight among three tasting groups.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): A blend of Tocai Friulano and Pinot Grigio. A light straw color, with some lime shading, this blend five varietals had good residual sugar and acidity, a bit like a Riesling. It had a nose of grass, lemon-lime, and chalky mineral, and was quite lively and “generous,” with flavors of sour apple, tropical fruit, citrus, olive oil, grilled pear, and herbs. “Big” resounded amongst tasters.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): A lovely and clean apertif, with some frizzante. Golden in color (dark for a Moscato, maybe from its age), it had a peach, honey, stone fruit, grapefruit, and mineral nose. Lots of sweetness and good acidity with some yummy flavors, including honeysuckle, pink grapefruit, fruit cocktail, vanilla, and peach. One taster described it aptly as peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream in a light drink….. Went well with our soup. A rare wine over here, especially in Austin!
Orange
2003 Radikon Jakot Venezia Giulia IGT Friulano, Sauvignonasse (view label images)
Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Cloudy orange in color, like an organic apple cider or apricot juice, it carried the cider look into the nose, with some petrol, varnish, meat, mineral, and caramel on the bouquet. This is a complicated wine to taste, with flavors evolving and mixing—sometimes you like the wine, sometimes you don’t. With much acidity and a creaminess, there were brandy notes amidst citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, and tangerine, some dried apricot and dried peach, black pepper and spice/herbs. It resembled a red wine, and was somewhat volatile. The odd favorite of some, the dumped glass of others.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): This is a simple wine, a porch sipper, but one that was enjoyed by just about everyone – notes of sweet citrus fruit and apricots – a light uncomplicated white. 40% Grechetto, 30% Trebbiano, and 30% Malvasia.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Notes of pear, honeydew melon and citrus fruits, a clean and crisp mineral driven wine, most everyone found it to be quite enjoyable but not very complex. Might have been better when younger.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): This wine is dry but with a sweet nose, very floral with a touch of marzipan, green apple and pear, mineral driven with nice round complexity. Everyone seemed to enjoy this wine with subtle fruit, great floral tones, and a pronounced mineral driven finish. The strong favorite wine of this six bottle flight among three tasting groups.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Notes of pear and apricot and a notable grape spice, white pepper, a cider characteristic, touch of Indian spice, and great minerality, also some orange blossom and yellow flowers on the nose, very balanced wine with a great palate .
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): This wine has a deep but bright yellow color, this is a Pinot Grigio in its own category, notes of carmelized apple, ripe peaches, dried apricot, and a touch of finger lime, also notes of orange oil, Indian spices, sweet peanuts; this is a fuller white with a mouth-texture with med + acid and med + alcohol.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): This wine displays notes of pears, peaches and kumquats, orange blossoms and a smoky toasted peanut shell note, this is a very clean wine with pronounced minerality of medium body with a med + acidity. Very enjoyable and the second favorite wine of the six bottle flight among three tasting groups.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Most tasters thought this wine was slightly corked, but a fascinating taste. Rich and weighty, with a deep yellow/gold color, it had a strange nose—some found ammonia and barnyard (the sensitive types), and others found perfume and spice, butterscotch and caramel (other sensitive types). There has been some bottle variation with this wine, but many tasters were quite fascinated with it, enjoying flavors of honeysuckle, cream, spice, sweet and sour, cinnamon, green tea, and ginger—quite distinct, and you liked it or didn’t. Improved some with food.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Light straw color, it had an interesting nose of buttermilk and tropical fruits, green apple and key lime, and almon, what one taster noted was “a classic expression of Italian pinot grigio.” It had a lot of acidity, was described as a “medley of tropical and citrus fruit”; others noted some strong butter and mineral notes as well as a nutty and herbal character. This wine gained a lot of balance with food, because of its acidity, and was quite good with fish.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Straw-colored, the Masi blend had a subtle but distinct bouquet of pear and green apple which developed into a modern, fruit-forward wine. Tasters noted flavors of red apple, melon, pear, citrus, and stone fruits, with light tannins and moderate acidity. Very enjoyable for all and the second favorite of the flight of six Italian whites.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Pale yellow with good clarity, it had a tropical fruit nose, with additional aromas of grapefruit, peach, honeysuckle, heather, minerals, and some varnish or wood. A pleasant wine, especially with food, it gained pear and peach flavors on the palate, along with grapefruit, mandarin orange, nectarine, guava, and savory notes. Well-balanced and moderate acid, with a light finish.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Light yellow with much clarity, this was a bold wine which some liked a lot and some didn’t, owing to some oxidized notes. It had a strong and strange nose of cotton candy, caramel, butterscotch, circus peanuts, almond, and lemon curd which differed a bit with a palate of sour lemon, minerals/slate, honey, and some caramel candy. It was “creamy,” for some, and had some oxidized character. A very different Gavi which intrigued some of the tasters, not all.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): A light, straw color with fine aromas of fruit, sea salt, forest floor, and rose, which blew off and developed into some complexity. This was the favorite of the flight, as it had clean acidity and rich flavor notes of pear/apple, spice, almond, grass, lemon, and some minerals. It had excellent balance and a nice finish, with some lingering honey and peach flavor, and reminded several tasters of a dry Alsatian pinot gris.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): This was noted to be quite a complex and well balanced wine, sweet ripe citrus fruit notes, apple and pear, a touch of dried peach and apricot and a notable nuttiness: sweet raw peanuts, peanut shells, great minerality – stones and graphite
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Grape is Trebbiano, lots of tree fruit: yellow apple, lemon and lime, white and yellow flowers, touch of raw cashew, this is a clean and refreshing wine with a touch of sea salt minerality, this wine has pretty high acidity but maintains a round well balanced structure. The second favorite of the flight, among three groups of tasters.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): This is considered to be Pra’s best Soave made from the Garganega grape, lots of citrus notes and high acidity, also some notes of bruised/slightly macerated fruits such as lemon, yellow apple, kiwi, a touch of dried apricot, this is a wine with medium plus body and a nice round mouth-feel, most seemed to comment on the high acidity and this wine could be slightly out of balance because of such searing acidity.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): This is a medium bodied wine with medium plus acidity and a very pronounced minerality, lots of citrus fruits: lemon, lime, grapefruit, also notes of tart barely ripe pineapple, a well-balanced crisp and refreshing wine with loads of terroir! All agreed the wine would be wonderful with the fried seafood of the region Liguria! The overall favorite of the flight, among three groups of tasters.
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Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): From the white label bottle, the grape here is Cortese. Had citrus notes such as orange and lime zest, white pepper, peanut shells, button mushroom, touch of truffle, gravelly-stony minerality. This is a dry mineral laden wine with a slightly bitter finish (not unpleasant however), a touch of grape spice with m+ acidity, and a medium body.
White - Sparkling
Salone di Grandi Vini Bianchi (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): Frizzante, pale yellow straw color, medium bodied wine with a fruit-coating, luscious mouth-feel, aromas and flavors of peach, mandarin orange, ripe pear, sweet flowers like honeysuckle, honey, wild mountain flowers, a touch of St. Germain, a sweet wine but at the same time quite refreshing with nice acidity in the background, simple yet highly enjoyable.
Red
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): The least favorite in the flight, this wine was purple in color with a muted, slightly herbal/ green nose of sour black cherry, raisin, blueberry, and burnt coffee. While the palate showed blueberry, sour red fruits,orange zest and some toasted oak, the "burnt week-old coffee" note was persistent and unpleasant for all. Wine was out of balance--the fruit separating from the alcohol made the structure seem sour and acidic with a short, underwhelming finish. Way past it's prime.
Red
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): The controversial wine of the day for this American salon. Deep purple and black ink color with an aggressive nose reminiscent of Rhone wines. Black olive, roasted earth, blue/black fruits, Dr. Pepper and smoke on the nose with powerful flavors of blueberry and prune, balsamic reduction, black pepper, meaty teriyaki and herbs. Powerfully structured with a viscous mouth-feel and long, savoury finish. Some tasters found the wine intriguing and delicious, a perfect pairing for an Asian-inspired wagyu beef dish and others felt it was just TOO much and found the flavours off-putting. All enjoyed the heated conversation about this one!
Red
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): Garnet with a black core and clear, pink rim. Dusty and masculine on the nose with cherry, plum, and fragrant tea notes with a slight pop of brett. Palate was concentrated with red and black fruits and great (if a little alcoholic) acidity with a long, grippy tobacco and sandlewood finish. Drinking well now and in the future. The favorite in this flight for most tasters.
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Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): Deep Purple/ Ruby in color with moderate staining of the tears. Aromas of black currant, cassis and candied cherry, dark chocolate and vanillin. This wine had a rich and lactic mouth-feel with notes of black fruits, cola and tons of chocolate with a little leather thrown into the mix. Tannins were velvety making for easy-drinking. Some tasters felt it was a little tired and past ready to be drunk, seriously lacking in acidity and some felt it was a "guilty-pleasure-dessert-in-a-glass" producing my favorite quote of the salon, "I think I'm not supposed to like this, but it's delicious!"
Red
1996 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): Purple/Ruby color with a clear pink rim. Fruit on the nose was soft and stewed with plum, tomato, bell pepper and green peppercorn aromas falling right in line with the Peter Michael's mid-90's style. The palate, however, proved to be a little disappointing with a structure lacking in acidity, giving the wine a one-dimensional feel. Tasters ferreted out flavours of black currant, black cherry, powdered cinammon and a green stemminess. Finish was short and fell flat. As the wine began to develop, a faint, funky, cardboard scent began to emerge leaving some tasters to wonder if a flaw was at work and feeling this wine definitely deserved a re-visit.
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Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): Opaque brick in color with rust-tinged rim variation, this was a wine definitely showing it's age. The bouquet was muted with aromas of plums, cherry, expected black fruits, tobacco and cedar. A sweeter and softer Cab, tasters experienced ripe blackberries and cassis on the palate with sour cherry, rosemary, nutmeg, and clove nuances. Structure was mellow and integrated with a medium finish and while some tasters felt this wine was still alive and kickin' , the majority felt it was still graceful, but a little past it's prime. Drink this faded beauty now.
Red
2003 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): The youngest of the flight scored high for "potential" with some tasters. Showing minimal rim variation this dark ruby wine offered a bouquet of violets, raspberry, cherry, fatty meat, plum, herbs, and chocolate. Tasting of fresh red and black fruit, spice, not much oak treatment was evident. This fairly tight wine possessed firm tannins and medium acidity, but the finish at this time is short.
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2000 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): The most modern and "Cali" in style, this dark ruby to purple wine nose reveled ripe and rich fruit ,chocolate, baking spice, green pepper, and bright cherry. On the palate tasters note jammy blackberry and cherry pie filling, with licorice and chocolate. Well structured and tannic, showing considerable oak it finished with medium plus length. Note that this was supposed to be a 1999 to keep an every four year theme, but the 99 disappeared so we went to the next millenium here.
Red
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): While not the most intensely aromatic of the grouping of Dominus, this dark ruby wine did offer cherry liqueur, baking spice, and anise on the noise. The blend scored high in the flight and tasted of stewed black and red fruit, and chocolate. The abundant tannins and acid remained in balance indicating great potential for longevity.
Red
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): One taster noted "maybe corked" several others voiced green vegetative nose with ample smoke and bacon. The majority found this wine to be their least favorite and may not have been a perfect example. Since we have had this wine many times and it's one of our favorites, it was likely a flawed bottle.
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1987 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): The favorite of the flight, this wine showed dark garnet core fading to a tawny rim. Balanced with ample tannins the bouquet offered green notes of cilantro and light bell pepper with loads of dark and red fruit. Flavors included current, rose petals, violet, cedar, sour cherry, chocolate, and spice. The 1987 is showing very well and may even continue to improve.
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1983 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): A great favorite of several tasters, others thought it had lost some fruit and tannins. Showing medium color intensity with moderate rim variation, this inaugural Dominus still offered a complex noise of current,cherry, cedar, vanilla, wet cement and roses. The palate offered both red and dark berries with pie spice and some noted leather with cedar. Drink now.
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