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Tasting Notes for i musicisti di boston

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Red
a pretty deep garnet, tending lightly towards bricking. seduces with elegant fennel, floral notes, tending towards the higher-toned spectrum. still some tannic structure, but really just enough to offer a gentle buttressing to the long, pure focus of this wine. not overly complex, nor a great wine, but still lovely, and right around peak to my taste.
Red
lovely deep purple/red. beautiful nose of ripe sour cherry/fresh grape. intensely focused sour streak, but ripe and pure, with good, mouth enveloping persistence. i love this.
Red
not a style i have much experience with, but i found this very fine-- broad, rich, meaty and long with dark blood notes, perhaps some eucalyptus making a showing as well. still virile, but in good place. feel free to drink away if you've got them, though i expect it'll still hold firm for a number of years as well.
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Red
absolutely gorgeous- broader and more darkly profiled than expected. savory, deep, some tar, menthol. long, generous and succulent. really at peak- very pleased with this showing.
Red
2003 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Very nice- still a youthful edge, but settled somewhat from my last taste . Pure, focused, slightly gravelly and raw, but with an elegant finish.
Red
9/21/2012 - i musicisti di boston wrote:
flawed
F*^&^%ing corked. Had been looking forward to this bottle for a long time, and when I opened with friends for a 40th celebration it was immediately clear that it was off. And only had a single.
Red
palatable but uninspiring cheap table wine. there are better options to be had at this price range.
Red
1982 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
beautiful ripe right bank presentation. relatively primary in its pure, ripe fruit and pretty cassis nose. a treat to drink, this is among the 'youngest' of the 10 or so '82's I've been fortunate to drink over the past few years.
Red
really lovely- an absolute treat to drink this at its perfect peak. classic pencil lead, cedar, cigar box, still holding on to a bit of ripe fruit, but with the pleasing orange peal tang that comes with age. very pretty bordeaux, and sad to see it gone. one of a few '82's gifted as a house warming a few years back--- thank you, Dad!
Red
working my way through half a case of the Altare 'basic' bottling, which has been a wonderfully pleasing 2000 from the start. lovely ripe plum, violet, a bit of tar- good characteristic nebbiolo in a ripe, balanced presentation. very enjoyable.
Red
earthy, funky nose, but also some higher toned floral notes to balance it out. a bit of volatility, but that blows off. maybe not for those who enjoy 'clean' wines, but I'm a fan for sure.
White - Sparkling
This was a classy way to get our Thanksgiving festivities started. Beautiful pinpoint focus, with lovely bright freshness and a nice appealing, full palate presence and persistence. Very fine, and great value.
Red
Slightly volatile, initially, but that blew off. Pleasing Southern Rhone sweet fruit, balanced by nice savory leather and earth notes, but somehow didn't feel whole- some hollowness on the mid-palate, and less focus and persistence than I would have hoped. Still, very fine, just not a great bottle.
Red
absolutely beautiful right now- classic earthy tar notes, lovely saline porcini and some very pretty violet overtones. rich and balance on the palate, with a nice broad presence and great persistence. in a very seductive place, but will surely stay there for quite a while.
Red
Opened just a half hour or so before consumption. Not decanted after a brief taste confirmed that it was open and giving. Young, for sure, but remarkably fresh and open last night- fragrant notes of violet, fennel and earthy leaves, with just a bit of tar, followed by a clear, clean but remarkably powerful and balanced mouthfeel. Absolutely wonderful wine. Looking forward to tracking this for many years.
White
Still hanging in there, but won't be holding these any longer.
Showing a clear light gold color, and offering up pleasant aromas of citrus, and honeyed mineral. Light to medium bodied, with a pleasant silky texture and persistent mid palate focus.
Red
aromas of tar, roses, wet iron, then dark fruit presence on the palate, with plenty of balancing acidic and tannic support. young, but appealing, and certainly already showing some of its promise. very fine wine at this level.
Red
aromas of leather, earth, tart cherry, followed by ripe, pure fruit on the palate, with fine, sliky tannic structure. a very appealing, enjoyable wine. very good.
Red
A lovely Serralunga Barolo- broad, ripe profile, but all in balance. Ripe plum, violet and licorice on the nose, followed by moderately sweet fruit, minerality and strong, ripe tannic balance on the palate. Very good wine, and great value at this level.
White - Fortified
very intensely torrefied juice, but with an appealing almost iron like minerality that somewhat reminded me of mollasses. good stuff, in small quantities.
Red
Did not take detailed notes, but can say that we found this bottle really quite exceptional. Beautiful typicity, a seductive aromatic expanse, vibrant cherry, great balance, lovely persistence. Certainly among the very finest NZ pinots I've had.
White
Still drinking very well, with the now familiar floral, mineral, citrus dance- pure, beatifully balanced. This bottle showed an almost Chablis like slate note that I hadn't noticed previously.
Red
This showed extremely well in rather noble company: waves of earthy aromatics, from dry leaves through truffles, tar and dried porcini, with light violet overtones in elegant counterpoint, and hints of sweet stewed plum. A pure, clean garnet, it was full and long, with still a hint of unresolved tannin. Slightly dry on the palate, perhaps, but very satisfying, and clearly a pristine bottle, showing at absolute peak- this is why I love Barolo! One left.
Red
Really enjoyable classic cali-cab. Lovely cassis notes, with cedar, tobacco, cool ripe fruit and great purity and focus. Drunk over a single long evening, I found my bottle right at peak, with present but round tannic structure, and beautiful balance. As sfowine mentions, a rather classic old-school left bank profile, for those who appreciate that. I certainly do.
Red
a big clumsy wine on day one, but lots of interesting stuffing underneath. days two and three are more promising: sweet floral notes, ripe plummy fruit, some menthol, a bit of tarry earth. Will leave alone for a while. Overly big and disjointed for now, but shows every sign of coming into focus in due time.
Red
rather light, but well balanced and enjoable. a bit tame for my taste...
Red
1998 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Very good: classic St. Julien, with cedar, cigar box on the nose, along with cassis. Resolved and smooth on the palate, though lacking the ripe fruit of a more exuberant vintage. Still, enjoyed this very much. Near peak for me, though will certainly hold at this level for quite a while.
White
This one is right on, exactly as advertised. Wonderful basic Chablis, with great typicity- clean, slatey minerality, lemon zest and freshly cut tart apple on the nose, followed by mouth watering, bracing acidity, but good round mid-palate presence, and nice persistence. Very good, great value. Improved over three days in bottle.
Red
fun to pop one of my halfs, just to check in. a bit tight, of course, but good material in evidence: sweet, ripe, round fruit; nice menthol, floral aromas; strong but round tanins, good focus and persistence. promising stuff.
Red
having tasted this recently, and not having any appropriate 96 Burgs, I thought I'd throw it in the mix as a nice cheese wine, and possible foil to the elegant reds preceding it. certainly a brawnier profile, with a darker, richer fruit focus of sweet stewed plums, along with menthol, camphor, spice box and an appealing tarriness. still retains balance on the palate, with its strong, sweet focus balanced by a nice acidic zing that gave it an elegant transparency. Very nice with the cheese course.
Red
Very fine Nebbiolo- fresh, aromatic, great mid week food wine, with tons of character. Still have a slight preference for the '06, but this is wonderful juice for the price.
Red
Very good. Sweet black cherry aromas married with appealingly rustic earthy notes. Surprisingly smooth and silky mouthfeel, good length. Seductive stuff.
Red
another fabulous '05 Barbera, almost on a par w/ Conterno Cascina Francia in this vintage, and not far behind the great '03 version of this wine. Juicy, rich stuff, w/ almost Nebbiolo like aromas of fresh fennel and rose petals. Decidedly Barbera on the palate, though, with the tell tale luscious acidity, and distinctive ripe sour cherry notes I associate with the variety. No trace of the reductive problems mentioned by Antonio in his WA review.
Red
Fantastic. a wine I've followed since tasting from barrel, and this has been singularly focused, intense stuff right from the beginning, with a lovely core of ripe sour cherry, luscious, mouth-watering acidity, and a bright, lift to the deep bouquet of earthy, floral aromatics.
Red
Very good- lively, deep meaty aromas, with earthy, minerally notes. No need to hold any longer- at peak now.
White
Rich, intense stuff, teetering on the edge of overdone. No idea how this will develop further, but my sense is that there just isn't enough acidic balance to keep it fresh for much longer. Will drink, and enjoy, my single remaining bottle in the near term.
Red
was absolutely singing last night- best bottle yet. Lush, ripe profile of deep fruit, touched by floral anise aromas. Juicy, focused palate presence, with perfectly balanced acidity. Really pleasing stuff, right up there among my very best barbera experiences. Only one left...
Red
slightly worrisome- this came across now as being rather disjointed. some upfront vanilla-spiced sweetness, then rather thin in the mid-palate followed up by a slightly alcoholic, tart finish. a hollow, unbalanced wine. i hope this bottle isn't representative of where these wines are headed.
Red
excellent showing for this outstanding wine. surely much upside to holding on to, but it's awfully difficult, given how appealing this is in its burly youth. exuberant, fleshy wine, with deep ripe plum accented by savory garrigue. still tannic, but pleasingly so, not in the least mouth puckering. long future ahead, but this is certainly exceptional right now.
Red
very fine showing- this married lovely garrigue and earthy/meaty notes with a higher toned sweet, spicy grenache characteristic. still vibrant and energetic, with good length and persistence.
Red
2005 Château de Beaumont Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
picked up two cases of this at crazy blowout prices of $60/case. It's exactly what I'd hoped it would be: solid, simple easy drinking Bordeaux, nothing fancy, but perfectly fine. Best consumed within the next few years, while it still has enough backbone to keep it interesting. The best part? 24 bottles for 120 bucks.
White
love this- great balance of higher-toned floral aromatics with mineral and citric zest. delicious, and quite versatile white.
Red
surprisingly young, actually- still rather primary dark cassis and plum notes, richly spiced with oak. juicy palate presence, nice persistence. balanced, tasty wine, for those who tolerate prominent wood influence.
White
hard to classify this 'bianco', which is actually more of a golden amber, and drinks like a cross between aged chablis and very light pinot. i love it for its wonderful minerality, beautiful leafy/ rocky citrus aromas and its almost creamy but lively palate presence. for the open minded.
Red
Good wine, but totally outclassed in the company of the 97 Fuligni we drank alongside it. This showed darker, and presented a sweeter/riper profile, along with a distracting vanillin component to the nose that for me unbalanced the wine. Still, mostly enjoyable, and have fond memories of buying this sole bottle on release at the ridiculous price of $14 from a store that didn't know what they were selling. One of my first Brunello purchases.
Red
Consumed about a week after trying the 97, this showed a lighter slightly drier profile than its deeper/riper cousin. Frangrant wine, giving up sour cherry, some earthy leather notes and a light floral component. Medium weight on the palate, ripe fruit but slightly out of balance towards an acidic edge, with clearly defined tannic focus. In a good place right now, but be sure to drink with food- we had with my bastardized version of bistecca fiorentina, which was the perfect foil for this wine.
Red
Deep earthy nose of leather, ripe cherries, and autumn leaves. Full palate presence, great focus/persistence, and strong structure promise a long life, but this is already beautifully expressive.
Red
1996 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
double decanted, then drunk alongside the 94. Classic graphite, cedar and tobacco nose, with a hint of ripe cassis. generous palate presence, certainly plusher and deeper than its 94 cousin, though also slightly less giving in its aromatic profile at this stage. I'd hold for a few years on this, while the 94 seems more immediately ready to go at this stage.
Red
1994 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
double decanted, then drunk alongside the 96. Shows classic left bank characteristics, in a slightly more austere frame: cedar, pencil lead, dried black currant. very good, if slightly less generous and deep than the 96, but I enjoyed its elegant classicism very much.
Red
An exceptionally pretty and elegant young Nebbiolo. Lovely light garnet hue, fresh and focused violet and fennel on the nose, hints of ripe cherry. Refreshing palate presence, with elegant balance, pleasant tannins and mouth cleansing acidity. Delightfully exuberant wine.
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