Tasting Notes for PaulusLoZebra

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Red
10/28/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
90 points
This is my first bottle of the 2010 Vallana Gattinara. Decanted for four hours before serving, it was extremely restrained. Much better 24 hours later, with aromas of cherries, leather, and mint; a medium+ body, very firm acid and tannin structure, 13* alcohol. It has a firm, sappy finish. It’s a very nice wine, but a long way from the 94-95 that I rated te 2006 and some of the others that Vallana has produced over the years. I suspect that this will evolve amd improve a lot for another 20 years, and I will keep my others for the 2025-2040 window. Excellent QPR.
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2014 Giacomo Mori Chianti Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/23/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted one hour before serving, it was fully open at two hours. Since my last bottle ten months ago the wine remains delicious, and has evolved a bit. Like that bottle, this has a very big aromatic profile, with sweet and sour cherry, rhubarb, cranberry and white pepper enveloped by freshly-tanned saddle leather. It has an excellent acid backbone, gentle tannins, a hint of sweetness on the mid-palate, and a long mineral finish. In its first few years this wine was ethereal and had tremendous cut and precision. Now it is dominated by its big aromatics, firm acidity and lovely smoothness. Outstanding QPR.
Red
10/22/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
94 points
Unusually dark color for Etna, reminiscent of black current with red current edges. Decanted and served immediately, it was highly aromatic after just five minutes and continued to open up, reaching its maximum aromatic profile after about 45 minutes. The tannins also emerged gradually, and at the 1.5 hour mark it showed its full tannic self. Redolent of sweet dark fruits, smoke, leather, anise and lavender, with a captivating medicinal quality, the wine has a medium++ body, excellent, sappy acidity, and a very long, bittersweet, smokey and tannic finish. It has hints of dried fruits emerging. Silky and suave, this has many good years ahead. It is the biggest and most tannic Terre Nere wine that I can remember.

Even though it was fragrant and delicious almost immediately, I would recommend that this be decanted for 1.5 hours and served with roast meat or full-bodied, creamy plates that can handle the tannin. Excellent QPR.
Red
10/20/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
93 points
Another great bottle. Decanted 90 minutes before dinner. Complex aromatics of bright red fruits - how often can we say that about Nero d’Avola? - spices, especially white pepper and violet, and lilies. Great acid backbone, medium body, sappy and long. Outstanding QPR.
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Red
10/16/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
92 points
Another outstanding bottle. The aromas explode from the glass, yet need about an hour to show all their complexity in moving from the initial jolt of raspberry and cranberry to the sweet, floral, citrusy and spicy. It has a medium-light body, but with Nebbiolo firmness, and lots of sappy acidity and a bit of tannic thrust at the end. Lovely, long mineral finish with a hint of sweetness mixed in with the acid bite. Outstanding QPR.

Also delicious on night two, but bigger, with more prominent tannins and lots of zesty licorice.
Red
10/15/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
87 points
Drink up !! Even further along than the bottle I had a few weeks ago. Lovely aromatics, but this wine is well past its prime. If I had more I would drink them immediately.
Red
10/11/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
88 points
I've had many over-performing bottles of Agamium from other vintages, but the 2013 is my least favorite. I tend to agree very, very often with Antonio Galloni's notes, but on the 2013 Agamium I have never come anywhere close to the 92 he awarded, even after 4-5 bottles. The wine has nice, characteristic Nebbiolo fragrances of cherries, rose petals, herbs and sweet citrus, with medium body and decent levels of acid and tannin. It lacks mid-palate sweetness, flavor complexity, and ... charm. Still, Agamium remains an excellent QPR.
Red
10/11/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
92 points
From a half-bottle, double-decanted one hour before dinner. Another excellent bottle, and in a perfect place right now. Sappy, savory, spicy, complex and balanced. Please refer to my September note for details.
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Red
10/8/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
94 points
Very dark, blood-red color. Double decanted and served immediately, this wine had an immediate and outsized aromatic profile of sweet dark fruits, with hints of anise, white pepper, flowers and spices, a medium++ body, a lively, sweetish mid-palate, integrated tannins, excellent acidity, and a medium finish with typical Grenache spiciness. One of the best things about this wine is its 13.5% alcohol, which makes it much more interesting and balanced than most Grenache-based wines from the Southern Rhone, and many from Spain as well. I would guess that this has 5-6 more great years ahead of it.
Red
10/7/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
94 points
My first two bottles of Julie Balagny wines were flawed, sour and fizzy like (unfortunately) so many “natural” wines. So, I was skeptical when I opened this, but WOW was I pleased and impressed with this bottle. Double-decanted and served, it is wonderfully redolent of earth and ripe, sweet fruits, with myriad Asian spices and a very firm acid backbone that makes the wine both sweetish and sappy. For me, it is not at all typical of Gamay from Beaujolais. If blind I would have guessed Croatina, Vespolina or Uva Rara from Lombardy or Piemonte. Since I like those wines a lot, I like this one, too.

I have no idea how long this wine can age, but my instinct says “drink up”!

I am a huge fan of well-made Beaujolais normale and especially of the great cru Bojo, which I buy regularly and drink, from the best producers, at 5-10+ years of age. I bought Julie Balagny’s wines because of her reputation and now, after three bottles, the count is two flawed and one spectacular wine. So, maybe she still has lots of improvements to make, but when she gets it right the results are spectacular. [But don't expect typical Bojo.]
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Red
10/6/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
88 points
What a surprise ! This was by far the best bottle that we’ve had yet. Double decanted and served 90 minutes later, the wine was delicate, balanced and savory, with characteristic Pinot Noir aromas, a medium-light body, and a sappy acid backbone.
Red
10/3/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice nose upon pouring, but it needs 30-45 minutes to open up. Highly fragrant, sappy, savory, fruity, high-toned Chianti with characteritic Sangiovese acidity, tannins and bittersweet finish. An excellent food wine and an excellent daily drinker, this is real wine for real people when compared - at the same price point - to the millions of gallons of pasteurized, over-extracted sweet stuff poured over wood chips and bottled by the mass producers. Outstanding QPR !
Red
10/2/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a lovely, smooth, complex wine that is fading away beautifully. It’s a medium-light Beaujolais with hints of cherry and cranberry, prominent notes of forest floor and prunes, and a nice acid backbone. Drink up soon, and by 2023 at the latest.
Red
9/30/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
94 points
This, my second bottle, answers the question I asked after the first: is the 2018 as good as the amazing 2017 vintage of this remarkable wine? YES! I wrote detailed notes for that bottle in May 2020, and all of them still apply, even if I have raised my rating by one point. Instead of repeating them here, I will address again what makes this such an unusal and satisfying wine: it has one of the most floral, fruity, sweet and complex aromatic profiles of any red wine in the world, yet it’s flavor profile and body are that of a « dry » medium-weight table wine with a savory, sappy and bittersweet finish. What you get on the attack is not at all what you get on the finish. It’s a delicious and remarkable wine with an outstanding QPR.
Red
9/29/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
92 points
LAZ4WINE was right. This was my fourth bottle, and the best so far, by far. Slow-oxidized for four hours and then decanted 45 minutes before dinner. The wine has added a layer of mid-palate sweetness and silkiness to the attributes it already had: bright berry and floral fragrances, decent complexity for this price point, medium body, firm acid backbone, gentle tannins and excellent balance. Balance and smoothness are two words that summarize this wine. Probably peak drinking window is to 2025 and then fading nicely until 2030.
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Red
2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
9/27/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
87 points
Marc de Grazia, in case you read this review, PLEASE add a bit more richness and mid-palate heft to this wine! I truly love Etna Rosso and Terre Nere in particular. However, the current love affair at TN (and elsewhere among Etna producers) with structure, aroma and acid over body and mid-palate sweetness seems to have gone too far. I wish that, at this age, this entry-level wine were not so lean and austere. It delivers a bitterness that was not there on all the previous bottles I’ve had. It still has the great structure and aromatic profile of the previous bottles, but its body, high acidity and austere mid-palate remind me more of a big and aggressive rosato than a red table wine.
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Red
2014 The Withers Winery Mr. Burgess Sierra Foothills Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
9/27/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
93 points
Absolutely delicious, sappy, savory and slightly hedonistic blend of Syrah (85%) Mourvèdre and Grenache. It brings back memories of many fine wines from the Northern Rhone. I prefer this blend to many 100% Syrah bottlings of other producers. Very perfumed right out of the bottle, with intense floral and cassis aromas. Nice acid backbone, gentle tannins, medium+ body and length, and a very nice (13.5%) alcohol level that makes it an enjoyable wine for an entire meal. Slightly less aromatic on night two, but with a silkier mouthfeel.
Red
N.V. Calabretta Sicilia Cala Cala Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
9/21/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
91 points
Lotto CLR14. Another excellent bottle. Like the last one, this didn't have much funk, which is often present in Calabretta for the first 20 minutes. Complex, rustic, savory, balanced; an excellent food wine.
Red
2014 Clos de los Siete Valle de Uco Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
9/16/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
89 points
Much better than the first bottle of the 2014 I had six months ago. Typical dark color with purple edges, fragrances of ripe blue and black fruits, very strong acid, and a medium ++ body. What's different is that this bottle seems smoother and more balanced, and therefore much more pleasurable.
Red
2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/10/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
91 points
Another delicious, balanced, understated, silky and satisfying 2011 Monsanto CCR. Consistent with my previous detailed notes. Drink up by '21-22. Outstanding QPR.
Red
9/9/2020 - PaulusLoZebra wrote:
91 points
A gift from a friend of the owner, the 2009 Beverly Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Palazzo di (sic) Amore Premium Vintage Signature Series is a delicious and well-balanced wine. It was not decanted before serving. It’s a dark wine, with translucent edges that don’t show much age, and has a deep and fruit-forward aromatic profile dominated by sweet plums, hints of leather and lead pencil. The flavor profile is classic California Cab, sweet and rich, but, happily, without excessive oak or alcohol. It has a medium ++ body, with an excellent acid backbone, fine grained tannins, and a medium-long, sappy, bittersweet finish.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
9/9/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
90 points
Found this little gem hidden in a forgotten corner of the cellar. Remarkably for such an inexpensive wine, and despite its 15 years, it is still in very good shape. It has a transparent, amber and cranberry color, a gentle fizz, lightly floral aromatics, and gentle, slightly sweet flavors. In Piedmont they really know how to make low-alcohol, slightly-sweet wines!

I rated this an 88 on night one. 48 hours later, I have been “blown away” by the wine’s transformation and so I have edited my note and revised the rating. It is now mostly amber, with cranberry highlights, and much sweeter. Also, alongside this sweetess the wine’s inherent acidty privides a firm and refreshing foil. Tonight it was a big hit after dinner. Outstanding QPR.
Red
9/6/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
90 points
My last bottle of the 2013. Utterly delicious, aromatic and balanced wine and, as always, one of the most remarkable mass-produced and lower-cost wines.
Red
9/3/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted one hour before dinner, it has a bright, transparent color and wonderful fragrances of flowers, crushed cherries, pine needles and aniseed. Medium+ body, great structure provided by excellent acidity and fine-grained tannins. The wine is is succulent, with excellent length. A remarkably complex and pleasing entry-level Barolo with a decade of pleasure ahead. Outstanding QPR.
Red
9/2/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
91 points
I wish I had more of this wine, which I do not, so that I could try it again, because this bottle puzzled me. My guest liked it much more than I did, and, as another reviewer has mentioned, it does not have classic Pinot Noir characteristics. Instead, its aromatic and flavor profiles seem like an amalgam of different medium-weight red wines. It is rather dark blood-brick, with a medium+ body, a pleasing mid-palate, and an almost too sappy, bittersweet finish. The aromas that others found compelling seemed muted to me, but it does have raspberry, sweet citrus and mint. Based on this bottle I cannot tell if it is in sharp decline or if it is just evolving into the next phase of a glorious Burgundy-like life. As I said, this wine puzzled me.
Red
8/28/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
87 points
Same rating as my last bottle 18 months ago. I wrote very detailed notes then, and they all still apply. I’ll add two things: it has not lived up to expectations so far, but I sense that there is a much better wine lurking below the surface here. If I had any left in the cellar I would keep them until 2025+ in the hopes that the long-awaited Burgundy-style Cahors will emerge.
Rosé
8/26/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
93 points
A flawless, light, classic Bandol rosé with a very complex aromatic profile - white fruits, light berries, flowers - and a seamless, medium weight body and long, mineral finish. Exquistite, delicious ... but WAY too expensive !
Red
8/25/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
93 points
From a half bottle. Uncorked two hours before dinner, but not decanted. When served, the wine was on the darker side of a typical Barbaresco. It had a big aromatic profile right away, of sweet dark fruits, plus wet forest, mint, spices, and hints of mushroom. It has a medium ++ body, firm acids, good but gentle tannins, and a smooth, balanced and long finish. An excellent wine with a very good QPR.
Red
2001 Calabretta Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
8/22/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
94 points
What a fabulous wine! This is probably my eighth bottle of the 2001, and it is better than ever. Decanted one hour before dinner, it has a typical Calabretta funkiness that dissipates with aeration, a wonderful complexity of aromas and flavors, great structure, a medium+ body, and a long, long, sappy, mineral and beetroot finish. The wine is a feast for the senses, with forest floor, leather, tar, bittersweet cherry, cherry liqueur, smoke and dried herbs. It also has the color and acid profile of a wine that will continue to be delicious for many more years. Outstanding QPR.

Equally good on night two, but different. The wine’s aromatics are more straightforward, less complex, but it has gained heft and sweetness, and the tannins are more prominent. The acid and structure are there in spades. Magnificent.
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Red
8/20/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted three hours before serving, the 2017 Scavino BdA Affinato in Carati is a baby. It’s a concentrated wine, but with remarkable structure and complexity for a Barbera. It has a deep, dark color with very bright edges, intense aromas and flavors of sweet, dark fruits, and fragrances of sweet spice. It has remarkable freshness, sappy acidity, and gentle tannins. Neither the wood nor the alcohol is obvious. Long, sappy, satisfying finish.

Along with the 2009 Vajra BdAS and the 2016 Cigliutti BdA Campass, this is one of the finest Barberas I have ever tasted. At $25 this is a very good QPR for lovers of high-toned, wood-aged Barbera. Drink 2020-2030.
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Red
8/19/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
91 points
My fifth bottle, the Camilla 2011 is in a very good place right now, and still has many good years ahead of it. Decanted for two hours, on night one it had classic Nebbiolo aromas, especially rose, but overall a muted aromatic profile. Its flavor profile, also classic Nebbiolo, was much more forthcoming, with black tea, sweet cherry, sweet citrus and an underlying spiciness. It has a medium body, good structure, acid and tannin. Overall, it’s a pleasing, balanced and delicious wine, and was equally good on night two, and slightly more aromatic. It’s a very good entry-level Barolo with a very good QPR; drink to 2027.
Red
8/16/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
89 points
Very nice wine, similar to previous bottles, but I drop my rating by one point because this one was a bit brighter and more acidic than the previous ones.
Red
8/16/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
86 points
I'm torn about this wine. For current drinking, it did not convince me, and I would not buy it again, because it has excessive alcohol and is a bit too expensive. However, I admire the wine in an "intellectual" sense, because there is obviously a lot of high quality primary material in the bottle. I wonder how this will evolve in the future, and suspect that it will become a delicious "baby" CdP, Gigondas or Vaqueyras in five or even ten years. In the past decade I have found fewer and fewer Grenache based wines that are pleasing and worth the money, especially those from the Rhone. Excessive alcohol has always been a problem for these wines in certain years, but with global warming it seems to be a relentless, constant problem. As a young man my wine education began with Provence and the Southern Rhone - I lived there - and so it pains me a lot to be avoiding these now, but that's what my taste buds are telling me.
Red
2013 Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/13/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow, this bottle demonstrates that my last one (an 88) was an anomaly and that the previous ones (92s) had been revealing the “truth” about this wine all along. This was decanted for three hours, but even that wasn’t enough, as it was much better - and fabulous - on night two. It is a dark, transparent wine, showing very little age at the edges, with aromas of dark fruits, notably plum and blackberry, and a persistent and intoxicating spiciness. It is savory and sappy, with a medium-body, a great structure provided by its acid and tannins, and a long bittersweet finish. IMHO most people who buy this wine are not giving it enough air to really discover its joys. I would recommend a 24-hour double-decant or even just a 24 hour decant in an upright decanter so as not to exaggerate the aeration. Outstanding QPR. I am kicking myself for already drinking nine from my case; I should have saved them all for the 2020-2030 window. Proof that we don’t need to spend a lot of money to enjoy great wine.
Red
2008 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/13/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
91 points
Another delicious bottle of the 2008 Monsanto CCR. This vintage, as others have noted, needs less air than many to bring forth the wine’s aromatics, which were present right away; the wine was fully open after 35-40 minutes. On the darker side of Chianti, with dusty aromas of leather and tobacco, a lovely sweet mid-palate, great acid backbone, and a sappy, savory, long finish of minerals and fresh sliced beetroot. A very good, balanced wine with an outstanding QPR. There is some bottle and even case variation with Monsanto, but based on this bottle, and depending on your cellar, I would say that the wine is in decline and you should drink up by 2023 or so. Many Chiantis and many Monsantos are better on night two, but not this one.
Red
8/9/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
92 points
My second bottle. Decanted one hour, this is a medium-weight, smooth, balanced wine with very nice red-fruit aromas, a bit of aromatic complexity, floral hints, excellent acidity, gentle tannins and a very long finish. Slightly better on night two. I do expect this to evolve well for 5-8 years. At $26 or less, this is a good QPR.
Red
8/9/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
92 points
Slightly less expressive than the bottle I had six months ago, this wine nevertheless is a highly extroverted, extracted crowd-pleaser. It has a dark core and a vivid rim, bursts with dark fruit aromas and flavors, and shows herbs, exotic spices, sweet floral hints, very good acidity, gentle tannins and a long, savory beetroot finish. The alcohol is noticeable only if it warms up too much in the glass. Outstanding QPR. Drink to 2023.
Rosé
8/9/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted from magnum for 45 minutes, and sadly, my last of the 2016! Outstanding, as usual, with some good years ahead of it if you still have some in your cellar. Precise, balanced, full-bodied, a real joy.
White - Sparkling
8/9/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
94 points
This NV was based on 2008 and was disgorged April 2011. The last time I had it was 2012, and here's what I wrote then: "Beautiful pale peach; medium to full body; apple, pear and kiwi flavors. Very well balanced, lovely spiciness, very long finish. Best to drink in 2013-2020. 92"

From memory. Decanted and served immediately. This has evolved remarkably and was so good that instead of having it with our first course as planned we drank it all by itself, so that nothing could interfere with our enjoyment of its tremendous aromas, flavors and body. Decidedly gold in color, it has tremendous aromatic complexity and confirmed why we like fine old Champagne. If well-stored, can drink to 2025, otherwise drink up.
Red
8/9/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
94 points
From magnum, double-decanted and served 30 minutes later. Remarkably similar to the many other bottles of this vintage I have had since release, with tremendous aromatic and flavor complexity, a firm acid and tannin structure, a hint of sweetness on the mid-palate, a slightly rustic character, and many good years still ahead of it. Outstanding QPR.
Red
8/9/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
93 points
From memory. Two more great bottles at a recent dinner, decanted 3+ hours. Now at age five, it seems to be be getting better, with charm, aromatic complexity, structure, sappy acidity, moderate tannins and balance.
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Red
8/9/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
90 points
I have a soft spot in my heart for Chateau Simone. I did a few days of the harvest there one year because I had some mutual friends with the Rougier family. I returned the next year for a tasting (with Tim Johnston of Juveniles Paris fame) that included many outstanding old bottles from the family’s cellar. I have never had a bad wine from Simone, many that were great, yet also many that were merely good. Over time, several things have stood out to me about the wines, namely that the white and rosé are even better than the red in relative terms; that they need a lot of age to show their greatness; and that they are a bit too expensive in terms of QPR. I bought the wines routinely for many years, but because of the QPR issue I eventually stopped. So with that background, I recently decided that too much time has passed and that I wanted to be re-acquainted with an old friend.

This 2013 had a three-hour decant and remained tight during the entire evening. Transparent, dark garnet color with a bit of sediment. Muted aromas of dark cherry, pepper and spices dominate, with a hint of incense. Medium+ body, firm acidity, moderate tannins, savory and balanced palate, and a fairly long finish. No obvious oak or alcohol. On this last point it is truly wonderful to see a 13.5% wine from Southern France, as the heavy alcohol has become a scourge throughout the region, although many winemakers are now working very hard to keep alcohol down and balance up.

The wine was hardly different on night two, and if anything, was a bit less interesting. So, unfortunately my re-acquaintance with Simone was a bit disappointing. It’s a very good wine, but lacks complexity and charm, and isn’t worth its $50 price tag. Perhaps it will blossom in 2030?
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Red
Decanted one hour before serving, this came across as introverted and young, but with an excellent pedigree and structure. “Bright” is the word that best describes the wine on night one, with its vivid and transparent color; its aromas of raspberry, cherry, cranberry, hints of rose and sweet citrus; and its lip-smacking flavors, with a hint of cola. The wine is more about body, succulence and flavor than it is about aromas. On night two the wine was a bit bigger, sweeter and more aromatic, but still with lip-smacking acidity; my conclusion is that I opened it about five years too soon! Drink 2024 to 2030. Very good QPR at $25. 90 today, 92+ in 2025.
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Red
7/24/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
90 points
This is a big, rustic Nebbiolo with a strong tannic profile; decanted for four hours, it was much better on nights two and three, which is consistent with the experiences of other CT members. I will keep my other bottles for the 25-35 drinking window. Introverted on night one, it eventually showed lots of tart red fruits, cranberries, raspberries and a deep vein of tar. Some mid-palate sweetness developed on nights two and three. It closes with dominant tannins and lip-smacking acidity. This wine absolutely needs a meal of big flavors and rich foods. Very good QPR.
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White
7/17/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
91 points
This is bigger than a typical Macconais, and it comes across as a Beaune wannabe or a medium++ body Californian. It is a rustic and satisfying wine that delivers classic Chardonnay aromas and flavors and still has decent acidity. It is heavily oaked, doesn’t have much nuance, and is fading fast, but it is a delicious wine. I have several bottles remaining and will drink them up by 2022.
Rosé
7/16/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
93 points
More than 18 months since my last bottle, this one is sheer delight! It is drinking beautifully, full of charm and character, balance and flavor, a great wine.
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Red
7/15/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
94 points
Another great bottle, uniformly and enthusiastically appreciated by my dinner guests. Please see previous notes for details.
Red
7/15/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
88 points
I drop my rating since the bottle last year; see those notes for details. A nice, entry-level Barolo, pleasant and well-balanced,and without major flaws, but without much character or complexity.
Red
7/12/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
90 points
My last bottle. Decanted 45 minutes before dinner. Deep, dark, extracted wine with aromas and flavors of sweet, dark blue and black fruits. Reminiscent of a 00's style New World fruit bomb, but with a big backbone of acid and some gentle tannins. Given the raw materials in the bottle, this wine could be held in the cellar a while longer, but I'm not sure how it will evolve; for me it has already declined quite fast in the past few years. I rated the wine much higher a few years ago because it was much more complex then. Today this wine has lost its aromatic charm. It has a medium++ body and a simplistic, full-fruit flavor profile. It continues to be a delicious wine in the New World style, but in retrospect I wish I had drunk this up in 2016-17.
Red
7/9/2020 - PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine:
90 points
This 2010 Campi Raudii was slow-oxed for five hours, then decanted and served immediately, but that formula didn’t work; it took almost one hour more to open up in the glass, so I will definitely skip the slow-ox and have a longer decant next time. This is a high-toned, structured, sappy and savory Nebbiolo (with 10% Uva Rara and Vespolina) with a big aromatic profile of cranberry, raspberry, black tea, sandalwood and sweet exotic flowers. It has a nice hint of sweetness on the mid-palate, and a savory, bittersweet finish redolent of stone fruits. Firm tannins throughout. Slightly bigger and sweeter, and slightly more tannic, on night two. Outstanding QPR.
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