Tasting Notes for GUBBIO

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Red
12/4/2019 - GUBBIO wrote:
92 points
november 2019
no formal notes

this was a real standout and showed good depth and structure.
so well balanced, dusty tannins and healthy acidity.
i bought 2 bottles for the cellar but these can actually be enjoyed now with a bit of air
Red
12/4/2019 - GUBBIO wrote:
93 points
november 2019
no formal notes, tasted this at a tasting in paris

WOW! this is the first year of this new cuvee and it is other level. i kept telling Guy how i just wanted to keep smelling it. All of his reds are wonderful, but this shows real quality. a real stand out of what i had tasted all day long
Red
11/21/2019 - GUBBIO wrote:
89 points
no formal notes
this came out of the gate on the tight side with some high levels of acidity and some dusty tannins. this surely comes out on the red fruit side and has darn good length considering it's level on the food chain.
Buying this france for about 13 euros is a bargain, i think it just needs one or two more years to settle in. day 2 was showing it's cards more openly.
SO. either give this a good decant or let it sleep for two years or so
if you are looking for a nice nothern rhone wine that does not break the bank and you want to age it a bit, score!
rebuy - yes
*in the future, i would probably buy this more often in riper years as in 2015.
** people looking for a big plush wine, look somewhere else
Red
11/14/2019 - GUBBIO wrote:
88 points
brief notes
popped and poured and drank over 2 nights

looks like barbera
night one -right from the start the nose was muted with hints of alc coming through with some diffused dark fruits. dusty tannins and some general dark fruit on the palate. good freshness and medium length.
slightly disappointing

night two - more expressive on the nose with dark fruits showing up more clearly. the palate is more round, a bit more juicy and the acidity is food friendly. night two was not bad but surely not memorable.
if you are drinking this now, i recommend a good 1 hour decant. great with pizza and pastas
rebuy - no
Red
11/9/2019 - GUBBIO wrote:
no formal notes but this was sad. I had bought it 12 years ago from a caviste who had gotten it from the domaine. it was kept well.
the robe was tawny like and the nose was spot on port. the palate was thin and surely not distinguished
no rating
Red
10/2/2017 - GUBBIO wrote:
91 points
tasted september, 2017
decanted for 1 hour then drunk over 90 min
color - showing purple violet tinges, not inky at all, young
nose- a bit tight at first and started to develop scents of blue fruit , expressive and began to provide hints of salami and smoked meats.
very nice!
palate - right from the start this was quite nice, a bit reserved. the weight of this is perfect for a syrah at this level. over an hour an half, this built up and showed dark fruits, very good freshness for this vintage. concentration and structure tells me that this will develop over the next 5 years.
at about 15 euros a bottle in france, this is a steal. remembering the o5 of this at the same moment, this surely has more heft and
great QPR. will but another 2 or three bottles this for the ride
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Red
9/16/2017 - GUBBIO wrote:
drank sept 2017
decent cork
13.5 alc

color - darkish purple, youthful, not inky
nose - showing some dark fruit, herbs and touches of oak.
palate , nice tannins, not highly polished, not rustic either nice grip. this is balanced with some dark fruit, not too ripe and good freshness for this far south.
everything is fine for this wine and it is tastes good, on the other hand, it does not really show what one would expect from the south. Perhaps I thought that this would be closer to a bandol but it comes off more like a bordeaux. this is the second bottle that we have opened over the past 6 months. we have one more and i thought that it would be fun to keep it to see it's 10th birthday. it has the stuffing to get there.
for 18 euros in france, it is correct for the quality but their rose for the same price is amazing! i will pick up their rose when ever i can find it.
Red
9/16/2017 - GUBBIO wrote:
drank sept 2017
decent cork
13.5 alc

color - darkish purple, youthful, not inky
nose - showing some dark fruit, herbs and touches of oak.
palate , nice tannins, not highly polished, not rustic either nice grip. this is balanced with some dark fruit, not too ripe and good freshness for this far south.
everything is fine for this wine and it is tastes good, on the other hand, it does not really show what one would expect from the south. Perhaps I thought that this would be closer to a bandol but it comes off more like a bordeaux. this is the second bottle that we have opened over the past 6 months. we have one more and i thought that it would be fun to keep it to see it's 10th birthday. it has the stuffing to get there.
for 18 euros in france, it is correct for the quality but their rose for the same price is amazing! i will pick up their rose when ever i can find it.
Red
8/10/2017 - GUBBIO Likes this wine:
90 points
august 2017
nice cork
1 hour decant
14.5 alc.
robe - dark crimson , very youthful, perhaps a bit too opaque
nose - very primary with dark fruit, black berries a touch of plum and undertones of iron and minerals. still a tad shy
palate - very well balanced and in line with the vintage. fruit, tannins and acid are all at a high level. still very primary though and the tannins still have a nice grip. the fruit is very ripe but there is a nice freshness that keeps this wine very drinkable.
all in all, this is a nice bottle and worth getting while waiting for their brunello to come around. i have one more bottle of this and will hold on to it for another 3 to 4 years. i might be tempted to by this in a less ripe year. very good though and looking forward to drinking the 2nd btl. this might be still a bit primary but it is very approachable. surely give this a 1 to 1h30 decant
Red
6/7/2015 - GUBBIO wrote:
nice cork , decanted for about 90 min

At 10 years old, this is starting to show some nice notes of dark fruit, licorice , maybe some bark. the acidity is perfect adding freshness and the tannins are not too imposing.
The nose was a bit timid but not totally shy, presenting blackberries, some lavender, fungi and some bark.
all in all, really lovely. I have one more bottle of this and I'm in no hurry to open it soon.
Red
2000 Domaine des Varoilles Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/27/2015 - GUBBIO wrote:
92 points
May, 2015
decanted about one hour. cork in decent shape

robe - showing some age with bricking along the rim
nose - shy at first then quickly blooming into dark cherries, sous bois, beat juice and as time went on , a caramel note that became more and more dominant
palate - this was tight and bright at first glance. after some air in the decanter, this really filled out. where at first this was overly bright, the acidity really departed where by the end i was wanting some to come back. tannins are well melted into the fruit with some dusty tannins following the back end. the length could have been a bit longer considering it's address but you can't wine them all.
drink now until 2017. this will soon head south. it might already be descending.
Red
3/6/2015 - GUBBIO wrote:
91 points
march 2015
decanted 1 hour

robe - very burgundian , transparent, red violet , no orange brown tones. very pretty
nose - started off pretty and primary with red and blue fruits moving into darker fruits, bark licorice and some nice spicy undertones. not soaring, but very very nice and open
palate - dusty tannins and clean acidity are the rails for really beautiful red and dark fruit. the length of this is also quite impressive. this surely can pass as a " barolo" and is better than most. with a quick decant, this is open for business !

** i found this more fresh and lively than the o9 giacosa counterpart.
saving my last btl for another 3 to 4 years and to no surprise, this was more lush than the 08 a few years ago. this is not overblown or anything close. i wish that i had bought more and excited to open the btls of brunate that i have
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Red
10/1/2014 - GUBBIO wrote:
drank sept, 2014
popped and poured
good cork ( the bottle that I had the most basic cork one could think of)

robe - quite dark, not inky, showing no age
nose - overt right from the start showing Dark berries, a little garrigue and after an hour or so, was throwing out flashes of cured meats and some under brush.
palate - so well balanced with healthy acidity, medium + bodied but not heavy and dusty tannins. this btl is in transition right now. it still contains dark fruit but starting to develop some secondary savory notes.
note - for the price, this is down right great. for cab franc lovers, this is a worth buying a few for the ride in good vintages. i had the o7 a few years ago and i was not able to finish the bottle. i also had this '10 3 years ago and it was no where close to what this is now. it really worked itself out. also, by drinking this cuvee, it made me go out and buy some more of the '10 "La Diablesse"
drink now to 2017
White
6/25/2014 - GUBBIO wrote:
91 points
drank 6.14
decanted 30 min
nice cork

Robe - nice light golden color, close to a young sauterne

Nose - this was a moving target. through out it stayed very clean with notes of honey suckle, melon, some mineral notes, pear, fresh peach. the note that did not make an appearance was that wet wool that chenin can produce with some bottle age. all in all, very pretty but timid at times

Palate -this opened up quite quickly. popped and poured and the first sip was flat. a little swirling brought out the structure and fruit. the mid palate on this is lacking a bit but is made up for by good fruit and the acidity carrying though to the finish. the back of this is just lovely and is quite long. after every sip, your mouth is salivating BUT the acidity is very rounded and integrated. it is not a sharp acidity that for instance the '07 Haut - Lieu had back in 09 / '10.

notes - this is really starting to show well right now and showing some complexity and fine length. i have one more btl of this and i think that i will open it around it's 10th bday. i would say drink now until 2019. this does not have the stuffing to really go the long haul but it is showing quite well now. if you have one btl of this and want to keep it a bit. i would say open in 2016. by then, it will have time to express some more of it feathers.
all in all, very very nice and i can't think of a white wine and this price point that can age and deliver like Huet.
Red
4/14/2014 - GUBBIO wrote:
91 points
april 2014
popped and poured and drank over 2 days or so

robe - nice dark core with a tinge of orange around the rim. starting to show some age
nose - the nose goes strong for 2 days. right from the get go, dark fruit, old leather, tobac, some older oak. surely showing it age on the nose
palate - very well balanced, showing well right from the gate, dusty tannins, healthy acid, gives lift and energy. this is well into stage two with dark fruits and spice along with a little earthy notes and bark. well balanced and good length.
notes - i bought 3 or 4 bottles of this a few years ago and it has been showing well through out. one more btl sits in my cellar and i will open it in the next year or two. tasted blind, one might see this as an aged btl of traditional rioja. good times!

drink from now to 2017
White
4/14/2014 - GUBBIO wrote:
89 points
april 2014
tasting in paris

robe - pale straw, very youthful, a little light for chardonnay
nose - very interesting with apples, pears, some stone and a little hint of mushroom
palate - this has body, almost more than the rouge of the same parcel. this is full bodied with nice length and some acidity for the ride. notes of pear, almost cooked, baked apple and some mineral. it would be nice to revisit this in 3 to 5 years. if it sheds some baby fat, it could be a nice bottle to boot. attention, this is built for comfort rather than speed.
drink now to 2020
note - this is considered the domaine's top parcel in NSG. it is a monopole and is planted with 50% pinot and 50% chardonnay .
Red
4/14/2014 - GUBBIO wrote:
90 points
april 2014
tasting with the domaine in paris

Robe - youthful pinot, nothing to cry about, nothing to sing about
Nose - clean red fruits, tints of earth and a little timid. not many stems coming through
Palate - more depth than the other wines "below". at the moment, this presents a deeper mid palate but also portrays mounting acidities, which in this vintage is an alarm. the tannins in this wine are difficult to find. good length but not "long"

Note - this might turn out alright in 5 years or so. at the tasting, it was said that the o7 had higher acidities at start than the '11s and that they were more stubborn out of the gate. i have only tasted the o7 recently, i can not imagine what that tasting was like.
i really only see this as a short to mid term bottle. the o7 is far more enjoyable right now, so who knows what this will look like in 5 to 7 years. at this current price, show caution.
drink 2017 - 2013
Red
4/14/2014 - GUBBIO wrote:
89 points
april 2014

robe - dark purple, not inky, slightly magenta around the rim
very nice

nose - dark blueberries, blackberries quite expressive yet primary. reveals slight notes of fresh pepper and herbs

palate - well balanced with good fresh healthy acidity. the fruit on the palate leans more towards red and blue fruit where the nose is a bit darker. the tannins are a bit buried and the mid palate is not so dense. at this price point and level of wine, it is a great bottle. the freshness is what really carries this wine and provides good length.

note - this is about 12 euros in france. so under $20 in the states i am guessing. i might buy another bottle or two and have drink them over the next 5 or so years
White
3/19/2014 - GUBBIO wrote:
91 points
tasted - March 2014
good cork
popped and poured

robe - quite surprised with the color in this wine. I was expecting a bit darker/ brassy color. it is very youthful and even pretty
nose - at first this comes off very typical of SB, grassy, citrous and some steal. after about an o hour, this o5 was starting to express a 9 year old wine. it is hard to pin point but it projected this metalic, mineral steal like perfume. it was a very nice surprise for sure.
palate - this o5 has been holding up oh so well with still good structure with mouth watering acidity and good length. the palate is expressing white citrus, blue mineral notes, even some fresh cute light herbs.
Note - i bought this wine on release and it was stored properly. most people say this wine should be enjoyed young. on that note, i wish that i had bought more. this can easily go for another 3 to 5 years depending on how you like your whites. by the acidity in this o5, i would say if u have some open a bottle with some white fish and light cream sauce. that is how i enjoyed and c'etais formidable
Red
2005 Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/1/2014 - GUBBIO wrote:
88 points
2.14
bought on release
nice cork
decanted for 1 hour, drank over 2 days

robe - showing a little bit of age by now with major flashes of ruby red, very transparent . pretty
nose - also showing notes of an aging wine. this still is presenting focused notes of red cherry but is now carrying delicate moments of loose tobacco. on day two, the nose is sporting sharper tones of oak. it is not "oaky" but it is at the party. day two is less complex.
palate - first off the bat, showing bright highlights of sour cherry, light spices notes and clean freshnesses. the tannins are making a discreet appearance . surely more complex on day one and even showing better length at the debut.

note - i had a bottle of this about 2 years ago and it surly shaped up a bit BUT, I would say that this is about as good as it going to get. if you have bottles of this, drink over the next 2 years but right now is probably your best bet. surely drink these before the o6s. this went really well with some pizza that i made. it lost it's energy when paired with veal shoulder on night two.
Red
1/27/2014 - GUBBIO wrote:
91 points
drank 12.13
decanted for one hour, drank over dinner
purchased in venice in 2011
good cork

color - nice dark crimson, showing a slight tint of age, nothing to worry about
nose - nice and quite expressive showing notes of dark fruit, clean and pure. this is just starting to show some secondary aromas of top soil and a hint of tobacco
palate - nice and deep mid palate, showing a mix of good red and black fruits. tannins are wonderfully integrated. i do not know about the o5 vintage here, but the most striking thing about this wine is the freshness. it is deep but not heavy and is very food friendly. nice healthy length on this one too

note - this was my first experience with refusco which is a local grape in the veneto. i am not sure that is grown in other places. between not knowing the cepage, coming from felluga and the wine merchant telling me that felluga makes the best refusco…. i bought it.
we drank this with some venison over dinner. perfect with any sort of red meats maybe even heavy pasta with a meat sauce. this has italy written all over it
drink now until 2018
Red
2005 Château Citran Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2014 - GUBBIO wrote:
89 points
drank 1.14
decanted for 90 min, put back into bottle
drank over 2 days
* perfect cork

color - still very youthful looking, not inky but deep and quite nice
nose - right off the bat, very expressive. classic claret with notes of ripe cherries, some plum, notes of oak / vanilla but very integrated (this is bourdeaux ) this is starting to show some secondary notes with loose tobacco, spice box and hints of earth
palate - the palate is following the nose with nice dark cherry, plums, clove and good freshness. the acidity and tannins have melted in with the fruit. fine length and very nice balance. the tannins in this are a bit less aggressive than i imagined. dusty and descent grip.

note - this o5 is in a really nice place. i would drink this now until 2017. if you have a few bottles, surely open one now. if you have one, open in 2015 or so. also, this entry level type brdx really goes to show how awesome o5 brdx is. i am slowly drifting from buying brdx and when i open even simple btl like this, i can only imagine what the more major bottles that i have purchased. bottles like this also show that if you have space, buying btls like this from vintages like this, is very worth the time and money. i think i paid about $17 for this in o7 and can run you about 12 euros in EU. i should have bought more of these.
Red
11/3/2013 - GUBBIO wrote:
87 points
nov 2013
fine cork
popped and drunk over 3 days

color - classic claret, red purple, solid core. not inky
nose - starting off quite primary with red fruits, cherry, hints of wood but not offensive. notes of spice. not very exciting
palate - red and dark fruits, solid acidity. not very complex. good tannins. what it does lack is mid palate. this is quite shallow and not showing the material for aging.
i bought 3 bottles of this on sale 2 years ago. before that, i had the o4 in 2010 and it was showing quite nicely. a very good surprise. i had the o8 a year or 2 ago and it was awful. thin, acidic. i was pissed i bought 3 bottles. this on the other hand is showing a lot better. still not wonderful but good. i also learned that this is a domaine to buy in "grand" years and not shaky ones. i will drink my o5 in the next year or so.
drink the o8 over the next 2 to 3 years but not sure how it will improve
Red
11/3/2013 - GUBBIO wrote:
89 points
oct 2013
purchased in barolo on release
fine cork
popped and enjoyed over 3 days

color - purple blue, nice transparency. very youthful
nose starting out with fresh red berries, bright, primary. over the course of 3 days, day 2 was the most expressive with larger notes of dark fruit, licorice, tree bark, slightly floral. very nice for a nebbiolo d'alba
palate - almost beaujolais like at first showing bright red fruit, lively acidity and dusty tannins. as the wine slowly opened up, this turned into a completely different wine on day 2 and 3. it became darker and mosre astringent ( in a healthy way) this will not win the hearts of everyone once it starts showing it's feathers. it is lovely and fresh but not fruity and polite. this shows enough complexity and structure that it will age for a few more years. decant now for 2 hours or keep for another 4 to 5 years. very happy that i bought 2 bottles. will drink the next one in 3 to 4 years. very nice and for 19 euros - very good QPR
Red
11/3/2013 - GUBBIO wrote:
drank oct. 2013
decanted for one hour and enjoyed over dinner
good cork

color - showing a little age but nothing to worry about with more of a red pinot hue and decent core.
nose, this was very timid at first while slowly revealing red fruit, notes of "pinot". not very exciting
palate - this still had some reserve on it, o4 acidity and red berries. dusty tannins. one aspect that stood out was the mid palate. o4 is widely known as a difficult year for red burgs. angerville is is a very very good domaine and it seems they made the best wine they could with the cards they were delt. this is evident in the mid palate. it is not hallow but surely lacks depth.
by the looks of this bottle, i would hold for another 2 to 3 years max or give it a good healthy decanting for 2 hours or so. i certainly look forward in drinking the 99, 06 and 08s that i have. all in all, good
Red
11/3/2013 - GUBBIO wrote:
93 points
drank oct. 2013
decanted and enjoyed over 2 hours
fine cork
direct from the winery

color - nice garnet, solid core surely not inky. healthy and honest
nose - starting of delicate and floral while opening up, gaining depth and width. even though this bottle was finished before it reached it's full potential at the moment, darker fruits were arriving but still very primary yet beautiful. very pure.
palate - this possessed wonderful balance of acids, red fruits and gaining tannins as the night progressed. by the end, the tannins were more present adding superb structure and weight. still compact and a bit reserved but still generous. very very good.

i would love to have some bottles of this in my cellar. so well balanced and built for the long haul. this will be singing on it's 15th birthday. WOW!
Red
11/3/2013 - GUBBIO wrote:
oct 2013
drank over 3 days, decanted on day 1 for 1 hour
nice cork

color - nice glossy magenta , nothing to worry about
nose - started off a bit closed and by the end, this was opening up with nice bright cherry, a little under brush and some licorice. really nice and expressive. by day 3, the fruit had faded on the nose. i would not say this was "earthy" but more along the lines herbs, licorice and perhaps some bark
palate - this started off more along the line of red fruit, bright and alive. as time passed, the wine became darker, more astringent ( in a good way ) with licorice and a slight hint of root beer.
over, this turned out very nicely. i am so happy that i had bought 3 bottles at around 15 euros. if i find more, i will not hesitate to buy another1 or 2. next bottle will be opened in perhaps 3 years and i might save the last one for its 10th birthday. this was my first lapierre and i am a fan.
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Red
7/7/2013 - GUBBIO Likes this wine:
92 points
anne gros
chambolle musigny, 1999
good but not perfect cork, decanted for 1 hour, enjoyed over 2 days

robe - nice transparent pinot , at 14 years old, showing some age with an orange/ amber nimbus. all in all, correct.
nose - surely shy at first showing some bright raspberry and flowers, very fresh. by the end of day two and lots of air, the nose started to develop that beautiful burgundy nose we all love. it began to gain depth and complexity with notes of beet juice and dried leaves. NICE.
palate - this really took some time to strut it's stuff. the first 80% had alarming acidity and i can see how people drank this too soon or think that it was not very good . i was starting to think the $50 i spent on this in 2007 was a waste. BUT once it opened up, the acidity started to melt, the tannins started to smooth out and those bright raspberries turned into an elegant burgundy.

suggestions - decant about 3 hours now or drink over the next 5 years. i have a bottle of the o2 and i plan on opening it 2017. for a village wine, this can cruise for almost 20 years.
Red
4/17/2013 - GUBBIO Likes this wine:
94 points
tasted in April, 2013, in paris at a tasting

correct pinot robe, darkish core. nothing to worry about

The nose on this is superb! This '10 is showing wonderful aromas of earthy pinot, deep red fruits. very pure, very focused, very very beautiful

The tannins in this wine are so refined, very much more than the NSG. They are like velor and caress your palate. The rest is quite closed down, like other high end '10 that i have tasted. between the length, tannins and nose, I would say this will be lovely when this spreading it's wings and showing it's cards.
If I had the money, I would have bought this, but at about 90 euros, I could not swing it.
where the o9s are like cadilacs, this is a mercedes in the garage
Red
4/17/2013 - GUBBIO wrote:
92 points
tasted in april 2013, in paris at a tasting with the domaine.
not decanted
good cork

beautiful pinot robe, nice transparency - correct

WOW WOW WOW on the nose. this is showing a huge block of pinot on the nose, forest floor, some beet juice and depth of fruit

The palate is closed for business. The tannins here are very present and a bit rugged. The o9 is showing nice acidity for the vintage and beautiful length. The tannins are guiding this for a long long finish and shows it is built to age.
the only gripe that I have about this wine are the rustic tannins. I feel they will smooth out with cellar time or a 2 + hour decant. When I was buying the bottle, the guy got nervous about me opening it for dinner. I told him it was for my cellar and he smiled. i said i would keep it at least to see it's 10th bday, he shook his head and said longer.
i really look forward to opening this bottle when his day comes.
Red
4/17/2013 - GUBBIO wrote:
april, 2013
cork in good shape
drank over 3 days

Decent dark core with ruby rim, starting to show a little age.

The first few days, this was showing strong notes of oak along with black cherries and even plum.

This is a well made wine, but i must say, it was showing like a grand cru St. Emilion. The wood was dominating this along with well integrated tannins and healthy acidity. It offers good length and quite smooth. The sad thing is that the oak is dominating this wine. if it were a Bordeaux or Rioja, I could understand. By day 3, the oak faded and on both nose and palate which leaned towards red fruit and lost a little focus.
I might pass on this wine the next time. This was my first bottle from this domaine. at 13 euros, i would feel good if it were bordeaux, but at this price from chinon, i want something a little more authentic
drink now through 2015 or give it a 1 hour decant.
Red
feb 2013
decanted for 30 min then drunk over an hour or so. bought on release and stored chez moi - nice cork

this still has a youthful hue with hints a magenta, still dark and vivid. The nose is a bit shy showing still primary notes of cherry, raspberry, a little clean dirt and pepper.
The palate is firm and still a bit tight. really nice tannins that are quite present and holding everything together very well with some lively but not obtrusive acidity. The palate has some primary notes too with some sour cherry, bramble and perhaps some leather.

all in all, this is pretty nice but sitll closed down, very well balanced with good posture. i meant to keep this in the cellar for it's 10th bday but i have drunk too many aged chinons that are over the hill or lost their grip. this is not the case. i wish i bought 1 or 2 more bottles of this and follow. if you have a few. take one out for a test ride. if you have one, do yourself a favor and save it for 2015 +
Red
10/20/2011 - GUBBIO wrote:
tasted oct. 2011. popped and poured

color - is a dark plum skin color with a darker core. nothing to worry about. not black.
nose - not shy but not very forthcoming either. there are surely notes of dried raisins and prunes showing it's origins. also, dashes of black cherries and even a little dusty, musky odor. a little soupy.
palate - very smooth entry with notes of dusty plums, dried cherries and almost no signs of tannin. the length is ok and lacks some lively acid.
on sale for $9.00 i feel ok with it for sure. over $15, i start to worry. drink now and eat with some spicy pasta or hard cheese
Red
10/9/2011 - GUBBIO wrote:
flawed
OCT, 2011. 1/2 bottle. decanted for 1 hour +. purchased in provence last year.
** this bottle had some pretty serious leakage. but did not show indications of oxidation or spoilage.

color - dark solid core fading to a deep red rim. not purple and shows not to be " young" wine
nose - right out of the bottle showed mature notes, almost bordeaux like. after some air, the nose became very shy providing notes of sour cherry, black cherry and raspberry
palate - very very primary with elevated tannins and acidity with somewhat bright red fruit. the tannins have a pretty fine grain to them and cary well through the mid palate and finish along with the acidity. also this sports quite a long finish.

note, i have a hard time passing judgement on this bottle due to the cork. though, it did not show signs of oxidation. overall, this bottle was quite primary in it's evolution. i have one more bottle and open it around 2015. very curious about my 2001 and 2007 bottles.
Red
10/4/2011 - GUBBIO wrote:
oct 1, 2011. popped and poured
color - honest dark cherry red
nose - WOW WOW WOW. love this nose with dark fruits and some real nice funkadunk. this is really nice.
palate - nose does not match the palate. bright sour cherry fruit, with good depth and some firm but unobtrusive tannins. there is also some real healthy acid in this bottle. this is a wonderful bottle for some serious pasta dishes.
note - i loved this wine and for the 12 swiss franc ( $15) i paid for it.... a steal. i am going to buy a few of these. they will evolve i am sure over the next 5 years. i am looking forward to the o9.
Red
9/12/2011 - GUBBIO wrote:
88 points
drank sept 10th, 2011. purchased from the winery.
color - deep dark purple with a touch of gloss
nose - right out of the gate, this was singing with dark , a little bark and and some spices. really nice
palate - this surely has some notes of dark cherry, blackberries , but also slightly medicinal. the note that kept popping up was campari. it had this bitter edge that was complex, intriguing but a little off putting. also, the acidity is healthy and really gives this wine some lift. this needs food for sure. preferably rich pasta with meat or a steak. at 9 euros- deal! buy a few of these and drink them over the next 3 to five years. i think they will integrate better and be quite nice.
Red
9/12/2011 - GUBBIO wrote:
drank sept 10th, 2011 in a restaurant outside of barolo. perfect cork and fill. a healthy amount of sediment but nothing to worry about. decanted for 30 min and consumed over dinner
color - very pale with good bricking with a watery rim and a semi deep core.
nose - started off quite tight and hesitant. after 45 min or so, it started to show mature notes of cherry, a little must but over all really pretty and clean fruit. on the other hand not overly complex.
palate - like the nose, this was held back and not giving up much. tannins are integrated and the acidity is at a high pitch frequency. the fruit is surely fading on this. the length is quite nice but not haunting. there are notes of sour cherries, a light tobacco and even a little kirsch. and would have been a lot nicer 5 to 7 years ago. if you have these.... drink up. it is fine, but is in the ER. this went beautiful with rabbit cooked over the fire place and a simple risotto with black truffles. DO NOT take this with roasted game of heavy sauces, it will get lost. i am not rating this because it already had it's day.
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