Tasting Notes for Jochems

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Red
5/19/2019 - Jochems wrote:
91 points
This bottle seems to have evolvec a little more already. Very much the same flavour profile but a bit more integrated now.

We had the 2017 as well tonight, that one is a fair bit below the 2016. Get them while you can!
Red
5/14/2019 - Jochems Likes this wine:
93 points
My first encounter with this winemaker. While at first it seemed to be just a good Chianti with the fresh cherry/berry character and some spicy notes it turned into something more exciting after a few hours.

There still is the fresh cherry and some red berries but now supported by boxwood, dried herbs and some smokey hints. In particular the wide spectrum between the fresh berries and the dark, smokey, undertones make this an exciting wine. On the palate it gives some medium-full body with fresh acidity and dusty-smooth tannins. The finish is also much longer and developped after a few hours.
This wine has the structure to last for a long time but it is very enjoyable now if you give it a few hours to develop.
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Red
5/5/2019 - Jochems wrote:
So here we are again. By sheer coincidence a ‘pick a random bottle and create a meal that matches’ resulted in opening this bottle. Only 3 weeks after the previous one. And this is the last one left in the cellar. Now here is only a Ugolaia ‘06 left. Again: this is some great Brunello totally in line with the previous note.

When I come to think about it, Lisini definitely has found its way up again after the somewhat lesser wines produced in the vintages after ‘99. The ‘01 and ‘04 where not very impressive while the vintages as such where great. This ‘06 has some of the freshness of fruit, that I like so much about this vintage, combined with the black fruit, smoothness and density that Lisini usually delivers.

I’m now extremely curious how the Ugolaia is doing!

When it comes to pairing: the rather ridiculous ‘let’s make a Wagyu burger and top it with some truffle cheese to make the ultimate cheeseburger’ turned out to be a brilliant stroke of luck!
Although I’m still embarrassed that we even gave it a try....
Red
5/5/2019 - Jochems Likes this wine:
92 points
Much in line with the previous bottle.
In great shape right now.
Red
4/20/2019 - Jochems Likes this wine:
93 points
We popped and poured this bottle. It was quite expressive from the start. This bottle didn’t get enough time to evolve, it was such a great wine and it was gone before we realised it!

The color still shows vivid light ruby with some amber at the rim. Expressive aromas of blackcurrant, leather and some hints of berries and licorice. Medium-full bodied with chewy-smooth tannins, sweet fruit and nicely balanced acidity. The finish is very long and remains fresh throughout.

This wine will last for at least another 10 years but I don’t think it will improve a lot.
Red
4/20/2019 - Jochems wrote:
95 points
My last bottle of this vintage. Still fresh and beautiful aromas. On the palate it is showing the age a bit more with integrated tannins and a very smooth mouthfeel.
To me this wine seems at its peak right now. Another great bottle and certainly no regrets that I opened it!
Red
3/30/2019 - Jochems wrote:
88 points
Well made, slightly lean, burgundy. Easy to drink.
Red
3/30/2019 - Jochems wrote:
90 points
Some very good rosso in typical Sesta di Sopra style. Arguably better than many Brunelli.
Fresh red fruit with some indian spices and cedar wood. Fresh and jucy on the palate with very smooth tannins and a long finish. Based on this rosso I’d say that 2015 is a good vintage and I’m looking forward to the Brunello release next year.
Red
3/16/2019 - Jochems Likes this wine:
92 points
Vivid ruby/red color. Fresh and ripe dark fruit with some spicy hints and some boxwood. Full bodied with bold but silky smooth tannins and fresh fruit. The finish keeps on lingering with a spicy zing to it.
In great shape right now but probably lasting for at least another 10 years.
Red
2/24/2019 - Jochems Likes this wine:
90 points
Excellent Rosso, better than some Brunelli I’ve had...
Could use a little more time. Like most Rossi from this producer: for a good vintage they need 5-7 to (start to) be at their best. Drink 2020 - 2015
Red
2/24/2019 - Jochems Likes this wine:
91 points
Much better than the previous bottle. Popped and poured and open for business right away. The last glas a few hours later was still showing better balance. But no sign of closing down on this one.

2011 seems to be a nicly fragrant and complex wine but not very dense. It reminds me of 2005, and 1998 for other wineries. Classic Brunello flavour profile but less concentrated and bold. Better to drink now.
Red
1/15/2019 - Jochems Likes this wine:
92 points
This bottle was clearly a bit less exciting than the previous one.
This probably was the one that I didn’t buy on release but in a wineshop a few years later.

Still a very nice Brunello, but as if it is a bit past peak.
Red
1/8/2019 - Jochems Likes this wine:
95 points
This wine is developping beautifully and is solidly entering that classic aged Brunello territory. It certainly has the structure to develop for many years to come, and maybe even improve, but is very enjoyable right now.

We gave it some 4 hours to slow-ox and agreed that the best glass was at the end of the evening about 10 hours later.

The wine shows no signs of ageing in the colour yet. Still medium/translucent ruby colour all the way to the rim. The aromas are an enticing mixture of fresh cherry, some berries and distinct leather and indian spices, evolving with hints of licorice and violet. On the palate it shows silky smooth tannins with some sweet fruit and balanced fresh acidity. The finish is incredibly long and remains spicy-fresh throughout.

I’m inclined to give it one notch up compared to my earlier encounters: this is a sold 95pts. Maybe even room for further improvement here.
I’m glad I have 2 more bottles of this wine!
Red
12/26/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
92 points
Classic Brunello, well aged and integrated. Doesn’t seem the very long lasting kind of vintage.

Light ruby colour with no signs of ageing yet. Aromas of ripe fruit and leather with some fresh cherry and funky hints of wet earth. Full bodied with mouth coating smooth tannins some sweet fruit that is nicely balanced out by the fresh acidity. A long finish that is slightly drying.

It is already quite well integrated and developped the ripe fruit seems to limit the further ageing potentential somewhat. I don’t think it will improve much. Drink now - 2022

Another example of my view that the ‘07 Brunelli can be rich and have classic aromas but are not of the long lasting kind and lack a bit of freshness that I like so much in many of the ‘99, ‘04 and ‘06

Still, a very good Brunello indeed!
White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Fattoria Petrolo Vin Santo Trebbiano Blend, Trebbiano
12/24/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
95 points
The last bottle of this great vin santo. Still a very complex wine with some fresh acidity to balance out the refined sweet core. Very much in line with my previous notes. I don’t know if it is related to the Christmas eve celebration that we are drinking this on but I notice so me distinct note of roasted chestnuts...
This was my last bottle, I much enjoyed all of them!
Red
12/22/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
94 points
Medium ruby colour with some hints of amber at the rim. Beautiful aromas of ripe black fruit evolving with some cherry, cedar and leather. Full bodied with smooth, mouth coating, tannins that are much more integrated than my last tasting of this wine. Great balance with some sweetness of fruit and fresh acidity. The finish is verly long and remains fresh.
It definitely deserves a notch up.

Considering the lively showing and that there is some solid structure left I estimate the drinking window to be significantly longer that I thought last time. This is some very classic Brunello of a great vintage, drink now - 2029.
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Red
12/21/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
92 points
Classic Rioja Riserva, probably at/near its peak.

Deep ruby/brick color with some hints of amber at the rim. Initially some barnyard and dirt notes, this blew off after half an hour. After an hour or so beautiful aromas of dark fruit, leather and chocolate emerged with some hints of vanilla. Full bodied and super silky on the palate with still some fresh fruit and dusty tannins. The finish is long but slightly bland.
Drink now - 2024
Red
12/2/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
97 points
This was one great showing of this wine!
I’ve always loved the vibrant character of this wine and now it seams that it has gained some complexity as well.

The colour is still medium ruby-red with no signs of ageing yet. Enticing aromas of berry and cherry fruit evolve with leather and smokey notes and hints of chocolate and eucalyptus. Fascinating! It fills the palate fresh fruit and super smooth tannins and great acidity balance. It has great length and echoes of the red fruit that keep on lingering with a spicy undertone.
It’s hard to imagine this wine becoming even better but it certainly has a lot of structure left and will age well for some time to come. Drink now - 2028.

This is probably the best Merlot based wine I’ve ever had.
It is certainly much more lively and complex than the ‘07 and ‘09 Galatrona vintages I’ve had. Probably only the ‘06 comes closest to this one.
What a shame I’ve only one bottle left in my cellar....
Red
11/25/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
91 points
A great example of a wine with a 'lower' classification that outclasses many of its higher classified neighbours!
This Langhe Nebbiolo DOC shows more complexity than many of the lesser Barolo and Barbaresco that I've had.

Textbook red fruit and hints of floral aromas and tar. Medium full bodied on the palate with chewy-smooth mouth coating tannins, fresh acidity and fresh fruit. The finish is very long and remains fresh. It needs a some more time to integrate a bit more. Although it is very enjoyable in its youth already this one definitely has a long life, and likely some improvement, ahead.. Drink now - 2030
Red
11/23/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
89 points
Red fruit and some dried flowers with a hint of milky chocolate. Medium bodied with fresh acidity and some chewy-smooth tannins. A very long finish that remains fresh throughout.
A nice, slightly lighter wine with still a lot of depth.
Red
11/18/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
90 points
Nicely aged Barbera that seems to be at/past peak.
Full aromas of ripe strawberries, red licorice, some toast and a hint of lilac. Full bodied and silky smooth on the palate with ripe fruit and balanced acidity. A long and sweet finish.
It seems already quite well integrated and evolved, I don’t expect a lot more development but it will certainly last for several more years to come. Drink now - 2023

It was a perfect match with the Swiss dried beef that was served like carpaccio with pine kernels, pecorino flakes and some oil.
Red
9/16/2018 - Jochems wrote:
94 points
Great example of a classic Brunello from a great vintage that has aged gracefully.

After slow-oxing for 5 hours the wine was already in excellent shape although it clearly kept evolving over the next few hours.

The color is red brick with only the slightest hint of amber at the rim. Enticing aromas of sour cherry, leather and indian spices evolve with hints of hay, wet earth and some cedar. Every switl brings a ne impression. And most notably after a bit more time the fresh fruit became more prominent as if we were drinking a 5 year old wine!
On the palate the wine has great balance between the fresh acidity and sweetness of fruit. The tannins are silky smooth and integrated.
This is followed by a great finish that follows through with the same balance and longers for minutes.

I was surprised by the lively fresh fruit notes this wine still offered. It probably will still hold strong for many years to come. Still I would suggest you to drink it now (if you still have some :)

My last bottle of Costanti of this vintage... but what a great bottle it was!
Red
8/6/2018 - Jochems wrote:
93 points
Opened and slow-oxed for 6 hours. The notes were taken over about 3 hours of drinking.

Remarkable vibrant ruby-red colour with some translucent brick at the rim. The colour became a bit cloudy at some stage but cleared up again later.
Initially some funky and pruny aromas. They blew of quickly to make way for some lovely black fruit and sour cherry evolving with hints of leather, dark chocolate and some tea leaves. Very smooth and silky on the palate with nicely resolved tannins resulting in a dusty mouthfeel. Still balanced and fresh with some sweetness of fruit and a very long finish that remains nicely balanced and slightly drying.

Beautifully aged and with a lot of that typical aged Brunello refinement and complexity. Probably still a fair bit of life left but not expected to further improve.

Just a shame I had only one bottle of this wine/vintage.....
Red
4/19/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark ruby color, almost black at the core. No sign of ambering at the rim yet. Full and fresh aromas of black currant, fresh berries and red licorice with hints of boxwood and rose petals. Full bodied on the palate with silky smooth mouth coating tannins and fresh acidity. A very long finish that remains fresh throughout.

In excellent shape right now. I doubt if it will improve a lot but it will certainly last for another 10 years.
Red
2/8/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
91 points
This bottle was a bit leaner than my first tasting and it took a long time to open up. Could be entering a sleeper phase.
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Red
1/21/2018 - Jochems Likes this wine:
90 points
These bottles were a bit less exciting than the previous ones. Same taste profile but slightly leaner overall. Could have been the drinking temperature. The bottles were in the room already for a few days and probably a bit above 20 degrees Celcius.
Red
12/24/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
93 points
This bottle needed abot 3 hours to open up. It was initially a bit muted and had some pronounced acidity.

Dark ruby color, almost black at the core and no signs of ageing yet. Aromas of ripe black fruit, tobacco and licorice with some hints of dried herbs and toast. Full bodied on the palate with chewy-smooth tannins, fresh acidity and some ripe fruit. The finish is long and slightly drying.

The initial seductive character is now gone and where some classic Brunelli then develop into some of the most complex and refined wines I know (see my note on the ‘99 Poggio di Sotto of today), this wine just smoothens out somehow. Although a great wine in many respects, I would swap my last bottle of this wine for a ‘99 Poggio di Sotto any time...
Red
12/24/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
96 points
This wine is in excellent shape right now. It needed quite a bit of time to open up.

The initial earthy barnyard notes settled down after 4 hours of slow-ox. During dinner (6 hours after opening the bottle) the wine realy started to sing and showed one of the greatest aged Brunello I’ve had.
Beautiful perfumes of berry fruit, leather and sweet tobacco evolving with earthy & spicy notes and showing hints of laurel. Silky and layered sweet fruit on the palate with some refined remaining tannins balanced with a hint of fresh acidity. Following through to a very long and fresh finish that seems to last for ever.

This was my last bottle of this vintage from Poggio di Sotto. It’s a shame that I don’t have any left but I’m glad this last one was such a grest showing.

Interesting side notes:
The Valdicava ‘01 that we had the same night was nice as well but almost boring in comparison.
Based on my limited sample I think that ‘99 will prove to be the better vintage for the long term ageing Brunelli.
Red
12/22/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
93 points
much in line with my tasting 2 years ago. Beautiful Barbaresco that is more dense and exciting than many Barolo. Excellent quality and still fresh, almost young.
Solid 93 pts.
Red
11/4/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
89 points
Light red/brick color. Full aromas of fresh berries and some raspberry with hints of cedar and green peppers. Full bodied and fresh on the palate with smooth tannins. The finish is long and fresh.
A well made pinot noir but lacking some complexity. And a bit expensive....
Red
11/4/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine has now become somewhat more approachable and harmonious. It now actually starts to taste a bit like a good Brunello at release.

The aromas still have some fresh strawberry notes but the more darker cherry and black currant aromas are becoming a bit more evident now. Also hints of leather and spices emerge after some time in the glas. The palate is full bodied and has mouth coating silky layers of tannins. The acidity is fresh and vibrant staying all the way through to a very long finish.

It is a pleasure to see this wine evolving. It still doesn’t show the complexity and refinement of the ‘04 or ‘06 but there clearly are all the signs that this wine will improve over the next years. For now I rate this wine at 93pt with the expectation that it will move a few notches up.

Drink now if you like wines young and fresh but wait at least a few years if you appreciate complexity and refinement.
Red
11/4/2017 - Jochems wrote:
85 points
My first ever wine from Uruguay. But it doesn’t taste like a new experience.

It is a well made Tannat with fresh dark fruit and a firm body. There is enough acidity to somewhat balance the heavy extraction and oak.

If you read my other notes you will see that I prefer classic and refined wines. While this wine is certainly well made it lacks complexity and spark to please my palate.

If you are into modern robust and up-in-your-face wines than you will probably like this one.

Why doesn’t it taste like a new experience to me? Well, take any well made Tannat from Argentina and you will have a hard time distinguishing them from this one.
Red
10/6/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
93 points
A beautiful and very classic example of what a well aged Brunello of a great vintage can taste like. It is all there: enticing aromas of ripe black fruit and fresh cherry evolving with leather, indian spices, licorice, red licorice and funghi.
On the palate the wine shows silky, mouth coating, tannins with balanced fruit and fresh acidity.
The finish is fresh and seems to linger on for ever.

It is in a perfect spot right now. It will last for quite some time but will probably not improve. Drink now - 2025

I've never been very impressed with Brunelli from Fattoria dei Barbi. This one however is very impressive. A proof that good wines have come from these vineyards.

And another example for me that the '99 vintage of Brunello often outclasses the much hyped '97 and '01 vintages!

NB1: I bought this wine at the winery shortly after release and kept it in proper storage ever since. Provenance is critical with this kind of wine.

NB2: the wine was quite open after popping the cork but really started to shine about een hour later. I would never decant a Brunello, they are too refined for that. Just let it evolve in the glass and enjoy slowly:)
Red
7/9/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
91 points
Very consistent with the previous bottle
Red
7/1/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium dark ruby colour.
Aromas of blackcurrant an ripe blueberry with some cedarwood and red licorice. Full bodied on the palate with, well integrated, chewey smooth tannins and some sweet fruit. The finish is long with a spicy twist to it.

Well aged and integrated already, I don't expect it to improve much more from here. Drink now - 2019.
Red
6/16/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
93 points
Weird how things develop with these kind of classic wines... This was a very good bottle of Brunello.

So much better than I expected after remembering my disappointing experiences with this winery when tasting the, otherwise excellent, vintages of '04, '06. Already my tasting note at release of this '07was a bit more optimistic than those. But now this experience, 10 years after the vintage actually delivers a true classic Brunello.

Classic in the sense that it has the typical relatively light ruby color, cherry & leather aromas and a smoothness and sweetness on the palate that only Sangiovese from the town of Montalcino seems to be able to develop. The aromas are complemented by hints of ripe black fruit, boxwood, red liquorice and some basalmic notes. This all follows through to a finish that keeps on lingering, only being held back a little by a slightly bitter undertone.
Overall a more ripe fruit profile, which I find typical of the '07 Brunello vintage. Somewhat of a contrast with the more fresh fruit profile of the '04 and '06 vintages and, more recently, the '10 vintage.
And all of this just within an hour after opening (and not decanting!) of the bottle. The wine evolved nicely over the evening becoming more smooth and the aromas evolving over time.

Some great, classic, Brunello from Ciacci Piccolomini... I would not have expected this. They apparently still can do it!

And it has inspired me to write the longest tasting note I have written since a long time :)
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White
4/2/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
85 points
Light ruby-red color. Aromas of sour cherry with some laurel and balsamic notes. Medium bodied with fresh acidity, bright fruit and some integrated tannins. A medium long finish that remains fresh.

Nice Pinot Noir with new world freshness and classic depth.
Red
3/20/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
97 points
What a great wine!
It has clearly come together and developed gracefully since I last tasted it back in 2008.

Expressive aromas of black and red fruit with indian spices, leather and some toast evolving with some red licorice and rose petals. Very nice! The palate is full bodied with mouth coating tannins that have become smoother and more integrated with the lively core of fruit and some fresh acidity. The finish last for ever and remains fresh throughout.
This wine is in a great spot right now, big, bold and refined at the same time. It might develop some more complexity over time (it certainly has the structure to last at least for one more decade) but I would prefer to drink it now.

This is now already one of my most exciting wine experiences of 2017!
Such a shame that I have no more bottles left...
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Red
3/11/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
89 points
This botle clearly had a better balance with more fresh fruit. I liked it quite a bit more.
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Red
2/19/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
91 points
Very characteristic Barolo, good QPR.

Light ruby with some signs of aging already. Expressive aromas of cherry, rose petals and tar with a hint of coffee. Full bodied on the palate with chewey smooth tannins, fresh acidity and a core of cherry fruit. The tannins smoothen further after a couple of hours. The finish is very long with a slightly acidic twist to it.

In good shape already. The tannin/acidity/fruit balance suggests many more years of development ahead but the color seems to indicate some oxidation already. Given the fact that it is drinking lovely right now I would not wait too long, drink now - 2020.
Red
2/18/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
91 points
A bit less expressive than I rember. Very much the same profile as my previous note.

Maybe past peak already or an off bottle. Still an enjoyable wine nevertheless. But certainly not 93pts.
Red
1/4/2017 - Jochems Likes this wine:
91 points
Classic Burgundy, stll young.
Red
2011 Ampeleia Ampeleia Costa Toscana SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
12/28/2016 - Jochems wrote:
91 points
Bright red/ruby color. Full aromas of cassis, pepper and some sweet tobacco and a hint of eucalyptus. Full bodied on the palate with lots of fresh acidity and fruit and chewy-smooth tannins. The finish is long and fresh.

All in all a very good vintage of this wine which has a special flavour profile for an Italian red. After having had the Alicante of the same producer a few times now I clearly recognise the contribution of this grape to the overall profile. Quite interesting that they release the single grape varieties as well as the blend. Highly recommended to give them a try as well. Both for the tasting pleasure as well as the educational value.
Red
12/27/2016 - Jochems Likes this wine:
97 points
Almost 10 years of patience after my previous tasting have paid off. This wine is much more harmonious now, although it is still almost a bit too young...!

This bottle was opened 8 hours before dinner and the last glass was consumed the next day over dinner. I agree with one of the other recent notes where it was stated that this wine evolves in stages after opening: don't miss any of them.

This is how I would describe the wine over the various glasses:

Light ruby color with no signs of ageing yet. Beautiful evolving aromas of fresh cherry, blackberry and some leather, red licorice and allspice and hints of cedar. Full bodied on the palate with a core if fresh acidity wrapped in chewey-smooth mouth coating tannins and some good fruit. Seamlessly evolving into the finish that last for minutes and has a zesty zing to it.
Nicely balanced already but with some solid structure left to develop for many more years. This wine is slowly entering it's drinking window now but is IMO not anywhere near its peak yet. Drink now - 2031.
(My previous 2051 was a bit over the top ;)

This wine sits solidly in the 97pts range for me. Up there with the best Brunelli I ever had!

One remark regarding some other notes on this wine: it seems as if the provenance of some bottles is less than perfect. The bottle that I've just opened was fresh and almost youthful. In particular compared with the '01 Lisini Ugolaia and the '97 Fulingi Brunelli that we had over Christmas this year.
My bottles were bought directly on the year of release and stored in my own cellar around 14 degrees Celcius.
Red
12/25/2016 - Jochems Likes this wine:
95 points
Now this is what a great Brunello is about! My first 'own cellar aged' Brunello with qualities from a superb vintage, a great producer and some gracefully long ageing.

Initially after popping the cork there was some funky barnyard smell. This quickly blew of but I still decided to let it slow-ox for several hours.
After about 3 hours:

Light ruby color with barely any signs of ageing. Enticing aromas evolving from brooding and dark ripe fruit, wet earth and balsamic, to fresh and refined with bright cherry, leather and some floral hints. Silky smooth on the palate with nicely integrated layers of tannins and sweet fruit and supportive fresh acidity. Overall a great balance that goes all the way through to a finish that seems to go on for ever.

There are probably quite a few more years of life left for this classic Brunello, but I don't expect it will improve a lot.
Drink now!
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Red
12/24/2016 - Jochems Likes this wine:
93 points
Warning: this wine needs at least a couple of hours to come around. The good news is that it remains at a high level for a very long time, the next day was maybe the best glass!

Medium ruby color with some amber at the rim. Initially strong balsamic notes and some hay. After a few hours ripe notes of plum and cherry with some herbs, red licorice and hints of coffee. Big and dense on the palate with smooth, mouth coating tannins, balanced acidity and ripe fruit. The finish is very long and echoes the initial aromas.
This wine still has the structure to develop for quite some time but considering the ripe fruit notes and the integrated tannins I would only wait if I had several bottles left. Drink now - 2021
Red
12/18/2016 - Jochems Likes this wine:
94 points
Light ruby-red with some amber at the rim. Expressive aromas of cherry with some hints still of rozees and some dark chocolate and sweet tobacco. Full bodied on the palate with silky smooth mouth coating tannins, sweet fruit and balanced fresh acidity. The finish is very long and keeps on lingering for minutes.

This wine is in great shape right now. It will probably last for quite some time but I don't think it will improve a lot. Drink now - 2024.

This is probably the best vintage and cru of the Produttori del Barbaresco I have ever had. Even better than the 2001 Montestefano as I rember it.

A remarkable quality level at this price point and defeating all preconceptions one might have about cooperatives and quality!
Red
11/26/2016 - Jochems Likes this wine:
92 points
I think this wine has hit its sweet spot now. Although the color doesn't show signs of ageing yet with a dark ruby color and maybe some slight hints of amber at the rim. The aromas show fresh cherry, some leather and hints of laurel and candied fruit. Full bodied on the palate with well integrated and smooth tannins, balanced acidity and some sweet fruit. The finish keeps on lingering although it turns slightly bitter.

This wine will last for quite some years, but I don't think it will improve much anymore.
Red
11/18/2016 - Jochems Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium ruby color with some hints of brick at the rim. Surprisingly open right after popping the cork with beautiful cherry, leather and some laurel aromas. Full bodied on the palate with chewy-smooth tannins, balanced acidity and some sweet fruit. The finish keeps on lingering for minutes.

In great shape right now but will probably last at this level for at least another 5-8 years.

I never decant a Brunello and this one certainly didn't need that. It did gain a bit of complexity after 4 hours of slow-oxing.

I bought the bottle on release (as most of my wines) and it has stayed in my cellar ever since.
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Red
7/26/2015 - Jochems Likes this wine:
92 points
Light ruby. Cherry, leather and spices. Very classic! Medium-full bodied with fresh acidity and bold but silky tannins. The finish keeps lingering for minutes! Very elegant.
Needs quite some time to settle and integrate. Considering the classic Brunello profile and the structured body this could be one of those 25year+ kind of Brunelli.
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