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1994 Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco Martinenga Nebbiolo
12/16/2017 - chablis28 wrote:
93 points
Opened upon arrival for slow ox in btl and started drinking around 2 hours later. Semi translucent mature red with lots of amber color. Aroma's of residual sugar, dried flowers and licorice. Tertiary sour cherry, herbs, licorice, mineral and underbrush. For me this is just starting its down slide with a hint of tiredness sneaking in on the nose. My btl and like everyone at the table I enjoyed it but would have been better a year or 3 ago for my palate. 92-93pts
  • Tig78 commented:

    12/18/17, 10:15 AM - Well said Craig. Considering the vintage, this bottle was a knockout. I especially enjoyed the aromas as they were so complex and typical of a well made, well stored older Barbaresco. Thanks for sharing this treat!

2008 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie Sangiovese
9/26/2015 - soyhead wrote:
Nose - oaky
Mouth - very much made in a modern style, ripe with very round tannins on the mid palate. Long dry tannins on finish betray its Italian origins.
  • Tig78 commented:

    3/5/16, 11:24 AM - I have always found Il Marroneto wines as traditional as Brunello comes. Maybe you had a bad bottle?

2010 Oddero Barolo Nebbiolo
9/22/2015 - lepetitchateau wrote:
84 points
I agree with stevetimko - what is everyone thinking about here?! If this is what Oddero can do in a great vintage like 2010, then Heaven help them... the nose is hot, showing the wine's 14.5% alcohol, the palate is stripped as from excessive extraction and a heavy oak treatment. This is all after an hour and a half decant. I expected it to pick up weight with some time, but no, it stay thin, borderline astringent and lacking intensity. yesh...
  • Tig78 commented:

    11/26/15, 4:14 AM - The 2010 Barolo's need more time. Hopefully you have more in your cellar so you can revisit in 5 years when the Oddero and other '10's start coming together!

1978 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva Nebbiolo
3/16/2014 - Shiaxonna wrote:
Clear red colour with slight bricking in the edges. Young colour for being this old. Smells like burnt rubber, plastic with a weak hint of dried berries and fruits under all the plastic somewhere. Time in the glass doesn't change the negative initial impression, and I really don't want to taste this wine. On the palate it's not too bad at first, but a lightweight watery taste soon gets overpowered by a sharpened and unbalanced sting of vinegar and long forgotten wet sock.

Had two bottles of this one, and the first one was splendid 18 months ago. Shame, but old bottles are always a gamble.
  • Tig78 commented:

    9/18/15, 11:44 PM - Sounds like your '78 was reductive - did you try the penny/copper trick?

  • Tig78 commented:

    9/25/15, 5:50 AM - Adding a penny to a reductive wine usually oxidizes the wine and can recover an out of balance wine. It is one of the few tricks that can actually save a bottle of wine from a significant flaw.

2010 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc Nebbiolo
This is one extremely disappointing bottle of "Barolo." I don't feel good saying that because I really wanted to like this. The reports are that Scavino had pulled back on the oak and is just aiming for a pure style without harsh tannins, rather than an overtly moderniste style. That's something I can get on board with in theory, but the result here is a big bottle of nothin'. It had some rubbery aromas which I ordinarily figure is a sign of reduction, although they stuck around even through hours of decanting and in the leftovers days later (of which there was a lot - five of us couldn't muster enough interest to finish even half this bottle on day one). Beyond that it was just anonymous red fruit and soft fluffy tannins, so I guess they pulled off what they were shooting for from a structural perspective but this is a wine that could have come from anywhere. The only way a wine like this is worthwhile is if some character will emerge with the requisite time in the cellar, but given that the whole purpose of this style is to avoid the need for so much time in the cellar, I am not sure what purpose it serves.
  • Tig78 commented:

    3/22/15, 9:55 AM - What a shame to open up a Scavino so young. The big baroli from 2010 are already in "hiding" based on what I've tasted but in 10-15 years, this and the other classic wines from the vintage will start to enter their drinking window.

  • Tig78 commented:

    3/22/15, 8:55 PM - My only point was the 2010 Bric del Fiasco is not going to be peaking right now as these wines are not meant for early drinking. I'm not judging your palate for great barolo but I'm offering another point of view. Anyone who prefers a more traditional-style barolo without loads of new wood will love this particular bottle from Scavino.

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