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2020 Foradori Manzoni Bianco Fontanasanta Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
Bottle 1458g. (Tsk). Short capsule. Smells both sweet and peppery, or ripe fruit and citrus pith. Dry, with moderate prickly acidity and flavors of ripe yellow plum and peach. Medium-bodied, 12.5°. Saline finish. Appealing.
  • ASG24 commented:

    12/24/22, 10:31 AM - Agree on the salinity!

2006 Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah Bouquet Garni Bennett Valley
8/4/2015 - msuwine wrote:
94 points
A remarkable CA Syrah that combines depth with finesse - demonstrating what a well-aged New World red can be. Warm nose of blackberry and cedar, full in body, deep purple in color. Tastes of black currant, tar, pepper, and licorice. 14.7% alcohol. Drinking beautifully right now: age has given it complexity and grace, while somehow holding onto spectacular layers of concentrated fruit. I am not a Syrah connoisseur by any means, but this is easily the best domestic Syrah I have ever tasted.
  • ASG24 commented:

    10/5/19, 10:37 PM - More than 4 years later, this remains a very accurate description.

2013 Arkenstone Sauvignon Blanc Howell Mountain
The wine has moved from light straw to more of a gold with age, aromas of passion fruit, cream, and citrus/bergamot- there is an aromatic intensity to this wine that is crazy- it's very punchy in the nose. The wine covers the mouth with an citrusy feel, it's still very acidic and aggressive. I get a mix of fresh citrus, gooseberry, turning to more cream and vanilla as the wine finishes. I think this is in a real good spot right now, but I will probably hold my last bottles for a few more years. Too bad Arkenstone's charging $95/bottle for this stuff now- They definitely priced me out.
  • ASG24 commented:

    3/23/19, 9:19 AM - Wonderful wine, aging was good for it.

2009 Aubert Chardonnay Larry Hyde & Sons Carneros
8/25/2015 - sawira wrote:
94 points
Pineapple, classy smoky vanilla bean (not too much - thank god), and blazing acidity to balance the massive fruit and move this from an over extracted beast to a suave, dare I say elegant, rendition of California Chardonnay. Its the acid, combined with judicious oak and perfectly ripe (not overripe or over extracted) fruit that makes this work. (And no honey notes, which I have to say really turn me off with Aubert Chardonnays. If I want mead, I'll buy that.) Superb. Peaking for sure, and maybe another 3-5 years, max.
  • ASG24 commented:

    11/24/15, 7:28 PM - Your note captures very closely our family consensus as we empty this bottle, although I enjoyed it less than the others and you did.

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