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2007 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia Nebbiolo
Decanted. Prismatic aromas of damson, fig, goudron, rose, violet, tar, sweet cherry, amarena jam, a hint of balsamic herbs. Very precise and very disciplined on the palate. Tannins are well ordered and balanced with magisterial acidity. Firm core of red fruit macerated in alcohol, with a hint of sour cherry liqueur, testament to the particularly warm year. Like a well oiled machine, each component exists in perfect harmony, such that the whole is very much greater than the sum of its already outstanding parts. Profound, long finish. A very cerebral, traditional Barolo, with absolutely no concession to extraction or new wood. A sybaritic pleasure from the first sip to the last.
  • jcvalenti commented:

    5/19/17, 12:28 PM - Congratulations - I actually had to look up sybaritic. It's been a decade since I used a dictionary.

2013 Casa Contini Verso Rosso Salento IGT Negroamaro
10/24/2014 - dotis wrote:
80 points
Very good with nice steak. Has bit of berry but dry. Good after dinner too!
  • jcvalenti commented:

    10/31/14, 4:52 AM - I ask this seriously, did you mean to rate it 80 points ? It sounds like you enjoyed it quite a bit and even though it sounds ridiculous, I think most people think of 80 points as a somewhat low score.

    I tasted this at my wine shop yesterday and thought enough of it to pick up a case, finding it to be a great all-purpose wine that would pair great with a variety of Italian dishes, which we cook a lot. I hope to taste and rate more completely in the near future.

2011 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/25/2014 - jcvalenti Does not like this wine:
83 points
2011 was a horrible year for everyone and I wanted - no, prayed - that Larkmead would somehow make a decent wine. Unfortunately, they didn't (or more fairly, they couldn't). This wine was like most other 2011 California Cabs - thin, lacking any substantial fruit, a displeasing vegetal aftertaste, and an overall unpleasant, weak experience. I absolutely love Larkmead, but this is the first time I ever opened a bottle of Larkmead with friends and none of us would finish the glass. I'm pretty sure I've never given a Larkmead wine a rating below 92 before. When I think about what I was charged for the 2011 shipment .... grrrr. It makes me angry. I understand the need to keep revenue going, but charging $75 or more a bottle for something of this quality is offensive. I'm really looking forward to 2012 to help me forget the 2011 and in the meantime, I guess I'll let this wine sit several years in hope that some magical wine fairy sneaks into my cellar and somehow makes it come together into something tolerable.
  • jcvalenti commented:

    9/25/14, 4:39 PM - What really angers me is that I baby killed my 2010 Salon. Wish I had bought a 6 pack of that. Ah well. Like I said, I'll take one hit out of loyalty because their stuff is so fantastic, but I can't afford to drop $600 on a 6 pack of stuff I don't enjoy. They could have at least offered free shipping for the year...

2009 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur √Čtain Rutherford
5/8/2013 - 64 Squares wrote:
This was a huge disappointment. I decanted the bottle for over two hours (with periodic tasting sips to see how it was coming along) and it just never opened up and was miserably thin, with a nasty heat on the back-end. I have 3 other bottles, so I will give them some time in the cellar before popping open another one. I've changed my initial rating to an NR.
  • jcvalenti commented:

    5/8/13, 8:41 PM - Inopened a bottle just the other mnth, and my experience couldnt be more different. I'm thinking perhaps there was so ething wrong with your bottle, as I've never heard anyone describe 07 Scarecrow as thin.

  • jcvalenti commented:

    5/11/13, 11:23 AM - Weird ... I swear your note showed up under 07 Scarecrow when I saw it. For what it's worth, I recently had the 09 M Etain and loved that as well - actually liked it better than the 09 Scarecrow. I certainly thought it was a huge wine, andnot at all reticent. Luckily you have 3 more - Id be shocked if the next o e wasnt totally different.

2001 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend
4/3/2010 - BigGer wrote:
82 points
This bottle may be partially flawed, but it didn't have the depth of fruit, length, or complexity I expected. Had it once before, from the same vintage, and was impressed. This one had the beginnings of a vinegary, acidic reaction, so either it's past it's time, or somewhat flawed. The cork was red about half way up.
  • jcvalenti commented:

    4/17/10, 9:52 PM - Judging from my own experience with several bottles, as well as the other notes, it seems you got a bad bottle. Not sure it's helpful to give it a point rating, as it is pretty obviously flawed. Hopefully you can still find a replacement out there, as this is a very interesting wine with many years left in the tank. Cheers !

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