Tasting Notes for jdcarucci

(118 notes on 103 wines)

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Red
10/15/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
Shut down. Not close to ready. Recheck in 2025 or so.
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Red
9/28/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
PnP; opened up over time but not before I finished mine. If drinking now, decant for 30-60. Otherwise hold.
White
This needs air. Drink out of a bulbous glass. Delicious otherwise.
Red
Probably not quite at its apex, but drinking absolutely beautifully now after a 90 minute or so decant.
White
So austere upon opening. It tastes like licking an I-beam. Let it breathe for AT LEAST 45 minutes before drinking. After that, it shows some of its character, and even a delightful perception of RS. Needs time but is delicious.
Red
Insanely drinkable. Shockingly so. Even without food. You can sit on these if you want but oh boy it's delicious.
Red
Drinking beautiful now. Crunchy red fruit and smoky barbeque sauce. Stuffing to go for years.
Red
Drinking beautifully at eight years young, and still almost totally primary in character. Dark in color with little if any edge degradation. Lots of toasty notes: pie crust and pastry, along with black tea, and baking spice. Red raspberry and currant. Grilled green pepper, along with fresh green herbs like dill and cilantro. Made beautifully in a old-world style, and nothing like you would find in California. There's nothing lush, ripe or opulent about this. There's also no indication that this wine is going anywhere fast, so feel free to hold for easily ten years. Very impressive wine with a long life ahead.
Red
Inky in color with a purple edge; blueberry and blackberry on the nose, with undertones of pepper, lavender and violets. Full bodied with pretty good acidity. Ripe and lush (for an old world wine) in that way that Crozes can be. Missing that bite and savory element that I tend to crave in the norther Rhone. Drink now.
White
Yellow-gold in color. The aromas are sweet stone fruit (apricot and peach), overripe sweet citrus (tangerine and clementine), and an underlying note of honeysuckle and some petrol. Tastes drier than expected based on the quality of aromas. Maybe some RS, but feels dry. Full bodied with significant minerality and acid. In the early phases of maturity. Drink now and over the next 5 years or so.
Red
Garnet in color. Totally primary, but emphasis is on the earth rather than the fruit. Savory spice, like fennel seed, star anise, licorice potpourri and black tea. Brambly fruit and blackberry compote are present but understated. You feel the alcohol (13.5) without food. Tannins are dusty. Overall a delicious wine with a long life ahead. Easily has until 2030. Drink with food if drinking now, or decant.
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White
Still totally primary at 4+ years old. Lime, green apple, white flowers. Pristine in its angularity. Beautiful acid. Delicious. Incredibly drinkable. now but with the means to age for easily five more years.
White
In the early phase of maturity; it has certainly turned to the tertiary/petrol side of things. Full bodied but bone dry. OK to drink now, but I'll wait 2 years to try my last bottle
White
Delicious. Beautiful balance between sweet and acid, just needs some more time to integrate.
White
Absolutely electric bottled lightning. Bone dry. Face-ripping acidity. Hold for a while.
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White
This is soda. It is delicious. 10/10 recommend. 9% alcohol.
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Red
5/18/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
Still seems really young, awkward, and sort of shut down. Tannic, and not giving up much in the way of fruit. Wait at least 2 years.
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Red
Absolutely beautiful. Tannins are soft and headed towards resolution. Maybe 18 months away from the early stages of maturity. Revisit fall 2021.
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White
4/21/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
Needed about 30 minutes for the funkiness to blow off
Don't give up on this is the first sip weirds you out.
Red
Nose is all about the purple and black fruit; ripe plum, blackberry, boisenberry, Concord grape. You really need to dig got anything savory. Maybe some soy sauce and jerky. Slight bit of vanilla as well? You can feel the 13.9 in the nose too.
Still drinking totally primary at 7 years old. Plenty of ripeness and tight, pointed tannins. Good bit of acid to prevent it from being flabby.
Drinking well now but will definitely go awhile.
White
4/12/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
Very reductive, and took a good while to blow off
This needs a bit of time to come together
Red
2016 Frank Cornelissen Munjebel Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
Decanted for an hour and drank over several. Still tart and slightly disjointed. This is close, but not quite there. The last sip was the best, unfortunately. Wait at least 2 years before dipping into this.
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Red
Super aromatic, with loads of iron, blood, pastrami, bacon, and purple flowers. I opened and let it sit in the glass for an hour, then slowly drank over the course of the next 2-3 hours. Of course, the last sip was the best one. It starts thin and high toned, dominated by acid, but fattens up over time. Much better with food. Bottom line is that this should probably sit for a while; 3 years at least to really up on weight. I usually wait 7 years after the vintage date on my St. Joes, but I was tempted by quarantine to open this one. I'll wait a while on my remaining two. If you're going to drink now, properly decant for at least an hour.
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Red
3/31/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
High acid, high toned but a bit thin. It has all of the beautiful red fruit characteristics mentioned by others, but needs to fill in. Hold at least a year, I think.
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White
Acid still rips. Honestly I feel like i want some RS. Gotta stop buying trockens. Super refreshing though. Maybe save my last one for the heat of august.
Red
3/23/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
Dusty, and at the end of its life, although admittedly this was kept in a pretty shoddy storage environment for most of its life. Leather and fully tertiary aromas, but faded. Drink asap.
Red
3/23/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
Purest fruit of the five. Totally accessible and drinkable now, much to my surprise. The biggest take-away from this tasting is this: these wines are styled for early accessibility, and are probably ready to go right on release.
Red
3/23/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
This had purity in quality of fruit. This also had undertones of green tomato leaf.
Red
3/23/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
Muted cherry and raspberry. This shows the most organic earth of any of the 5 in the flight. Mellow on the palate and highly drinkable.
Red
3/23/2020 - jdcarucci wrote:
Maybe the most disappointing of the flight. Burned orange, cranberry raspberry and bramble on the nose. Concentrated cherry, sweet fruit but hot on the palate. Sweet fruit. Sandy tannins. High acid. I was expecting more from this as far as concentration and complexity and was let down. Maybe this needs more time to come together, but I'm not sure that's the case after tasting the 11, 12 and 13.
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White
In a beautiful place with golden apple and gorgeous acid to cut through it. Really a spectacular made wine. Trick now, or cellar for at least a couple more years for continued pleasure.
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Red
Surprisingly expressive knows for this stage, with lots of red cherry, red plum and under brush. Not a ton to give on the palette, suggesting to me that this has a little ways to go before maturity. Hold till 2024.
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White
So incredibly lean and austere. I was begging for some RS.
Red
Really just starting to develop and fatten up. Decanted for about an hour, and blossomed over the course of the next hour. Still a way to go on this. Check back in on this in 2022.
White
High acid, really high. Definitely lean, but fattens up with some air. The oak usage definitely becomes more apparent over time. Really delicious wine.
Red
2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
Drank over the course of several hours. Very shy at first, but opened up to red fruits, candied cherry and strawberry, tomato leaf and crushed stone. If drinking now, definitely give this some air. I'm going to hold my other two several years.
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White - Off-dry
Still has tons of fruit, mostly sweet orange skin and pulp, super ripe pear and apple, apricot and meyer lemon. Petrol aroma is present but faded over the course of twenty minutes or so, and the fruit became more prominent. Likewise, after some air, the distinct sweetness and secondary acidity merged into one, forming a more complete wine. Not super complex, but a fun wine to drink over the course of an hour or so. Give this some air and do not drink it cold. I pulled it from the cellar and let it slowly come up to room temp.
White
Fruit is all under-ripe at this stage: lime, peach and melon. Plenty of petrol in there too. Acid rips like a banshee. Delicious, if still very young.
Red
2010 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Really young and fresh and primary, even at 9 years old. Decanted for about 4 hours. Lots of roasted and grilled pepper, spice and ceder. Any fruit is buried deep below that, and at this stage is a candied cherry/red current. A long way to go with this wine. I'll likely check in in 2023.
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Red
So much black pepper. Probably needs another year or two to really come around. This is getting close though...
Red
11/17/2019 - jdcarucci wrote:
My first check in on my 2010 Baroli. Decanted about 2 1/2 hours. This is still wholly primary in both aroma and flavor. Floral, cherry and orange zest on the palate. Lots of cranberry too. Tannins are tight and acid is real high. Overall this bottle is closed and restrained. Not holding yielding much at all, really. Lot of time to go. Probably revisit in 2022.
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White
Decanted for about an hour and drank over the course of about three. The color is a deep amber. Aromas are evolved and tertiary, with lots of honey, toasted almond and deeply bruised orchard fruit. The palate is still lively, with beautiful acidity, and flavors skewing towards citrus (grapefruit pith and orange soda). Sugar has all but resolved. Drank with veal. Delicious.
Red
2010 Fattoria la Ripa Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
In a beautiful place right now.
White
6/24/2019 - jdcarucci wrote:
Not as expressive as I'm had in the past. Perhaps in a bit of a dumb phase?
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White
2014 Carucci Roussanne/Viognier Santa Barbara County White Rhone Blend (view label images)
Beautifully ripe and in a really great place right now. White peach, red apple skin, white florals, sweet meyer lemon, tangerine, honeysuckle and overripe yellow apple. A shocking amount of minerality for a new world wine. Acid is medium low, finish is long, ripe and lush. This is really a delicious, complex wine. Drink it with lobster.
White - Off-dry
Shocking fresh and youthful considering it's 20 years old. Off dry with plenty of supporting acidity. 8.5% alcohol so you can basically double-fist it. Delicious. Drank with sushi. Winner.
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