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Tasting Notes for ShakinSwedens

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Red
1/27/2022 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
Bought as a cellar defender, this was really decent value for what I paid. Persistent and inescapable rich perfume on the nose, full ripe fruited body for a red burg, and decent length. This punches well above its level.
Red
Really great Langhe Nebb. This needed half an hour of air to unwind and fill out past the acidity and then it was singing. It has some developed notes and the aromas and perfume on the nose had that balsamic note that Nebbiolo takes on with bottle age. Plenty of fruit and sticky tannin as well as a moreish acidity. A lot to enjoy here- fantastic price/ quality ratio.
Red
We drank this alongside a bottle of 2009 Vina Tondonia and they were surprisingly similar. This bottle had slightly more secondary notes, and was a fraction more rustic in it's tannin structure. Excellent value, super fruit, structure and finish. Worth seeking out and likely to be drinking well for a another couple of years.
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Red
An immensely satisfying and pleasurable bottle. Lionel and Andrea work magic- super stuff!
Red
1/12/2022 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
First bottle of my 2022 New Years resolution to delve into Spanish reds and non-Italian red varietals. Drank over 3 days. On opening, overwhelmingly dominated by oak, on the nose with toasted smokiness and on the palate - vanilla strong over the fruit. On day two the fruit has asserted itself, cherry plum, fresh acidity balancing up to the wood influence, vanilla not strong at all- much more gluggable for my tastes. On day three there’s a sense of what development may bring, softened but still present tannins, still lively acidity, fruit slightly softening towards damsons and a gentle balsamic note on the nose.
This has stuffing and is clearly very young. 14% with good structure- will try my next bottle in 2024 but suspect it’ll take longer than that for the oak to integrate.
Red
Light and fresh with a floral nose and even a floral palate- where rose water was a key descriptor along with the tart red berries and relatively mild tannins for a Langhe Nebbiolo. Decent QPR
Edit- came back to vacuvined bottle on day 3 and all the fresh floral notes remain with added depth and roundness on the palate. This will certainly improve with a couple of years bottle age- very well made.
White
12/25/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
Excellent pairing with seared scallops and green apple salad- lots of complementary notes and acidity. I love this wine with seafood!
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Red
Very elegant expression of Nebbiolo, with very integrated tannins, no discernible wood influence, roses, berry and stone fruits and a long finish. 13,5% alcohol, a tiny biodynamic funk on the nose on opening. Silky smooth mouthfeel and that typical Roagna precision. This is currently understated, poised and fresh- not necessarily “wow” but impossible to find any fault with. Keen to understand what more age will bring in terms of complexity - next one in 5 years.
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Red
Excellent- pop and pour in a restaurant- better after 45 mins but great throughout. The last of my case, and I’m sad to have finished these. There was considerable bottle variation within the case but this was one of the least developed with loads of bramble dark fruit, soft tannins, lively acidity and a great nose.
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Red
Xmas day
Still my favourite bottle of wine! Audozed for 6 hours- but kept developing over 2 hours in the glass, especially the nose. Floral perfumed beauty on the nose, the palate revealed cherries, balsamic, hints of menthol, blood orange pith, camphor. Engaging and invigorating acidity, mouth filling tannins and mouth coating harmonious sapid silk. Perfect with roast duck. Not a bottle I can really afford but planning to make this a Christmas Day tradition for as long as I can. Makes a special day as special as it can be!
White
Fresh lifted white flowers nose kissed by oak, honeyed saline palate with notes of hazelnut, butterscotch, buttery brioche and long long finish- 45 secs plus.
As it opens more the palate shows an even more saline mineral character and oyster shells through to that long finish. Obviously very young- this is set for greatness with additional bottle aging.
Red
12/18/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
A lot to enjoy here- a pretty and pure red berried and quite light Nebbiolo on day one, we skipped day two and on day 3 the palate has filled out and there is a silky depth and opulence that’s always kept fresh and lively by the puckering tannins and sheer juiciness. Super nose throughout. 4th of 12 bottles- this one the best so far.
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Red
Just as fresh, sprizty and refreshing as ever, no signs of tiring of even of any development. The window on this bottling can confidently be extended. Sadly this the last of my case.
Red
Lovely nose on opening- first impression on the palate was an appassimento note within the rich fruit and a touch of alcohol heat. These blew off mainly with time. Rich, ripe, complex fruit, enjoyably subtle and integrated structure. Signs of how much more I would enjoy this bottle with another 4-5 years in the bottle when this is likely to be truly great.
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Red
Excellent Nebbiolo! Elegant and refined with a good note of development that I found entirely satisfying. A look through older vintages here on CT shows bottles 30 years older than this one still drinking well and I can believe it.
Better than a great many Barolos and Barbarescos I have drunk, but of course having that more elegant linear profile from Alto Piemonte. Highly recommended - drink if you like your Nebbiolo fresh with fruit notes but some balsam and tar development. Hold if you can resist- feels like there’s a ton of upside!
Red
11/27/2021 - ShakinSwedens Likes this wine:
90 points
Very similar to the last note except the aromatic qualities were clearer after a few hours of the bottle being open, some lavender and tomato leaf to balance the anise-like notes and dried fruits. Seeing it come alive so much more at the 2-3 hour mark I’d recommend a decant for drinking in company- and to separate from sediment, which was considerable. Fruit day.
Red
11/27/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
Really great after a light decant for sediment and an hour of opening up. Aromatic, a little funk, berry brightness, involving acidity and a long spiced finish. Plenty left in the tank but super tonight! Fruit day.
Red
Tasted at the winery- this lived up to it's burgeoning reputation. A classic barolo with excellent structure but soft approachable tannins. The depth of flavour was quite tightly coiled but opened with air and shows great promise for the future. Plenty of varied aromatic notes and barolo typicity. This can be drunk young but I suspect it will be phenomenal in another 10 years or so.
Red
11/21/2021 - ShakinSwedens Likes this wine:
95 points
Silky smooth with great perfume, poise and resolution. The balsamic and other tertiary notes combined with still present but soft tannins to be the perfect accompaniment to a wonderful savoury offering at Massimo Camia. Having walked in Le Brunate in the morning of this meal, there was a great sense of place to the bottle, and the glory of a fully mature (for my tastes) bottle was here throughout. Interestingly it was ready to go upon opening and didn’t evolve very much over the 3 hours we drank it.
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Red
11/20/2021 - ShakinSwedens Likes this wine:
94 points
One of the finest glasses of our 4 days in Le Langhe. Really enjoyed the mature dark and brooding Barolo. The perfume, aromatic balsamic notes and silky texture were a highlight of the fantastic tasting we had at the winery with Sergio to discover the E. Molino wines, which were also fantastic. What a bit of luck that this was open and available for us to sample at the same time. Memorable.
Red
11/22/2021 - ShakinSwedens Likes this wine:
97 points
Tasted at the winery after the 2017 baroli- a revelation! Stunningly complete from nose to finish with a complex rich and fulfilling mid palate. I’m discovering that 9-15 years from harvest is where I most enjoy “mature” Barolo. Certainly this isn’t overly tertiary but it is a fully resolved perfumed and complex Barolo with a full body and so much to enjoy. We poured with Coravin which threw a lot of sediment.
Red
11/22/2021 - ShakinSwedens Likes this wine:
98 points
Sublime! The nose was the height of Barolo perfume perfection from pour to finish 3 hours later. Ready from opening this was my first Rinaldi and the only possible comparison is with Mascarello Bartolo. The precision of the fruit, the sensation of the tannins, the poise elegance and thrust all perfect but secondary to that nose! A wow wine In every sense- this the last bottle of a 4 day trip to le langhe and it’s on a different level.
Red
Vino Biologico 100% tasted at “Le Vigne Bio” in La Morra after their Barolo 2016. This immediately more approachable, notes of liquorice and spice on the nose, oodles of complexity on the palate and a sapidity (and relative lack of green whole bunch notes compared to the 2016 Classico). This has the acid, tannins and fruit to go the long haul and certainly will be very special in another 5 years.
Red
11/19/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
Lovely young Barolo with soft sandlewood note on the nose to complement the florals, decent heft for its youth and a some lovely red berry fruit mid palate. Drunk from half-bottle at La Cantinetta in Barolo- went perfectly with their veal tartar and risotto Ai funghi porcini.
Red
This was immediately open for business on opening and elicited a little “wow” from us on first sip. Much more body than the younger iterations of this wine I’d tried before. All the joy of a fully ripe and ready Barolo- joyful fruit running through the dark spectrum, tannins so silky on approach but lingering on the finish. Wonderful example of how good barolo can be when at the right age. Delicious!
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Red
11/8/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
Lifted elegant and light Barolo- la morra femininity with a gentle floral nose, medium body and some nice red fruit and goudron notes. Lovely toothsome tannins that softened with food. Drunk over 2 days- air definitely improved it but possibly also day 1 being “leaf” and day 2 being “fruit” on the biodynamic calendar. Despite all the positives of the development, I can’t help thinking something was being held back- or some element was not showing as well as it should. Good, enjoyable, but not memorable. Probably entering the tunnel as so many ‘16s are at the moment.
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Red
11/1/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
Held up well over two days- drier tannins towards the end being the only downside I experienced. Great quality price ratio, typical NSG bouquet described very well in the notes below- I noted additionally gentle touches of girolle mushroom on day one and some soft leather on day two. Complex for its level- this is a well made wine at the perfect stage of evolution for my tastes.
Red
Out for lunch with old friends at a pub with an uncommonly well-priced good quality wine list. We ended up having two of these beauties! This is a wine you’d want for Christmas, beautiful, full, spiced and pine cone fresh. I love Barbera but can’t think of any other bottling I’d describe as epic! 15.5% with masculine heft but a dancer’s spritely gait.
Always hard to separate the qualities of a great bottle when you’re in a setting that also stirs your emotions but for today this stands as my favourite ever Barbera! Just stunning.
Agree with the comment below that this is a more exciting Barbera than Giacomo Conterno’s Francia.
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Red
10/18/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
Wound really tight, even on the third day it wasn’t showing a lot. Felt shut down. On day one the nose was muted but there were some violets and even a touch of menthol through the veil. On day two it even felt a little dilute. On day 3 with bavette and chilli jam it finally gave some depth, a little tar and dark fruit came through. Just not giving, but wouldn’t be surprised if this emerges from its cocoon to be a beautiful complex Barolo in a number of years. Needs lots of time to emerge from its introspection.
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Orange
2012 Gravner Ribolla Venezia Giulia IGT Ribolla Gialla (view label images)
I don’t think I like orange wines. I'm pretty sure I don’t like white wine served warm. I loved this though! Extraordinary glass that paired amazingly with braised octopus and aioli. There’s a ferrous undertow, and a tannic grip that complement the linear white grape characteristics and the slightly warmer serving allowed the subtle aromas to fully come through on the nose. I need to try more from this producer!
Red
Very enjoyable good value young Barolo from a producer I hadn’t encountered before. Drunk over 2 leaf dayS. Crystalline ruby appearance, relatively restrained perfume, racy red berries, cranberries, huge but enjoyably grippy tannins and a body that developed over the two days to fill out and balance the fruit acid and tannins. Relatively long finish. Drinking like the female counterpart to Massolino’s Barolo Classico. Great QPR- will be interesting to try other vintages as 2016s are a sure thing from every producer.
Red
9/30/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
Hadn’t tried any of the reds from my 2019 MH delivery yet- the whites have been tremendous so far and I thought I had the willpower to let the reds age. Opened this on a whim and on day one it was far too young- good but all potential- “I told you so” to my terrible willpower.
On day two however the elements have balanced into a harmonious whole and it’s clear this is going to outshine the previous vintages of this bottling. The new barrel spice from the first day has mellowed and blended into the whole and the fruit purity is on song. Definitely one to hold for a few years to see that potential fulfilled on opening.
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Red
This bottle was perfectly on song, cigar box, dark berry, gentle cedar note on a long finish, fresh profile throughout and fully integrated wood. Just enough tannin to prefer a bite to go with but also good on its own despite the high (14%) alcohol. Glad the last one was just an off bottle rather than a sudden decline overall.
White
Richer, with more pronounced body and clearer wood influence (notes of vanilla particularly) than previously noted below, could be the contrast with a much leaner acid driven Italian white we had the same night, could be the wine taking on more body and complexity with evolution in the bottle? Still delicious and a great wine for its level and price.
White
Pale yellow in colour, fresh citrus inflected nose, high zippy acidity with lots of lemon note, zest but not pith. Good structure with more depth than many falanghinas I have tried. In all refreshing, linear and an excellent accompaniment to shellfish.
Red
9/23/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
The 3rd of my bottles and for me we have now arrived at the start of the drinking window. Tannins acid and fruit all in beautiful balance, some deeper tar notes and tiny balsamic tinge. A fresh and fruity delight of a wine.
Edit- we saved half the bottle and finished it on the third day- if anything the wine improved, smoothing out the tannins to velvet and giving goudron depth to the mid-palate. Definitely significant upside to come.
Red
Really lovely, an elegant expression of Barbera, only 13.5% with a big nose but more linear profile and less fruit forward than many Barberas. Typical Roagna precision.
Red
Enjoyable brunello with decent complexity- fruit forward with integrated oak. Pronounced tannins, and dried herbs and tomato leaf touches to the dark fruit. Should keep improving for a good few years but quite acceptable to open now with food.
White
Dry as a bone, linear and persistent. Acid driven with a citrus core that filled out after being open an hour or so. Great accompaniment to seafood with wonderful freshness and minerality.
Red
I absolutely adore this Barolo. The 15 remains approachable- no signs of closing down. Super!
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Red
The earthy aged notes on this lift it beyond where it started life, some enjoyable liquorice in amongst the drying fruit and smooth mouthfeel. Still a little chewiness which made it very food friendly. This was enjoyed by all at the table without setting off any fireworks.
Red
8/20/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
This bottle showing lots of tertiary character- funk animale, saddle leather and forest floor. Took hours for the fruit to reappear and balance the palate- when it did cherries with damson undertone shone through brightly. This particular bottle slightly too evolved for me but more harmonious and true to its positive characteristics with time as the acidity rounded out with air. Chiara loved it from the outset though! Paired with rib eye and I wish I’d had the courage to open it 6 hours before rather than just 2.
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Red
Opened 6 hours before drinking- looking at my previous note this bottle is significantly more evolved. Following a joyful vibrant and much younger Barbaresco riserva it felt over the hill until paired with Langres cheese and then it was perfect! Plums, mulberry soup, lovely nose and integrated tannins, evolved finish that needed the cheese course to make the medierà notes a plus. And they were!
Red
Still young- not excessively but has years and years ahead. I love the floral nose aggressive tannin and red berry fruit- this is the Nebbiolo I fell in love with the first time I visited Le Langhe. Classic and lush!
Red
Really surprised by how evolved this bottle was- some of the tertiary notes were bordering on oxidised. I thought the last bottles I tried had years left in them. Was ok with beef, excellent with cheese. If this wasn't just a randomly aged bottle it's time to polish these off.
Red
This was really good value- a floral nose with violets, red berry fruit, fresh acidity and stem influence within the fruit. Some mild tannins giving grip but quaffable without food too. This a great everyday drop.
Red
Juicy and delicious with acidity that paired perfectly with Bucatini Al’Amatriciana. Fruit day. Really great drop for the price- hard to stop refilling the glass!
Red
2014 Jean-Michel Guillon Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
7/24/2021 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
Sensational, crunchy, ever so slightly candied red berry fruit, this enters the tongue with a tiny spritz and goes through with a long long slightly saline finish. Wasn’t expecting such a bright, lively energetic wine after drinking the same producer’s GC VV last night, which was a serious brooding cuvée. A lovely drop, paired with Tomahawk steak, and Chaource to follow.
Red
Quite a serious GC- Smokey nose, deep burgundy red colour, full-bodied with blueberries, damsons and a dark brooding personality. Not tight or closed in any way- very enjoyable.
White
Very nice light white burgundy- pale straw colour, fragrant honeysuckle, a little struck match and very gentle beeswax nose, refreshing yellow apple and star fruit on the mid palate and quite persistent finish. Glad this was recommended to me- great value and will go through the rest of the case with ease!
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