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2006 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro
4/9/2014 - ach816 Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow, what a wine. Certainly young, but definitely approachable with the right food (think: venison, etc.)

See: medium brick-ruby with slight garnet tones.

Smell: Golden fig, dried strawberry, raspberry, tomato paste, forest floor, molten chocolate, exotic spice, pressed flowers, molasses, barbecue.

Taste: M+ body. M+ acidity, with bracing energy. High tannins, muscular, strapping, yet they some how don't clip the wine. Finish is long and sturdy, with delineated plum, forest floor and mineral notes.

Buy a couple of bottles... Definitely crack one now and let the rest sit for a while.
  • ekenneth commented:

    4/9/14, 5:51 PM - Spot on review! I haven't seen this wine described as well as this before.

1999 Renaissance Cabernet Sauvignon North Yuba
9/22/2010 - salil wrote:
91 points
Crazy stuff. It's hard to place this as a Californian Cabernet with the wild tarry, herbal and faintly oxidative aromatic elements here. With time the oxidative elements clear up and this becomes increasing Northern Italian like, showing ripe fig and red fruited flavours combined with tar, savoury earth and lots of exotic spicy notes. It's remarkably light and elegant in the mouth with really bright acidity that keeps it very fresh and precise, a touch volatile at times but certainly very interesting and fun to follow with time.
  • ekenneth commented:

    9/22/10, 8:44 AM - This is a very spot-on description of this interesting cult (really a cult, not rare and overpriced) Cab from California.

1998 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
8/9/2010 - mike5446g wrote:
97 points
Strong olive on the nose; it makes way for the black pepper, blood, and earth. As much as I try not to use the term, umami is what pops into my head. The fruit here is blue and red - still quite prevalent. It's all golden on the rich, long finish. This is one of my favorite wines. I've had it about eight times in the last three years and it just keeps getting better.
  • ekenneth commented:

    8/11/10, 5:14 AM - I've got a bottle of this that I'd been letting sit, but reading after this review, I'm going to try this soon.

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