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Red
2011 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Francia Nebbiolo
10/30/2020 - dagij Likes this wine:
88 points
In a tasting of Barolos from B. Giacosa, G. Mascarello, A. Conterno, G. Conterno, Roagna, Anselma, and more. Light brown-red. Nose dominated by a sour tone a-la red currant and red cherries, but also with notes of dry wood, licorice and some vanilla. Medium bodied attack, fresh/acid fruit like red currant on the mid palate. Next the quite brutal tannins kick in, overwhelming the fresh fruit. The aftertaste is dry and tannic, with a stinging acidity, and a fruit that seems to be on another track. This is a wine that just isn't joined up. All the single parts are impressive, but the totality is not.
  • sburtt commented:

    11/17/20, 10:44 AM - Sounds like you might have had a sneaky cork issue

  • sburtt commented:

    11/24/20, 2:00 PM - sneaky cork = very low level of TCA that is not perceivable as you normally think of TCA but it still affects negatively the bottle by drying the palate and flattering the nose, it is quite common unfortunately, also when corks are guaranteed due to a check by a professional

Red
2016 Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese
6/21/2019 - grapenomad wrote:
76 points
Only by the pale color and rustic Italian typicity can one recognize that this is Sangiovese. Everything else? A disaster. Sweet, overripe fruit on the nose, Primitivo-style - blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry. I can't begin to describe how sweet this fruit is. Not cooked, not oxidized, but just disgustingly sweet. Alcohol is 14%, but tastes like 15.5%. Do I have to mention that it's unbalanced? Acidity is losing every battle here. Short finish, nothing. Easily one of the worst wines I've tasted this year. The sad thing is that this producer's Brunello is flawless (at least the ones from 2010 and 2011). What the hell happened here?
  • sburtt commented:

    4/10/20, 2:02 PM - I had a 2015 tonight and think it was one of the best rosso di montalcino in memory, even better than 2013 pian del'ornino that is awsome. Re your experience, I think you might have got an off bottle, give it another chance, maybe try 2015. Even though 2016 should be more on the elegant side, and have more acidity, less PH I would guess. Anyhow.. happens to open an off bottle

Red
1999 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
8/1/2019 - Rani wrote:
90 points
Tasted blind. In a weird place right now. Nose is very fruit forward Palate is dusty and rather simple. I think it needs a few more years.
  • sburtt commented:

    1/23/20, 11:01 AM - you might have had an odd bottle.. what do you mean by fruit forward on a 20 year old bottle?

Red
2006 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie Sangiovese
12/23/2017 - refugio48 Likes this wine:
88 points
PNP. Seemed tight. Tannic. Very dry. Dark inky color. Not our fav. However was better the second night. Maybe it just needed more air. Two more in the Cellar. Will let them lay for a couple more years.
  • sburtt commented:

    10/20/19, 12:52 PM - I suspect your cork could have been defected, specially if you find this bottle excessively dry this could be cork TCA at a level human nose can not perceive but that flatters the wine and makes the tannin super dry, unfortunately it happens very often, this is a huge problem with corks

  • sburtt commented:

    10/21/19, 10:48 PM - Neither did I until I quit my job a few months back to start making wine. Apparently corks are a huge problem afecting many more bottles than the ones you can effectively detect as flawed by using your nose, immagine how painful it must be for a producer, as the problem is sneaky. It happens more on larger formats, 3L up as the cork must come from the bottom of the tree causing higher percentage of issues

Red
2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti) Nebbiolo
3/3/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
flawed
Oxidized.
  • sburtt commented:

    3/8/19, 1:10 AM - shame, i had this recently and it was trully outstanding

Red
2008 Oddero Barolo Brunate Nebbiolo
2/16/2019 - SARED Likes this wine:
93 points
More fruit forward (raspberry) and significant dill than I recall in my last note. But texture is still light and a dance in the mouth.. dark power on a light frame.
  • sburtt commented:

    3/6/19, 11:39 PM - I recently tried the single vineyard cru's made by Cristina Oddero, both Brunate and Bussia 2012. I think she is making amazing wines now.. maybe something to look more into, similar to Roberto Conterno's hand to some degree.. also using the same botti maker, only a few using this guy in Langhe

White
2008 Domaine François Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnés Sauvignon Blanc
9/24/2017 - drwine2001 wrote:
flawed
Opened because shaggy floating particles noted. Alas, probably fungal contamination-mousy, chemical taste and no texture after straining. Not the first time this has happened with a Cotat from this period, and in fact, I have another bottle of 2005 waiting that looks the same. Not very happy.
  • sburtt commented:

    1/19/19, 4:54 AM - the floating part don't affect the wine, had many bottles like this and they were perfect, it's due to non filtration I think

Red
2011 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo
10/25/2018 - j@$0n p€++y wrote:
89 points
Decanted 30 min. Translucent, orangy brownish rim. At first I thought f**k, smell of VA. But then the first sip confirmed the hot vintage. Shoe polish, brandied, brown sugar, ripe nose. Carries right onto to the delicate, soft palate. Dry, burnt citrus, molasses, dirty tobacco, hints of dark fruit (blackberries, black cherries) but completely overpowered by the ripe vintage which exudes a brandied, brown sugar, walnutty profile. Tannins are fine and soft but the flavors aren't doing it for me. Love me some Bartolo but not in this vintage. Don't see this going anywhere. Drink up or sell.
  • sburtt commented:

    12/14/18, 6:12 AM - I think the 2011 have shut down...i had this in Apr18 and the bottle was singing.. then tried one over the summer and it was completely different, now with the winter they go to sleep.. suggest u try one end of 1Q19 to check as it might surprise you... good luck!

Red
2006 Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino Barolo Riserva Bussia Cascina Dardi Nebbiolo
12/30/2017 - sburtt Likes this wine:
93 points
I had this wine 3 nights in a row. I must say, it's key to make it breath ideally 2 hours or more. Over time it develops in something lovely, sharp and still loads of red fruit at this point, tannins are softening and its very pleasant on the palate. Traditional style barolo, very enjoyable. Overall not breathtaking, but a very well balanced and pleasant wine to have with or without food.
  • sburtt commented:

    12/30/17, 12:59 PM - I think Galloni has the perfect words to describe this wine:"Like all the Fantino wines, the Barolo Riserva starts off a bit rustic and then finds greater finesse with time in the glass. Readers should plan on being patient"

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