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2008 Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano Sangiovese
3/4/2010 - mdstenner wrote:
88 points
The aromas grow richer as the wine opens up, with deep cherry, tobacco, and spicy notes, with a medium-bodied and leathery palate where the fruit plays off the acidity to fine affect. Bone-dry, with rich cherry flavors, and velvetty red fruits. An impressive wine for the money.
  • Bradford commented:

    3/5/10, 2:35 PM - Just picked this up. Do you think it needs a decant? If so, how long?

Red
2007 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Villages Terre d'Argile Red Rhone Blend
2/28/2010 - cmr Likes this wine:
90 points
Very well made and I know with a little more time this will shine even more, but right now its balance is a little out of focus. Great red fruits, good smooth full body and excellent structure.
  • Bradford commented:

    3/4/10, 5:03 PM - I have a couple of these. I loved the '06. How long do you think I should wait before popping one?

Red
2007 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier McLaren Vale Shiraz Blend, Syrah
3/4/2010 - pjaines wrote:
Phew! Tough work. Intense and packed tight with notes of charcoal, violets, blueberries. Incredibly young and quite a big mouth full. After 6 hours in a decanter it does start to reveal some more nuances characteristics but for now this is primary fruit, heat and teeth gripping tannins. A bit like being punched in the mouth for now - needs 5-8 years to calm down.
  • Bradford commented:

    3/4/10, 2:22 PM - I recently opened this, had a similarly "tough" first sip, and then put the cap back on. Three days later I returned and the wine had integrated nicely, and though the ephemeral floral notes on the nose had faded, the palate showed very nice blue and black fruits with a streak of pepper and minerality. Definitely needs time...

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