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Red
12/27/2022 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
92 points
Translucent garnet. Spectacular nose with just-ripe crushed raspberries, red licorice, fennel, and some very-ripe strawberry in the background. Crunchy crab-raspberry fruit. Delicate but really persistent. I imagine this would really be nice in 4-5 years. A recommendation from a top local wine merchant and they were right — very good. Would love to throw this into a blind Burgundy tasting once it has a few years on it. This wine must not be in broad circulation or I imagine it would get more press…. Anyway, very good QPR.
White - Off-dry
9/30/2022 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
94 points
Lemon, cream, honey, pear, crisp apple, light petrol, rich and lithe at the same time. So very tasty. Nice balance of sweet and sour. Worth the wait and certainly upside from here if, as you would expect, more complexity comes with a few more years. Finish is spectacular. No rush here. An absolutely beautiful, somewhat unexpected surprise.
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Red
7/21/2022 - BordeauxNut wrote:
91 points
Second to last bottle from a lot. As good as ever…
White - Fortified
6/11/2022 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
94 points
Love this wine — Briney maritime scents, oyster shells, sea spray, lemon oil, apple skin. Rich and round on the palate with gripping but balanced acidity. Worth a hunt for this — it’s outstanding.
Red
5/13/2022 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
92 points
Big, rich, powerful wine and surprisingly open — on the palate at least. Nose is a little closed with black cherry, wet earth, a whiff of white pepper. Big and juicy on the palate. Surprisingly persistent finish. Maybe a little four square at the moment; confident this should be in a sweet spot in a few years.
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2009 Château Cap de Faugères Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/20/2022 - BordeauxNut wrote:
92 points
Further proof, as if any was needed, that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a great Bordeaux experience. Outstanding and drinking great. Also, contrary to a couple of notes — if this was stored well, there’s no rush — it may still improve a bit.
Red
2005 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2022 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
97 points
Initial pour without decanting shows as an oaky, brutally tannic, linear wine. Decanted 2 hours — the wine opened up. Very dark garnet color with no bricking. Nice nose of tobacco, licorice, dark chocolate, black cherry fruit and a little bit of violet. Very concentrated fruit coming off as crunchy black raspberry fruit. Then, the wall of tannins. Solid finish despite the grip. This continued to improve with air.

Day 2 — Don’t remember the last time I had a wine that was this much better on day 2. Screaming wide open — the angularity from yesterday is totally gone. It’s fresh and crunchy and lush, but with grip. Really a great wine. Spectacular stuff. Best days are ahead, IMO.
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White
2/21/2022 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
95 points
If you have this in your cellar, consider yourself lucky. Tasted like a really, really good mature Puligny 1er. Amazing surprise.
Red
2/18/2022 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
91 points
Really beautiful nose with strawberry and cherry preserves, bit of mint, some white pepper, and rose. Much less fruit forward than the last bottle, but, the tannins and fruit are still in balance. Modest finish — but, a nicely developed wine. Doubt it will get better, I don’t think anyone will regret holding it this long. I liked it a little more when it was packed with fruit a couple of years ago…
Red
11/24/2021 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
93 points
There’s some bias to this note as I love PLL (and Togni, and top Loire Cab Francs). Color is dark for a 19 year old Bordeaux (like so many of the non-‘03 early 2000s BDX). Some garnet forming at the edge. No murkiness as noted in another report below (that’s a sign of a damaged bottle). To me this has the classic PLL profile on the nose — at first some Rhubarb that faded quickly to currant bush, cedar, some green coffee and plummy fruit in the background. Tannins are very fine at this point. Kind of direct but not angular. Some dilution — but, good flavors and a moderately persistent finish. You will not confuse this with the 1982, 1986, 1989, 1996, 2000, or 2001 (which is a major sleeper IMO) — but, it’s a fine bottle of mature Bordeaux. No rush to drink this, IMO. Will be fine and maybe better in 5 years. 1h decant / stored 55 since release.
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2000 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/23/2021 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
93 points
Purchased as a future and stored 55 since. Haven’t had a bottle in several years — very pleasant surprise. Quite dark in color with no bricking. Very assertive on the nose. Not oaky — but plenty of oak-influenced notes — chocolate covered cherries prominent, green coffee beans, with some cigar box, violet, and a whiff of greenness (currant bush) in the background. Moderate finish. Still has a lot of fruit left. Some acidity pokes out a little, but I’m picking nits. It’s likely at peak, but who knows. There’s a lot to like here.
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Red
4/18/2021 - BordeauxNut wrote:
90 points
Stored at 55 degrees since release. Cork was perfect. This bottle had a lot less fruit and power compared to my last a couple of years ago. The volatile note that has always been with this wine is more noticeable, turning even a bit chemical, now that the powerful fruit this wine once had has faded. Still the same prune fruit with herbs and garrigue notes. Actually improved after 3h or so — so, if you have I advise a longer decant than you might guess. I still have a few left — but, if this bottle is any indication, it was better younger. I would resist the temptation to let this hang out a few more years. Will try another soon to confirm...
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Red
4/18/2021 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
92 points
Pretty deep garnet with some brick at the edge. Rich nose with something a little musky, cherry fruit, some herbs, violet and rose. Lots of flavor with a good bit of cherry fruit and some cool menthol. Some tannic structure still there. — a little chunky. Seems to me more like mid-life than fully mature. I think it has room to improve from here. I have a few more and will hold for another 2-3 years.
White
4/13/2021 - BordeauxNut wrote:
92 points
Amazing QPR. Highly recommended.
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Red
4/2/2021 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
95 points
Poured a glass of this after tasting the Asili. Powerful and beautiful nose — something musk-like with licorice, some alcohol — a Cointreau note and lots of cherry fruit. The fruit is riper here with less crunch to it. The alcohol is getting high enough that it washes the fruit out a bit. When I first smelled it, I thought this is going to be the head-and-shoulders winner of the PdB 2016s... the nose is exotic. But, the palate doesn’t live up to the nose for me. The finish is long, and this is early going. If this fleshes out, as one would exect, it will be amazing. Will be interesting to see if this evolves as much as the Ovello did on day two.
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Red
4/2/2021 - BordeauxNut wrote:
96 points
Tons of fruit on the nose. Cranberry, cherry, cherry pit minerality. Some orange rind and a little rose. Very Nebbiolo. It’s a big mouthful of fruit, then quite a wall of tannins. An iron fist in a velvet glove kind of wine. Very long, as has been the case with all of the ‘16 Riservas. Terrific stuff.
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Red
3/26/2021 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
92 points
Couple of things jump out in comparison to the Montestefano — first, there’s some heat on the nose. And, there’s a bit of VA. I can handle both, especially a touch of VA to lift the nose — but, in this case, there’s more heat than I like and the VA seems to just pile on to the heat. Rather than backing it up with powerful fruit, it has that angular profile you can get with the Ovello and the combination is, for me, odd. On the nose, there’s a medicinal quality and some eucalyptus. And, that medicinal quality carries over in the wines flavor profile. If you can handle an abstract reference, there’s a Sean Thackery meets Nebbiolo quality to it. Very good, but I prefer the Montestefano and Montefico so far.
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Red
3/26/2021 - BordeauxNut wrote:
95 points
Less effusive nose than the Montestefano, but with some of the same black walnut note and dark cherry fruit. Some orange peel and white pepper. Understated but very complex. Lacks the heat and volatility of the Ovello. Mouth-coating tannins are more present here. The fruit is really crunchy. Good beginning, middle, and end. Really impressive. I like it about the same as the Montestefano and more than the Ovello. Very much worth seeking out.
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Red
3/23/2021 - BordeauxNut wrote:
95 points
Really opened up over the course of the evening. Floral and pleasantly volatile perfume nose. Good bit of orange peel. Black cherry fruit. Little black walnut in the background. Meaty / chunky mouthfeel without any heaviness. Good grippy structure with both tannin and acidity. Very long finish. More elegant and refined than I remember the 2013 being at this stage. Lots to like here.
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Red
2/13/2021 - BordeauxNut wrote:
88 points
Wow. Oak. Lots of it. I mean lots of oak. Reminds me more of Ribera del Duero than WA Cabernet. Bourbon cask. If you don’t love oak, you probably won’t love this wine.
Red
1996 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2020 - BordeauxNut wrote:
87 points
Cellared since release. 2h decant. Perfectly sound bottle that is what it is. Color is just starting to show some brick. Nose is nice enough. Plum fruit, some cedar, a little spice box. But on the palate, it’s too round, lacking balance. It reminds me a bit of some California Pinots where the fruit takes center stage but the finish lacks any sense of grip to balance it out. Flabby and frankly, kind of boring. I never really cared much for this wine and I’m perfectly happy that this was my last bottle. If you have this sell it. If you insist on drinking it — drink up soon. It has nowhere good to go from here, IMO.
Red
12/12/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
93 points
If there’s a wine that will convince you that 2016 is very special for Nebbiolo in the Langhe, this is it. The wine is $29 of pure joy. Bought a case before I finished the first glass. Like the Bricco delle Viole, this has a beautiful, sweet nose. There’s some hard candy cherry fruit, and a dark tarry note that’s brightened up by violets. It’s quite a mouthful — and the balance of dark cherry fruit and fine grained tannins is really nice. It lacks the concentration and punch of the best 2016s — but, wow, there’s a lot to like here. I really did not expect to like this so much. Highly recommended and I would expect this to really be nice in about 8 to 10 years. There’s definitely a place for wines like this in the cellar.
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Red
12/6/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
91 points
Candied rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb pie, something green close to tarragon, and some baking spice on the nose. On the palate, it’s all about the fruit, closing a little fat and fruity. Some grippy tannins would have really sealed the deal for me. The roundness at the end leaves something missing. That said, it’s very tasty. I’d personally prefer it with a bit more structure, but that’s my preference and I can understand why one might love it just the way it is. Nice wine.
Red
12/5/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted 2h. Quite dark. Fruity black cherry nose with some rose, iron and a little licorice. Juicy cherry fruit on the palate that meets a wall of big, chewy tannins and bright acidity. Like the E. Grasso Ginestra Casa Mate, this is no ballerina. And while not closed, you get the impression there’s more here than it’s showing. Most of the 2016s offer a lot of early pleasure today and are worth trying. Less so this one. If you have it, I’d recommend holding off a while. I expect to like this a lot in a few years. Next bottle 2028.
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Red
12/3/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
96 points
Another great 2016 Barolo. Interesting and masculine nose with black cherry fruit, something a little musky, a bit of camp fire, and some rust. Bit richer than others tasted recently. Huge plum and dark cherry fruit keeps building on a base of stiff tannins and some prickly acidic bite. This is a very juicy wine builds on the palate like a ‘V’ — just growing in volume through a really long finish. Should cellar a very long time. Quite open and interesting. Worth opening soon if you have several bottles but will likely close down given all the structure.
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Red
12/2/2020 - BordeauxNut wrote:
93 points
Garnet color with some brick at the edges. Straightforward nose with black cherry fruit, iron, and a bit of cinnamon hard candy. Crunchy ripe red and black cherry fruit. Good beginning, middle and end to this wine. It ticks all the boxes... but, not super exciting tonight. Happy to have more — we’ll see where it goes. But, if I had to choose...
Red
12/2/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
95 points
Touch murkier garnet color with more brick than the Prapo. A good bit more complex on the nose with a slightly riper feel — dark cherry, plum, some loamy earth, licorice, pine, and orange peel, all lifted by some barely perceptible VA. Another wine that just pops and fans out on the palate. Juicy, super ripe and super fresh at the same time. Such a great combination. Plenty of structure, but like so many of these wines, it’s just buried in fruit at this stage. Long and powerful finish. If you have this one, open a bottle. It’s super tasty tonight. Terrific QPR here. Very highly recommended.
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Red
11/29/2020 - BordeauxNut wrote:
98 points
This wine is wide open today... Big and sweet nose with violets, dark and red cherry fruit, and a bit of pine. I’ve only had a few of these young and this is the sweetest and roundest I can remember. Explosive cherry fruit bomb of a wine — similar in its style to what’s noted above for the Via Nuova, a rich concentrated confit like quality that is at the same time very crunchy. There’s a big structure built on powdery tannins — but, it’s just buried by the fruit today. Spectacular stuff and, along with the Cogno Ravera, my favorite 2016 so far. Highly recommended.
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Red
11/29/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
94 points
On the nose, the oak is noticeable and takes you vaguely toward a Pomerol or a very toned down version of a top Ribera del Duero (gasp). Besides a bit of oak spice, there’s plummy fruit on the nose — but, really, few of the Nebbiolo superlatives are to be found here. I would not have guessed this to be Barolo on the nose. Palate is a bit of a paradox — really confit red plum and dark cherry fruit flavors that are at the same time very fresh and crunchy. Light and at the same time quite concentrated. Tannins ultimately clamp down on the longish finish. Quite open for business. Very, very tasty. This girl might be even more beautiful without the make-up...
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Red
11/25/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
98 points
Tasted this next to the ‘16 Cascina Nuova from last night for comparison (which was under argon). Very similar on the nose. The Ravera starts off with a good bit of sulfur. Hard cherry candy, cinnamon, some rose, white pepper, and something faintly green. Just explosive on the palate — the interplay of crunchy red raspberry and cherry, juicy acidity, and powdery tannins give a real sense of energy. Very persistent finish. Mid-weight but an absolute mouthful of delishousness. I would expect this to shut down soon. A favorite from the vintage so far. Spectacular juice and very highly recommended.
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White
11/25/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
88 points
Recent notes suggest this is on the slide and I haven’t had a bottle in a couple of years. Fearing the worst, I was pleasantly surprised to find out this bottle (at least) was just fine. The green tinge is definitely gone from the color, but it’s still healthy looking. Mineral driven nose with some oyster shell and a bit of lanolin over some pear notes. While at first flabby, some grip emerged the longer it sat in the glass. Based on all of the other comments, I’ll be putting the remaining few bottles in heavy rotation.
Red
11/24/2020 - BordeauxNut wrote:
85 points
Cellared since release. Last bottle — haven’t had it in a few years. Much better younger, IMO, when it had some grip. Rhône-ish nose, fruit is fading, finish is short. Lacks grip — just a bit too round for my taste, particularly given the fact that the punch-you-in-the-face fruit is all but gone.
Red
11/24/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
88 points
Pretty floral bright red fruit nose. Reminds me a little of a ripe Morgon. Love the nose. Very soft palate. Some bitterness. Finishes short. Very nice but fairly simple wine. A- on the nose. B- on the palate. It’s the kind of wine you might be excited to get in some Taverna but from your cellar, eh.
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Red
A wine you can smell before the glass leaves the table. Candied cherry, cinnamon, some orange peel, bit of licorice and some pleasant greenness. Beautiful nose. Taut cherry fruit is obscured a bit by the typical ripe powdery-textured tannins you get on the ‘16s. A bit wound up, but so much to like here. Did I say it has a beautiful nose? Highly recommend. Can’t wait to try the Ravera...
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Red
11/18/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
90 points
Stranded bottle from a cellar reorganization, so I pulled it despite thinking it would likely be shut down. Very pleasant surprise — it’s quite open on the nose with some rose and dried flowers, tart cherries and cherry pits. Light but persistent. Less fruit and more grip than the 2016s I’ve been drinking lately. This should put on a little weight and richness with some age and turn out quite good. 90 today and better in five or six years.
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Red
11/17/2020 - BordeauxNut wrote:
93 points
Very interesting nose — some cumin seed, chocolate, bit of coffee, and black fruits. Ripe and round, the fruit is just starting to recede. Still fairly lush and juicy, but better a couple of years ago. Nice finish — very enjoyable.
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Red
2002 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
91 points
Very dark color, like most of the Left Bank 2002s. Perfumed nose — beautiful cool vintage Cabernet with some currant bush and blackberry. Bit of cigar box. Very flavorsome and elegant. A bit light weight with some dilution in the long finish. Elegant Leoville Barton — there’s a lot to like.
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Red
11/15/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
96 points
Last bottle from a case. It was really irresistible in its youth. This may have been the best bottle and notes suggesting this is deteriorating are misleading based on this bottle. This bottle had several years left. 3h decant. Beautifully aromatic with pipe tobacco, a smokiness, some clove, roasted plums and dried fruits. Rich, deeply fruited with a long finish. This is why you age wine. Terrific.
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Red
11/14/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
95 points
Huge nose from the decanter while pouring. After an hour decanted — Very complex, sweet and lifted nose with cherries, some thyme, and something verging on baking spice. Plenty of fruit covering powdery tannins — everything in nice balance. Juicy and crunchy wine. Multidimensional is a good word for this. Very good. Classic iron fist in a velvet glove kind of wine. A keeper.
Red
11/12/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
92 points
Some sulfur to blow off here too. Quiet nose — some tart cherry, a floral note, some orange peel. Interesting on the palate — it’s rounder than many of its peers but not because its riper or richer. Some clove-like spice. Can’t help but think of the 2015 Produttori di Carema Riserva when drinking this wine. Very different from other 2016 Barolo tasted so far — like it. From 375ml
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Red
11/12/2020 - BordeauxNut wrote:
93 points
After being open a couple hours, the sulfur finally blows off. Rusty iron, violet, cinnamon, some hard candy cherry fruit. The longer it sits, the more it opens up. Mid-weight palate — lots of energy with zippy acids and plenty of structure wrapped around a good core of fruit. Powdery, ripe tannins. Really nice balance. Liked this one a lot after it opened up. Really a beautiful wine. Highly recommended.
Red
11/11/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
91 points
I had very low expectations for this. Sois bois, garrigue, black cherry compote nose. Bit of cardomon and five spice. Smoke. Rich and round on the palate. It has put on a good deal of weight since release, when it was very lean and angular. Smoked cherry fruit. Nice finish. No need to wait further here. A pleasant surprise.
Red
11/10/2020 - BordeauxNut wrote:
92 points
Still dark as night. Nose lifted a bit by a little VA. Features black walnut, typical of Rancia, some Luxardo cherries and a hay-like grassy herbal note that I don’t recall seeing in this wine before. Very brooding and masculine, though the tannins have really rounded out. Only moderate length to the finish and an otherwise really nice wine. A Chianti for Montrose lovers. Very good, but not among the best Rancia. From 375ml.
Red
11/8/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
91 points
Lifted nose —some clove, flowery rose, cherry fruit and a little vanilla / oak. Nose is very attractive. Firm and plentiful tannins are fairly dominant over some solid cherry fruit. I can’t help but think I might like this more with a little less apparent oak. Still, very pretty and tasty. Finishes quite long and juicy, like so many 2016 Barolo. At $35 it’s a good value and worth having a few around to see how it evolves relative to other 2016 normales.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
11/7/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
93 points
Color is heading toward an orange tinged gold. Darker today than the 2001 and lighter than most of my 2003s. As big a nose as you would expect — burnt toffee, apple butter, apricot, orange blossom honey, and marzipan. Heady stuff. Rich and long and retaining a nice acid spine. Good length. Nice showing. Not a great Climens, but very good and a joy to drink.
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Red
11/6/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
93 points
A shade or two darker than most 2016 Barolos and Barbarescos to date. Savory and lifted (faint VA and alcohol) nose here with some five-spice, black cherry fruit, and orange peel. Vaguely Southern Rhonish in some respects. Bit of oak evident but not obtrusive. Lush mouthfeel supported by powdery tannins. Long finish. Solid (and very tasty) wine that continued to flesh out with air. Today, I prefer the Ovello and the even more elegant Poderi Colla Roncagalie to this — but, there’s defintely no shortage of good material here and this is fleshier than either — so who knows where it will be in 8 - 10 years. At $50 it’s a solid value. Recommended.
Red
11/3/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
92 points
Much more mineral-driven nose compared to the other 2016 F. Alessandrias. Some sweet red cherry fruit and a bit of lavender. Another big mouthful of Barolo... roundest and perhaps least complex of the four Alessandrias today. Very clean though, with lots of fruit that’s nicely balanced out by good grippy tannins but notably less acidity than its stablemates. Early days, but this may be my least favorite of the four. However, I still think it’s an outstanding wine and who knows what the future holds? A good start and happy to follow this one over time.
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Red
11/2/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
95 points
Very similar to the normale — but notably deeper and slightly darker fruit. This is a powerful wine. Perfect blend of richness and structure. Long finish. One of the better 2016s I’ve tried so far. Highly recommended.
Red
11/2/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
93 points
Soaring floral nose with some blood orange, white pepper and pomegranate in the background. Mouth-filling, some richness brought into balance with grip and crisp acids underneath all the fresh fruity goodness. Love it.
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Red
11/2/2020 - BordeauxNut Likes this wine:
93 points
This is the first 2016 Barolo I’ve had where there’s been a distinct green note on the nose. My wife called it wheatgrass. It’s close to currant leaf for me — but, it’s definitely green. Also shows some bright cherry fruit, toasted star anise, and maybe some faint brett? Very complex nose. Mid-weight palate is tight — pomegranate and tart cherry fruit wrapped up in highest acidity with a really firm tannic backbone. If you’re looking for a rich, sensuous 2016 Barolo, like some of the P. Scavino wines, this isn’t it. But there’s something really interesting about this. I’ll bet this wine will be crazy aromatic when it matures. If the fruit fills out, it will be an epic value. Worth a bet for sure.
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