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White
2012 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
8/3/2017 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautifully balanced, soft structure, warm finish, nose of honey, white flowers, a bit of stone fruit and grass.
  • Anonymous commented:

    2/8/20, 8:32 PM - Looking forward!

Red
2013 Luigi Baudana Barolo Baudana Nebbiolo
1/4/2020 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
92 points
Very well made by Vajra from a plot acquired from Baudana. Lovely sweet fruit, well-structured with fine tannins. Lively in the mouth. Will improve with more age, but fun to drink now.
  • Anonymous commented:

    1/6/20, 7:22 PM - Could be - we did not decant at all until service. Will improve, for sure.

Red
2017 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Zaccharie Gamay
12/27/2019 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful. Love this old vine Gamay. Rusticity done right. Grainy tannins, dark, dense fruit that shows very clear, perfect with roast duck.
  • Anonymous commented:

    12/27/19, 5:59 PM - In 5 years it will be amazing.

Red
2001 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc Nebbiolo
10/6/2019 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
My reactions to Scavino are always complicated. These are often fabulous wines, great structure, pure, clear fruit, depth, tannin, mouthfeel. But you have to take them for what they are. If I judged them again classic Barolo criteria, I'd be more critical. But they are great to drink. I thought about selling them off as my tastes changed toward the traditional, but I'm glad I didn't. Digging into them has given me a chance to appreciate them for what they are.
  • Anonymous commented:

    10/6/19, 6:50 PM - That's what I understand, but it's been a long time since I've bought any. Maybe time to try again.

Red
1990 Vietti Barolo Brunate Nebbiolo
12/28/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful Barolo, drinking close to peak now but with many more years ahead of it. Double decanted at 10 am for 8 pm dinner. Silky, plush, with resolved tannins and lovely fruit. Strong finish.
  • Anonymous commented:

    4/25/19, 10:34 AM - Thanks for the comment. I would treat the wine the same today. Maybe cut the period of slow-o by a couple of hours, depending on how it tasted on opening. Good luck!

Red
2016 G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
I had this at a tasting and bought a bottle. I didn’t like it at a party. Don’t know if it was my mood or what.
  • Anonymous commented:

    8/23/18, 6:11 AM - Agree with first comment. "In a bad mood" is not a valid basis for rating a wine.

White
2001 Chateau Musar Blanc Bekaa Valley White Blend
7/1/2017 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
91 points
Quite lovely. No sense of where this wine is on its aging curve, but very good with Vietnamese food at Doi Moi in DC. Softer, very rich with light citrus and floral notes. Well balanced. Lovely mouthfeel. Clean finish. Not at all oxidized. Still has years ahead of it.
  • Anonymous commented:

    8/15/17, 11:55 PM - Clearly, we need to be drinking more of the Musar Blanc. Will be curious to try older vintages.

Red
1982 Cantine Sebaste Barolo Riserva Bussia Nebbiolo
1/2/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow. What a wine. I am not that familiar this producer, but the 82 riserva hit it out of the park. At peak. Resolved tannins, fabulous structure, clear, densely layered fruit. Dark plum color. Would add more of this to the cellar any time I could find well-stored bottles.
  • Anonymous commented:

    3/27/17, 5:43 PM - Yes, mature. At that age, bottle variation is to be expected, and I'd encourage you to open one soon to see how it shows. Even older Nebbiolo benefits from a little air time, so pulling the cork 6 hours before pouring might help.

Red
2006 Lorenzo Accomasso Barolo Riserva Rocche Nebbiolo
6/4/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
92 points
Not easy to find these wines in the US. AG does not review them. He finds that they are not well made. I can't speak to the cellar conditions or winemaking, but the results are more interesting and impressive than I might have thought from AG's views of the wines. Too young and slow o'd for 4 hours, the wine is soft ruby in color, with a classic Barolo nose and profile: sour cherry, some spice mixed with earth and tobacco and tar. Needs a decade, and should improve with time.
  • Anonymous commented:

    10/24/15, 1:44 PM - Chaz,
    I bought some bottles in Europe. I've stopped looking for them in the US.

Red
2004 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia
5/23/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
The best bottle I've had yet. Quite something to think that a 10-year old Barbera is showing better now than it did 5 years ago. Sour cherry fruit, dense tannins, fabulous grip, but beautiful balance, as well. Great.
  • Anonymous commented:

    5/24/14, 1:28 PM - Bob,
    This is by far the best bottle I've had yet. In mag, you can easily give it another 2-5 years. It will hold for another decade even in 750s, but whether it will improve depends on your personal preferences. I enjoy it at this stage. No longer primary, but with fruit that is still very fresh. I should have 2 more in the cellar somewhere. I won't rush to open them, but see no reason to let them age too much more.

Red
1990 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola Sangiovese
7/4/2012 - Chateaunewf wrote:
92 points
Beautiful mature supertuscan. Nicely balanced with classic Tuscan earthiness. The Cabernet componet has been nicely integrated after two decades in bottle.
  • Anonymous commented:

    10/31/13, 5:34 PM - Cabernet? This is 100% Sangiovese, no?

Red
1990 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra Nebbiolo
4/9/2013 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
Fabulous, no where near full maturity. Rich nose full of spice and bright fruit, lovely balance and structure. Just a great showing for this wine.
  • Anonymous commented:

    4/20/13, 10:31 AM - Jeff - thanks. I'm a big fan of Clerico, both 89 and 90. I will be on the lookout for the 93. I've had some wonderful 93s, including a Marcarini La Serra that was delicious.

Red
2000 Podere Il Carnasciale Il Caberlot Toscana IGT
7/11/2009 - Anonymous wrote:
Kelly's TN and score are right on target. This may be a second wine, but it holds its own against many a first wine. Deep purple garnet, plush mouthfeel, lovely crushed black berry fruit with good backbone.
  • Anonymous commented:

    2/8/13, 7:06 PM - Ken, thanks for the note. Since mine seems to have been written almost 4 years ago, I'm not sure whether I just mistakenly identified the Caberlot as Il Carnasciale, or not. I know the wines well, have been to tiny mountaintop estate to taste with Bettina (if I am recalling the owner's name properly), and own most vintages of Caberlot from 97 - 2004. I pick up Il Carnasciale when I can, now drinking the 05, which I'm enjoying a lot.

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