April 6, 2019 - Hm. Had this in my wine fridge but somehow didn’t have it in CT. Anywho...
PnP, consumed over two nights. Beautiful aromatics on initial pour, but a bit tight and tannic on the palate. Definitely needed air, with the final glass on night two being the best. Hope I have more of these that I didn’t log....
March 16, 2019 - Decanted for 2 hours and paired with grilled NY Strips. Black in the glass - gorgeous nose - rock, blackberry, black licorice, iron and dark soil(?).
On palate, more subdued flavor profile than the nose - medium+ body, medium+ acidity and medium tannins (not as tannic as I would have expected). Flavor profile of blackberry, black currants, black cherry.
I love this wine. 93-94 range.
February 23, 2019 - This is a big boy, super ripe, layered and dense. Killer red sauce pasta wine. No subtlety here
February 6, 2019 - Pop and pour. Smoothly rustic. ripe Aglianico with the pizza-herb notes found in some Chiantis but very round fruit on the palate. Nice little wine from Garagiste but not really a bargain at $50.
January 27, 2019 - Not a focused tasting, but here are some thoughts from the table: Coffee, chocolate, dried cranberries, saladitos, white pepper, blueberries, ketchup; degraded tannins, concentrated salty tomato, mapo tofu, umami, corroded battery; good now but better in 10 years, excellent with Amy’s brownies.
January 12, 2019 - Not thrilled, seemed heavily extracted and a bit pruney. Possibly a cooked bottle as the fruits seemed slightly stewed.
January 8, 2019 - Tasted double-blind. Distinctive savory elements stood out on the bouquet and palate. Mincemeat, truffle, sous-bois, and smokehouse, for example, along with smoking sweet pipe tobacco and black farm soil. All these elements convey a sense of density. For whatever reason, on this day, or with this bottle, I did not find ash and white pepper, which would have put my mind to volcanic provenance. Also noteworthy, by Aglianico standards, even at 80 percent of the blend, this is not a particularly tannic wine. Rather the savory essences and textural weight suggest a south of France blend, particularly Syrah based, such as many Minervois La Livinière offerings. Still evolving and also strikingly approachable, likely on account of overall ripeness. For this reason, I would not hold bottles beyond 2025-2028. Interesting and delicious! 92-93.
December 16, 2018 - too young to open but could not wait
it remains all about the volcano
September 27, 2018 - Appena aperto, grandi presagi.
Dopo un po' si appiattisce per poi riprendersi mezz'ora dopo.
Diventa un po' facilone il giorno dopo.
Una bella esperienza comunque.
June 14, 2018 - Still quite young, needed 45 mins for tannins to integrate. Terrific complexity after that.