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88 Points

Friday, March 19, 2010 - Pinot at Rivoli Restaurant (Rivoli Restaurant (Albany, CA)): Tasted alongside 2006 Kosta Browne Amber Ridge. Quite interesting that if guessing blind, I would have identified the HP Cargasacchi as the Russian River and the KB Amber Ridge as Santa Rita Hills. There was significantly more ripeness and roundness in the KB. Both wines share similar fruit flavors (at times it would have been tough to tell them apart) but where the KB heads in a mouthfilling, candied direction, the Hitching Post Cargasacchi has more green herb and anise undertones -- flavors I tend to associate more with Old World or Oregon Pinot Noir. Preference between these two wines would come down to preference of style instead of a "rating" though I would have to say on this night, the KB was enjoyable to the tune of a point or so more.

Note, like the Kosta Browne, the HP Cargasacchi fell apart in the glass after about two hours. Drinking well now but no promises for the future.

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