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  • 1990 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina Riserva Bucerchiale

    Opened with some trepidation that I had waited too long to break into a half dozen purchased on release - we’re pushing the 30 year envelope here. But no worries. The color is a healthy ruby, pale at the rim. The nose features mushroom, soy, smoke, blueberries and blackberries, a bit of morello cherry. On the palate, soft and silky, sappy with a sweet mid-palate, just enough acidity and fine grained finishing tannin to leave an impression of freshness. Seemingly at a plateau, I’d guess this will continue to be interesting and pleasurable drinking for another 5 to 10 years, although I imagine at this age bottles may vary considerably.

    A very nice surprise; and just perfect with a creamy/cheesy, slightly over the top risotto with saffron and porcini.

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  • 2000 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Roncières

    On opening, the color is paler than I would like, and the nose and palate mute, leafy, not much interest; and as a result, took a younger bottle of Chambolle 1er cru along to dinner as a backup. No need for that. This wine desperately needed aeration, and with air, the color leaned toward deep red/blue, the nose became a fragrant mix of earthy notes and berries - for all the world like a walk through a vineyard after rain on a warm day. The palate still has some fresh fruit, a hint of tannin and decent acidity; medium weight. Kept improving throughout the meal, and a great match with our main courses of duck breast and braised oxtail. This is at the leading edge of a nicely balanced maturity - not bad for a "light restaurant vintage" of this wine.

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  • 2006 Domaine Sainte-Anne Côtes du Rhône Villages St. Gervais

    I have to weigh in on this 'minor' wine, because the other notes here do not do it justice. I dug up a few bottles while racing around trying to avoid damage after a pipe sprung a leak in the cellar. With no preconceived notions, opened it with a simple roast chicken dinner. The color remains youthful clear deep red. The nose is wild cherry, a bit of thyme, 'pretty' would be an appropriate word. On the palate, there is refinement and delicacy I would not expect from run of the mill Cotes du Rhone Villages. Medium weight, fresh, with some fine grained tannins showing but not obtrusive. Silky, fruity, appealing, with the slightest note of warm licorice at the bottom end. On day two, even better.

    All the wine needed, evidently, was a decade tucked away and lost in the corner of a dark, cool cellar.

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