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  • 2018 Heart & Hands Pinot Noir Mo Chuisle

    Prior bottle was a bit over 2 years ago and this wine continues to show well. Mostly red cherry, spices and earth on the nose with some black cherry and floral qualities. Medium bodied and the overall fruit profile was virtually identical to my prior bottle with rounded and open red cherry upfront, perhaps showing a touch more depth than previously, followed by black cherry and darker red cherry and supported by tart red cherry, spices, tannins and nice burst of acidity that lingers through the finish. As compared to the 2017, there's noticeably more depth here as well as much better balance. Based on these notes over two years, I'd say that balance and integration may be able to improve slightly going forward, but I don't expect additional complexity. This clearly has time ahead (glass cork) and should show its best over the next two years.

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  • 2017 Heart & Hands Pinot Noir Mo Chuisle

    Prior bottle was a bit over 2 years ago and the wine remains in a good spot. Red cherry on the nose along with a good amount of spices as well as earth and mineral notes. Between light and medium bodied and still showing red cherry, red berries and darker red cherry as the primary fruit notes. More balanced upfront than previously, but perhaps a bit less balanced on the backside. The spice and acidity notes on the back don't have enough fruit or depth to fully balance. Mineral, earth and tart qualities continue to make up the finish. Overall, the lack of balance remains the biggest issue and I don't see room for positive evolution with additional time. This should be drunk over the next 1-2 years.

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  • 2016 Heart & Hands Pinot Noir Mo Chuisle

    Prior bottle was a bit over 2 years ago and this wine continues to show quite well. Mostly red cherry, spices and earth on the nose, with some black cherry notes behind that give it a more complete feel. Medium bodied with rounded black cherry and slightly brighter red cherry upfront. Black cherry come to the fore through the mid-body which feels more balanced and harmonious in general than in my prior bottle. Acidity, spices and tart red cherry behind are also similarly better balanced than previously. Finishes with minerals, lingering acidity, earth and tart qualities. The biggest difference between this bottle and my prior one is how well the wine has come together and shows a more complete profile now, all in line with my expectations. I have one more bottom which I'll save for Q1 2025.

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  • Peter Spijker says:

    10/14/2023 4:49:00 AM - I have a quick question, since you seem to be a lover of Antica Terra as well. I'm sitting on a few magnums of 2012 Ceras, Botanica and Antikythera, and am wondering when to drink them. Would you reckon Botanica is ready to drink the fastest, followed by Ceras and then Antikythera?

  • bmbwolverine says:

    8/5/2022 7:07:00 AM - Hey, i've been following your FLX tasting notes for quite some time and greatly appreciate them. I've fallen in love with the region over the past several years and am always looking for new content, which is often very limited (although I think that's also part of the fun)! Let me know if you'd ever like to connect and correspond about FLX (or any other wine region for that matter). Will be heading back up to the region a little over a week from now and am excited to get my first taste of the 2021 vintage. Kind regards, Bryan B

  • melzar says:

    7/13/2019 4:01:00 AM - Hi RGCM Gananda, Thanks for your comment. I will look for the new Forge releases. I live in the Finger Lakes of NY. I have not visited the winery yet, but often buy at Red Feet, a wine shop owned by the wife of one of the Forge partners. Melzar

  • forceberry says:

    9/23/2018 11:43:00 PM - Isn't that Castiglione Falletto in your profile pic, shot from the direction of Serralunga? :)

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