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Community Tasting Notes (58) Avg Score: 93.0 points

  • "Baby Masseto" and a Night of Nebbiolo through the Decades (Charlotte, NC): Slo-oxed 90 minutes before consuming. This wine threw off a surprising amount of sediment and really could have used a decant and filter. Slightly tannic to start, the wine evolved and softened all evening with plenty of life hours later. Restrained but jammy nose. Concentrated wine revealing rich red cherry notes and dense minerality on the palette. The flavors really popped in subsequent sampling after tasting some of the Barolos. Lengthy, enjoyable finish concluded a very fine, but not outstanding, wine on this evening. It did garner one “Wine of the Night” vote so maybe I am being unduly critical.

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  • No notes taken. Quite a pleasant wine drinking near its peak. There is a good fruit core, along a spicy component and some typical tertiary meaty Merlot notes. In addition some nice brett notes which unfortunately disappeared quickly (in the right amount, these aromas enhance the experience in my book). The wine had a better precision than the Sammarco 2008 in the next glass but still with some upside in this category. However it certainly showed more tension and was more vivid. Fine tannins, good and well-integrated acidity, creamy texture and medium- length. Overall quite solid but without exceptionalism and probably a tad too ripe for my taste. 91/92 pts.

    Decanting: Not decanted, followed over 4 hours. Didn’t need much air.

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  • Red fruits, prunes, mint, velvety, freshness from the great acidity, impeccably balanced, this is a great bottle! For me in the top 5 of Italian merlot producers

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  • Decided I better drink it now as I didn't know how much longer this was going to be good. The right decision as this is just beginning to decline. 100% Merlot, well integrated and smooth. Blackberry, chocolate, leather, tobacco, blueberry, and smoke.

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  • Very very very good. Super fine tannins, delicately interwoven in flavors of liquorice, blackberries and anise. Love it.

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