2006 Dominio De Tares Tares P3

September 17, 2014

Name:Tares P3
Vintage:2006
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Mencia
Producer:Dominio De Tares
Region:Spain / Castilla y Leon
Alcohol:n/a

Consistently big, deep and complex; yet elegant when it finally opens up. Desperately needs 3-4 hours to breathe, but watching it develop is a special treat in its own right. Has many many years ahead of it.

1995 Fiorano Boncompagni Ludovisi Principe Di Venosa

September 17, 2014

Name:Boncompagni Ludovisi Principe Di Venosa
Vintage:1995
Type:White Wine
Varietal:Semillon
Producer:Fiorano
Region:Italy / Latium / Lazio
Alcohol:n/a

To me this is an exercise very much along the lines of Radikon. Gold and muddy, it traps you with an idiosyncratic layer cake of aromas (dusty cellar, old wood, kerosene, musk). A very unique and “maniacal” effort.

1996 Fontodi Case Via Syrah

September 17, 2014

Name:Case Via Syrah
Vintage:1996
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Shiraz/Syrah
Producer:Fontodi
Region:Italy / Toscana
Alcohol:n/a

Extremely well balanced and alive. Jam is counterbalanced with some liquorice. It’s approachable, but not banal. Still has fruit, but already leaning towards secondary aromas, leading with barnyard and forest floor. Brunello’ish notes peak put. Ready, tasty, good.

2009 Gerovassiliou Syrah

September 17, 2014

Name:Syrah
Vintage:2009
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Shiraz/Syrah
Producer:Gerovassiliou
Region:Greece / Macedonia
Alcohol:n/a

Big, spicy. Rich and dense, it will fare well with those favoring spice, chocolate, coffee and dark berry reduction as the dominant lines in a wine. Having tasted it aged, five+ years will benefit it, but not transform.

2006 Giacomo Fenocchio Riserva Barolo Bussia

September 17, 2014

Name:Riserva Barolo Bussia
Vintage:2006
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Giacomo Fenocchio
Region:Italy / Piemonte / Langhe
Alcohol:n/a

Elegant and developed nose. Complexity of tar, liquorice, spices (thyme?) laid over with the fine straw- and raspberry essence. Very friendly from the first pour, but gaining in complexity over the 1.5 hrs in decanter. Very fine tannins.

2009 Pio Cesare Barolo

September 17, 2014

Name:Barolo
Vintage:2009
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Pio Cesare
Region:Italy / Piemonte
Alcohol:14.5%

Not a huge fan. It’s quite big, extracted and shows plenty of oak. Could very well mellow out into something more elegant in the next 10-15 years, but it lacks that ethereal aura of a good Barolo. Average.

2009 Rivella Serafino Barbaresco Montestefano

September 17, 2014

Name:Barbaresco Montestefano
Vintage:2009
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Rivella Serafino
Region:Italy / Piemonte
Alcohol:n/a

3.5* now, 4+* in the future. Great classy herbs, liquorice and strawberry nose. Flavor profile is overshadowed by it’s immaturity, but clearly shows class. Would love to see it at 15-20 years of age. Will buy to age.

2012 Laurent Combier Crozes-Hermitage

September 17, 2014

Name:Crozes-Hermitage
Vintage:2012
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Shiraz/Syrah
Producer:Laurent Combier
Region:Italy / Rhone / Northern Rhone
Alcohol:12.5%

Unpretentious, honest and jovial, with a hearty embrace of the young tannins and spices. Could be a great company for a proper barbeque – it can hold its own without slipping into an overkill. Not bad at all.

2001 Montevertine Toscana IGT

September 17, 2014

Name:Toscana IGT
Vintage:2001
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Sangiovese, Colorino del Valdarno, Canaiolo Blanco
Producer:Montevertine
Region:Italy / Toscana / Chianti
Alcohol:12.5%

Gorgeous, pure, elegant, Sangiovese. At 12.5% alc. it drinks like a song and sing like an angel. So much soul and seemingly no compromise for, what is in effect, a second wine. A testament to Giulio Gambelli’s genius.

2011 Rossignol-Trapet Vieilles Vignes Gevrey-Chambertin

September 17, 2014

Name:Vieilles Vignes Gevrey-Chambertin
Vintage:2011
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Pinot Noir
Producer:Rossignol-Trapet
Region:France / Burgundy
Alcohol:n/a

All the layers are individually visible at this age (as opposed to a being homogeneously integrated), but their balance and pedigree makes it enjoyable nonetheless. Soft tannins, elegant red berries, leather and earth. Round and pleasant weight.