1971 Barolo Riserva

September 22, 2014

Name:Barolo Riserva
Vintage:1971
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Giacomo Borgogno & Figli
Region:Italy / Piedmont / Langhe / Barolo/ Barolo

Storage issues. Not dead, but quite cooked & maderized.

1968 Bodegas Valdemar ‘Conde de Valdemar’ Centenario Rioja Gran Reserva

September 19, 2014

Name:'Conde de Valdemar' Centenario Rioja Gran Reserva
Vintage:1968
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Tempranillo Blend
Producer:Bodegas Valdemar
Region:Spain / La Rioja / La Rioja Alta / Rioja
Alcohol:n/a

This is pure seduction. Properly and perfectly mature secondary and tertiary aromas and flavor, but it feels as if this is how it’s meant to be and not because of the age. None of the pickly/green nose which I am not so keen on in some Riojas.

The flavor is savory sweet, delicate and laced with uncanny acidity and tannins which grab you gently, but firmly. Old-school Rioja, This was another one of those “wow” experiences and way above expectation. Would love a case of this delight….or a few.

Many thanks to folks at The Sampler in London, UK, which is where I tasted this beauty by the glass. From what I understand, 1968 is the oldest vintage that even the Bodegas Valdemar has in its own cellar library.

2005 Paleo Rosso

September 18, 2014

Name:Paleo Rosso
Vintage:2005
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Franc
Producer:Le Macchiole
Region:Italy / Toscana / Bolgheri

Ample fruit, tightly woven and a smidge nervous. Showed the least change in the glass throughout the evening, neither falling off, nor spreading its wings. Clearly needs more time to deliver its full potential.

2003 Paleo Rosso

September 18, 2014

Name:Paleo Rosso
Vintage:2003
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Franc
Producer:Le Macchiole
Region:Italy / Toscana / Bolgheri

This one was a clear outlier in the pack (of 7 vintages) oscillating from dusty, peppery and slightly green nose to dry hay, sawmill and varnish undertones simmering under the reasonable fruit. Restrained and austere. Perhaps just going through a phase.

2002 Paleo Rosso

September 18, 2014

Name:Paleo Rosso
Vintage:2002
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Franc
Producer:Le Macchiole
Region:Italy / Toscana / Bolgheri

Clean, elegant, extremely silky. Very classy and well balanced. One of the favorites in the tasting.

2000 Paleo Rosso

September 18, 2014

Name:Paleo Rosso
Vintage:2000
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc
Producer:Le Macchiole
Region:Italy / Toscana / Bolgheri

Very similar to 2001, but more vibrant, bright and softer tannic side.

1999 Paleo Rosso

September 18, 2014

Name:Paleo Rosso
Vintage:1999
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc
Producer:Le Macchiole
Region:Italy / Toscana / Bolgheri

Jar of black berries’ jam on the early nose, marmalade. Closes off somewhat after a while in the glass. It aged beautifully, gracefully even, and delivers nicely organoleptically across the board. It’s the ’98’s quieter brother.

1998 Paleo Rosso

September 18, 2014

Name:Paleo Rosso
Vintage:1998
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc
Producer:Le Macchiole
Region:Italy / Toscana / Bolgheri

The best one of the tasting for me, although in a close call with the 2002. Very intriguing balance of maturity, wisdom and youthfulness. Hardly shy on the nose, albeit stopping well before being annoyingly perfumed. Excellent balance and very much ready to drink.

2001 Louis Latour Grand Cru Corton

September 18, 2014

Name:Grand Cru Corton
Vintage:2001
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Pinot Noir
Producer:Louis Latour
Region:France / Burgundy / Cote de Beaune
Alcohol:n/a

Not bad, but nothing to write home about. It gets the job done just enough to pass. Not enough to warrant a repeat buy.

1999 Montevetrano Colli Di Salerno

September 18, 2014

Name:Colli Di Salerno
Vintage:1999
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Aglianico
Producer:Montevetrano
Region:Italy / Campania
Alcohol:n/a

Tannins and acidity are quite alive. Some pickle juice notes. Biodynamic vibes. A peculiar wine that is somewhat reluctant to engage into a conversation.