2004 Mauro Veglio Barolo Vigneto Arborina with roasted lamb. My last and best bottle to date. Started off flabby and ripe on night one, then appeared bricking and brown on night 2, and finally drinking gloriously on night 3. Rosewater, tar, plum, and menthol. One of the best bottles of Barolo I’ve had in a while. Based on the phases this went through, I would guess that peak drinking window is still several years away, but at age 13 it is already drinking very well if given the right amount of air. If you open this and don’t like it, I suggest patience to let it come into its own before writing it off. It’s a temperamental one, this one. 😲😁 #wine #winesofinstagram #vino #redwine #vinorosso #italia #italy #piemonte #piedmont #nebbiolo #barolo #vignetoarborina #mauroveglio #2004 #lamorra

2004 Mauro Veglio Barolo Vigneto Arborina with roasted lamb. My last and best bottle to date. Started off flabby and ripe on night one, then appeared bricking and brown on night 2, and finally drinking gloriously on night 3. Rosewater, tar, plum, and menthol. One of the best bottles of Barolo I’ve had in a while. Based on the phases this went through, I would guess that peak drinking window is still several years away, but at age 13 it is already drinking very well if given the right amount of air. If you open this and don’t like it, I suggest patience to let it come into its own before writing it off. It’s a temperamental one, this one. 😲😁 #wine #winesofinstagram #vino #redwine #vinorosso #italia #italy #piemonte #piedmont #nebbiolo #barolo #vignetoarborina #mauroveglio #2004 #lamorra

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The “Fresh Aussie” at London’s Granger & Co (in this case the Clerkenwell location) is one of the the more stout breakfast options I have come across. Salmon, poached eggs, kale, avocado, tomato and toast make for a crazy filling breakfast. They also serve real pour over coffee in a small Chemex which is very tasty. I wouldn’t want to eat this every single morning, but it is a great way to battle jetlag. #breakfast #coffee #london #uk

The “Fresh Aussie” at London’s Granger & Co (in this case the Clerkenwell location) is one of the the more stout breakfast options I have come across. Salmon, poached eggs, kale, avocado, tomato and toast make for a crazy filling breakfast. They also serve real pour over coffee in a small Chemex which is very tasty. I wouldn’t want to eat this every single morning, but it is a great way to battle jetlag. #breakfast #coffee #london #uk

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2003 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) / 2003 Delas Frères St. Joseph CuvÊe Francois de Tournon / 2004 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

Last night’s lineup. Cliff notes are that the Beau was my favorite and is drinking at peak right now. The Delas St Jo is slightly past peak and is beginning to summon some balsamic notes which I would dislike if it got more pronounced and the Cristia was a Grenache monster full of raspberry and red licorice. I do think that is best consumed sooner rather than later, as well, because I am not sure the fruit will outlast the acid with another 5-10 years of ageing.

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2010 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro

2010 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro as a treat to ease into the weekend and what a barnburner this is. Or as Gary Vaynerchuk would say “this one is bringing the thunder”. Super dark plum and blackberry on the palate. Floral and woodsy Mediterranean underbrush, tobacco and camphor on the nose. Beautiful structure, fresh on the palate and enough tannins to last decades. Always one of my absolute favorite wines, but 2010 is even better than usual and will go strong for 30+ years. Wow. Served alongside orechiette al pomodoro con ricotta di campania.

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2004 Parusso Barolo Mariondino

2004 Parusso Barolo Mariondino is a freak wine and one that I find very problematic. It is actually not a bad wine in and of itself. It has pretty good fruit and balance and even complexity….but it is so atypical for its origin that making traditional food pairings is impossible. If you open this to go with some nice ravioli in butter sage sauce or even some ragu, forget it. This will obliterate anything in its path with its exotic fruit profile. It is a better match for really spicy or full flavored dishes like southern Italian pastas or even Fajitas etc because it tastes like Cannonau or Primitivo…no way I would ever guess this to be Nebbiolo. Because it is so atypical and borderline spoofed, I would personally not buy another bottle of Parusso. Avoid.

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2001 Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) & 2004 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape CuvÊe ImpÊriale

Last night’s lineup of reds with friends over. The 01 Branaire was fantastic with beautiful cherry, cigar box and graphite and plenty of time left before peak drinking. The 04 Raymond Usseglio was superb as well. One of the most savory and backward and traditional wines from CdP that I have been drinking recently. Not a hint of dried fruit or anything else suggestive of high degrees of ripeness. On the contrary…almost a “cool” CdP that operates entirely with freshness, savory and salty blackberry flavors and an imposing structure that required hours of air before showing its best. There was also a bottle of 03 Chapoutier St. Joseph Les Granits that was deeply flawed by poor wine making. Secondary fermentation in the bottle pushed wine through the cork while I was opening the bottle and the wine was an acidic, volatile mess. I have had more flawed bottles of Chapoutier than all my other Rhone producers combined in the last few years. Make of that what you wish, but I will never buy another bottle of Chapoutier.

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2014 Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Rubrato

2014 Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Rubrato was up with dinner tonight. I picked this wine to go with a Campania dish of pasta, san marzano tomato, ricotta and plenty of mint and lemon. The wine itself needed some air before it was ready to drink. Pure cherry and dark raspberry flavors with an animale kind of italian yellow jasmine. It is tannic, but not excessively and there is some black licorice in there. Really a pretty incredible #wine at $18.99 and the perfect companion for a weeknight pasta, pizza or otherwise simple dinner.

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