Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2001 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione Alta Valle della Greve IGT. Total rock star wine. Ultra dark blackberry and black cherry, leather, pine needles and earth. The fruit is very dominant, but this somehow retains its balance and freshness and the rusticity keeps bringing me back. Finish for days and despite being 15 years old, this has a decade plus left in the tank. A true “vin de garde” as the French would say. On a sentimental note…I bought this about 10 years ago and had my first bottle 8 years ago. Tonight was the first time since then that I tasted the wine. My son was born in 2008, so it is sort of humbling to think it’s been since around his birth that I last had one of these.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.