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2008 Später-Veit Spätburgunder “P” is a brilliant wine. If I served this blind and told people it was Chambolle, they would buy it…that’s how good this is. It has beautiful red fruit, minerality and laser focused acidity and spice on the finish. At age 9, this is firing on all cylinders. After trying this, I have to agree with @grapeylyle that the Mosel is prime real Estate for the future great Spätburgunders of Germany. Stunning.
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2015 Joan D’Anguera Montsant Altaroses is one of my very best recent and local finds…100% Grenache grown biodynamically from vines between the age of 10 and 35 years old. It is a very soft wine that is all about the strawberry bomb that goes off in the glass along with clove and rosemary. The nose is initially reminiscent of rose champagne but mellows into something closer to a Pinot Noir in weight. Lovely, elegant and silky and $18 before case discount…silly good value. While this is definitely no Rayas or even Pignan in complexity…if you enjoy the lighter style of Grenache, you will love this.
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2006 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino is singing like you wouldn’t believe. Explosive nose of black cherry, eucalyptus and tar. On the palate, this shows powerfully tannic with layers of fruit, leather, tobacco and even some St. Julien-like pencil shavings. This is so incredibly good.
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2012 Sella & Mosca Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Terre Rare is such an amazing wine foe the money. 100% Carignano from the coastal southwestern part of Sardinia, this shows both forceful and pretty with cherry, spice and a certain sandy/limestone/charcoal quality that I can’t quite explain. It also has a savory note on the finish that I love. $16 at Central Market here in Austin before case discounts…this is a case purchase if there ever was one.
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2012 Domaine Richeaume Cuvée Columelle is just such a fun wine to drink. Started out hard as nails on night one with pure blackberry and blueberry and imposing tannins. On night two, and eventually night 3, the tannins had softened and the most amazing finessed earth, herbs and mushroom notes started to peek out from behind mostly brambly blackberry. Way too young, yet so fun to drink already. A blend of 53.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Syrah and 4.5% Merlot.
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2009 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione Alta Valle della Greve IGT is a marvel of a wine. This is the best vintage of this that I have tasted to date. While it has that telltale Tuscan Sangiovese cherry fruit in it, it also has a Côte-Rôtie like beef blood, bacon fat and olive tapenade note. Staggeringly big and brawny, this should be able to age effortlessly for decades. What a monumental wine that completely blows away any preconceptions one may have of the ageworthiness of Sangiovese. Served with Bucatini alla Carbonara. Recipe from @mariobatali “Molto Gusto” cookbook. Perfect match.
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2000 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)…don’t mind if I do. I wanted to get something special out of the cellar to celebrate a recent birthday and to go with a braised pork shoulder I am cooking. And does this ever deliver…Lovely red and black currant fruit, earth and chalkiness. Incredibly balanced. Looong finish and a nose to die for. 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
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2014 Julien Cruchandeau Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Les Valançons is showing really well. Cherry, raspberry, black tea and peat moss. Still fiercely tannic, but pretty and elegant all at the same time. Finish for days. These Cruchandeau wines are just so delicious.
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2004 Pio Cesare Barolo is a winner. I have been drinking down my Piemonte inventory of late because I find many of these wines in my cellar to be too ripe. This one is different though. All sour cherry, eucalyptus and mint, it dazzles with its balance and finesse. Went beautifully with the steak I served it with and can rest in the cellar for quite some time and get better, still.
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2009 Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier Kirchenstück Spätburgunder GG is such a great wine…at age 8, it is still a puppy. Seriously tannic and backward, this just kept shape shifting for days and even after 3 days, it kept getting better. Cherry and spice is bouncing out of the glass and the length of this is really special. Of all the Spätburgunder I have bought from Fass Selections , this is the one that I believe has the longest ageing potential. I mean this isn’t drinking even near peak…maybe a 20-30 year wine. The perfect food pairing for this would be a nice backstrap of venison or some wild boar. Unfortunately my last bottle and I don’t remember Lyle offering this after that first offer I bought.
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2010 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde is as good a bottle of entry-level/budget Côte-Rôtie one could ask for. Surprisingly ready to drink with round tannins and balanced acidity and fruit. On the nose it shows pretty violets, olive and black currants. On the palate the black currant fruit dominates with some cold smoke and cedar in the background. Finish is solid. Not sure this will make super old bones given how well it is drinking already, but with a little more age I suspect the bacon fat will become more pronounced which may be worth waiting for. Domaine Guigal nailed this one.
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2004 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino tonight was the best bottle of wine I have had in years. The nose was insane. Perfumed fruit and flowers. Like hanging your nose into a bottle of perfume. On the palate, this delivered in spades, as well. Plum and berry fruit with herbs and laser focused acidity. Long finish and unbelievably layered. Not a rough edge to be found…all polish, finesse and elegance. When Pertimali is on, it can be a mind boggling wine. Unfortunately, it also has the reputation for pretty severe bottle variation, but this one was as complex as Bordeaux First Growths I have had. I hit the jackpot tonight.
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1998 Sottimano Barbaresco Currá. Burgers & Barbaresco (B&B) tonight and this wine is drinking at absolute peak. Cherry, plum, thyme, eucalyptus and rose water on the palate. Beautiful nose and beautifully vibrant and alive. We had its sister wine last night (1998 Cotta) and that one was decidedly past peak and beginning to show less than ideal. And if you think it is barbaric to have a wine like this with burgers…try it. You may be surprised.
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2012 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Cune Reserva was the clear winner of the every day drinking wine contest. This is so much more polished than the Monsanto that preceded it, it isn’t even funny. Dark berry fruit with dried herbs, cold smoke and a hint of dill pickle (from the oak barrel) were consistent from nose to palate and this showed round and generously, but had plenty of acid to keep the tension alive. At $12 this is substantially less expensive than the Monsanto and a world apart in quality.
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