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Rahoul - Rouge
Very top shoulder fill, the color and intensity mimic a ten year old Burgundy. The nose is all tertiary, wood, spice cabinet, tobacco, dried roses, dry pine needles. Very light on the palate again Pinot Noir like but that's where the similarities end. It lacks intensity, complexity, fruit, devoid from tannin and very little acidity, watered down cranberry juice. Drinkable YES enjoyable NO. Over the hill and for that reason this doesn't even warrant a score.
Poggione - Brunello di Montalcino
Out of half bottle. Starting to turn that burnt orange color that Sangiovese often takes on with bottle age. A powerful nose of ripe plum, cherries, oak, dried herbs with just a touch of soy sauce. Drinking nicely now with pleasant acidity, sweet fruit and just a bit of soft tannin at the back end. Descent finish. Don't think this will improve much but it should hold at this paste for the next 2-4 years. If you have half bottles drink now.
Very dark in the glass, super-ripe nose of black berry fruit, cassis and plum with just a touch of that tell tail saint-estephe funk. Full bodied and juicy with massive amounts of acidity and a good dose of firm tannin. All of this backed by plenty of fruit, very young and with many, many years left. Primary and young, this will show complexity in the future. Long distance runner!