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Giuseppe Quintarelli - Rosso Ca'del Merlo
Very good out of the bottle, stronger character than anticipated based on reviews. Over time, this wine lost it a bit, but good for first hour. Spice & tang embedded in front and back.
Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee)
As the Quintarelli Rosso fell off, we opened this bottle. Much deeper wine which matched the food better (ribs). All liked it more, just more there there.
Bruno Giacosa - Barolo
Solid, not off the hook. Decanting more helps.
Mount Eden - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Love this stuff. Have not had much of the 03, and it is probably a hair less good than the 01 or 99, but still the value of values. Juicy, thick and fruit filled. A really great wine for ~$40.
Ceretto - Barolo Bricco Rocche
Good, not outstanding. Drank right out of the bottle, needed a while (~90 minutes, perhaps less) to settle down and breath. A little musty but solid nonetheless.