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Bertani - Amarone Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Superiore
Wow is this great! Concentrated, silky smooth and loads upon layers of flavor. Color is a dark garnet with a little bit of orange at the rim but really i am shocked this is almost 50 years old. Prunes, dried figs, raisins, port, menthol, leather, some spice. Big and rich. This is not shy juice. Really stellar example of all amarone can be!
Due Torri - Amarone Recioto della Valpolicella
Still vibrant and interesting after 40 years in the bottle. Nice raisin, port and stewed prune with a some subtle earth and drying but round tannins. I was surprised how youthful the wine appears. Age was apparent on tasting. Very pleasing bottle. Perhaps past it's peak but still very enjoyable.
Yalumba - Cabernet Sauvignon Menzies
Seriously underwhelming. Acidic and not much else. Fruit was limited and flat .i like Yalumba and seek out their label in the value range but this was pretty poor. Maybe it was a poorly stored bottle but i don't think so. Wasn't corked and didn't taste as if it was gone by. Drinkable but not pleasing.
Vieux-Telegraphe - Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc (La Crau)
A little underwhelming. Did not have the same bite and depth of flavor I expect from this wine and house. Maybe it was an off bottle. It was not bad but certainly fell short. Of my expectations.
Pierre Usseglio et Fils - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul
Excellent bottle. Rich nose with strong dried fruit and barnyard notes as well as some smoke and salinity. Nice lengthy finish with satisfying grip.