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Montepeloso - Eneo Rosso
Thickly laden with dark fruits, plum and cherry, with some mint in the finish. Dark violet color coats glass as you swirl. Hedonistic drinking now or for 5 more years. Will yield a little more additional character and panache in the intervening years.
Lagrange (St Julien)
Tasted the same vintage at the chateau back in 2009. The intervening years have given the wine an opulently smooth mouthfeel, a nice focus on black fruit and active but subtle tannins. I wish I had more than just one bottle!
Noticeably tannic, with nice earthiness, tobacco, spice and minerality on the palate. Maybe a little early to open? For me, perhaps it's just a matter of personal taste, but I found the bottle lacked some of the character I would have liked to have seen from a wine of this pedigree (and price tag).
Two Hands - Shiraz Bella's Garden
A quintessential fruit bomb. In time, finesse and subtlety will take over to make it a terrific food wine. For now, it's a big, bold adult grape beverage.
Fiorita - Brunello di Montalcino
Special wine which made everone at the table happy. Hazelnuts, crushed spices and currants linger on a finish which moves from velvety to coarse and back again.