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Fonseca - Finest Reserve Bin 27
Really, really ripe and heady, and redolent of violets, blueberries and iron, without being too sweet. This alone serves as a fine dessert.
Tommasi - Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo
Meh. Not great, but not awful, either. Not sure if it's the Sangiovese component, but this lacks drive and vitality. That said, this is certainly drinkable, but ultimately did not live up to my expectations. More bottle time, maybe?
Segries - Cotes du Rhone
The black pepper component is really strong but balanced by supple, dark fruit. Doesn't show a lot of CdR typicity, but it's simple and pairs well with grilled beef or lamb.
Gruaud-Larose - Sarget de Gruaud Larose
Not yet showing Bordeaux typicity. Pretty straightforward and drinks like a second wine, but nothing like the Grand Vin. Wouldn't buy again.
Burnside Road - Sauvignon Blanc
Okay for the price. Drinks like a typical SB from a warm climate (e.g., zesty tangerine, citrus, etc. rather than gooseberries, herbs, etc.). Okay to try once, but wouldn't buy again.