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Rossboss 92

2004 Ondarre - Rioja Reserva
This wine will go out with a bang as the last of four bottles expires finally. In stark contrast to the 17.5% abv 'experiment' we had over the weekend this was a light 13.5 and was showing its 2ndary and tertiary flavors. A caramelized, sweet, honey nectar bouquet, it's all about dried cherries, firm gliding tannins. Probably a touch of cloves/nutmeg, and definitely braised meats. Even though popped and poured it was singing and only louder now as the evening goes on. A hair off opaque, slightly translucent. Slowest legs ever. To say it punched above its $13 weight class is an understatement. A delicious antithesis to high abv in your face new world expressions. Drink now or soon.


(Tasted Aug 25, 2014)

Rossboss 90

2007 Badde Nigolosu - Chimbanta
Opened, tasted and I had to put it down for 45 minutes. You feel every bit of that 17.5% abv! Was light to medium bodied and thus thought it would be a good match for the meal but this unfiltered wine was chewy, but behind it was the expression of sundried Monica grapes lots of cherries and dust, licorice. Shut down this wasn't. Not a wine for newbies yet the funkiness of it makes you chuckle to yourself and raise your glass to Alessandro Dettori. Day 2: the fizzy character subsided in large but the wine just keeps going on and on. It's almost syrupy and port-esque. Maybe this was better with cheese? Either way enjoyable in a very quirky way.


(Tasted Aug 23, 2014)

Rossboss 93

2010 Tardieu-Laurent - Rasteau Vieilles Vignes
Grabbed this wine on a whim and what a great choice - on open it was just in your face with spice, richness, sweetness, acid and drinking great from the first sip. Then the secondary flavors of plum, milk chocolate came out and balanced out sweet and savory flavors of our meal. Very intense and the alcohol was not obvious to me but I felt it. This shows the power of the 2010 Southern Rhone vintage. Will look forward to seeing how the other bottles develop - hopefully a bellwether for 2010 CdPs. $20 for this?


(Tasted Jul 31, 2014)

Rossboss 95

2009 Azienda Agricola Maravalle - (Tenuta Vitalonga) Phi
Definitely has entered its drinking window - lush and smooth, this is dark purple with and amazing never fading nose of sweet berry clusters. Full bodied with well-hidden alcohol, it never took a break and continued to open up throughout the meal; so much so that we bought a bottle of something different just so it could last! Flavors of blueberry, cedar; grilled meat and a very different blend of montepulciano and cab franc - certainly different for something from Umbria - at least rare for the US market. Definitely an impressive wine and fantastic value - looking forward to bottle #2!


(Tasted Jul 17, 2014)

Rossboss 92

2007 Badiola - Acquagiusta
Amazing value indeed - dark purple with fast legs. Silky and velvety mouth feel, black cherry, vanilla, spice box. Medium acid and smooth tannins - opened and let breath for ~30 mins but some decanting time might have been nice. Was definitely in a good drinking window and was the right wine for a meaty meal. Was not disappointed one bit.


(Tasted Jul 12, 2014)

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Rossboss consumed (7 days ago)
Ondarre - Rioja Reserva
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Ondarre - Rioja Reserva
2004 Ondarre - Rioja Reserva
Score: 92
Drink date: 2008-2016
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