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Vinicola Corellana Vina Zorzal Graciano
This was rather improved from the first bottle. When opened it was almost more reminiscent of a Beaujolais and the light Gamay fruit but later had a more dark fruit profile like blackberries but still had some tannic characteristics. Then the nose was showing like a burgundy and there were all kinds of flavors going on. Turned out to be a very smooth, interesting drink and a decent match for our pizza.
Ontanon - Crianza
Didn't drink under the best circumstances but these are drinking great now, nice and smooth with minimal tannins and well integrated oak. Blackberry and underbrush. A shot in the dark on what wine to bring turned into a great BBQ wine.
O Fournier - Malbec Urban Uco
A cork mishap with 1/4 of it falling into the bottle itself but even with that this was solid and exceeded expectations. Had a nice richness in the mouth, chocolate and blueberry notes probably from the tempranillo and thick, dusty tannins from malbec. Indeed, very impressive, especially for the price and really improved in the glass. It's not gonna knock your socks off but impressive how it paired with sweeter foods.
San Filippo - Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere
What a wine - this was classic Brunello starting to enter its drinking window and come into its own. That classic ripe cherry taste and Italian sunlight aged grapes and dusty terroir - great nose, huge mouth feel and while still a tad tannic was not mouth bruising - it's nearly there. An extremely versatile wine that went well with crispy chicken, as well as my duck breast & confit leg. Very smooth and continued to evolve in the glass - fantastic, lasting finish. Probably has several years to go but also entering that mature stage. Hopefully my other '04 Brunellos will impress.
Sequoia Grove - Syrah Stagecoach Vineyard
This was an excellent pairing with for pulled pork. Lots of sweet tannins, a strong yet still a bit restrained Syrah with Northern Rhone characteristics, but a decidedly Californian fruit forwardness that was ready to drink nearly immediately. Passing through the aerator was helpful too but there's some tannins that still need mellowing. Great plum, molasses and mocha. Will have the rest of the bottle tomorrow. Day 2: Opened after a vacuvin seal - the staying power is there, this still finishes strong and while it's not as in your face, you still get that sweetness from the tannins which are still big. This could continue to evolve, or at least could last 3-5 more years..
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