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Roger Sabon - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige
A beautiful wine. It needed to open, and then built nicely. Very well-balanced, mouth coating, long finish. Earth, black cherry and other black fruit. It's got a few peak years left. A favorite.
Outstanding example of the vintage. Purple in color. Slow legs. Strawberry, Blackberry, Blueberry fruit combined with a stoney minerality. Full bodied with bright texture and a long finish. I won't touch this again for a few years.
La Rioja Alta - Vina Ardanza Reserva
Crimson in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs. Coffee, Espresso, Vanilla and Berry nose. Strawberry, Coffee, Cedar, Vanilla flavor. Light/Medium bodied. Silky, Smooth, Polished, Juicy, Bright texture. Sweet on the mid-palate. Light grip and acidity. Very enjoyable, Gracefully aged. Perfect with mildly spicy pasta or cured meats. Suave and sophisticated. Great buy.
Cailloux - Chateauneuf du Pape
Brooding and powerful wine. Muted bouquet, fruit/earth mix, long finish with a hint of sweetness associated with it, well-integrated tannins.
Corte Pavone - Brunello di Montalcino
WE:Opens with dark concentration and balsam notes of cola, humus and eucalyptus. Despite the thick extraction, the berry aromas are petite and delicate: wild berry and forest fruit. Nice juxtaposition between the bold masculine side and the elegant feminine side. Mouthfeel is bold, plush and powerful. Decanter: Ripe, youthful nose of sweet vanilla, chocolate and sour berry fruit. The coarse palate has green tannins and high concentration with a juicy finish. Modern style of production, but needs more time. Drink 2013-2020. Alc: 14.5%. (17.25 points)