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Rhys - Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard
Popped and poured; drank over 3 hours. Dark cherry red color; also some purple-red color remaining. Aromas of cherry and spice. Bright, ripe flavors of cherry with a bit of earth and spice. Upon first tasting this wine, my initial conclusion is that it needs more time! For me, this wine still has very primary aromas and flavors. A few more years in the bottle should layer on secondary dimensions. This wine has lots of material to work with, but currently is only showing a single dimension. While very good today, I think this wine becomes much more interesting in 2-3 years.
Opened and double-decanted 3 hours prior to drinking. Dark-red color with aromas of red and black fruits and cedar. Still fairly primary on the nose. Dark fruit flavors with a bit of chocolate. Very enjoyable and well-balanced wine ... a nice surprise for such an unusually hot vintage.
Aldo Conterno - Barolo Cicala
Opened and double-decanted 8 hours prior to drinking. Bright, medium-red color with a wonderfully aromatic, floral nose ... definitely some roses. On the palate, lots of red cherry, good acidity, and a lingering finish. Tannins softening; a complete wine; great with a Greek pot roast! Early in its drinking window ... may even get a bit better in a few years!
Lanson Brut Extra Age
Popped and poured. Light golden color with a fine bead. On the nose lots of green and yellow fruits ... very distinctive apple aromas. The same apple dimension on the palate; light-bodied wine with round flavors and a short to moderate finish. For my taste, could have used a bit more acid. Overall, this wine came across as a fairly ordinary NV. I was expecting more from the "extra age" (I think up to 8 years on the lees) and the price.
San Polino - Brunello Di Montalcino
Popped and poured. Medium-red color. Aromas muted at first, but then yielding some red fruits after 15-30 minutes. Lots of acid, medium-bodied, flavors of raspberry and red cherry. Pleasant wine; a versatile "food" wine.