Light purple, medium opacity. The nose is generous with pencil lead, blueberry and cherry, yet somewhat atypical. On the palate it is a little restrained but there are notes of sassafras, bing cherry, rhubarb. The mid palate gives me lots of juiciness, acidity and the beginnings of a tannic push. The cherry component really hits on the back end. 89 points and 4 stars for this $12 effort. I would sit on a few bottles to let the acidity reaper and the tannins to soften slightly. 2020- 2023 Salut….
After a cork failure, I had to sift through the debris to find a light purple wine that is nearly see-through. The nose has pencil lead, plums, sour cherries. The palate is somewhat lighter than I imagined, cherry being the prime player here. There is a certain amount of garigue I sense in addition to mushroom and leather. The acidity is slightly overpowering the mild tannins, but I don’t mind. It has a nice cut to it. The astringency hits on the finish, where the tannic dryness grips the gums. I would say the fruit has really taken a back seat here. Drink till 2021 with pasta, pizza or charcuterie. 88 points and 3 stars from me for this $15 wine. Salut….
Inky purple with medium opaque hues. Nose is crushed blueberries with black berry jam. The palate is lovely, blueberry with açaí berry and fig. The tannins are so sleek, they sneak up on me at the end. The mid palate has a nice body to it and shows off more blue fruits. The finish is of medium length, slightly dry and more of a black fruit tint. 90 points and 5 stars for this $12 wine. Paired with Truffled Ravioli, seared Petit Sirloin and tomato jam. Drink till 2022. Salut….
The last of my Kirkland test wines…. Cherry nose with some fresh cut pine thrown in. The palate continues the light cherry profile but adds mushroom and a crushed violet note. Rose water comes to mind as we transition to the finish. Overall, this is not a great wine point wise. It lacks depth, the flavors are somewhat out there and the extraction is pretty thin. I’m not sure I would buy again. 85 points and 2 stars for this $9 offering. Salut….
It’s been a few years since I tasted the 2001 Poggio. As part of my cellar-moving I decided to open this one up to pair with some seared Strip steaks, a tomato salad with Balsamic infused onion strips.
For a seventeen year old wine it shows off nicely in the glass- full purple, no sign of bricking and quite opaque. The nose, OMG, what a nose. This is textbook aged Sangiovese, reminiscent of old Burgundian Pinot Noir. Leather, cedar box, tobacco, cassis and more, it just keeps coming. On the palate I am in love with the Old Worldness of this wine. It gushes with bramble, black berries, the tobacco, leather and cedar along with black tea and olives. Immense and rather concentrated, this wine is amazing, can you tell I’m liking it?
This is what makes cellaring a wine so worthwhile. The earthiness is profound, the freshness- still lively. Fruit, tertiary flavors, integrated tannins and perfect acidity. What more could you ask for? It begs for lighter fare to enable the nuances to come out, I almost regret the seasoning I coated the steaks with. This wine will shine by itself in a spectacular fashion. The finish is long, with more of the black fruits coming out again. Amazing. 96 points from me for this apparently still young wine. The major difference I noted between the last time is that the much lighter Cherry notes were now replaced with heavier, more brooding fruits. I paid $35 for it awhile back, wishing I had bought more than the 2 bottles that I have now drunk. 5 stars for sure. Drink till 2025. Salut….
Another one in the value range I am working through from Costco. It retailed for $14. In the glass it is very see-through, pale and fresh looking. Strawberry, hay and some pomegranate hit me on the nose, typical for young Sangiovese. The wine is rather light on the initial palate, strawberry and some cherry juice are the predominant flavors. The mid palate is very juicy, the acidity being prominent but curtailed by some nice tannins that appear toward the finish. Basic flavors, easy to drink and priced right. I would pair it with pizza, pasta and maybe roast chicken on the charcoal. 88 points from me and 4 stars. Drink now till 2020. Salut….
Dark purple in the glass, opaque AF. The nose is unique…. pomegranate meets cherry reduction and almonds. On the palate I’m confronted with wood bark, black fruits, more nuttiness and a dense stack of tannins. Brooding, rich and foreboding- it is a heavy duty wine with decent balance and good grip. The dryness of the tannins kick in on the finish in a big way. This wine could use a trip through the aerator. I like it as is with some grilled lamb or possibly with pasta after aerating. If you read the label closely you will see that it is made in the Ripasso style, being a blend of Corvina and Rondinella. 90 points and 4 stars for this very reasonable $17 wine. Salut….
Another in the latest series of inexpensive Costco finds- a Montepulciano Reserve. I think I paid a whopping $10. It shows a decent purple, pretty opaque. On the nose I get tar, black berry, licorice. On the palate it is somewhat brighter than I had imagined. Uplifting blackberry extract, star anise, mint. Sour cherry kicks in on the mid palate and makes me pucker ever so slightly. Medium tannins balance the finish off which is short to medium in length. This is the perfect wine for tonight’s burgers and tater tots. Refreshing, somewhat lighter in style yet offering a juicy cut to the fatty patties. Generally speaking this is an everyday drinker that deserves 87 points but get 5 stars from me for its value and easygoing style, perfect for summer. Salut….
The second wine of the Birthday dinner at Chez Francois. This one was stunning. No notes were taken but I remember thinking that this is what being a wine lover is all about. Near perfection in the bottle. Rich, ripe, sumptuous, balanced, maturing yet showing youth and verve. This wine blends some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with the majority Sangiovese. It gets 94 points from me and 5 stars, even with its $125 current price tag. I believe I have one left in storage and will look forward to the next opportunity. Paired beautifully with Lamb Chops. Salut….
The first thing I noticed was the length of the cork. It was super long, Magnum size. Made me wonder… In the glass this wine is somewhat opaque with a lighter purple hue. On the nose it offers tart cherry, red berries and muted barnyard. On the palate I get some really refreshing strawberry and cherry notes. Crisp acidity and gentle tannins are also present. The wine is young, very young. Nutmeg and kirsch appear later on, a strange combination but I’m liking it. The tannins are really kicking in towards the mid to finish leaving me with a very dry sensation on the seemingly long finish. More classic Sangiovese flavors of tobacco and leather are evident in small amounts but the main thrust is the dominant cherry. Delicious, but I would love to see evolution, say another 5 years minimum. 92 points from me and for the hefty $80 price tag, 4 stars. If you are a cellaring type, this one will rock a roasted Cornish Hen some day. Salut….