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Archives: May 2013

Tiercerolles, Crozes Hermitage 2010

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Deep red.

Aromas of coconut, black fruit and earth. Not at all what I was expecting.

Tight and linear in the mouth – vibrant herb and black fruit flavors are currently un-differentiated. Strong acidity drives moderately long finish. Probably better in 3-5 years, but I’m more than a little under-whelmed at present. The folks involved suggest more to come.

$35 at Rumrunner in Tucson. Blended by Kermit Lynch and cellared by Louis Barruol.

Taburno, Falanghina del Sannio 2011

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Taburno Falanghina 2011Very light yellow.

Tight, fresh nose – apple/pear/quince/lemon with cream and floral nuances.

Mouthwatering, bright flavors of perfectly ripe pear, lemon flesh. Great acidity/minerality cuts through the wine’s textural sweetness in a way that reminds me of a beautiful German Riesling. Great summer action. Wonderful stuff.

$20 from FnB in Scottsdale


Passopisciaro, Sicily 2008

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Light red/garnet.

Opened yesterday – cherry liqueur, toasted nut, truffle nose with a bit of onion sulfide action.

Intensely flavored with strong acidity adding major thrust to red cherry and light charcoal and earth flavors. Lean – reminds me very much of Nebbiolo – as did the nose. Seems to lack the precision/clarity of some other vintages I’ve had.

$35.   100% Nerello Mascalese. 15% alcohol – the highest I think I’ve seen for this bottling.