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Triennes, Rose’, Mediterrannee 2012

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Pale pink.

Triennes Rose

Delicate floral strawberry and cherry nose with hints of citrus and fresh herb.

Broad, soft and yet minerally simultaneously. Extremely easy to drink and refreshing with citrus and strawberry flavors nicely cut  by mineral/acid “chew”. Love this stuff.

$20 at Time Market in Tucson. Triennes


St. Cosme, Cote Rotie 2005

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Double decanted. Reticent but deep nose – spicy ketchup, hazelnut/oak spice, woodsmoke, raspberry, bacon, menthol… Lots going on here.

Dense, but lean and tightly wound. Smoke, herb and ketchup flavors – this needs several more years to unfold. Loaded though.

$60  St. Cosme

Fouassier, Sancerre 2011

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Straw/light yellow


Pungent herb/bell pepper/jalapeno, grapefruit and melon nose. Vivid and complex.

Wildly vibrant in the mouth, with herb and grapefruit flavors reverberating. Tanzer’s “inner-mouth perfume”. Strong acidity and mineral finish coats the front teeth. Absolutely delicious and interesting. Great summer drinking and would do very well at the table.

$23 at Time Market in Tucson. Fouassier


Mogador, Priorat 2003

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Deep red.

mogador 2003

Vinturi – integrated, dense nose of black raspberry, pepper, shoe polish, earth and hazelnut.

Round, plush and densely packed. Huge, grainy tannin/flavor pixel count and manages to show some textural sweetness. Acid/tannin synergy ultimately shuts down the front teeth. Needs some serious lamb stew.

$50   Clos Mogador


Acentor, Garnacha, Calatayud 2011

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Saturated purple/red.


Opened yesterday – big, deep nose of blackberry/black raspberry coulis, crushed mint, earth and spice. Great aromatics.

Round, saturated palate impression, flavors mirroring nose. Very nicely balanced with acid/mineral spine keeping flavors vibrant. Blackberry and “mineral” finishing flavors. RFG and should improve with 3-5 more years in the bottle.

$15 at Time Market in Tucson. 100% fermented and aged in stainless steel.

Bastianich “Adriatico” Friulano, Colli Orientali del Friuli 2010

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Full yellow.


Nose of lightly spiced apple, lemon flesh, peach and pear. Light floral note.

Adds very ripe pineapple flavor to those listed above. Very fleshy fruit character – reminiscent of a white Chateauneuf (believe it or not). Nice acidity, which kicks in on the finish. Interesting stuff.

$25.   100% Friulano




Pedrosal, Ribera del Duero 2009

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Deep red/purple.


Open, seductive nose – savory meat, baked earth/potato and citrus/pepper.

Round and mouth-filling, but significant acid-driven tannin immediately frames citrus and earth flavors. Long, lively orange zest and earth finish. RFG and will improve with a few more years in the cellar.

$25 from Rumrunner in Tucson

Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Etna Rosso 2011

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Light red.

Opened yesterday – a bit of Brett/earth yesterday has morphed into a sexy hazelnut, cherry liqueur, sausage and spice nose. Also has a wild resinous herb character that reminds me of some wines from the Languedoc.

Perky with strong acidity and flavors of tart cherry and skillet sausage. Lean and bright with acid/tannin synergy puckering the front of the mouth.. Interesting stuff and great with lighter grilled meats.

$25 from FnB in Scottsdale. Think this must be 100% Nerello Mascalese

Tamellini, Soave 2011

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Tamellini SoaveFull yellow.

Nose of lemon flesh and zest, Mandarin orange and grain.

Lively and brighter in the mouth – citrus definitely front and center. Relatively strong acidity buffered nicely by textural sweetness/flesh. Long, vibrant Meyer lemon finish..

$25   from FnB in Scottsdale

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.