Monday, July 21, 2008

2007 Planeta La Segreta

This was a great beginning to our tasting.....colour of straw with a nose of peach, mangoes, passion fruit, fresh strawberries, vanilla bean and apple. The palate was not quite as complex as the nose but still showed lime, peach and white cherries with high acidity and a medium length finish. 89points

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Visit to Planeta











My friend Rainer and I drove from Cefalu to the Menfi winery and were greeted by a very friendly staff person who had to fill in last minute for Ciara Planeta.....the tour was very informative and seeing the cellar holdings was mind blowing.....bottles of 1976 Romanee Conti, 45 Bordeaux plus all the back vintages and large formats of Planeta wines.....
The tasting room (which I will post a picture of later in the week with the wines) was very nice. The tasting notes will all come this week so stay tuned....

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Off to Saskatcewan....

I leave for Saskatoon tonight and will not be back until July 19....
expect some great content when I get back as I still need to write a long piece on my trip to PLANETA while in Sicily.
See you all soon......in the meantime, listen to the the wine!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Dante Rivetti Bricco de Neueis Riserva mini vertical


1996
Nose of earth, plum, tobacco and pomegranate with sour cherry, licorice and plum coming through on the palate with....nice but a little ho hum. The finish is medium with some complexity. 90points
1997
This comes at you with black tea, sour cherries, plum, truffle, earth and fungus. The palate has subtle clove, with dominating notes of plum, tea and earth. The finish here is really an upgrade from the 1996...it is medium to long and has layers of complexity that linger. 92+points

Monday, July 7, 2008

2003 Cervoles


Nose of hay, underbrush, dark chocolate, espresso and raspberry on the nose. Big tannin on the palate with mocha and red fruit. The finish though is underwhelming.........it is short with nothing but tannin bouncing around. 89points

Friday, July 4, 2008

2001 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino


Wow.....this wine has a very interesting nose of olive, brine, smoked meat and blood with savoury oregano, black fruit and smoke on the palate. The problem with this wine is its finish........quite short and uninteresting and a big disappointment given the region, producer and vintage. 90 points

Thursday, July 3, 2008

2003 Chateau Monbousquet

This wine exhibits olive tapanade, campfire, creosote, smoked meat, cherry and maple toffee on the nose. The palate is really well integrated, very balanced with notes of cherry, olive, smoke, medium acid and surprisingly high tannin....the finish is long with plums and cherry's. Great wine.....94+points

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

2001 Sandrone Cannubi Boschis

This is probably one of my favorite wines over the past 2 years.......
Nose of tar, violets, black tea, sour cherry and cinnamon (after a bit of coaxing). The palate has big tannin and high acid with plums, tar, black tea, and floral aspects....the finish is medium+ with subtle sour cherries and cinnamon. 94points
This is a wine that I have scored 100 points before and while a 94 point is hard to complain about, this bottle was just not bringing it like others have.....just did not have that special quality that it has had in the past....