Jul 312015

The second Barolo is a 2004 Azienda Bricco Rocche (Ceretto) Barolo Brunate. Wow, can these wines get any better? Sheesh, Marc, you’ve done it again. Lovely wine, even though it was not rated as high by Wine Enthusiast as the “98” 2010 vintage we just tasted — this vintage was “only” rated 97. Oh my — two great ones in a row.

Color is turning orange at the edges. The nose is earthy – tobacco and leather and some floral aromas. Maybe a little barnyard? I taste cherries and strawberries and some spice. The finish is medium, and it has good balance. This wine is Continue reading »

Jul 292015

Uh oh. Getting toward the end of the evening. Note to self: take more notes. And more pictures.

Frankly, I was still drooling over the Le Serra Nuove and anticipating a barolo or two and don’t think I gave this wine a fair shake. My notes said “good” and “young” on the Castelli Martinozzi [which didn’t really need documenting, but I think I meant it was pretty good for such a young tyke]. Probably better acquire a bottle or two of this since it is well regarded AND affordable. I promise I’ll take better notes when I do.

Castelli Martinozzi‘s website describes the aroma: “complex intensive and Continue reading »

Jul 292015

Or, from vino da tavola to super tuscan. Or, from Bordeaux to Tuscany. Wow, quite a leap and quite a wine. Moment of silence, please, for this spectacular right-bank-style Bordeaux from ITALY. Italian Bordeaux? Yes, and nicely done, too.

Our second red was Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2008. K&L Wines quoted Robert Parker’s accolades about this wine: “The 2008 Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia is drop-dead gorgeous. Mocha, smoke, tar, grilled herbs and Continue reading »