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Poggio Argentiera ‘Poggio Al Ginepri’, Bolgheri 2005

February 19, 2008

 ~US$20, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah and 25% Merlot

  Dark plum. Densely aromatic nose, with earthy currant, tobacco, cocoa, and black cherries.  Medium-full bodied presenting good structure in the palate – with Tuscany’s firm acidity and integrated tannins being proportionate and in balance – but the wine falls apart halfway through. It disintegrates into bitter green peppery flavors and a awkward oakiness as it moves towards the finish. Not terribly “clean” or pure. Despite the flaw, I can see it pairing well with a pasta bolognese or other rich meat sauces or braises. In sum, great aromas but a letdown on the palate. This may be way too young  – I could imagine the wine putting itself together a little more in the cellar, because from a winemaking standpoint, everything seemed right – except for the spike of bitterness. A decent cabernet blend for the price, but I probably wont be buying again – I’d rather be drinking one of Italy’s more interesting indigenous varieties (Barbera, Sangiovese, Corvina, Negroamaro, Primitivo, etc). 

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