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Franco-Italian quick notes

December 17, 2008

Rigoloccio “Il Sorvegliante” Maremma, 2005: Cabernet (Franc and Sauvignon) + Alicante. Too classy and confident to have a case of identity crisis, but definitely a ‘tweener wine – residing somewhere between Bordeaux and Tuscany, the Olde World and New World. Juicy cranberries and pepper on the front end with dusty and minerally backend. Long finish. It’s got swagger and elegance, with muscle to back it up. Very well-made and delicious.

Domaine St. Martin de la Garrigue, ‘Cuvee Tradition’, Languedoc, 2006: Rhone-Blend. Good balance and food-friendly, but nothing too exciting right now. Some funk thankfully blew off and integrated into a bit of complexity on the second day. I’d go to some other sub$15 Rhone blends in stead.

Domaine Anne Gros, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits “Cuvée Marine”, Burgundy, 2005: Chardonnay. Great wine here – showing lots od red apple, crayon/pencil box and sea-shells on the nose and palate. Not a lean Chardonnay, but great acidity and focus. With chicken, fish, and cheese all day. A winning combination of ripe, robust fruit and traditional Burgundian character.

Les Obriers de las Peira, Terrasses de Larzac, Languedoc 2006: Rhone-Blend. Strange wine this is. A mix of ripe red and black fruits, black pepper and a touch of aged balsamic on the nose. Heavily extracted, with a good punch of alcohol. A fakey sweetness on the midpalate almost takes this over the edge, but the superb finish holds the wine together. Fine and sweet tannins clearly present. A little uneven and confusing now. I personally can’t portent what this will evolve into, but it could go either way…

[EDIT] Tasted on day 2, showing a much more integrated and seductive wine. The nose came together with unctuous ripe cherry and wild herbs. The finish still rocks the house with a schisty minerality. The tannins are holding strong – I believe this is one for the cellar, and should continue to improve over the medium-long term.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2008 8:16 am

    Many thanks for the TN Jonathan Rob Dougan / La Peira…


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