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Originally posted by sunnylea57:

My favourite was the 96 Masseto,


Why so?


The 2001 Masseto was a lovely Merlot, but I didn't think it was drastically better than other good Merlots I've tried. It also seemed a bit primary to me. (Caveat: it was one of the two where I - and everyone else at the table - easily identified both wine and vintage. Everything about it - colour, nose, palate, body - said that it was younger than the other 7 pours.)

Meanwhile, the 96 Masseto had the freshest, most intricate, and most prominent nose and palate of the night.

I think our preferences were biased due to the state of the bottles they were pouring. As VinC pointed out, a number of the bottles were rather tired, and it seemed that every table had at least one bottle that was completely off. At our table, the 98 Ornellaia had major brett. At other tables, the 2001 Masseto was corked.
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2007 Stolpman Syrah Hilltops Santa Ynez Valley


How was this?

First bottle I've had of this wine. Very dark, dense-looking in the glass, but seemed ready-to-drink with good tannic structure. Main attributes are smoky, savoury/spicy (black pepper), with lots of dark chocolate/expresso and smooth, dense texture. Good value for a wine bought on sale at Vintages.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Winetasters tonight. Blind tasting.

1994 Ornellaia
1995 Ornellaia
1996 Ornellaia
1998 Ornellaia
1994 Masseto
1995 Masseto
1996 Masseto
2001 Masseto

Plus a mystery wine - double blind: 1995 Ornellaia Le Volte

This was my first blind tasting. Of the 8 main wines, I got 2 bang on (both wine and vintage), and two others I got the wine right but the vintage wrong. Of course, it's not as hard when there are only two wines to choose from - a cab sauv blend, and a merlot... And even so, I got half wrong. As did most people at our table.

My favourite was the 96 Masseto, which I pegged as the 94 Ornellaia.

It was remarkable how tannic some of the older vintages of the Masseto still are, especially the 94 and 96.


Good to see you Sunnylea, and Mrs Sunnylea.

I liked the Masseto as well. Surprisingly, all seemed very advanced for their age. It made me think I'd rather have these wines at 10-15 years than at 15-20. The 98 Ornellaia seemed flawed - brett or some other funk that was overpowering,and the 95 had some of this character to a lesser degree. Interestingly, we had both last year at an Italian dinner (Noce) and thought it was flawed (thinking the 98). I enjoyed the 1997, 1995, 1996 Ornellaia much more 3-6 years ago.

The Masseto were good but many seemed a bit past their peak. The 2001 was the best but didn't strike me as anywhere near a 100 pt wine.

Post tasting at Oliver & Bonacini Grill:

NV La Florescence Champagne (B de Noirs). Full bodied, good with tuna tatare

2005 Oreno - Most ready to drink.
2008 Liena Cab Franc, -big and structured,concentrated. Outstanding but needs 5 years.
2007 Il Carbonaione - young, but most elegant and smooth of the bunch.

All three were excellent, but at different stages and showed different character. All 3 were quite concentrated.

Dessert: 2000 Kracher Chardonnay TBA Auslese: Fantastic - big yum here. Great fruit, great balance. Thank you VinChanted! Winner

My favourite wine of the tasting was the 2001 Masseto. It was the only wine that appeared to have any youthfulness - both in its appearance and taste. The others all seemed to have aged much more.

However, I enjoyed all of the wines we had after the tasting more than any of the wines we had earlier. I'll have to consider the implications of that!

I'm always amazed at the versatility of Il Carbonaione. When drunk young, it is poised, balanced, and versatile with so many foods. Then as it ages, it becomes sublime without losing any of its former qualities. Truly enjoyable to drink either the 1992 or the 2007.
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2003 Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega Alicante Casta Diva Cosecha Miel



Exciting to see this winery. One of my closest friends from San Diego moved to Alicante and dated the daughter of the family that owned this winery. We went to Parcent and hung out with them and tasted their wines and olive oil. A great treat. If you ever find a bottle of their Fondillon (dessert wine), it'll blow you away. In the most treasured wine topic, my 1987 Casta Diva Fondillon is definitely a contender.
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2007 Stolpman Syrah Hilltops Santa Ynez Valley


How was this?

First bottle I've had of this wine. Very dark, dense-looking in the glass, but seemed ready-to-drink with good tannic structure. Main attributes are smoky, savoury/spicy (black pepper), with lots of dark chocolate/expresso and smooth, dense texture. Good value for a wine bought on sale at Vintages.


Thanks, much appreciated!
Tonight w/main course of chicken, shitake mushroom and tarragon risotto with a shallot and red grape sauce:

- 2001 Castelgiocondo Brunello -- this has been drinking really well for the last 2-3 years, with a lovely berry and spice nose and flavours, silky texture, long finish

- 1999 Castelgiocondo Brunello Riserva -- still quite dark in colour but seems a bit dilute in the mouth, fruit has faded which makes the acidity a bit pronounced; not terrible but disappointing, maybe an off bottle

- 2000 Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini -- lovely translucent ruby colour, nice floral nose, rich plum, roasted almond, licorice flavours with decent acidity, medium to long finish; best match with the risotto

- 2001 Castelgiocondo Lamoiane -- still pretty dark, big nose and lots of rich ripe plum and berry flavour, almost jammy after the previous wines, long finsih, drinks young and seems to have the stuffing to go quite a while yet

Also with appetizers 2010 Bret Brothers Pouilly-Fuissé Climat En Carmentrant, which has a slightly chalky texture but is very tasty with apple, citrus, mineral flavours

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