It's that time of year! A lot of big names. Beaucastel, Insignia, Dunn, Sassicaia, Ornellaia etc.
quote:Originally posted by Bruce Hayes:
Does anyone know if it's the 2007 or 2008 Dunn HM that's being offered? The description cites the 2008 but the picture clearly shows a 2007 label. Duh.
quote:Originally posted by Darcy:
Quick thoughts via the Oakville tasting bar...
2009 Ornellaia -- Rich blackberry & bramble nose. Entirely primary. Silky smooth. Perfectly integrated tannins. Great structure; allows the elements to come together without calling attention to itself. Rich midpalate (previous vintage was very hollow) and lengthy minute-long finish. This will be a great wine and impresses me as much as the '06 on release. 95+ points and long future.
2009 Sassicaia -- Nose is more complex than the Ornellaia -- incl. dried flowers, perfume, cedar -- but lacks the dark fruit intensity and also has some green tobacco unripeness I've detected on a few other vintages over the past decade. It's more approachable than the Ornellaia but won't be as impressive 10-15 yrs from now. The lack of palate intensity, length, and distinctly verdant qualities disqualify this from purchase consideration for me. Not to mention the price.
2010 Beaucastel CdP -- Beautiful nose that's the antithesis of a Grenache bomb. Red licorice, cherry sauce, rose hips, lavender and wood spice on the nose. Beautiful, graceful mid-weight wine. Great structure and long, balanced finish. Didn't get alcohol burn. Tannins are mouth coating right now. Drinking window likely 2022-2027. Don't think it will be as long lived or rich as the '01 or '05 but it is a very pretty, classically proportioned CdP. 93 pts and recommended.
Haven't bitten on the Ornellaia yet. But it's likely. Oh wallet.