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Firm Winter Reds

Perhaps in part due to the cold, tasters gravitated to the richer wines. Quite a number people found the 2014 Groundwork Mourvedre ntriguing. In a richer softer style it showed heady and changing streaks of anise, leather, and rich plum. It sold out at the tasting, but we have gotten more in to fill the orders that were placed.
January 10, 2018


The 2014 Tasca d’Almerita Nero d’Avola Lamuri was equally popular with its direct cherry-plum attack. Not quite so broad, it showed a more intense directness.

           The St. Emilion-like 2015 Ch Laussac came close behind. Undeneath its strong oak notes, it showed a Merlot-Cabernet Franc richness and complexity that many found appealing. It will improve nicely over the next five years.

           Each of the other three had its fans, The Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino so much that tasters and emailers ordered all we could get. The 2014 Domaine Mee Godard Morgon Grand Cras and 2015 Eraldo Revelli Dogliani Otto Filari were more linear in their presentation. Some tasters favored each for their precision.


2014 Domaine Mee Godard Morgon Grand Cras; Color: Md light; Aroma: Poised heady rather sweet ripe fruit clean; Mouth: Poised and pure clean very fine and poised, very nice cut, elegant ; Very Good - Excellent 32; Mixed Case, 28.8; Case, 27.2

2015 Eraldo Revelli Dogliani Otto Filari: Ruby red with violet rim. Vivid dark fruit with harmonious aromas and flavors. Very Good Plus 21/bottle 18.90/mixed case 17.85/case

2015 Ch Laussac (Castillon) “a detailed, quite complex bouquet with lifted blackberry and cedar aromas, very expressive and welcoming. The palate is clean and fresh, very well balanced with grainy tannin, pure black and red fruit, and is beautifully poised with an elegant finish that is an absolute delight.” Neal Martin, Wine Advocate 29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49

2015 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino: Elements of red berry underbrush and clove with velvety tannins. Well structured with a long finish. Very Good to Excellent sold out

2014 Groundwork Mourvedre; Color: very dark tint, medium dense, semi-opaque; Aroma: lightly spicy, clean, racy and tight, very firm, lifted acidity, a subtle nutty accent, intriguing; Mouth: sweet fruit very full, dense rich, smooth; Very Good Plus 23.99; Mixed Case, 21.59; Case, 20.39

2014 Tasca d’Almerita Nero d’Avola Lamuri: Intense ruby red. Black cherry, dark fruit with notes of tobacco, vanilla and wild herb. Smooth spicy tannins and a long finish. Very Good to Excellent 21/bottle 18.90/mixed case 17.85/case


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            - Len Rothenberg


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