From the Cellar

Christmas Night 2016 (Argentina / France / Italy)

14 Sep 2018


(December 25, 2016) ... We spend the morning with my in-laws and the night with my brother; I pulled out some interesting stuff like:

ChakanaChakana 2009 Bonarda, Yaguerete Collection (Argentina) ... I love Bonarda, it's the Gamay of Argentina: light, fruity, easy drinking, but it has to be made well; this one was. Dark berry fruit, touch of oxidization from the plastic cork but there is nice spice and blueberry, with hints of Christmas spice - one of the few plastic corked wines I've liked, but I drank my glass pretty fast because it was aging too quickly for my liking.

Domaine Boudau 2008 Le Clos (France) ... It has aged beautifully but has dropped a lot of fruit along the way: smoky and spicy, with some cassis and tobacco on the finish.

TorreVento 2006 Torre del Falco Nero di Troia (Italy) ... The grape is Nero di Troia and I have had little to no exposure to it until tonight, but after tasting this 10 year old wine I might be a fan (need more to say for certain): black licorice, cedar, smoke and black cherry - no way you would guess these grapes grew a decade ago.

Masi 2006 Campofiorin (Italy) ... You don't get to see 5-star vintages often and Masi is tougher than most when doling them out, you can see why they did it in 2006, even with 10 years on it the wine still feels fresh and lively: mocha, black cherry, cigar box, and very smooth.


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