2005 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Tasting

March 16, 2005 - Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Updated May 27, 2005 - First notes are Joanne's, second are Jack's.
This is a partial list of what was available for tasting.

2000
Mastroberadino Taurasi Radici Slightly Tannic. Black and red fruit mix. Good acids. Ok Good! 2+
2001
Castelluccio Massicone  

Hot nose. Vanilla finish. Like drinking vanilla extract. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Sangiovese

Appealing Nose. I Like! 2+ Nice dark cherry notes. Good finish.
1999
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara Stinking Intense Nose. Bitter center. Very tannic nose. Not to my taste. Very good. Still no buy.
2001
Michele Chiarlo Barbera D’asti Sup. Nizza La Court Very very bitter. Ick!! Way too bitter. Astrigent. Didn’t show well.
2000
F.lli Speri Amarone della Valipolcella Cl Vign. Monte Sant’Urbano Very sweet. Very extracted. Very Hot. New World style – NO! Good but not…
2002
Pieropan Soave Cl. La Rocca Clean. Pistachio. Mushroomy. Needs food. Very very balanced. Good Soave. Sweet. Pleasant. Slightly oaked.
2001
Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. Villa Bucci Riserva Clean. Slightly buttery. Decent acids. Very good. Balanced. Ja: Just wine.Very nice but not exciting.
2001
Conti Sertoli Salis Valtellina Sforzato Canua Yum, Yum! High acids. Balanced. Elegant. Cleansing acids. Medium red fruit. Good! Very light color. Good acids, tannins. Get some! 3
2002
Sandro Fay Valtellina Sforzato Ronco del Picchio Ripe fresh black currants. Really fruity. Delicate flavor. Really interesting wine. Grapes were picked in Oct and crushed in Dec. 100% Nebbiolo Yum! Very interesting.
3-6!
2001
Nada Barbaresco   V/A on nose. Musty 1 st notes but not corked. Bitter finish. Intense mouth coating acids. Chocolate. Clean. Very good. 3+
2001
Fontanabianca Barbaresco Sori Burdin Bitter. Acidic. Clean. Good quality. This is good! Very dry. Appealing. I like! 2+
2001
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Sup. Ornellaia   Very very intense. Tough fruit. Good but meaty. Tannic but drinkable now. Meaty. Tiniest pour. Good acidic. Didn’t excite.
2001
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Masseto   Fruit and Meat nose. High sugar and hot. Tannic finish. No! Good acids. But…
2001
Marchesi De Frescobaldi Mormoreto   Sweet. Hot. Sugar and alcohol marr fruit. No Sangiovese in this wine. It’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Tannic beast. Okay
2001
Ruffiano Chianti Cl. Ris. Ducale Oro   Clean. Sugar. Smooth. Slightly bitter finish. Tastes like spaghetti and meatballs. Tannins.
1999
Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino   Sweet. Puckering. No No No! Grips mouth. Cold. Astringent.
2000
Fontefredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa No. But good acids. Bitter finish. Probably good with food. Tannins. Not unpleasant. Closed.
2001
Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio Really really tannic. Puckering. But tasty fruit. Needs food. Will be fantastic.. Strong biting acids. Dark fruit. Shows promise.
2002
Ca’del Bosco Tdf Chardonnay Integrated acids. Clean. Integrated acids. Well made. Nice finish.
2000
Ca’del Bosco Franciacorta Dosage Zero   Grapefruity. Toasty. Great flavor. Wow! Very appealing and different. 6+
1997
Ca’del Bosco Annamaria Clementi   Something here. Hmmm….  
2001
Cantine Terlano AA Terlano Pinot Bianco Verberg Watery. Grigio-like. Still slightly efferevescent. Butter on the finish. Aged 6 months on lees then 6 months in big oak casks. Nice! Appealing. Good finish.
2002
Roberto Anselmi Capitel Croce   Not much taste. Slight butterscotch on nose. Steamed root vegetables. Mashed turnips on finish. Tasted too cold. Great! Buy 3+
2000
Benanti Etna Bianco Sup. Pietramarina Motor oil on nose. Heavy minerals. Very tart. Not appealing to me. Min. 10 years longevity. Released after 4 years. Carricante is indigenous to Etna. Long finish. I like! Imported by Jarr Imports NJ.
2001
Quercibella Camartina   Wow. Really balanced. Slightly herbal and grassy. Very drinkable. Earthy mushroomy – chanterelles. Great acids. I like! Interesting. Sangiovese & Cabernet Sauvignon.
1999
Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura Tastes like a wine made for commercial consumption (i.e., Gen. Public). Tasty meaty tannic finish. Medium acids. Smooth and drinkable but innocuous Lacks personality. Good but…
2000
Marziano ed Enrico Abbona Barolo Pressenda Black currants and blackberries on nose. Tons of fruit. Great acids. Real fruit. Really good. Didn’t show much to me.
2003
Coffele Soave Cl. Ca’ Visco No wood. Very plain. Yellow fruits. Clean. Good. High altitude. No wood. Good.
2003
Collavini, Eugenio Collio Bianco Broy Really appealing nose. Malo really integrated. Green leafy vegetables on midnotes. Good acids. 40% Tokai Fruiliano 20% Sauvignon Blanc. 40% Chardonnay. Interesting. Too cold when tasted.
2001
Girolamo Dorigo COF Montsclapade Good! Great acids. Balanced. Baryardy nose. Surprising. 60% Cab Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. Astringent. Ho Hum.
2000
Masciarelli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Villa Gemma Ashes, herbal notes. Yum. Great wine. Tastes like washed rind cheeses. Hmmm/ This is good. I like. About $25.
2001
Masciarelli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Marina Cvetic S. Martino Rosso Tannic finish. Almost medicinal fruit. Bitter but interesting. No nose. Wow! Delicious! 6+. About $75.
2002
Lis Neris Tal Luc   Great acids. Apricots and pineapple. Yum. Grapes dried 70-80 days. 95% Passito. 5% Riesling. About $93. Great nose – best of night? Good. Not great.



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