Friday, July 17, 2009

A second dinner in Massachusetts

I must be getting old. I can't remember the food we had with the following wines at another family dinner. Good thing I took notes on the wines.

2004 Piantate Lunghe ROSSO CONERO (Marche, Italy) -- this wine was primarily (or maybe all) derived from the dark-colored Montepulciano grape. Saturated color. Deep-toned nose of earthy, winey blackberries. Lots of soft tannins and good balance.

2004 Mas de Boislauzon CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE (Rhone Vally, France) -- Textbook Chateauneuf du Pape aromas of garrigue, stones, and spicy raspberries. Great length and balance. Could benefit from another 1-2 years of cellaring.

2004 Don Ramon CAMPO DE BORJA (75% Garnacha, 25% Tempranillo) (Spain) -- loads of sweet, ripe raspberry fruit. Not great complexity but very nice.

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