I have a good memory and as with most people it is particularly astute when recorded painful moments in one’s life. Take for example 1994, when I finally broke into my stash of benchmark 1982 Barolo. We’re talking Marcarini, and Cascina Francia, Monpri...Read more »
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Varietals Produced in Ginestra View all
This ancient Friulian variety was first mentioned in a contract from 1289. In 1402, the local city of Udine prohibite...
History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...
History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...
Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...
History of the grape: The name translates to “Black [grape] of Avola,” referring to the town in Sicily where it was f...
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Tried the bottle after leaving it open for a good hour. The nose was rather classic, with fruity notes. The taste however was pungently green, with strong acidic tones. It was also too watery for a chianti. All in all disappointing. Read More
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Cinnamon, apples, and cranberries in the nose. Smooth attack, with a semi-dry feeling and a sharp tannic bite on the finish, with a cherry tartness.Danielle Says: Smooth, earthy, fruity aroma - potent aftertaste with a cherry finish. My tongue says "Yah" Read More
Spicy black pepper, buttery, with clove spice, round and comforting, but interesting. Good balance Read More
Milk chocolate and café au lait dominate the note at first but are quickly joined by notes of sweet wood, a touch of gaminess, and a top not of menthol. On the palate this is dark and matte with tons of wood showing and a heavy load of drying wood tannins. The fruit does gain the upper hand up front with a sweet, rich dried fruit note, but the t... Read More
Wines TastedMarcarini Brunate - 91ptsCascina Ballarin Tre Ciabot - 88ptsElio ... 87ptsClerico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 89ptsLuigi Pira Marenca 94ptsBruno Giacosa Le Rocche del Falletto 89ptsGiacomo Conterno Cascina Francia 93ptsThe mid 1990s through 2001 was a magical time in Piemonte, never before had the region been blessed with such a strin... Read More
I almost drove by the Oreste Stroppiana winery, well actually I did since I was ... ... up a nose reminiscent of Ginestra with notes of very ripe, dark fruit, seared cherry notes and an almost fudgy top note.. Dusty and gently woody with an exotic sandalwood edge. This is soft and elegant in the mouth with very well managed tannins that offer ... Read More
On Wednesday, March 5, Gambero Rosso landed in San Francisco with one or two ... or more.Elio Grasso Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate 2003: Can't overcome the sensitivity I have to the super stressed nose the high tones, the volatility. Once it subsides the wine is lovely with mocha and bittersweet chocolate covering gripping tannins and a tas... Read More
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