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Thread: TN: One Loire, one Tuscan

  1. #1
    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: One Loire, one Tuscan

    Clearing fridge/freezer, I did a Marco Polo meal (Italy to China) with
    sausage in fresh tomato sauce over pasta along with dry-cooked long
    beans. I didn't feel like Chinese or Italian wine so opened the 2008
    Michel Auge (Maisons Brulees) "Le Herdeleau" (VdT). Gamay/Pineau
    d'Aunis/Pinot Noir. Fresh raspberry and cherry, a solid note of
    pepper, fresh, hint of spritz. Quite enjoyable. Next night I ate at
    office, but had a glass when I returned home. Fuller, rounder, a
    little less lively but still quite nice, could almost pass for a quite
    good Bourgogne at this point. B+

    Last night was first night Betsy and I could eat alone together in a
    week. She chose some of my faves that she doesn't often do- a Tuscan
    rabbit recipe, grilled polenta, as well as some chard. Wine was the
    2005 Terrabianca*Campaccio. I'm not a big Tuscan IGT drinker, but the
    Campaccio I always felt showed more Tuscan/Sangio character than most,
    and is cheaper than a lot of SuperTs I like less. But this bottle kind
    of represented why I don't drink Tuscan IGT- it seemed more "Cab from
    anywhere." Blackcurrant, a little black cherry, lots of vanillin oak.
    Slightly astringent tannins, low to moderate acidity. Not exciting. C+/
    B-
    Food rocked, though.

    Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
    wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
    drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
    promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.*

  2. #2
    Dee Dovey Guest

    Default Re: One Loire, one Tuscan

    My notes showed that I had a 2003 Terrabianca Campaccio (bought at Costco in
    2007) price $27.89.

    I bought a 2008 Toscano (Costco $26.99) this weekend which I thought might
    be considered close to it. Bottled by Tenuta Sette Ponti Imported by
    Kobrand Corp. NY. I hope it's not a disappointment. (Sangiovese and Merlot)

    I usually stay away from Kobrand, but I don't know why; or if I did know,
    I've forgotten.

    Dee





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    Clearing fridge/freezer, I did a Marco Polo meal (Italy to China) with
    sausage in fresh tomato sauce over pasta along with dry-cooked long
    beans. I didn't feel like Chinese or Italian wine so opened the 2008
    Michel Auge (Maisons Brulees) "Le Herdeleau" (VdT). Gamay/Pineau
    d'Aunis/Pinot Noir. Fresh raspberry and cherry, a solid note of
    pepper, fresh, hint of spritz. Quite enjoyable. Next night I ate at
    office, but had a glass when I returned home. Fuller, rounder, a
    little less lively but still quite nice, could almost pass for a quite
    good Bourgogne at this point. B+

    Last night was first night Betsy and I could eat alone together in a
    week. She chose some of my faves that she doesn't often do- a Tuscan
    rabbit recipe, grilled polenta, as well as some chard. Wine was the
    2005 Terrabianca Campaccio. I'm not a big Tuscan IGT drinker, but the
    Campaccio I always felt showed more Tuscan/Sangio character than most,
    and is cheaper than a lot of SuperTs I like less. But this bottle kind
    of represented why I don't drink Tuscan IGT- it seemed more "Cab from
    anywhere." Blackcurrant, a little black cherry, lots of vanillin oak.
    Slightly astringent tannins, low to moderate acidity. Not exciting. C+/
    B-
    Food rocked, though.

    Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
    wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
    drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
    promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.



  3. #3
    Mike Tommasi Guest

    Default Re: One Loire, one Tuscan

    On 05/10/2010 4:55, Dee Dovey wrote:
    > I bought a 2008 Toscano (Costco $26.99) this weekend which I thought might
    > be considered close to it. Bottled by Tenuta Sette Ponti Imported by
    > Kobrand Corp. NY. I hope it's not a disappointment. (Sangiovese and Merlot)


    Sette Ponti is run by a big fashion industry magnate, they basically
    give the enologist a huge budget and tell him to make them a wine that
    is sure to get onto Parker's periscope, and he obeys and gets the job
    done admirably. Their top wine Oreno is a mix of cab, merlot and sangio,
    a kind of super-super-tuscan that had not much subtlety about it, it
    hits your mouth running with a Phil Spector-like wall of taste, an
    oak-fruit cluster bomb that barely passes the Geneva conventions, the
    alcohol fires the cluster into your mouth, the oak grabs the top of your
    tongue, the fruit grabs your palate and BAM! they both slam and stick
    together releasing their heady payload, the vanilla is straight from
    Madagascar, the fruit straight out of those italian white-and-blue
    ceramic pots of "amarene" cherries in syrup made by Toschi and others,
    and they don't even drain them, they leave the syrup in, all that's
    missing is the ice cream.


    --
    Mike Tommasi - Six Fours, France
    email link http://www.tommasi.org/mymail

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