A New Year's Tasting
I was too drunk to take detailed notes :-D .... I will report only some elliptic, telegraphic comments (like Giovanni di Enzo):
MIANI, Merlot Buri 2009, Colli Orientali del Friuli
Black fruits, tar and liquorice... big muscles in terms of (plush) tannins, alcohol and extraction...fortunately a good dose of minerality and intriguing notes of incense and patchouli save this wine to be just one of the usual modern hedonistic Merlots. Very good quality, but may be better in few years.
ABREU, Madrona Ranch 2004, Napa Valley
Black/blue fruits and floral notes are turning down to leave space to shy notes of tobacco, leather, loamy soil and cedar, dried flower too. It's extremely smooth for being a Napa Cab, but it has already ten years on his shoulder. Acidity is quite low, while the alcohol is high, therefore the wine starts to look a bit tired. Drink now or in the next few years. Very good quality but not exciting (especially considering the price).
MAS DOIX, Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles 2008, Priorat
Approximatively 50/50 blend of cariñena (100 years old vines) and garnacha (90 years old vines). Aged for 16 months in new french oak.
Dark berries and damsons, spices, violets, cedar, cola and toast, pencil shaving and a pronounced mineral verve. Good acidity keeps the wine vibrant and alcohol is well hidden. Tannic structure is multilayered and the french oak, although very present, is well integrated. It smells and tastes like one of the best Priorat's terroir grapes vinified in one of the best Bordeaux châteaux. Outstanding quality, it's approachable now but will gain complexity with few years of cellaring.
BORGO DEL TIGLIO, Malvasia 2009, Collio
Extreme drinkability and finesse, ripe yet floral (not as flamboyant as the "Studio di Bianco") and mineral, very balanced and svelte. Unbelievably complex for being a Malvasia. Perfect with light dishes and fish. Outstanding quality.