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comments for Nathan P. re: vino (from California board)

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comments for Nathan P. re: vino (from California board)

moto | Jan 25, 2006 05:48 PM

hello, thanks for posting the label image, I was in that store earlier. It's said of many Piemonte nebbiolos that they benefit from 6-12 years of bottle age, so if you like that wine, you might like it even more down the road. I'm waiting one more year for the '97 Barolos in the basement. B.Doon's Heart of Darkness is from their "EuroDoon" selections, and as iconoclastic as Mr.G appears, I think he has a deep reverence for old school French winemaking. Madiran is stated on that wine's label. What sets their reds apart is the predominance of the tannat grape; B.Doon's version has 10% cab. sauv.He comments on the website re. a syrah he imports that the French can't be surpassed in some styles. The southern French reds and the Spanish wines you mentioned share quite a few components(grenache,mourvedre,carignan), garnacha/grenache might have originated in Espana, and cab franc, another very old variety illustriously vinified in Bordeaux and the Loire, has a differnt name there too. Will Bucklin of Old Hill ranch in Sonoma(some 120 yr old dry farmed vines) makes a very nice dark rustic blend called "mixed blacks", in the field blend genre but I think it's influenced by his years in French vineyards prior to his getting his own label. A similar blend also in the <$20 bracket is the nonvintage Marietta Old Vines red. enjoy the wine. cheers

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