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Santa Barbara – 26/04/2012

Le Vaglie Verdicchio dei Castelli Jesi Classico 2011
Showed very crisp citrus and pear fruits on the nose with some very delicate minerality, whilst on the palate riper more tropical fruits like guava and fig combined with brisk acidity and balanced texture.

Stefano Antonucci Riserva Verdicchio 2009
A richer and riper fruit nose with delicate herbal spice elements, with a more developed texture and fruit intensity on the palate, introducing nashi pear and some tropical depth.

Tardivo ma non tardo Verdicchio 2008
Harvested later at a very mature ripeness level, having higher alcohol and viscosity. Very intense and floral with glazed orchard fruits on the nose, showing some late harvest oxidative concentration and fruit sweetness.

Stefano Antonucci Rosso 2009
A blend of 40% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 20% montepulciano, very imbalanced showing neither fruit restraint or personality, and sitting on the fence between power and elegance.

Il Maschio da Monte Montepulciano 2009
Suffers from heavy handling of oak dulling the fruit, expressing too much oak-derived sweet characters like chocolate and caramel, and is quite hot and extractive.

Pathos 2010
A blend of one-third of each of cabernet, merlot and syrah, and the 2010 is not a bad wine per se, but is neither unique nor indigenous, and serves to the owners and the mass markets taste.

A lovely companion to a wine tasting

A lovely companion to a wine tasting

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I just met a region called (Santa Maria, California)

Several weeks before I left for my trip I began sending emails to wineries in California to introduce myself and explain the nature of my trip. Many responded enthusiastically, particularly from the Napa Valley, some a little reluctantly and some not at all. The former reason because they are more setup for tourism in their particular area and have staff who are employed for this reason. The other two reasons because they are smaller operations and are too busy with vintage at this time of year, and understandably so.
Bien Nacido

Bien Nacido

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"Sideways"… anyone? (Santa Ynez, California)

After spending the weekend in LA it was nice to get into a car and head north towards wine country. The 2.5 hour drive along the coast is gorgeous and quite spectacular. It does take a while to get out of Los Angeles, but the traffic wasn’t too bad. I’m also glad to have had experience of driving on the right-hand side of the road in France last year. As I started to approach Santa Barbara I started to get tingles, as I am a huge fan of the film “Sideways”, as I’m sure many of you are.

Los Olivos cafe

Los Olivos cafe

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