[Un]expected,ly Good

So had the day off to do some running around shopping, you know running to Mikuni Wild Harvest to buy you know regular stuff BLIS Bourbon Aged Maple Syrup, Blis Sherry Vinegar. Buying Qualicum Bay Scallops, Sable Fish etc etc.

Anyways the major reason was to drop off some wine at the downtown wine storage facility.
[3 cases of Loire and a Burgundy] was told they were doing some Brunello Tasting. So I made sure I was down there when they were being poured a free tasting is a free tasting.  Just so you know I am not the biggest fan of Sangiovese grape. Just something about it. Started the tasting and noticed they had some Barolo's going on too! Now that I do like and I think by far my favourite of the day.

Started off with an Italian White it was Fantastic no notes or name, Just rememberd it being honeyed and Muscat like very very good.

2004 BRUNELLO, 2005 BAROLO - Downtown Vancouver (11/26/2009)
Tasting of 2004 Brunellos and 2005 Barolo's by Luigi Einaudi
  • 2005 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro Toscana IGT - Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
    A: Had something big about it but yet it was muted.

    T: Nice red fruit, very good (90 pts.)
  • 2004 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
    A: Typical Sangvioses Nose, Spice and Darkish Fruit plums/prunes

    T: Rose, Perfume, Floral, Sour Cherry but a Sweet Sour Cherry VERY SOLID

    Conclusion, the nose kinda of turned me off as I am not a Sang fan, but the taste just fantastic (91 pts.)
  • 2004 Fattoria di Sant'Angelo (Lisini) Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
    A: A Burgundian Nose i was feeling, warm ripe sour cherry, something very Burgundian, this is the nose is where I can see people falling in love with Brunello

    T: Tannins, Mild [Double Decanted] Acid Medium, Good solid fruit, more to this wine then the notes very solid (92 pts.)
  • 2005 Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Terlo - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
    This was Double Decanted, then in bottle for 3hrs

    A: Licorice Strawberry, Twisters, Beautiful

    T: Really good ripe fruit, acid was a medium, tannins nice

    Conclusion: My type of wine, maybe too new world, but also I don't know how long this will "age" in the acid department maybe the tannins will keep it together but its drnking so good right now (92 pts.)
  • 2005 Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Nei Cannubi - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
    This was Double Decanted, then in bottle for 3hrs

    A: Twisters Awesomeness, like Gary V says Gourmet/High Class Twisters, I mean just beautiful

    T: My notes were blank because it was so good, Acid was amazing. It was acidic yet it wasn't like "oh hey its acid" more like hey why is this acid so "Sweet"

    Conclusion my type of Barolo (94 pts.)
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At the end of the day I think I love Barolo, tho these were top end ones so Its almost like you could not like them.  I am excited about my 98 in the cellar I am going to open up soon, just waiting on my venison

THE 100-POINT RATING SCALE (Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate describes this in more detail.)
• Extraordinary (96-100 points)
• Outstanding (90-95)
• Very Good to Excellent (85-89)
• Good (80-84)
• Average (75-79)
• Below average (70-74)
• Avoid (50-70)


  1. In keeping with a great US tradition I had an Italian feast for Thanksgiving...complete with a Carmignano, direct from Lucca. Love Italian wines.

  2. Nice, our thanksgiving was last month, tho I think a Nero D'Avola would work really good, its nice and fruity

  3. Nero was our second choice...I must investigate that varietal further.
    I like the Sicilian connection.