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Several Wines Tasted One Month Ago

It is through no fault of these wines that I am only just publishing these tasting notes from over one month ago.  They just fell through the cracks.  Of these four I would recommend the Clso Siguier, Antoniolo, and Lioco.  The Clos Siguier was purchased for Wishing Well Liquors, the Antoniolo from MacArthur Beverages, and the other two from Unwined.

2009 Clos Siguier, Cahors –
A Jenny & Francois Selection imported by USA Wine Imports.  This wine is a blend of 95% Malbec and 5% Tannat sourced from 60-year-old vines.   The fruit is fermented with indigenous yeasts. Alcohol 12.5%.  There is a light perfumed nose with a singular berry aroma.  In the mouth there was slightly tart, red fruit then dusty blue fruit.  There were drying but slightly ripe tannins and a little juicy acidity.  Easy to drink.  ** Now.

2010 Azienda Agricola Antoniolo, Bricco Lorella, Coste della Sesia – $16
Imported by Bacchus Importers.  This wine is 100% Nebbiolo.  Alcohol 13%.  The color is a light+ vibrant copper and salmon.  The nose is gentle with winey aromas of lightly ripe fruit.  In the mouth the wine is weighty with sandy texture, spices, some tannins, and a good aftertaste.  The tarter red fruit puckers in the mouth at first then the flavors become drier towards the middle.  This is a wine to slowly drink at a warmer temperature.  ** Now-2013.

2009 Lioco, Indica, Mendocino County – $18
This wine is a blend of 85% Carignan, 9% Grenache, and 6% Petite Sirah.  The fruit was fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts.  It underwent malolactic fermentation then aged for 10 months on the fine lees in neutral oak.  The nose is a light to medium with aromas of red and blue fruit and notes of the sea.  In the mouth the tart red fruit has a touch of blue.  There is juicy acidity, a bit of a tang, and moderate body.  With air the wine puts on some fat.  As the fresh flavors drop off they are replaced by dried, grainy strawberry and blueberry.  The textured, grainy flavors continue through the aftertaste where there are perfumed tannins.  *** Now-2015.

2007 Domaine Sarda-Malet, Le Sarda, Cotes du Roussillon – $20
Imported by Europvin USA.  This wine is a blend of approximately 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 20% Syrah sourced from 20-50 year old vines on clay-limestone and clay-siliceous hillsides.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose reveals red fruit and a little cranberry.  In the mouth there is red fruit with orange juice backing, dried herbs, and dry, citric tannins.  There is moderate weight, juicy acidity but remains lighter than expected.  The acidity and dried herbs persist through the long aftertaste.  ** Now-2017.

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