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click here Krug 1985 (Magnum):
Eye: Pale to medium yellow
Nose:Subtle nose of citrus upon opening and fine bubbles. After 30min in the glass, the nose was intense honeyed and yeasty/brioche.
Palate: Structured citrus attack upon sipping, which slowly developed into a secondary yeasty/bitter lift in the mid palate. Medium to long length.
Verdict: Still at it’s infancy, this magnum bottle could have been better 8-15 years down the road. Very elegant, immensely structured with fine bubbles. My first Krug and hopefully not the last!
Price: 800Usd
Ratings: 4.4/5

Cupole 2005, Tenuta Di Trinoro:
55% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot,4% Cesanese, 4% Uva di troia
light red
Nose: Cooked vegetables with hay
light attack,tad bitterness in mid palate, harmonious tannins. short to medium length Verdict: it’s an ok wine. nothing to shout about. Interesting nose of intense cooked vegetables due to the over ripened Cabernet franc
Ratings: 3.3/5

Cupole 2004, Tenuta Di Trinoro:
Eye:light red
Cooked vegetables with hay
Similar to 2005, but 2004 has a stronger attack of fruit
same intense cooked vegetable but with more fruit
Ratings: 3.3/5

Franchetti, 2004 Tenuta Di Trinoro:
60% petit verdot,40% Cesanese d’Affile
deep red
beautiful intense nose of currant, leather and black fruits
Harmonious, well integrated tannin, good structure with long length.
Verdict: Amazing for an petit verdot. This wine is elegant and beautiful. Pairs well with red meat and could develop further 2-4 years time. Checking online shows that this wine is about 100usd. Not exactly value for money but hey, it is still a great effort for the winemaker

Passopisciaro 2005, Tenuta di Trinoro
100% nerello mascalese
Clear light red
Cherry and strawberry
light, pinot-like elegance but lacking the purity of a great burgundy pinot. crisp tannin. Length was medium
Verdict: Online retailed for 40usd. This wine is similar in style to a burgundy pinot. It is closer to a burgundy than most new world pinot. However, it is lacking on the purity, mineral. Pretty good effort but nothing to shout about.

Trinoro 2006, Tenuta di Trinoro
blend of merlot, cab franc and cab sauv
medium red, massive alcohol leg (15% alcohol accoding to the winemaker)
Nose: herbicious, cooked vegetable,
tannic, with currant and red fruits coming out after 30min in glass. medium finish
Verdict: Great intense fruit compared to 2003. Big wine and has great potential ahead. This could be the best Trinoro in years to come.
Price: 330 usd
Ratings: 4-4.5/5 in 10 years time.

Trinoro 1998, Tenuta di Trinoro
(70% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot)
Eye: Deep purplish red
intense bordeaux nose, leather, tobacco and herbal
Structured, harmonious tannin, plums, currant with a long finish.
Great effort. The second vintage of Trinoro and it’s already drinking well. With great harmony, integrated structure and superb nose. It could still develop further.

Trinoro 2003, Tenuta di Trinoro
(42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
Eye: deep red
sweet herbal nose with berries and tobacco, with alcohol
tannic with sweet berries. alcoholic. medium finish,
Verdict: still at its infancy. Wait for a couple of years and probably it could be as beautiful as the 98. If you are patient, do get the 2006 and keep.
Ratings: 3.8-4/5 in 6 years time

all in all, get the 2006 Trinoro if you are patient and looking to drink 8-15 years down the road. Get the 98 if you want enjoyment now or 5 years down the road.
Priced around 330usd per bottle for the 2003 vintage, the trinoro is expensive and not exactly value for money.

In terms of value, i would have gone for the franchetti @ 110 usd among the wine tasted today.

some interesting stories which the winemaker was sharing with us.
1) her russian clients bought trinoro and drink it together with Vodka.
2) Prime minister of Cambodia treated her a Margaux 82, ON THE ROCK.
3) Some russian super rich will fly their jet to collect their wines, or yearly delivery to their yatch in monaco, with payment made 1 year in advance

Thirsty Thursday 25 Oct

Had a casual wine session with soohoo, edwin, benny and friends.

Following are the wines today

Corrison Cab Sauvignon 2000, Napa valley@sgd 40: Tobacco, spicy currant nose and slight leather, considerable alcohol heat. Probably needed >1hr decanting. rated 90points by Wine Spectator. Not too interesting.

Bodegas Salentein Cabernet Sauvginon 2002, , Argentina@ sgd 42: Top red wine of the night. Beautiful deep red colour. Enjoyable with complex Bordeaux nose of silky oak, leather,tobacco and a medium finish. Excellent value for money. Perfect for an enjoyable QPR wine. Taste it blind and you would likely to think it’s from the old world.

BlackRock Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay/Viognier 2004, South Africa @ sgd 48: : Complex, oaky nose with mineral, kerosene, slight citrus. Oily buttery palate with some refreshing white petal in it. A truly heavy and complex nose/palate yet has a secondary floral note on the palate. Medium length.We taste this blind and soohoo offered a bottle of margaux 82 for guessing the varietal correctly. I got the region, country right, and my guess was chardonnay. Too bad it was 70 percent chenin blanc, 20 percent chardonnay. There goes my first margaux.
This wine is definitely a wonderful buy and would fool any experience wine drinker. Must buy!