Notes from 3 excellent wines tasted!

We here at Oxford Liquor Shoppe are constantly tasting wine. Not only do we enjoy it but we also try to taste all types of wines we sell and don’t sell for the benefit of our customers. We are going to be posting a lot more notes on what we taste. This weekend, I got together with two friends who both enjoy wine. One friend, who works at Roma in Waterbury, brought down two great bottles.  The following were my notes on the wine.
 
We started off with the bottle I brought the 2007 Carlisle Zinfandel Rossi Ranch.  This wine took the top honors at a meeting last year for our personal wine club so I figured my two friends would enjoy it. We started with this wine because I remember at the meeting it didn’t need any time to open up so it would allow the other two wines time to get some air. The Carlisle did not disappoint! Big black cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors and a nose that jumps out of the glass. Currently one of my favorite Zins but unfortunately not available for sale in Connecticut.
 
Next we tasted the Barolo but decided it need some more time to open up.  So we jumped over to the 2006 Justin Justification.  Made up of 64% Cabernet Franc and 36% Merlot, the Justification is a classic right bank blend. This wine exhibited aromas of tar, black cherry and spice elements.  Nicely balanced, it had nice blue and black fruits flavors along with some super silky tannins.  A very nice wine and available for order in the store.
 
After the right bank blend we headed back to the Barolo. The 2005 Pio Cesare needed about two hours of decant time to soften up the tannins but once it was ready it was fabulous. The wine exhibited aromas of leather and licorice with flavors of dried berry and plum.  Tannins are still very present so I suspect this has a very long life ahead of it. This will definitely be better within a few years. Also available to order but we also have the 1997 in stock.
 
If you have tried these wines, tell us what you think!
 
Matt

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