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Default TN: Etna and Burgundy

With a steak, creamed chard,and baked potato, the 2005 Biondi "Outis
(Nessuno)" Etna Rosso. Seems a bit richer than the 2004, deep kirsch
fruit and a clear mineral core, fine tannins. While the 2004 seemed
to me Burgundian, this reminds me more of good Nebbiolo from a ripe
vintage. I have no real sense of Nerello Mascalese as a grape, but
like these high altitude versions. Different from the 2004, but just
as good. B+/A-

With salmon, broccoli rabe, rice, and bok choy salad, the 2005
Chevillon Bourgogne rouge. Somewhat tight at first, but solid red
cherry and plum fruit, easy tannins, good acidity. Not as earthy as
previous bottles, I think this is ever so slightly in a dumb phase.
Still, pretty enjoyable, especially a few hours later - with air some
damp soil, mushroom, and cedar. Right now a B, with definite room to
move up.

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

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