The Bernard Roth Archives
We are happy that Bernard, who has sampled so many wines, has shared his notes with us. We do have, or have had for sale a few of the wines Bernard writes about, and we include a link to our stock page whenever it is a producer we carry (but since the stock page is kept up-to-date and the wines are sold, don't expect any but the newest of wines to show up in our stock!). Mostly though, since we specialize in County of Santa Barbara Wine and Central Coast Wine, we don't carry a lot of the wines Bernard writes about. But we think it is important that you be able to have an idea what they're like in case you are planning to buy some somewhere, or have them in your own collection. Enjoy.
Here are Bernard's notes from April 18, 1999:
93 Elio Altare Vigna Larigi
|93 Elio Altare Vigna Larigi (Barbera)--From a moderately successful vintage for barbera. The color is still dark purple. The nose is decent but not showing much intensity or complexity. The flavors lean toward blackberry (!), plum, toast, vanilla, with some earth, leather. Good tannic support, acidity in check (not especially good for barbera), muddled mid-palate. Overall, bit too much oak showing itself. Finish is dominated by the oak and dense fruit. Not a bad showing, and it did hold its own with the food, but not a particularly fun wine. Clearly over-internationalized. I'd rather have had a more traditional barbera. At ~$35 on release, this is a QPR sin. Even top producers can make disappointing wines. Rating: No better than 88/100.|
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