July 7, 2010
Cilento 2002 Pinot Noir Gamay
Found July 2010
I admit that right from the get go I had little hope that this wine survived all these years gone by - the grape varieties alone told me I might be dealing with an over the hill wine here. Unwrap the capsule and there's a plastic cork staring back at me, strike two. And if those two didn't give me pause, the colour should have, it made me wince as I saw it hit the glass as I saw dirty brown cascade my crystal vessel of choice. But here is where I have to do my job, I dedicated myself to bring you the good, the bad and the ugly in this column, and by gone it I'm gonna do it, after all I had bought this wine at some point in my life, I must have liked it at some point. I even had the wherewithal to slip it into my wine cellar ... where I obviously forgot about it, until today. The smell was as unappealing as the colour and the taste, well let's just say I would have been better off using this one for salad dressing. The wine was prunish and oxidized, there were hints of some old fruit here but those hints were few and far between. What's more, I could not bring myself to swallow a full sip - the little I choked down was enough. This wine is, was and always shall be from this day forward DOA ... In truth, I should have popped the cork a week after I bought it. I will be apologizing to myself and my taste buds later. Lost & Found Rating: Trash.
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