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Brancaia Il Blu



Brancaia Il Blu is an excellent wine. It's a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and is balanced and smooth, but with great depth. The wine starts jammy and spicy and has a long finish with balanced acid and tannins. Pairs beautifully with red meat and hearty foods. If you can find it at a good price, stock up.   
3/28/2013 8:59:01 AM
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Domodimonti Picens Marche I.G.T



I am clearly in the minority, but I cannot stand this wine. It is thin, acidic, has no depth or complexity, and has an unpleasant finish reminiscent of rotting vegetation. I really wanted to like this wine. I tried aerating it. I tried letting it open up for an hour, then two hours, then three. While the wine becomes more tolerable after it opens up, the unpleasant finish remains. In fact, it's more noticeable after the wine breathes. It's very rare for me to dislike a wine, but this one just doesn't appeal to me at all. Maybe I got a bad bottle; since I bought a case, I'm now foisting it off on family members for use in cooking if they don't dislike it as I do. I'll try it again after we open another bottle and if it was just a bad bottle, I'll return and update my review. However, the wine really didn't taste like it had turned; it just wasn't good.   
12/21/2012 12:42:16 AM
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Domodimonti Picens Marche I.G.T

Why do you find it necessary to insult others who didn't like this wine just because you did? I assure you, I'm neither a neophyte nor a snob, and I enjoy a wide variety of wines (although I rarely drink merlots as I find them more of an "entry-level" red for people who don't drink red wines).
I read the label before I bought the wine, and I found it to be, quite simply, a wine I do not like. I gave a bottle to my brother-in-law (a professional chef, and a very good one at that) to see if he would be willing to take it off my hands for use as a cooking wine at least, but he also did not care for it and politely declined.
Just because you liked this wine doesn't mean that those who don't are "wrong". It simply means that you liked it. Tastes vary, and it's asinine to insult people whose tastes don't match yours.
For what it's worth, I have long been a fan of Italian wines since the first time I tried one while in Italy many years ago. I have a fair collection of Italian reds, with some super Tuscans being among my absolute favorite wines. Don't assume that anybody whose taste doesn't match yours is somehow ignorant or inexperienced- it only makes your review come across as nasty and petty.
3/25/2013 12:29:05 PM
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Domodimonti Picens Marche I.G.T

Again, for somebody who claims to not be writing to insult, you manage to do a lot of it.

You like the wine; other people don't. That doesn't make you right, and it doesn't make them right. Tastes are subjective. Since I didn't write the review you quote, I can't speak to whether or not that person is familiar with Italian wines, but as I said, I am, and I don't care for this one. As for your comments about what I wrote, I neither exaggerated nor misrepresented my brother-in-law's polite declining of my offer to use it as cooking wine. He doesn't cook with wine he wouldn't drink, and he didn't care for the wine. It is that simple.

While you seem to find it necessary to express your vast experience, as somebody who has "hosted dozens of wine tastings", I would expect that you would know that different people like different wines. Faux snobbery is pointless and doesn't improve one's credibility when one is apparently incapable of recognizing the basic fact that wine is subjective, and regardless of the experience and palate of the taster, different people like different wines.
4/23/2013 9:31:21 AM
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Domodimonti Picens Marche I.G.T

:sigh: You really need to get over yourself. I said that my brother-in-law didn't like the wine (nor did I, nor did my sister). There is nothing in my statements that "insults" people who drink and like the wine- as I repeatedly said, some people like it, some don't. Tastes are subjective. Your repeated nastiness and hypersensitivity doesn't do anything to help people decide if this is a wine for them, nor does it further the conversation. Grow a thicker skin, and grow up.
4/2/2014 1:20:06 PM
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You liked the wine. Several others did, as well. I didn't, as, again, some others didn't. There is no "right" or "wrong" here, at least as far as liking or disliking the wine, just different tastes. To me, this wine had a funk that I found unpleasant, and no characteristics that I seek out in a wine (depth, balance, body).


However, I did not "call" you anything, let alone a "faux snob". Please stop misquoting (and misusing quotation marks as emphasis) and claiming name-calling that didn't occur. I didn't say that my brother-in-law "wouldn't even cook with" this wine. I repeatedly and clearly stated that, like me, he didn't care for the wine and declined my offer to give him the rest of the case to use in cooking. Mischaracterizing what I wrote doesn't change the fact that you are repeatedly claiming quotes that don't exist.


For ten dollars a bottle, some people might find this wine a real value. I'm just not one of them. For a few dollars more, there are much better wines to be had, in my opinion.

I took a chance on a case because I thought that at this price point, even if it turned out to be a fairly mediocre wine, it would still be a low-risk purchase. What I didn't expect was to find the wine to be outright offensive- and again, your mileage may vary.

I don't claim that somebody who likes this wine is somehow uneducated, inexperienced, or otherwise ignorant; I just think their tastes and palates are different than mine and provided my thoughts as counterpoints to the experience of others. I read the reviews that were here before I purchased this wine, and I read the label- none of what I read prepared me for what I experienced in this wine. Who knows; maybe I got a bad batch. Nonetheless, my opinion, like that of everybody else who managed to express their thoughts on this wine without spending half of their reviews insulting people who disagree, was and remains valid.
4/2/2014 1:52:21 PM
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