May 2, 2005

My friend Damon Ornowski gives me a bottle of Lungarotti Rubesco Torgiano Riserva Vigna Monticchio 1995. I’m pretty excited so I open it that night. At first, it’s plump and youthful. Then some cinnamon starts showing up, like the wet cinnamon note of New World Sangiovese.

Then the TCA shows up. It’s corked. The fruit recedes like a turtle’s head in harsh light. I hate corks.