Brad V's house, Denver CO
Tasted Sunday, August 31, 2008 by jdunnuck with 502 views
This was a stellar event put on by Rico and Brad V and the massive turnout had the bottle requirements at mag or better level to ensure solid pours. All wines were served non blind and the majority were decanted or slow oxed earlier that day.
No frog juice.. those were Rico's words.. and Paul put his grand cru champagne back in his cellar.. They weren't missed and both of these were outstanding.
While there were a lot of comments regarding these being too young, I loved all of them... and even think the Satta is well in its drinking window.
Another outstanding flight with the 1999 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Le Pergole Torte Toscana IGT and the 1999 Castelgiocondo (Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva showing stunning fruit and depth with the Giocondo being decidedly more modern. The 2001 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino was a strange, almost funky wine on the nose but possessed solid fruit, texture and length.
This was the second time I've had the 1997 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso and it was poured from two bottles at this tasting. The first bottle was impenetrable, tight and closed. The second bottle, while much more open than the first, was still a structured beast of a wine that needs 10+ more years in the cellar. Structured, precise and amazingly pure and clean, this is a stunning bottle of wine. The 1997 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino shared the same funk as the 2001 but had so much depth, fruit and texture that it didn't matter.
I certainly didn't expect the 1998 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso to show so well but it was stunning and drinking perfectly.
This was the highlight flight and the massive bottle of 1971 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tradizionale was an impressive sight. Probably better years ago, this was still a lot of fun to taste.