Italian night @ Stappato (Enoteca Stappato, Leuven (Belgium)): Very peculiar, yet interesting, nose of grilled parsnips, orange zest, peanut, broth. Very complex and layered in the mouth, extremely soft and earthy, very pure fresh fruit. Powdery, elegant mouthfeel. Wonderful! Much more delicate than the Poggio di Sotto Ris. 2005 (but equally tasty!) which was served alongside.
This wine has entered its drinking window and will continue to get even better with additional cellar aging. It possessed a gorgeous translucent red hue, enticing earthy bouquet and a round and delicious palate. It finishes with lengthy elegance.
Italian night @ Maurice (Netherlands): Open and charming. An Indian summer whafts out of the glass: dried fruits, hints of vanilla and coconut, floral aromatics. But also mushrooms, fireplace and beefstew. Some cranberries and cherry, too. This is pretty accessible at the moment. In fact, I don't think it will ever close. Very generous, smooth tannines, a great wine, yet not for the very long haul. No problem to drink it now, will hold up for 10 years. I felt this was suffering a bit in this evening, due to the presence of many other delectable wines... 18,5/20
Caratello tasting: "Tre stelle" (Zurich): The nose has less fruit than the 2004, more on notes of forest floor and dry tobacco leaves. Fine and intense on the palate on darker fruit notes, even towards chocolate, then cranberries and chinotto. Very fine too.
Brunello Tasting (@ Wereldmuseum - Rotterdam, Netherlands): Medium intense ruby at the fully translucent core, with a watery rim lacking all brick. Upon first sniff, a sensation of tension is created by the nose, which somehow manages to be expansive at medium-MINUS intensity. An uniquely elegant concoction of cherry stones and rose water receives a precise infusion of almost smoky chlorine minerals.Despite its medium-plus body and impressive extraction levels, this wine is deceptively light on the mid-palate, where pronounced-but-silky DRC/Giacosa-quality tannins and equally forceful & refined acidity are superbly balanced by red fruits with just an edge of sweet blueberry. Moreover, the structure seems coated by a glycerine-like sensation and with the added hints of mace and roasted game bird this wine manages to be both refined & forceful, light & mouth-filling.While not yet very expressive nor complex, everything seems to be in its rightful place and the finish manages to add yet another level of intensity and mineral expression for a full 40-50 seconds, after which the latter takes at least that long to finally fade.Like all truly great wines, this bottle transcended both its origins and vintage. I can spare 96 points for this bottle and would cellar it for about a decade, at which point I'ld be amazed if it hadn’t improved by another two............. TN Mike de Lange
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