Young, still relatively primary, but a gorgeous presentation. Polished and slick - not easy to peg as Sangiovese, a little extracted, but not in a bad way. Decanted three hours and it developed in the glass a bit more. Dark black fruit, expressive tannins, balanced acidity. Quite lovely - need to remember to wait five years or so for the next one because this wine is likely to be brilliant.
Pop and pour, then drunk over three days. Eucalyptus and a hint of plum on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, currant, raspberry, and notes of rose petal and caramel oak on the medium finish, with strong acidity; moderate tannins come through on the first day, but they are gone on day two. This is so heavily extracted that the varietal character is muted, and although it's easy and pleasant to drink, it doesn't have the "wow" factor that I look for in a wine at the $50 price point. Aside from losing the tannins it didn't evolve significantly over three days, so I'm not sure how it will develop with time, but it's certainly possible that it's just in an awkward phase. Other notes here seem to agree -- I would hold this for several years before trying again.
Cabin Weekend XVI; 3/4/2016-3/5/2016: Versus the 2010 Flaccianello, this is much more traditional Sangiovese in style, less flamboyant, and therefore a more cerebral experience. It's a finesse wine, with the black cherry and damson plum connected by herbal tea and orange peel influences from start to finish. Drink 2017-26
Decanted at 9am for dinner that night. Nose was fairly muted upon opening, just a hint of fruits but nothing specific or overwhelming. Completely black, which is not like sangovesee at all. Tasted one small sip. The wine was totally closed and very tanic even after trying to coax something out of it by swirling. Had my first glass at 5:00 pm. Not much changed. This was tight and closed for business. Tried my airator but little help. There is a great core of fruit but the structure is overwhelming and not in a bad way. Reminds me of how the 2010 brunello's that I have tried are acting. It going to take years for this to soften, so I will wait. No rating as of yet.
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