At Coco Pazzo in Chicago, great list of Italian wines, most are on the young side (and expensive), but very extensive. Splash decanted, drank over an hour
Deep purple color. Nose of black fruits, violets. Palate is rich blackberry, plum, blue fruits, raisin and vanilla oak. Full bodied, long finish. Has a shade of sweetness on back palate
This is a hedonistic wine with a long life ahead of it. More expressive than I thought it would be at this stage. Still very young, will continue to evolve for some time but good now if you must open it...would wait another 5 years and should drink 20+ past that.
Ai Fiori's Ornellaia/Masseto dinner (Ai Fiori (Langham Hotel on 5th Ave)): Drank alongside the '12 and while the '12 is 'I'm here, I'm here, I'm here' this wine is more poking it's head around the corner to see if you're still waiting for it to come out. I happen to prefer the shy one with a bit more nuance, violets, hints of red and black fruit. Very very very young and the kindof wine you expect will become something really special, but it needs a lot more time (20 years). Interesting as the '11 comes from one of the longest harvests at the winery. While I preferred to the '12 (and preferred the '10 to it), the table was more mixed in opinions.
Quite expressive given the youth. Very dark purple. Intense moccha and chocolate alongside anise, plum, blackberries and sweet, luxurious oak. Full-bodied, still firmly structured, rich, balanced with a long aftertaste.
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