Return to San Antonio II (Barbaro): Guessed ’97 brunello – totally lucky guess as I had sangiovese on the mind, and this had a touch of blue fruit mixed in it’s core of cherry red that makes me think Brunello rather than chianti. Great savory and dried herb finish. Probably at peak but will be at this quality level for a while. Great start to the night.
Coravin 8/4/14: Garnet colored with some bricking; some woody fruit, slight vegetal aromas, some underbrush, like last time it has almost an aroma of corkiness on the nose; palate is balanced, some underlying dark fruit that seems covered up, well balanced; finish continues to have some slight corkiness to it. This is very similar to my last bottle about 1.5 years ago, which leads me to believe that either the winery had a very high rate of corked wines or something about this is just the style of this particular wine (damp forest/cardboard), which strikes me as a somewhat flawed style. Since I've had two similar bottles, I'm rating this as I don't think it's flawed. 85
Decanted for 1.5 hours before serving with grilled NY Strips. Not able to take notes. Beautiful nose (filled the cellar) - black cherry / dirt / sour cherry. Medium body, dried fruit (more so than the nose would suggest) on the palate with a medium+ finish. Nice, elegant wine. Went well with the steaks. 91+
After some bad press I started to drink a few of these. The Altero a week ago was flawed. Last night we tried this wine. Gorgeous fruit. The balance and integration you can only achieve with age! A tiny hint of port at first, but that faded into what clearly became a gorgeous and memorable occasion wine! For those of us who risk aging wine, this was the sort of bottle that makes it all worth it. Wondering if the "new style" nature of the Altero limited it's aging capacity?
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(Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino) A moderately intense red garnet hue. Some lovely dark fruits on the nose, with an edge of perfume and violets. A hard, awkward, youthful presence on the palate. Lean texture, strong acidity, with raw, somewhat rustic, spicy tannins. Nevertheless there's a good quantity of fruit with perfumed notes, and the hint of a developing fatness which should improve the texture. Hard tannins on the finish. Going through an awkward phase at present.
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