On the nose, beautiful camphor, bandaid, and strawberry. On the palate, black cherry, earth, strawberry, and hints of black pepper and leather, with strong acidity and a medium to long finish. This is very good on its own, but it really shines as an accompaniment to food -- a rich, salty pasta sets it off perfectly. It's excellent, but with the price creeping up over $50 I question whether it's worth the extra cost over the regular Riserva. I would call it a good value at about two-thirds of that.
A beautiful example of Chianti classicism, with a leathery and sour cherry nose, full of dust and herbs. Plenty of structure from the bright acids and lightly grippy tannin. This begged for a good Bolognese sauce, with which it paired beautifully, but this was just at the beginning of its drinkability and it clearly has the material to show another dimension with more bottle age. Hold.
I am not surprised that this wine did not star in a blind tasting of a number of wines - the first sip can indeed seem a touch flat and one-dimensional. But there is delightful flavour and complexity here that only reveals itself after a bit of time in the glass. Quite smooth for a CC with a touch of richness, I expect this will continue to improve with further ageing over the next 5-7 years.
2004 Brunello di Montalcino (Scopri): Served double blind. A round and expressive wine, it showed a little simple compared to the other wines on the night. A few guessed at Chianti, and it did seem an obvious step down.
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