Drank this at Burlamacco Ristorante today to celebrate a birthday with my buddies from the army days.
Reddish-brown in colour, not surprising considering this is a 9 year old bottle. Wine was a little tight upon opening, but opened up like a flower after decanting for an hour. Typical notes of sangiovese: cranberries, elderflower and prunes.
On the palate it is medium-bodied with a rather rustic finish. Loads of notes of ash and minerality gives the wine a classic, old world feel. Long, lingering finish with a tinge of bitterness towards the end. Nice, refreshing acidity which was consistent from the start to the finish.
Ultimate Parker in Singapore Mega-Tasting (The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore): Super young, very modern, with 70-80% going into new oak barrels, but really quite good for all that. Lovely nose for one thing. A bit plasticky at the edges, but with nice depths of plum and sweet cherries scents, some savoury meat, earth and hints of herb all layered over some oaky vanilla tones, Palate was marked by firm but fine tannins and clean acid giving the wine a nice balance. More Italian herbs here, along with high-toned, gummy cherry fruit. Maybe not displaying the depth and concentration of the great vintages, but all was very fresh, pure and rather deductive. The wine's youth showed itself most markedly on the finish, which had some drying tannins and a touch of woodiness. Should be an excellent wine in 6-8 years' time, but it does need a lot longer in the bottle.
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