Drinking very well, though I must say I was slightly disappointed with how much this has aged in the last few years. Last time I had it a few years ago, it was still youthful and powerful, and it is suddenly soft and mature. Drink now and over the next year or three.
Bought this for curiosity at an online-auction, just to get an update how tuscan wines (which we drank a lot in our "wine-youth", means our pre-Bdx era) can age. Not bad, but surely past its best. Ok with the sunday-dinner-pasta, but not to drink after. Drink Italian wines during their first ten years, except for Barolos, Sassicaia, Rancia or San Leonardo. I suggest to drink this up.
Farewell Dinner for Margaret & Kevin (Chez Patrick Restaurant, 2/F, Garden East, 222 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong): Very vibrant jewelled ruby red translucent colour. Nose is very alluring: soft velvety, violets, gamey in a great way and the epitome of "dusky"....like old lofts and Poinsettia petals. Palate is nicely acidic in cut seamlessly integrated with velvety resolved tannins and still a lot of fruit.....strawberries and redberries. Plush and sensual and overlaid all evening with a wonderful dusky scent whenever you raised the glass towards you. With extended time it opened up a lot to coffee aromas and milk coffee richness but still maintained a balance with lovely acidic cut. Moderate length, which was its only shortcoming. This paired beautifully with the Magret Duck Tartare. 91+
Took to Tuscany in Oakbrook. Not much at first, in fact at first impression I thought this was completely done. But after a little time to open up it was quite pleasant, but nowhere near the level of the 94 or the 03 which I absolutely love.
Excellent intensity and balance. This is 90% Cab Sauvignon, and I could have easily mistaken it for an excellent Bordeaux from a good ripe year. Nice match with Tuscan style steak in garlic and rosemary.
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(Castello di Rampolla Sammarco) Right off the bat it was very apparent that this was not as ripe as the '97. Which is not a demerit against the wine at all. Ripeness is not all. Still this was very opulent on the palate but the tannins were more there and less fine than the '97. The nose was a bit more developed than the '97 with great complex spice, menthol, black berries, cherries and mineral. Despite the wealth of tannins this was pretty accesible but has some legs.
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