Double decanted for three hours, served at room temperature. Color: Medium Ruby. Nose: Sour Cherry, Copper, Asian Spice, Caramel. Palate: see nose. Finish: Short to Medium. Tannins: Low. Alcohol: 13.5 % well integrated. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel with initial red fruit. Mid-palate turns spicy transitioning into a rustic finish. Past it's prime, too bad. 86-87 points.
Disappointing. Aggressively, unpleasantly tannic even at 21--like sandpaper on the back of the arch of your tongue. There's decent fruit but it's nondescript and overwhelmed by the structure and will be long gone by the time the tannin resolves. Earthy, but heavy.
Tonight I just wanted a mature Sangiovese for a change... We had some red peperoni filled with minced meat, onion, sellery and garlic for dinner and I had a hunch this one wuld fit right to it. it did.
The shoulder glass I pured give very little on the nose. There was some red fruit, but it was somewhat in the background. there was some sewery note that showed the age of the wine and along with that we had a little leather and baked mushroom. On the palete this shoulder glass delivered a lot more. the was a very nice tickly fresh acid note at the tip of the tongue and a ton of fresh ripe berries. some licorice, figs, mushroom, and a certain herbal note I could not put a name to. No way you wpuld give this wine 18 years based on the palate, nor on the color by the way.
The first real glass, with dinner, was served 2 hours later. The nose had really blossomed up and showed now also some white shocolate and some terrific barn yard notes of dreis grass and horse shit. but still all that fruit!! delicious. Finished with some leather, cigar box, wel leafs, it delivers just a great nose all together. On the palate the wines shows its class as well: packed with supperripe berries, raspberries and figs and lined with smooth tannins and that super fresh acidity this wine is alive and kicking. a beauty that is now at its peak I guess. It will hold very long, and it will give a lot of pleasure (maybe different, but still) over 10 years minimum.
A post Holiday dinner with coworkers (nyc): very attractice nose here with liquory fruit that has penetrating notes of tobacco, earth, moss, and plum over a meaty base. Less intense than the ser lapo but more complex. In the mouth there is great freshness and llovely balance with a front loaded fruit impression of amarena cherry tinged with licorice. This is richer than the ser lapo with great baklance and finesse. An elegant chianti firmly at peak with a very savory core of ripe fruit. My only complaint would be a short finish.
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(Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo) Group's #7 (my #6) – 78 pts.; 1, 2, 1, 3 - bricking dark red violet color; brett, mature, smoky, tart red fruit nose; tart red berry, brett, tart currant palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points
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