Tuscany Tasting

Tasted March 15, 2013 by LWI with 643 views

Flight 1 (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
2003 Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs United Kingdom, England, Sussex, West Sussex
90 points
Blind. A curious mix between a structured finish, good grip, and a certain sweetness in the fruit and perhaps high dosage. Very mineral driven. High acidity. Guessed Nyetimber blanc de blanc, but it was just a very lucky shot.
Red
1964 Château Pape Clément France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
88 points
To mark the election of the new Pope. Some raisin, smooth and rounded, some depth, earthy, tannins all gone. The fruit is, however, a bid ‘dead’. On its way down. Only a minority was in Bordeaux.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

Red
1971 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
92 points
Maturing color; a bit earthy and with fine tertial aromas of forest floor and leather; good depth in the fruit, fresh finish, some complexity, rounded. A fine bottle.
Red
1995 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
90 points
Dark, tight with very good underlying dark berry fruit, some spice. Lots of tannins. Will develop, rating for now. Drink in 10-30 years.

Flight 3 (5 notes)

Red
1997 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
86 points
Sweet blueberry fruit, sweet and sour; Warm and ark fruit in the mouth, shortish, sweet middle palate.
Red
1997 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Rùfina
93 points
Deep fruit; chewy dark cherry fruit, but still some structure and grip, mature and spicy, still some tannins left, moderate+ length. Alas, my last bottle – but a point now.
Red
1999 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina Riserva Bucerchiale Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Rùfina
flawed
corked
Red
2004 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina Riserva Bucerchiale Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Rùfina
92 points
Clean dark fruit, lots of tannin, very structured, develops in the glass, some tobacco after a while. Emerging complexity. Bright future. A steal at current prices.
Red
2006 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina Riserva Bucerchiale Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Rùfina
90 points
Quite closed, structured. Some promise, but not at the 04 level.
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Flight 4 (5 notes)

Red
1955 Tenuta Greppo (Biondi-Santi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
93 points
Definite mature color – almost no read left; a hint of bullion on the nose, but also mixed with fruit residue; most balanced and charming, fresh, decent complexity. After a while sweet mocca emerges. A good bottle, but not spectacular.
Red
1961 Tenuta Greppo (Biondi-Santi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
flawed
An odd bottle. Very pale, thin fruit, clearly old bot not oxidized. Some questions about its authenticity were raised. Given its unquestionable provenance it was most likely just an off bottle.
Red
1964 Tenuta Greppo (Biondi-Santi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
90 points
A bit tired, thin, on a slippery slope towards oxidation.
Red
1967 Tenuta Greppo (Biondi-Santi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
Some depth, a curious smell that I never managed to identify – not unpleasant, fine acidity, long and fresh. A very pleasant surprise.
Red
1975 Tenuta Greppo (Biondi-Santi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
95 points
Dark colored; Deep fruit, complex nose; good length, some sweetness and spice, dark cherry fruit, structured.

Flight 5 (5 notes)

Red
1985 Cerbaiola (Salvioni) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
Spicy, deep and dark fruit, minerals and smoke, some acidity and sweetness, chewy. Fine bottle (their first?), albeit a little short.
Red
1988 Cerbaiola (Salvioni) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
94 points
Deep and intriguing fruit, some mint; long, very good grip and fine tannins. A wine with some personality.
Red
1990 Cerbaiola (Salvioni) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
Sweet and rounded, deep fruit, good length, tannins still very much present, but the fruit is mature. A certain sweetness/warmness.
Red
1993 Cerbaiola (Salvioni) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
93 points
A little closed in the beginning, Became more furry and with some complexity. Surprising quality in this vintage.
Red
2007 Cerbaiola (Salvioni) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
94 points
Tight, lots of fruit, some raw meat/animal notes. Structured – a bright future.

Flight 6 (1 note)

Red
1989 Maison Roche de Bellene Latricières-Chambertin Collection Bellenum France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru
86 points
Blind. Very pale, some brett/cellar notes, long and fresh, some tannins, but the fruit is thin. Not very inspiring.

Flight 7 (4 notes)

Red
1999 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
Meaty, some smoke, dark berry fruit; violent tannins and acidity, same goes with the fruit. Some astringency as for the tannins, but bearable and will likely integrate. Much of everything, but a good wine.
Red
2000 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
90 points
Not very descriptive – got lost in the company of stronger vintages.
Red
2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
89 points
Violent in every way – acidity, tannins, fruit. Some depth, but dry tannins. Rather inelegant. Trying too much.
Red
2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
flawed
corked

Flight 8 (4 notes)

Red
1985 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Il Sodaccio Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
92 points
Quite pale, wonderful tertiary aromas, smooth, some complexity, not very long.
Red
2003 Soldera (Az. Agr. Case Basse) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
Wonderful balance, fine acidity and fruit. Dark and sweet chewy fruit, but still some coolness. Surprising for the vintage.
Red
1997 Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
89 points
Violent entry. Dark fruit, boysenberries, shortish, alcohol in the finish, tannic, warm. Lacks complexity.
Red
2001 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Italy, Tuscany, Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
flawed
premox

Flight 9 (4 notes)

Red
2006 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
90 points
Dark and sweet cherries, spicy, some tannins, decent length. Lacks complexity.
Red
1999 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
flawed
Slight TCA
Red
2001 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
92 points
Good balance between acidity, fruit and tannins, come emerging complexity. The fruit is a bit warm.
Red - Fortified
1963 Warre Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
95 points
Wonderful spicy fruit, liquorish, oriental spices, mint. Very long and very smooth, clean fruit, chocolate and raising. A wonderful bottle to end the evening with.
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