Arlington "Port" Wine Club - Italian Night

Tasted December 12, 2014 by pgb67 with 273 views

Flight 1 - Intro Wines (3 notes)

Red
2009 Passopisciaro Passopisciaro Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
93 points
The biggest revelation to many of the tasters who had never had quality Sicilian wines - WOTN for some tasters (I had it tied for first with the Guado al Tasso). Burgundian color, weight, flavor profile and acidic/tannic structure but with a touch of Etna ash to make it interesting. Dried cherry, underbrush, forest balsam, spice - a lot going on here.
Red
2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
89 points
In my view the best $30 chianti out there ... good acidity and tasty cherry fruit. Needs a good decant and probably should hold for a few more years. Blackberry, smoke, and cardamom pod in the profile.
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Red
2004 Fontodi Chianti Classico Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
89 points
One of the bigger surprises in the tasting because of its relative freshness and similarity to the 2010 Fontodi - still showed good tannic structure and acidity, and although the fruit was less vibrant than the younger chianti, it still had good cherry and tobacco notes that you would expect from a chianti classico.
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Flight 2 - Tuscan Stars (2 notes)

Red
2004 Pian Delle Vigne (Antinori) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
This evolved over the course of the evening, picking up weight and complexity - WOTN for many tasters. Sophisticated and masculine with black fruits but also notes of moist tobacco, smoked bacon and toasted coconut. Benefited from decanting - seems to still have life in it.
Red
2009 Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori) Bolgheri Superiore Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri, Bolgheri Superiore
93 points
An international style that was not necessarily representative of the region, but its dense fruit profile and long lasting finish made it the class of the tasting on this night for many tasters (and tied for WOTN for me). Black plums and figs on the flavor profile with accents of espresso. Maybe detected an Antinori house style because seemed to have some resemblance to the Pian della Vigne we drank just before it.
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Flight 3 - Ringers (2 notes)

Red
2003 Clos du Marquis France, Bordeaux, M├ędoc, St. Julien
90 points
Smooth and elegant with round tannins, powerful fruit strutting some 2003 ripeness, and sufficient acidity to give it lift. A pleasant surprise. Stood out as a Bordeaux and different from the Italians in the lineup.
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Red
2000 Damilano Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
91 points
Showed really well considering that many don't consider 2000 a long-lived vintage and this was a "villages" Barolo. Dense with concentrated fruit that still retained some freshness. Wild berry, earth, and mushroom characteristics. If anything, this was most similar to the 2003 Bordeaux, sharing some ripe vintage characteristics.
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Flight 4 - Sweet Conclusion (2 notes)

Red
2009 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
91 points
The most unique red in the tasting - clearly a different animal from the sangiovese, cabs, and nebbiolo - sweeter flavor profile and an interesting density. Delicious raspberry fruit along with notes of sweet tobacco, mocha, raisin and cola.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Tre Monti Albana di Romagna Passito Casa Lola Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Albana di Romagna DOCG
90 points
A very good sweet wine that I wouldn't hesitate to serve again, but due to my inexperience with passito, I'm reluctant to speak too conclusively here. A sherry style nose that was quite pleasant, with a flavor profile of honey, apricot nectar and ripe pear.
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