Italian Reds

Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA

Tasted June 2, 2018 by srh with 71 views

Flight 1 (6 notes)

Red
2013 Tenuta Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
N: Earthy, "odd" (to me & at least one other) for this appellation

P: MF body; Rndish entry with ALMOST swtish frt fairly quickly met by an astringent pucker which pretty much carries through the LONG, very slightly bitterish finish with some swtness to the very, VERY fine tannins. NEEDS 3 yrs to POSS improve. Unlike other Brunellos I've had. 14.5% ABV; My VG-. 94 pts Suckling, 93 WE @ $55, & 91 Decanter. [This vendor's #39.95 is $5 > than the lowest on wine-searcher's currently LIMITED listing.]

LATE Note: For whatever reason, my responses to the bottles of 7/7 & 11/10/2018 were *much* more positive.
Red
2013 Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco Reyna Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
N: Slightly closed; Cherries, roses, poss tar?

P: LM body; NICE, almost swtish frt QUICKLY met by typical varietal astringency which transitions into a LONG, balanced finish with a swtness to those tannins. NEEDS a *ton* of time: guessing into '23, maybe more? However, IF the frt outweighs the structure, there's AWESOME potential here! My VG+, with potential for MUCH more. 93 pts ea Suckling & WE (with an "Editors' Choice") @ $42, and 90+ WA. [This vendor's $29.95 is a WHOPPING $10 < the next lowest on wine-searcher's currently "short" list!]
Red
2013 Cantine Giacomo Ascheri Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
N: Attractive "frt" with notes of roses?

P: LM, poss Med, body; NICE, almost swtish frt quickly met by the typical varietal astringency which morphs into a LONG finish with the barest hint of swtness to the very, VERY fine tannins. NEEDS until '22, then the potential to shine. My VG+. 93 pts WS and 92 ea Suckling & WE [with an "Editors' Choice"] @ $50. [This vendor's $33.95 puts it @ the top of the 2nd half of Wine-Searcher's current postings.]
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Red
2015 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Morellino di Scansano Riserva Poggio Valente Italy, Tuscany, Maremma, Morellino di Scansano
N: Fragrantly attractive smoke atop cherries with earthy undertones

P: Med, poss LM, body; NICE frt met by a puckerish acidity which DOES lose the bulk of its orneriness by the LONG, balanced finish with hints of swtness to the very, VERY fine tannins. Cellar into if not through '20, then should make its 10th. My VG+/EXC-, poss more down the line. 94 pts WA. [This vendor's $27.95 is @ the top of wine-searcher's class.]
Red
2014 Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
90% Sangiovese & 10% C.S.; 14.5% ABV, 6.1g/l T.A., & 3.5 pH.

N: RIPE cherries with a distinct earthiness

P: Med, poss MF, body; NICE, ALMOST swtish frt met by puckerish astringency which DOES lose its punch as it transitions into the LONG, nicely balanced finish with a swtness to the remaining very, VERY fine tannins. Should be fine NOW with food, + might improve for a yr or so, then drink nicely through '21. My EXC-, poss more. 93 pts Suckling, 91 WA, & 87 WE @ $28. [This vendors $19.95 is in the top 1/2 of wine-searcher's best prices.]
Red
2014 Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore
N: RIPE berries with aromas of smoke, choc, & coffee; QUITE unique, & unlike ANYTHING I can *ever* recollect!

P: Med body; NICE, ALMOST swtish frt nicely counterbalanced by acidity which slowly transitions into a LONG, very, VERY slightly tangy finish with notes of swtness to the hints of tannins. For now & through '19 "safely", VERY likely longer. I can see this going WELL with BBQ! 13% ABV; My VG+, poss EXC-. 91 pts Suckling, 88 WS, 87 WA, & 86 from a Decanter panel. [This vendor's $19.95 puts it in @ the top of wine-searcher's 2nd quartile.]
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Closing

I heard numerous positive comments about the Poggio Valente without any negatives -- virtually the exact OPPOSITE of what I heard re the Col D'Orcia Brunello. Therefore, I was at least MODERATELY surprised to find that ea of these 6 wines had at LEAST "decent" press!

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