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Tasting of Italy by the DRC-club

Brugweg - Velp

Tasted October 30, 2008 by MauriceE with 807 views

Flight 1 (14 notes)

White
2006 Ronco del Gelso Friuli Isonzo Friulano Rive Alte Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Friuli Isonzo
90 points
Brought this wine to an Italy tasting, it had to be tasted blind. It was set next to the Dessimiss Pinot Grigio (Vie di Romans). The "lightness", freshness of this wine stood out. Very good starter.
Red
1990 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Vino da Tavola Italy, Tuscany, Vino da Tavola
94 points
Drank from magnum alongside Tignanello 1990 and Flaccianello 1990. This was absolutely the most vital of the three. Still very fruity, not tired at all! Excellent indeed.
Red
1990 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
92 points
Tasted alongside Sassicaia 1990 (from magnum) and Flaccianello 1990. The quality of the wine is obvious. Completely ripe, no waiting needed. Very, very good wine.
Red
1990 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola Italy, Tuscany, Vino da Tavola
91 points
Drank alongside Tignanello 1990 and Sassicaia 1990 (magnum). It is tired now, but still a very good wine. Very acidic compared to the cabernet table-partners, but this is misleading: it is as comparing a Bordeaux to a Burgundy. Just enjoy it, but soon!
Red
1964 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
The wine appeared completely "over the hill" at first, but later it "resurrected". But very hard to judge. So no rating.
Red
1988 Gaja Barbaresco Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
92 points
Drank in a line-up of Gaja Barbaresco 1988, 1985, 1974 and 1961. This was the first one. It is still fruity, but is a little "light", especially for a 1988. Very good indeed.
Red
1985 Gaja Barbaresco Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
92 points
This was the second in a line-up of Gaja Barbaresco 1988, 1985, 1974, 1961. The balance of this wine is impeccable, but its acidity clouds it real quality. The other tasters were used to Bordeaux (I am a Burgundy drinker) so had doubts about this wine. The wine was good, but drink soon.
Red
1974 Gaja Barbaresco Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
96 points
This was the third in a line-up of Gaja Barbaresco 1988, 1985, 1974, 1961. Although it was even outclassed by the 1961, this wine was a small miracle. Completely ripe, of course a high acidity, but this only adds to the balance of this wine. Wow, this is so good!
Red
1961 Gaja Barbaresco Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
97 points
This was the last bottle in a line-up of Gaja Barbaresco: 1988, 1985, 1974, 1961. The last, but certainly not the least, quite the contrary: this was a great wine indeed, incredible vitality, high acidity, but what excitement! This is so great, perhaps the best Barbaresco I ever had.
Red
1947 Franco Fiorina Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
Very old, tired, but still agreeable. But no rating. Drink now.
Red
1995 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
97 points
"Crazy" Bob served this wine (from magnum) blind at the end of an Italy tasting. I am a great lover of Burgundy, admire Vogüé and consider Musigny one of the greatest vineyards in the world. But at first smelling and tasting this wine, I was completely lost. Is this pinot noir? Is this Burgundy? Yes, no, yes, no, wait yes. I admit: I did not one second suspected this wine was in the glass. Luckily I have an excuse: the wine was too cold and only opened up after about 20 minutes in the glass. But then the identity of the wine was already revealed, so was I influenced by its exalted reputation? I don't know, I only know that it matched the previous wine of the evening completely (Gaja Barbaresco 1961). Wow, this is so dark and dense, the "sparkle" of the great Burgundies should have given it away (wisdom with hindsight...). Wow again, thanks Bob.
Red
1988 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
89 points
Although I had a few bottles of this wine before and was quite positive about it, at a tasting it was served next to Musigny 1995 of Vogüé (from magnum). This made this wine nearly boring, dusty, tired. I'm sure this was caused by its pairing, because this is a good wine and completely ripe now. Drink soon.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2002 Benanti Passito di Pantelleria Costedimueggen Italy, Sicily, Passito di Pantelleria
This is a very good sweet Italian wine. But now it was tasted alongside d'Yquem 1995. Not a fair comparison, and it shows... Alongside such a great wine, this wine is everything it should not be, I call it chew-gum-wines. I know this is absolutely not fair, but there it is. So... just don't drink it alongside wines like d'Yquem!
White - Sweet/Dessert
1995 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
95 points
Again a very good example, good, even excellent balance.
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