June 11, 2021 - KYD BYO (Koan): Very classic and light fruit but with a huge intensity. Elegant cherries and a touch of smoke and just a hint of leather. The wine still feels young but is starting to yield a hint of age. But it is in a very good spot at the moment. All about elegance and intensity. Absolutely amazing and ethereal nose which almost makes it difficult to drink :-)
There is Brunello and then there is Soldera. This bottle is another example of how great the old Soldera Riserva wines are and how great they can become with age. An absolutely stunning performance.
September 1, 2020 - Soldera night
1998 tawny aged wine with a lovely bees wax nose and some licorice. Just perfectly resolved tannins and more classic a wine than complex. Shorter on the palate as the night wore on (93 points)
2003 more subtle nose a little sois bois, great structure and lots of fruit my favorite wine between the 98 and the 04 (94 points)
2004 quite closed on both nose and palate, probably may be in a slight shut down phase, good structure. My least favorite wine of the night (92 points)
2007 decanted, amazing rose from the beginning. Very approachable with roses that evolved into pineapples later on into the evening. Just so crazy concentrated fruit and intense flavors that went on and on. My WOTN (95 points)
2009 decanted, a floral sensual nose! Just so beautiful and approachable. Perhaps even more structure than the 07 but not quite as ready. Just so much potential but likely could do with more cellar time. Try in 3-5 years (94+ points)
November 2, 2019 - 9 hours in the decanter before pouring a glass. The wine is ethereal, in texture, refreshing acidity frames red, strawberry fruit. cola, saddlewood, rose petals, violets, fruit cake round put the nose. Long finish. A beautiful wine.
June 8, 2019 - Red and dark fruits, earth, savory, great refreshing acidity, long finish, more time you keep it in the glass and more delicious becomes
October 5, 2018 - Floral aromas, nice texture.
August 5, 2018 - On the nose, very expressive with lots of red fruits, a hint of smoke, rose patel, quite floral, on palate, darker fruits were shown with a bit more tannin than other vintages, various spices, dark cherry and mature plum, showed great structure. The finish was very long. It was powerful yet elegant. I think it can be enjoyed for at least another 10 years.
August 2, 2018 - Dark red fruit, tobacco, cedarwood and herbs on the nose. Palate was still a bit tight but it had so much underlying power. The fruit was still a bit restrained because of its youth but the structure and frame are bigger than the 96 on the side. Great potential.
July 21, 2016 - Big nose that jumps out of the bottle. Prunes, raisins, bark and dark fruit in general. Decanted. Over time the wine mellows a bit and becomes a bit more complex.
June 25, 2016 - Fabulous, rich and brooding with dark red fruit and hints of bark and tar. Completely fabulous wine that redefines what can be done with Sangiovese.
November 21, 2015 - Would say this wine is at its Apex. Cinnamon, middle eastern spices, and earth. Well integrated and balanced while still having force.