February 13, 2016 - Not as deep, nuanced, or satisfying as the '79. I'll always be chasing that dragon. But this is still nice, albeit lighter. Fabulous danky, musty, crunky old barnyard nose. Drafty hint of anise. Palate is light; cranberry and leather and old floorboards. Mushrooms. I'm not sure if it's past its prime, or it needs another decade in the bottle. Oh well, I guess I'll never know....can't find older bottles of this stuff anywhere. This is my last one, and the last one my source had too! Guess I'll have to stock up on their current releases and stash them away for 30+ years....
November 14, 2014 - Dense colour. Deep, dark cherry fruit, with notes of anise, leather and sandalwood. Still juicy and vibrant, with almost youthful substance, and a potent acidic backbone. Long. Perfect maturity in my view.
January 26, 2014 - Includes Bucerchiale grapes. Cherry aromas. Tight and tart. Dry tannins with a bitter finish. This doesn't sound good, but it was actually a stylish, well developed and serious Chianti.
January 25, 2014 - Verticale Chianti Rùfina Fattoria Selvapiana (Radisson, Roma): (da magnum) Un naso balsamicissimo con una pungenza vegetale, mi ricorda il peperoncino fresco. Accanto un'altrettanto pungente mineralità. Non ricordo di aver sentito un naso così. Poi fiori, resina e rabarbaro. Di nuovo bocca perfetta, fresca e con nessun indizio ossidativo. C'è poi una leggera persistenza minerale molto bella. Pare una ballerina di danza classica tanto è fine.
March 15, 2013 - Tuscany Tasting: 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.
June 3, 2012 - Wow, great bottle. Tight, tart and tannic on opening - but with a lot going on fairly dark with some bricking. After time in decanter really opened up into a beautiful mature chianti. Still a lot of structure going on, cherry fruit very much changing to a darker, earthier tone. Kep getting bett through the last glass about 3 hours later, but needs that initial air.
December 9, 2011 - Over the hill, alas.
June 12, 2011 - Very nice wine, almost black in color and still full of life.
August 4, 2007 - Still a very good drink and the structure and depth in order. Very good acidity. Will keep very well.
March 3, 2007 - I found this to still be fairly youthful with a full rich palate and a long finish both of which featured black and red fruit and some major earthiness. The fruit was just beginning to veer towards dried flavors. This wine was enjoyed with dinner alongside a 95. One problem - it was served in juice glasses - so very eye-talian. I thought there was some earthy funk on the nose but it was hard to tell without snuffing the wine directly up my nostrils. Very nice but I think I will prefer it in 3-5 more years.