Passing by the state monopoly - and the best shop they have in the central part of Stockholm - is never a good idea, wallet wise...
But, only four bottles today, and one of them was this 11 year old IGT (I still like the term Super Tuscan better!).
I thought this should go well with tonights meal - grilled chicken fillets, a salad of different lettuces tossed together with fried mushrooms, avocado and tomatoes, with a sauce made of creme fraiche, mayonnaise, garlic, mustard and grated parmesan. And of course it did! :-)
2001 Stielle, Rocca di Castagnoli
This IGT contains 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and has matured for 15 months in French oak barrique, partly new and partly first-passage.
It starts with an open, semi mature, deep nose with notes of red plums, black and red cherries, dark chocolate, old leather and a smidgeon of vanilla oak notes. Earthy and fine. Has a nice mellow feeling on the nose. Very good.
This is a big mouthful of wine, the kind you just could gulp down an entire bottle and say - oops, where did it go... Soft but with a great streak of sangiovese structure and raciness. Notes of red cherries, plums, chocolate and a touch of cigarette ashes. The finish is medium long and fresh, cleaning up the palate nicely. Drinking perfectly right now.......where did the bottle go?? :-)
I can´t see this getting any better - just drink up!
88p (tasted 2012/01)