1999 La Cataste, Quercia al Poggio
A mature, dark, rugged nose with notes of bonfire, undergrowth, bay leaves and sweet coffee. Hearthy, rich and very good. A fine, mature complexity.
The taste is warm, spicy and rewarding with notes of dried cherries, violets, bonfire and dark chocolate. A long, warm finish with a fine dryness at the end. Fully mature and drinking fine. From 2012 this single vineyard 100% Sangioves is a Gran Selezione, more info here.
90p (tasted 2018/05)
1999 Chianti Classico Riserva, Rocca Delle Macie
This shows of slimmer and younger than the Cataste above, with a perky, herbal nose with sweet and sour cherries, rosemary, Tuscan gravel and a hint of tar. Very, very good.
The taste is still rather tight and seedy with notes of forest floor, red cherries, rosemary and some chocolate biscuit notes. A fine, linear finish with a high acidity. A fine refreshing mouthfeel. For drinking now and the coming 6+ years. Info here.
91p (tasted 2018/05)