Tuesday 17 March 2015

Barone Francesco Ricasoli In The House

Francesco Ricasoli is in Stockholm again.
Last years tasting was really interesting, focused on the variations in soils within the Ricasoli's property. This visit focused on the new vintage, 2011, plus a new wine.

NV Brut Nature Silver, André Clouet
I'm usually very found of the wines from Clouet, but this one had a sturdy and a bit foursquare nose with notes of lemon peel, dry fudge, flint and a metallic touch.
The taste is cool and dry with notes of smoke, lemon peel and gravel. A decent finish but the midpalate is a touch anemic.
82p   (tasted 2015/03)

2013 Torricella
This blend of Chardonnay (80%) and Sauvignon Blanc (20%) is always a nice drink and this vintage is no exception. The nose is cool and fresh with notes of peaches, cold butter, melon and some flowery aromas. Very good.
The taste is young and perky with notes of melon, ripe pears and white flowers. A fine acidity is noticeable in the medium long finish. Very fine.
88p   (tasted 2015/03)

2011 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
In this somewhat tougher vintage, the Chianti Classico comes of as a very nice wine. The nose is young and laid back with notes of cherry pips, violets, hard cherry candy and whiffs of that fine Tuscan gravel road. A bit rustic, in a good way.
The taste is cool and seedy with notes of just ripening cherries, wet asphalt, violets and dry rosemary. A medium long finish with a fine balance. Very good. Drink early.
87p   (tasted 2015/03)

2011 Colledilà  Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
The second vintage of this wine is a really good one. The nose is broader and deeper than the Chianti Classico above and the cherry fruit is denser and darker with elements of chocolate, liquorice and damp earth. Very, very good.
The taste is young and structured with notes of sweet/sour cherries, chocolate covered cherries, violet pastilles and warm gravel. Long and fine. This should evolve into something really nice if you give it 4-6 years.
90p   (tasted 2015/03)

2011 Casalferro
This 100% Merlot sports a young, warm nose with notes of ripe plums, black cherries, tobacco and warm gravel. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is young and taut with notes of cherries and plums alongside some new leather, rosemary and scorched earth. A long, fine finish. This is really good.
90p   (tasted 2015/03)

2011 Historia Familiae
Only produced in magnums and in a limited edition it celebrates the 20th year since Francesco took over as winemaker. Made out of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Petit Verdot, it has a deep, spicy, complex nose with notes of sweet/sour cherries, hard cherry candy, warm herbs, cold coffee and expensive leather. A fine depth. Very promising.
The taste is firm yet balanced with notes of ripe cherries, chocolate covered cherries, rosemary, violets and new leather. The finish is long and structured. This will be really fine in 5+ years time.
92p   (tasted 2015/03)

1997 Chianti Classico
Yet again I come to the conclusion that the best wine is that with some age - go figure! The nose is just lovely with beautiful scents of dried red fruits, old leather, autumn leaves, vanilla pods and violets. Very fine. A hint of dog fur (in a positive way) after a while.
The taste is pure and velvety with notes of red cherries, autumn leaves, milk chocolate, dried herbs and leather. A long, soft finish with just the right amount of stuffing left. Like 2,5 years ago, on top of its game.
93p   (tasted 2015/03)

2006 Vin Santo
A big, intense, sweet nose with notes of tangerines, candied orange peel, saffron and a hint of hand cream. Very, very good. Some vanilla notes emerges with air.
The taste is big and intense with notes of dried apricots, tangerines, saffron cake and a touch of detergent. A long, sweet finish with a fine acidity. Drinking really well today.
90p   (tasted 2015/03)

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