As we were gathering and enjoying the ambience of this beautiful locality we were poured glasses of
NV Pol Roger Brut (89p) which always bring pleasure and their own NV Cuvée Operakällaren Blanc de Blanc (88p) which was smoky and fine.
Giovanni Mazzoni, Sales and Marketing Director, presented and discussed the wines, and much more, with great enthusiasm, charm and joy.
2013 Riesling Clos des Capucins Cuvée Theo, Domaine Weinbach
For the first course this Riesling was poured. I drink way to little from Alsace, as I say everytime something great like this passes my way. The nose is deep and multi layered with notes of sweet/sour orange candy, rubber, moist earth and mosquito repellent. A high level of intensity.
The taste is refined (which I wrote three times...) and broad with notes of sweet lime, tangerines, grilled onions (!) and wet asphalt. A high, perky acidity that cleans the fat fruit of the palate. Very lively. Great wine. Mature? Feels like it but I wouldn´t be surprised if this would last 20 years.
92p (tasted 2018/11)
This 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot blend sports an outgoing, deep, handsome nose with notes of red and black cherries, plums, spices, tobacco, autumn forest floor and expensive leather. Very, very good.
The taste is taut and refined with notes of blueberries, sour/sweet cherries, asphalt, rosemary and violets. A long, structured, warm finish with a dry twist at the end. Drinking perfectly with food now but I would wait 5+ years for even more complexity.
92p (tasted 2018/11)
This 10 year old Sangiovese shows of a seamless elegance with a deep, complex nose with notes of forest floor, ripe cherries, dark chocolate, expensive perfume and fresh rosemary. Very pure and fine.
The taste is cool and refined with hint of maturity and notes of red cherries, leather, dry licorice, Tuscan gravel and a hint of tobacco. Very, very long. Lovely. 3+ years.
94p (tasted 2018/11)
The younger sibling, and from magnum no less!, displays a deep, focused nose with every screw and bolt in the right place. Lovely notes of ripe red cherries, violets, candle grease, Jerusalem artichokes, herbs and Tuscan gravel. Beautiful.
The taste is brilliant in its precision, intensity and sheer enjoyment. Of course very young but I can see myself taking big sips after sips after sips... Notes of plums, red cherries, leather, earth, violets and some sweet tobacco notes. A one minute finish. 6+ years.
96p (tasted 2018/11)
A high, pure nose with notes of hay, quince, red currants, wet cement and some coffee aromas. Lively and very interesting.
The taste is cool and complex with notes of red licorice, earth, warm tiles and cold coffee. Long and balanced, maybe a tad less focused in the finish compared with the two following vintages. 50% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot, 12% Pettit Verdot.
91p (tasted 2018/11)
The 10 has the same blend as the 09 and displays a fantastic, concentrated yet light and refined nose with notes of gravel, ripe red currants, tobacco and milk chocolate. Vivacious and really fine.
The taste is tight and complex with gorgeous fruit, a seamless structure and an ethereal refinement. The finish goes on and on and on. Great wine! 6+ years.
95p (tasted 2018/11)
The youngster shows of a high, pure nose with notes of ripe red currants, wet asphalt, herbs and tobacco. Very deep and fine.
The taste is young, structured and elegant with notes of violets, warm tiles, cranberries and earth. A long, complex finish. Will evolve well, give it 5+ years. 45% Cabernet Franc, 44% Merlot, 11% Pettit Verdot. From 2016 the Guardiavigna is 100% Cabernet Franc, it will be interesting to see what that will do to the character of the wine.
93p (tasted 2018/11)