Sunday 27 August 2023

A Sangiovese Evening

S & R invited to a Sangiovese tasting. It turned to be a great evening.

Flight I
2015 Chianti Classico, Castello dei Rampolla
A somewhat mature, fresh nose with notes of violets, plums, cherries, iron and herbs. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and nicely structured with notes of dried cherries, herbs and dry licorice. A fine dry finish. 3+ years.
89p   (tasted 2023/08)

2013 Chianti Classico, Querciabella
A deep, creamy nose with notes of cherry jam, undergrowth, rosemary and hints of chocolate. Very fine.
The taste is tight and focused with very fine cherry fruit, silky tannins and a long, fine finish. 
91p   (tasted 2023/08)

2010 Chianti Classico, Fontodi
This has some Cabernet Sauvignon notes on the nose in the shape of black currants, fresh stables and leather, but there are also Sangiovese fingerprints in the shape of Tuscan gravel and rosemary. All in all a very fine nose.
The taste is rich and dry with notes of ripe cherries, violets, herbs and scorched earth. Tight and very fine. 
92p   (tasted 2023/08)

2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Castell´In Villa, Berardenga
A deep, restrained nose with notes of ripening cherries, gravel, violets and dried flowers. Very, very good in a laid back style.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of red cherries, dry licorice, herbs and gravel. A fine bitter note in the finish. Structured. No real signs of maturity.
90p   (tasted 2023/08)

Flight II
2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Brolio, Barone Ricasoli
A deep, spicy nose with notes of ripe red cherries, plums, licorice and a hint of chocolate. Very fine.
The taste is young and tight with sandy tannins and gorgeous plum and cherry fruit. Needs 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2023/08)

2006 Chianti Classico Riserva, Felsina
A large scaled, warm nose with some maturity and notes of gravel, warm tiles and black cherries. Very deep.
The taste is elegant and racy with notes of dried cherries, licorice, sand and dried herbs. A very fine balance. 3+ years.
93p   (tasted 2023/08)

2006 Fontalloro, Felsina
A deep, cool, refined nosew ith notes of sweet/sour cherries, thyme, licorice and sun warm earth. Lovely.
The taste is pure and fine with notes of ripe cherries, Tuscan gravel, herbs and chocolate wafers. Very long. 4+ years.
94p   (tasted 2023/08)

2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, Fontodi
A very deep, smoky nose with notes of morels, Basset licorice, fried herbs and asphalt. High, pure and energetic. Very young.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of bakelite, ripe cherries, iron and bonfire smoke. Very handsome. 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2023/08)

Flight III
2006 Cepparello, Isole e Olena
Not what it should be. Warm, almost cooked with earthy, dry notes. Stored badly?
No rating   (tasted 2023/08)

2006 Percarlo, San Giusto a Rentennano
A very deep, seedy nose with notes of black cherries, iron, Tuscan gravel, tobacco and leather. High and pure. Just gorgeous.
The taste is intense, rich and concentrated with stunning cherry fruit and a long, long, long finish with notes of iron, tobacco and smoke. Just a hint of maturity, this has 10+ more years to go.
97p   (tasted 2023/08)

2006 Pergole Torte, Montevertino
This was my wine of the night. A stunning nose with intense notes of ripe flowers, ripe cherries, salt licorice, iodine and coffee. Breathtakingly beautiful.
The taste is tight and refined with notes of ripe cherries, salmiak, ink, sweet minerals and dried flowers. Layers upon layers. The finish goes on for over a minute. Great wine. 8+ years.
98p   (tasted 2023/08)

2006 Flaccianello, Fontodi
Another stunner. The nose is big and bold with notes of black cherries, fir wood, leather, sugared coffee and fried herbs. Bottomless deep.
The taste is rich, concentrated and balanced with power and focus. Gorgeous black fruit, polished tannins and a looong finish. 7+ years.
97p   (tasted 2023/08)

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