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Monday, 7 July 2014

July Moestue release reds


2012 Bodegas y Vinedos del Jalon Castillo de Maluenda Vinas Viejas
Ruby. Somewhat scented, dark berries, fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, fruity and easy. 82

2013 Telmo Rodriguez LZ Rioja
Ruby. Rich, fruity, dark berries, light spicy nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner palate, little bit hollow, fruity. 84

2011 Guigal Côte-du-Rhône rouge
Ruby. Spicy, liquorice, plums and dark berries jam, rich and warm nose, slight nettle note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich and fruity, little bit warm. 84

2011 Librandi Ciro Rosso Riserva Duca Sanfelice
Ruby. Red berries, coffee, slight nettle note nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, sweet and warm, leaner finish, bit drying and textured, good length. 85

2012 Talenti Rosso di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Fruity, fresh, red berries, anise, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresh, elegant, fairly pure fruit, good length. 87

2012 G. D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba Coste e Fossati
Ruby. Rich, dark fruits, ripe cherries, detailed, liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing, especially for Dolcetto, little bit sweet fruity, good length. 88

2012 Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot 50/50 Rouge (Minervois)
Ruby. Red berries, slight anise, some sweet morellos nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, straight forward. 85

2010 Cavalotto Barbera d'Alba Vigna del Cuculo
Ruby. Rich nose, coffee, liquorice, cherries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively palate, leaner, refreshing if a bit sweet and warm in the finish, good length. 88

2011 Cavalotto Langhe Nebbiolo
Bright ruby. Rich nose, fruity and sweet, cherries and anise. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich and fruity, bit sweet for my palate, good length. 88

2009 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant
Ruby. Rich, intense, fruity nose, dark berries, leather and spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich and fruity, slightly sweet, dark berries, some vanilla, good length. 89

2008 Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne
Ruby. Rich, coffee, ripe fruits. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich if leaner palate, bit alcoholic. 86

2008 Cavalotto Barolo Bricco Boschis
Ruby. Rich nose, liquorice, cherries, slight VA, intense. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, leaner body, bit warm finish, good length. 89

2008 Casa Scarpa Barbaresco Tettineive
Ruby. Rich, anise, leather, cherries, morellos, intense nose. Fresh acidity, high of ripe tannins, lively, playful, rich, leaner palate, structured, tar and roses finish. 90

2012 Coffele Recioto di Soave Le Sponde
Golden. Rich, fruity, tropical, apricots and light floral note nose. Fresh acidoty, lively, rounded, dried fruits, sweet, little leaner finish, good length. 88

Emilio Lustau Almacenista Paolo Cortado Vides
Amber. Rich nose, nuts, minerals, dried fruits, slight wood plolish note far back. Fresh acidity, minerals, focused, salty note, nuts, long. 90

Lovely 2013 Lapierre Morgon, Keller von der Fels and more


2013 Keller von der Fels
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, fruity, citrus, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, elegant, good length. 87

2013 Château Cambon
Bright ruby. Light red berries nose, elegant and detailed nose, scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant and fresh palate, red berries, good length. 87

2013 Lapierre Morgon
Bright ruby. Bright red fruits, floral and scented, elegant and detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, delicate and detailed, lovely balance, elegant. 89

2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico
Ruby. Anise, leather, cherries, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe, fruity, good length. 86

Sunday, 18 May 2014

08 Biondi Santi, 06 Cos and 00 Clerc Milon

2008 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Annata
Biondi red. Anise, cherries, floral, nuanced, still a very tight bottle. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, leaner palate, nuanced and elegant, needed more air to open than usual, long. 92

2006 Château Cos d'Estournel
Ruby. Fruity, ripe, cassis and blueberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe, rounded and still a bit of the '06 edginess, long. 92

2000 Château Clerc Milon
Ruby. Cassis, leather, elegant and nuanced nose, opens up beautifully. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively and nuanced, refreshing and long. 93

Saturday, 17 May 2014

01 Poggio Salvi Brunello Riserva

2001 Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby, thin garnet rim. Some oak spices and plums first, more cherries and and anise with air. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, structured and would be more polished in a few years, long. 91

Friday, 2 May 2014

07 Biondi Santi, 00 Marchesi di Gresy and more

2009 Weiser-Kunstler Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Kabinett
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, slight tropical note and ripe lemons nose, orange blossoms. Fresh acidity, fresh and fruity, quite lively, rounded, fuller bodied for Kabinett and fresh for the vintage, good length. 89

2010 L'Esprit de Chevalier
(2nd Dom. Chevalier) Pale lemon yellow. Grapefruit, minerals, almost flinty, citrus, fresh nose. Fresh acidity, citrus and minerals, bit spicy and some vanilla, fresh finish, fairly intense. 89

2007 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Annata
Brigjt ruby. Tight nose, some cherries, leather, faint floral notes but lacks intensity. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly detailed but could have more fruit and intensity. It was decanted for hours without much happening, long if lean finish. 90

2000 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga Camp Gros
Deep ruby with broad brich rim and lots of sediments. Starting out with oxidative nose, later plums, figs and liquorice, some tar and roses. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, mature aromas, liquorice and prunes, stil fairly grippy texture but fruit seems to be fading, still long. Drink within two years if this bottle is correct. 91

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Monsanto flight


2010 Monsanto Chianti Monrosso
Ruby. Red berries, some anise, slight herbal touch nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, blueberries, good length. 86

2010 Monsanto Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some blueberries, licquorice, fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, slight rosemary note, blueberries finish, good length. 88

2010 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Ruby. Red and darker berries, anise, some vanilla and spices, some thyme and a touch of hung meat in the back. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh palate, somewhat textured, long. 90

2007 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio
Ruby, thin garnet rim. Fresh nose, liquorice, some figs, blueberries and morellos nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, textured, some vanilla. Needs some ageing to hone down. Long. 92

1995 Monsanto Vinsanto La Chimera
Bright orange. Rich nose, nuts, spices, dried apricots and raisins nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, fresh, lively, playful, some caramel notes and pineapples, playful. Long. 93

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Gaia May News


Bellavista Franciacorta Brut Cuvée Alma
Pale lemon yellow, small bubbles. Apples, fruity, yellow plums nose, some brioche. Fresh acidoty, elegant mousse, fruity, fresh, elegant, yellow plums palate, fresh finish. 88

2008 Bellavista Franciacorta Brut Vendemmia
Pale lemon yellow, small bubbles. Apples, minerals, fruity, more detailed nose, slightly floral. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, fruity, somewhat leaner and more focused, fresh, long. 90

2007 Bellavista Franciacorta Brut Pas Operé
Pale lemon yellow, small bubbles. Apples, minerals, leaner and more focused nose, delicate, slight jasmin touch. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, brioche, yellow fruits and some minerals, fresh, long. 91

2008 Bellavista Franciacorta Brut Rosé
Very pale salmon, small bubbles. Fruity, some red berries, minerals and yeast on the nose. Fresh acidity, lively mousse, fresh and elegant, slight strawberry note over apples and minerals, long. 90

2013 Ca'Rugate Soave Classico San Michele
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow plums, fruity nose. Freshish acidity, rounded, sweet yellow fruits, slight bitter note far back, fruity. 87

2013 Ca'Rugate Soave Classico Monte Fiorentine
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, almost smoky, fruity nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, lively, fresh, delicate, elegant, good length. 88

2013 Villa Chiopris Pinot Grigio
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, fruity, some almonds nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, towards a bit waxy but remains fresh. 86

2013 Livon Collio Pinot Grigio
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, slight almong flowers note. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fresh and delicate, good length. 89

2013 Livon Collio Sauvignon Blanc
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some gooseberries and asparagus nose. Fresh acidity, rounded, fruity, bit sweet note, easy drinking and fresh. 86

2013 San Michele Appiano Südtiroler Riesling Montiggl
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, light orange blossom note, bergamott nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, richer, ever so slightly warm finish (13). 86

2011 San Michele Appiano Südtiroler Pinot Grigio Sct. Valentin
Pale lemon yellow. Rich nose, intense, spices, smoky. Freshish acidity, bit flat on the palate, creamy texture. 85

2013 Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina Sannio
Pale lemon yellow. Some yellow fruits, slightly floral nose, subdued. Fresh acidity, fruity, leaner, rounded, refreshing. 85

2013 Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avellino
Pale lemon yellow. Floral, fruity, yellow apples, slight tropical note nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, lively, rounded, fresh, delicate, somewhat tighter, good length. 88

2013 Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some almond notes, minerals touch and slightly floral. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, refreshing, fairly detailed, good length. 87

2013 Planeta La Segreta Bianco
Pale lemon yellow. Minerals, some yellow fruits, slight honey and bees wax note. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, fresher from kid palate, fruity. 86

2012 Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante
Pale golden. Fruity, rounded, rich nose. Freshish acidity, waxy and rich, honey, yellow fruits, flabby. 87

2013 Planeta Rosé
Pale yellow with slight pink touch. Apples, fruity, some citrus nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, pleasing. 84

2013 Feudi di San Gregorio Rosaura Aglianico Irpinia
Watery pink. Floral, some red berries, light nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, fresh, lively, refreshing, good length. 86


2013 Tenuta Ulisse Unico Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo
Towards pink. Red berries, slight herbal note nose. Freshish acidoty, fruity, leaner, fairly fresh. 83

2013 Burlotto Elatis Rosato
Pale pink. Light fruity nose. Touch anise and red berries. Fresh acidity, fruity, fresh, red berries, fairly rich. 87

2013 Fattoria Casabianca Coppaia Chianti Colli Senesi
Ruby. Cherries, slight herbal touch, fruity, anise. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh and fairly lively, good length. 85

2012 Poliziano Rosso di Montepulciano
Ruby. Red berries, blueberries, fruity, slightly scented nose. Fresh acidoty, fruity, leaner, fresh, bit hollow, good length. 86

2011 Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Red berries, redcurrants, slight herbal note nose, anise. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, fresh and fruity, cherries and anise, good length. 87

2011 Fattoria Nittardi Ad Astra
Ruby. Blueberries, cassis, ripe cherries and slight herbal touch. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, slightly raw, fresh, leaner, slightly woody note. 89

2009 Fontanabianca Barbaresco
Ruby, garnet rim. Cherries, anise, floral note, scented, lovely nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded for Nebbiolo, cherries and anise palate, long. 90

2010 Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serralunga
Bright ruby. Highly scented, jasmin, anise, roses and cherries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, even if leaner, fresh, long. 91

2012 Benanti Rosso di Verzella Etna Rosso
Ruby. Red berries, some nettles, slight cooked strawberry jam note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh fruit, leaner body, warm finish. 87

2013 Vinchio-Vaglio Serra Moscato d'Asti Valamasca
Watery lemon yellow, foamy. Fresh and fruity nose, berries. Fresh and lively, delicate. 85

2013 Vinchio-Vaglio Serra Brachetto Nivasco
Pale red, foamy. Some red berries, light nose. Fresh and clean, light, delicate red berries. 85

2012 Planeta Passito di Noto
Pale lemon yellow. Apples and grapes nose, fairly tropical, cooked pineapples. Fresh acidity, fruity, lively, sweet, fresh, good length. 88

2010 Stefano Accordini Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Acinatico
Deep ruby. Rich, intense, very ripe nose, mint. Freshish acidity, ripe, fruity, sweet, slightly bitter. Good length, bit lean. 88

2013 Stefanos Argyros Atlantis White
Assyrtico/Aidani. Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, some orange blossoms, light mineral note. Fresh acidity, fruity, elegant, rounded, fairly lively, good length. 87

2013 Gaia Estate Thalassitis Bone Dry White Wine
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, slight flinty and minerals nose, fresh, almost salty. Fresh acidity, fresh, leaner, citrus, good length. 87

2013 Gaia Estate Thalassitis Assyrtiko Wild Ferment
Pale lemon yellow. Intense minerals, flinty, smoky, some apples and citrus nose. Fresh acidity. Fruity, rounded, refreshing, smoky, ripe, long. 89

2013 Stefanos Argyros Atlantis Rosé
Pale red. Red berries, deeper notes, some smoky minerals. Fresh acidity, fruity, ripe red berries, slight herbal touch far back. 85

2013 Gaia Agiorgitiko 14-18h Rosé
Pale lemon yellow. Fresh red berries nose. Fresh acidity, fruity and fresh. 84

2013 OMA Rosato
Pale pink. Sweet nose of red berries, quite intense. Fresh acidity, fruity, intense, red berries, structured, lovely mineral finish. Some cherries. 88

Monday, 21 April 2014

Boscarelli Vino Nobile Riserva vertical tasting


6500 plants per Ha, about one plant per bottle. Bottles been open for about thirty minutes before the tasting. 10.000 bottles per year. Normally 85S, 10M and 5CS

2001 Boscarelli Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
(Magnum) Bright ruby. Scented, anise, red berries, cherries, some coffee notes and spices, lavendel touch. Some prunes and figs with air. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, some cherries and anise, structured, sour cherries finish, needs an hour of decanting to round off the edges, long. 90

2004 Boscarelli Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
(Magnum) Bright ruby. Scented, some vanille, red berries, liquorice and oak spices nose, some prunes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly fresh palate, oak spices interupting fresher fruit, fairly lively, good length. Bit dry finish. 88

2005 Boscarelli Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
(Magnum) Ruby. Liquorice, dark berries, some vanilla, more spices, bit warm fruit. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, more rounded fruit but a bit biting oak, spicy finish. Bit short. 87

2006 Boscarelli Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
(Magnum) Ruby. Some red berries, dark fruits, some cherries,  and liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresher and fruity, sour cherries, more freshness, less up front oak, long. 90

2007 Boscarelli Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
(Magnum) Ruby. Red berries, some liquorice, anise, some spices, floral and scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, more noticeable oak again but handles it better, fresh finish. 89

2008 Boscarelli Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
(Magnum) Ruby. Scented, vanilla, violets, elegant nose, cherries and some blueberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and fresh, quite lively and mouthwatering, refreshing and lively, long. 91

2009 Boscarelli Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
(Magnum) Ruby. Red berries, some cherries, slightly spicy, rosemary touch and lavendel nose, somewhat spicy. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, refreshing, cherries, fresh, bit spicy and biting in the finish, long. 90

2013 Boscarelli Cortona Merlot
First vintage. 5000 bottles made. Clay, about 220 metres altitude. Ruby. Red berries and dark fruits, some vanilla, fruity. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, soft and fruity, bit easy going and lean finish. 83

Friday, 11 April 2014

Vernaccia di San Gimignano and more


2012 Andre Delorme Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Noir
Pale lemon yellow, slight red tinge. Apples, some yeast and apple peel nose. Freshish acidity, bit sharp, leaner, fresh, fairly elegant finish, good length. 85

Andre Delorme Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé La Vigne Au Roy
Pale pink. Some fruits and a bit of yeats on the nose. Freshish acidity, slight bitter note, pear core, bit hollow. 83

2013 Pizzolato Prosecco Spumante Brut
Pale lemon yellow, small bubbles. Apples and slight pear nose, easy going. Medium acidity, rounded, easy going but balanced. 72

2012 Pizzolato Stefany Prosecco Extra Dry
Pale lemon yellow, small bubbles. Apples and pears nose, bit more intense. Yeasty. Freshish acidity, fruity, leaner, fairly elegant. 78

2012 Knipser Laumersheimer Kapellenberg Riesling Kabinett trocken
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, pear peel, slight mineral note beneath on the nose. Freshish acidity, rounded, fruity, quite fresh, mineraly finish, good length. 87

2013 Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and some almond flowers nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, fresh, lively, rounded, roses touch, good length. 86

2012 Cesari Soave Classico Superiore
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, slight honey note, some yellow fruits. Freshish acidity, leaner palate, honey, slight bitter note, leaner, good length. 83

Saturday, 29 March 2014

34 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva's tasted blind, mostly 2008


2008 Tenuta Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Some anise, liquorice, slightly scented nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, liquorice, prunes and plums palate, lacks freshness and refinement, ripe and evolved for its age. 87

2007 Terrasole Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Scented, red berries, some anise, bit subdued nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly elegant, quite fresh but could be more complex. 89

2008 Tiezzi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Soccorso:
Ruby. Leather, prunes and cherries nose, quite scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly intense, figs and cherries palate, slightly drying finish. 89

2008 Ucceleria Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Some herbs, figs, liquorice and plums nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, richer but not very complex, drying finish. 87

2008 Aglieta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva:
Ruby. Corked

2008 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Alle Mura:
Ruby. Intense, cherries, spices, some chocolate and figs nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, but leaner finish, liquorice and coffee finish. 90

2008 Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna del Fiore
Ruby. Scented, floral, some anise and cherries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and lively, quite refreshing, good length. 88

2008 Bartolo Gusti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, hint of anise and leather. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, leaner and somewhat firmer finish, quite refreshing, good length. 89

2008 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Il Quercione
Ruby. Highly scented, lots of vanilla, coffee and spices pn the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, intense, chocolate, drying finish, to much barrels. 88

2008 Canneta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Red berries, vanilla, anise and spices on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, quite refreshing, bit biting texture, cherries and anise finish. 89

2008 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna la Casa:
Ruby. Rich, plums, dark berries, some vanilla and spices on the nose. Fresh acidoty, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, rounded, bit vanilla overshadowed finish, good length. 88

2008 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Scented, intense, some liquorice and coffee nose. Cherries and morellos. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, quite intense, liquorice and savory, long. 90

2008 Casisano Colombaio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Liquorice, mints, figs and cherries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner palate, drying finish 86

2008 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al Vento
Ruby. Dark berries, intense and rich nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, figs, maturing aromas, good length. 91

2007 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Fontelontano
Ruby. Liquorice, cherries, some plums, highly scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and ripe, quite refreshing but vanilla finish. 88

2008 Cupano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Red berries, some spices and liquorice nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sweet and anise palate, easy going. 86

2008 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Scented, floral, lilies, some red berries, fruity nose. Elegant. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, balanced, rounded, quite smooth, bit short. 89

2008 Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Scented, red berries, some anise and lilies, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, quite refreshing and fruity, fairly delicate, fresh cherries and anise finish. Long. 90

2007 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Somewhat scented, anise, cherries, violets nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, somewhat ripe, bit easy going. 86

2008 Greppone Mazzi- Ruffino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Bright ruby, garnet rim. Cherries, liquorice and some figs nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, slightly drying, and a bit short. 86

2008 Il Poggiolo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva il Poggiolo
Ruby. Scented, vanilla, spices and lots of dark berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and fresh, quite lively and refreshing, bit vanilla finish, long. 90

2008 La Fornace Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, anise and spices. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded but lots of vanilla to pack it in, good length, bit oaky. 88

2008 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Red berries, vanilla, some coffee and dark fruits nose. Freshish acidity, ripe and sweet, fruity, lacks finesse and complexity, mature feel to it. 86

2008 La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Manapetra
Ruby. Liquorice, some figs and cherries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly elegant before a slightly woody and vanilla finish. 88

2008 La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Abate
Ruby. Scented, some lilies, red berries and anise nose, some figs. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, somewhat refreshing palate, smooth, good length. 88

2008 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ugolaia
Ruby. Scented, floral, liquorice nose. Morellos. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, bit rich and sweet, and a bit short. 87

2008 Máté Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Woody, vanilla and barrel spices, oak toast nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, more integrated palate, oaky finish. 87

2008 Pian delle Querci Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby. Anise, liquorice, plums, figs and cherries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, some prunes, drying finish, oaky end. 86

2008 Podere le Ripi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Lupi e Sirene
Ruby. Easy going nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, easy going palate, short. 83

2008 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Bright ruby. Delicate red berries nose, quite refreshing, vanilla kotes and spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, quite refreshing, smooth texture, long. 92

2007 Poggio Rubino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Ruby, garnet rim. Cheese, some red berries and anise, slight iris note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh and lively, on the leaner side and could be more complex, but refreshing. 88

2008 Sesti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Phenomena
Ruby. Some coffee, chocolate, dark berriesa nd prunes nose, spicy. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, drying palate with fresher fruit behind it, oaky texture, good length. Dry finish. 89

2008 Tassi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Franci
Ruby. Scented and sweet vanilla nose, lots spices, chocolate and coffee. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich fruit behind oaky cloak, coffee finish, drying. 88


And a further 57 2009 Brunello di Montalcino's


2009 Tenuta Crocedimezzo Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, quite elegant nose, somewhat floral. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean and watery. 81

2009 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Floral, red berries, quite delicate nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly smooth before a slightly green finish, refreshing. 83

2009 Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some scented notes, vanilla and red berries. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, bit easy going and lean. 83

2009 Tenuta Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Some red berries, anise, more subdued nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh if leaner palate, fairly smooth texture. Good length. 85

2009 Tenuta San Giorgio Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some spices, red fruits and figs nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and lively, quite refreshing, good length. 86

2009 Tenuta San Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, vanilla and spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, structured with fresh fruit to back, quite lively if not that complex. 86

2009 Tenuta Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some cherries and liquorice notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, good length. 86

2009 Tenuta Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Poggio Doria
Ruby. Red berries, cherries, fairly fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly lively, quite fresh, figs finish. Bit short. 87

2009 Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Lilies, some red berris, scented nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly lively, quite refreshing, bit liquorice dominated palate. 85

2009 Terre Nere Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Herbal, some unripe red berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity and lively, quite fresh, good length. 85

2009 Tiezzi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, cherries and some scented notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, quite lively, bit short. 86

2009 Tiezzi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Soccorso
Ruby. Cherries, some prunes, slight nail varnish note, some anise. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fresh and fruity, quite lively, elegant and fresh finish. 88

2009 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Liquorice, sherries and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, structured and a bit rustic, good length. 85

2009 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some anise, lighter nose, some vanilla. Fresh acidoty, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly lively, bit vanilla influenced finish. 87

2009 Vasco Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, easy going but crisper nose, cherries and slightly floral. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, leaner, bit to easy going. 83

2009 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Herbs, red berries anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, herbal and easy going palate, not quite together. 83

2009 Villa a Tolli Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Vanilla and dark berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounded and sweet palate, pruney finish. 84

2009 Villa i Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, red berries and some floral notes, lilies. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity, leaner palate, some morellos and liquorice. 85

2009 Villa le Prata Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some anise and ripe strawberries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, bit easy going. 85

2009 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Some red berries, liquorice and ever so slightly floral nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, somewhat fruity, leane rfinish, good length. 86

2009 Vini Italiani da Sogno Brunello di Montalcino Carillon
Ruby. Lilies, red berries and slight anise nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, somewhat lean and hollow palate, vanilla finish. 85

2009 Aglieta Roberto Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some plums and figs nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, softer and sweeter, easy going, bit short. 84

2009 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Spices, coffee and dark chocolate nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, bit lean and oaky, if fresher palate than nose. 84

2009 Centolani Brunello di Montalcino Friggiali
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented and somewaht spicy nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity, leaner palate, quite refreshing, bit short. 86

2009 Centolani Brunello di Montalcino Pietranera
Ruby. Figs, cherries and liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, prunes and figs palate, easy going and soft. 84

2009 Centolani Brunello di Montalcino Poggiotondo
Ruby. Red berries, slightly floral, some anise on the nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, softer and rounder palate, fairly elegant, bit boring finish. 85

2009 Albatreti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Dark berries, spices, chocolate nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded before dry finish. 84

2009 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Rich, smoky nose, dark berries and anise, coffee. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, woody palate and finish. 85

2009 Armilla Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Herbs, nettles, warm fruit and coffee nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, nettles and prunes palate, short. 83

2009 Baccinetti Brunello di Montalcino Saporoia
Ruby, garnet rim. Liquorice, cherries, fruit stones, almost a VA tone to it. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, leaner, fairly refreshing red berries and figs palate, good length. 86

2009 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Rich, prunes, some coffee and spices, earthy. Freshish acidity, cooked fruit, ripe, rich, liquorice and prunes, drying. 86

2009 Barbi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some cherries and liquorice, spicy. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, ripe and rich, fruity, lacks finesse, bit plummy palate, bit short. 87

2009 Bartoli Giusti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Rich, some coffee and chocolate nose, rich. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, red berries, slightly sweet, good length. 87

2009 Bellaria Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Cooked fruits, plums, dusty and earthy nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, plums and prunes. Bit short. 84

2009 Belpoggio Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Chocolate, spices and plums nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, lots of liquorice, spicy palate, bit short. 85

2009 Bonacchi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, lilies, floral kotes, red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity and lively, bit plummy and liquorice finish, good length. 87

2009 Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Floral, raspberries and some ripe cherries nose, slightly of violets. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fairly elegant, rounded texture, good length. 88

2009 Campigliano Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, spicy and some prunes. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly rounded, textured, good length. 87

2009 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some floral notes, lilies, anise and leather nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, fairly fresh, more vanilla and chocolate towards the finish, good length. 88

2009 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, prunes and liquorice nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leaner texture, some herbal notes, lacks fruit. 84

2009 Canneta Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Herbs, slightly unripe, red berries, some spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, easy going, lacks substance. 81

2009 Cantina di Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino
Deep ruby. Rich nose of liquorice, lilies and plums. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, big and sweet palate, but one dimensional, will impress some maybe. 83

2009 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, somewhat fruity, slightly floral, some figs nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, bit easy going, good length. 85

2009 Capanne Ricci Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some herbs, red berries and anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, some herbs, slightly unripe, short. 84

2009 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Dark berries, some coffee and liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe and fresher palate, slightly unripe, good length. 85

2009 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, floral, fairly detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity and fresh, bit easy going, good length. 86

2009 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Floral, tulips, red berries, some anise, slight nail warnish nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, simple palate. 81

2009 Casa Raia Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some cheese and spices nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sweet and ripe palate, rounded, freshish finish. 85

2009 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some figs, leather, liquorice and prunes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, prunes and figs, morellos and liquorice. Long. 89

2008 Stella di Campalto Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Slightly floral, some cherqries and elegant red fruits, one of the freshest noses besides Biondi Santi this vintage. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, delicate, red fruity, elegant, long. 91

2009 Pian del Orino Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Figs, prunes, cherries, more mature nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, round, richer, fresher red berries finish. 89

2009 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli
Ruby. Some herbs, dark berries, scented nose, lilies. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit easy going, fresher finish. 89

2009 Sesti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, bit easy going nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, bit lean. 88

2009 Fonterenza Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, some floral notes, red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner and fresher palate, quite nuanced and delicate, long. 90

2009 Querce Bettina Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, some cinamon nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, softer and fruitier palate, could be fresher. 88

2009 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Floral, red berries, some anise touch, bright fruit. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe, some morellos and dark berries, good length. 89

2009 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli
Ruby. Red berries, some plums and cherries, floral notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant, quite refreshing, long. 90


36 Brunello di Montalcino 2009's tasted


2009 Casisano Colombaio Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some cherries and prunes nose, anise. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, good length. 86

2009 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Ripe, cherries, dark berries, liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, soft and velvety, rounded, some vanilla finish. 87

2009 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, lilies, liquorice, ripe nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, anise, plums and figs, not the freshest. 85

2009 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago
Ruby. Cherries, liquorice, ripe fruits nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, vanilla palate, prunes and figs. 85

2009 Cava d'Onice Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some VA, cherries and liquorice nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, cherries palate, some prunes, good length. 86

2009 Citille di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Metallic nose. Freshish acidity, dry tannins, drying palate. 73

2009 Citille de Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Poggio Ronconi
Ruby. Red berries, some spices, morellos and fresh fruits for the vintage. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, fairly elegant. Rounded, good length. 89

2009 Col di Lamo Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Anise, red berries, ceherries and some leather nose. Fresh acidity, bit dry tannins, rounded, fruit, liquorice and prunes palate. 86

2009 Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Highly scented nose, intense. Lilies. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, vanilla palate, good length. 84

2009 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some nettles, liquorice and prunes nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, herbal and a bit green, short finish. 84

2009 Collelceto Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Liquorice, vanilla and cherries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, oak structure, little fruit. 82

2009 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Lean nose, some spices and vanilla. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly easy going. 83

2009 Collina del Sole Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented, leaner nose, some prunes and anise. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean and thin palate, sour cherries. 82

2009 Corte dei Venti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, slightly scented, red berqries and cherries. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, soft and pruney. 83

2009 Cupano Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Vanilla and spices nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, dry and oaky. 70

2009 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Liquorice, lilies and prunes nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresher finish. 84

2009 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Figs, plums, cooked fruit nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresher palate, figs and prunes. 86

2009 Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries and vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leaner and some herbal notes, easy going. 84

2009 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, slightly cooked and coffee nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and round, bit short. 85

2009 Fornacella Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some VA, lifted, cherries and anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean and sour palate, bit short. 83

2009 Fornaccina Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some anise and liquorice nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean and some strawberry jam palate, drying finish. 84

2009 Gianni Brunelli Le Chiuse di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, floral and quite elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, well balanced for the vintage, more harmonious than most. 88

2009 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, spicy and cinamon nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, dry palate, dusty. Lacks fruit. 81

2009 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some plums and lilies. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, fairly fresh, somewhat sour cherries finish. 86

2009 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some anise and liquorice nose. Red berries, and figs. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leane rpalate, some sour cherries and anise, good length if a bit lean. 87

2009 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto:
Ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, fairly elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, one of the fresher this vintage, balanced and long. 90

2009 Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Scented, some cherries and wild strawberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, somewhat leaner palate, fairly fresh finish. Good length. 89

2009 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some floral nose and leaner red fruits nose, some anise. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, fairly together, good length. 88

2009 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some scented notes, maybe a touch of VA, lifted, sour cherries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner palate, cherries, bit short. 84

2009 Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Herbal, some red berries and anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, bit easy going, herbal palate. 84

2009 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some anise, slightly floral nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and quite refreshing, fairly elegant, good length. 88

2009 Il Paradiso di Manfredi Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some iodine, red berries, cherries, liquorice and maybe slight VA on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, fresh cherries palate, bit short and one dimensional. 85

2009 Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Some red berries, slightly floral nose, some anise. More subdued. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, leaner finish. Bit dry. 86

2009 Le Regnaie Brunello di Montalcino V.V.
Ruby, brick rim. Terracotta nose, cherries and a bit iodine. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh if leaner, sour palate, bit short. 86

2009 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby, garnet rim. Highly floral, quote elegant nose, red berries and strawberry jam. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fresh and lively, bit easy going and lean, good length. 85

2009 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby. Red berries, some floral nose, purer nose than most this vintage. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, quite elegant if a bit lean, fairly fresh, good length. 88





21 Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva's tried


Riserva in Montepulciano seems to be just more of the same than the regular Vino Nobile, like a lowered Golf with skirts, big wheels, recaro seats and noisy exhaust isn't any quicker than a regular Golf, one has just spent more money on it. Richer fruit, but not more complex, or at least not a big difference on many of them, and excesive oak in most. They dry like few wines on the palate, and there seems to be far to little fruit to handle it.

2010 Fattoria della Talosa Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Deep ruby. Dark berries, some vanilla, spices and plums. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rich and fruity, spicy, bit woody palate, good length. 87

2010 Le Bertille Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Deep ruby. Rich and ripe nose, dark berries and vanilla, and barrel spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, livelier palate, fairly refreshing before the oak catches up with the fruit in the finish, but fairly balanced. 88

2010 Tenuta Valdipiatta Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Deep ruby. Fruity, rich, ripe, quite fragrant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity if leaner palate, fairly refreshing, vanilla flavoured, good length. 87

2010 Dei Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Bossona:
Deep ruby. Coffee and spices, rich and fruity, dark berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sour cherries and morellos palate, some anise, fairly fresh, good length. 88

2010 Barbanera Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Duca di Saragnano:
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes, more subdued nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leaner fruit, red berries, on the fresh side but lacks complexity and nuances. Good length. 86

2010 Croce di Febo Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Amore Mio:
Ruby. Some dark berries, slightly spicy and richer nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, almost creamy, vanilla and spices finish, bit warm. 86

2010 Carpineto Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Almost opaque. Plums, blackberries, vanilla, very ripe and rich nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and rounded, a made wine for some of the American kids. 85

2010 Il Conventino Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Vanilla, some coffee, cherries and dark berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich and fruity, could be more nuanced and complex, good length. 87

2010 Lunadoro Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Quercione:
Ruby. Vanilla, scented and floral notes, dark berries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, oaky, coffee, caramel and dark fruits, lots of vanilla palate. 86

2010 Tenuta di Gracciano della Seta Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Vanilla, rich, spicy, dark berries and morellos nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, oaky, dry finish. 87

2010 Le Bèrne Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Deep ruby. Rich, coffee and dark berries nose. Spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, alcoholic, coffee, a bit ungainly palate. 85

2010 Fattoria la Braccesca Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Santa Pia:
Deep ruby. Rich nose of plums and blueberries, spicy and oaky nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rich, sweet and fruity, ripe, good length. 86

2010 Lombardo Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Deep ruby. Rich fruit, dark berries and barrel spices nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sweet and rich, vanilla palate, bit short. 84

2010 Nottola Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Il Fattore:
Deep ruby. Rich, fruity, overripe dark berries and plums, lots of vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rich and sweet, fruity, easy going finish. 86

2010 Contucci Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Rich, red berries and cherries nose, blueberries and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich, rounded, vanilla but better balance on the palate, seems more together even if in a cellar made style. 87

2010 Canneto Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Spicy, some coffee, red berries, smoky notes and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit woody, spicy finish, good length. 88

2010 Fanetti Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Some prunes, plums and cherries nose, liquorice and vanilla. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich but somewhat hollow, lacks finesse and nuances. 86

2010 Icario Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Vitaroccia:
Ruby. Rich, fruity, intense, dark berries and vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and sweet, anise and blueberries finish. 87

2009 Vino Nobile Riserva

2009 Boscarelli Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Red berries, some morellos and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and sweet, but retains it's freshness, good length. 89

2009 Cavalierino Organic Winery Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva:
Ruby. Wood all over the place on the nose. And highly woody palate with drying acidity, plain vanilla and some freshness to the acidity. 83

2008 Vino Nobile Riserva

2008 Vecchia Cantina Vino Nobile de Montepulciano Riserva Briareo-Redi:
Ruby. Spicy, red berries, somewhat vanilla and peppery nose. Fresh acidoty, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, fairly fresh, oaky finish. 87

30 2011 Chianti Classico's tasted blind


2011 Monterinaldi Chianti Classico Castello diMonterinaldi
Ruby. Red berries, some floral and scented notes on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, liquorice palate, quite fresh but on the sweet side. 84

2011 Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico Chianti Classico Contessa di Radda
Ruby. Herbs, nettles, scented over tones. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, bit lean and has an unripe feel to it, bit ungainly. 81

2011 Bibbiano Chianti Classico Montornello
Ruby. Some anise and red berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean and easy going. 78

2011 Bindi Sergardi Chianti Classico La Ghirlanda
Ruby. Some coffee and spices, leaner fruit. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, textured, slightly rustic, good length. 84

2011 Bonacchi Chianti Classico Casalino
Ruby. Scented, red berries and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, lacks finesse, good length. 84

2011 Borgo Casa al Vento Chianti Classico Aria
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some blueberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, some figs and lquiorice, good length. 83

2011 Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico
Ruby. Dark fruits, plums, figs and liquorice, intense. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, soft and sweet, will impress some, good length. 84

2011 Buondonno Chianti Classico
Ruby. Herbs, nettles, some unripe red berries nose, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, quite fresh, lacks a bit of fruit, but fresh, good length. 84

2011 Candialle Chianti Classico La Misse
Ruby. Dark berries, alcohol notes, very ripe dark berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sweet and soft, boring. 82

2011 Cantalici Chianti Classico Baruffo
Ruby. Scented, blueberries and anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, easy going. 82

2011 Casale dello Sparviero Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, more liftet and scented nose, refreshing. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, softer texture, fairly bright fruit, quite elegant, good length. 85

2011 Castelli del Grevepesa Chianti Classico Clemente VII
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes, liquorice. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, easy going, softer and rounder palate, anise finish. 83

2011 Castelinuzza Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, red berries, fairly flirting nose, delicate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly lively, quite refreshing, raspberry finish. 86

2011 Castellinuzza e Piuca Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, red berries, some floral notes and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity if leaner palate, fairly refreshing, seems slightly woody finish. 85

2011 Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes, slightly herbal, bit spicy. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and quite lively, almost delicate in a way, good length. 86

2011 Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico
Ruby. Herbs, green notes, coffee on the nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, not quite together, liquorice and herbs palate. 80

2011 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Ama
Ruby. Herbs, some unripe berries, dusty vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, easy going and simple palate, thin. 81

2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Gabbiano
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some floral notes, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded if leaner, bit vanilla finish. 83

2011 Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico Meleto
Ruby. Scented, some red berries, anise and violets. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner and fairly fresh palate bit liquoricy finish, meaning slightly sweetish. 84

2011 Castello di Radda Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, red berries, some herbal notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded and quite elegant palate, refreshing and somewhat nuanced, good length. 86

2011 Castello di Selvole Chianti Classico
Ruby. Leaner nose, slightly scented and some slightly unripe raspberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, some vanilla and quite elegant texture, fruity if leaner, not too intense, good length. 86

2011 Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Herbs and bell peppers, some red berries. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, bit unripe and not fully together. 79

2011 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Volpaia
Ruby. Blackberries and liquorice nose, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounder palate, not to much going on but balanced, bit sweet. 82

2011 Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, dark berries and anise nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit easy going, some liquorice, fresher finish, good length. 85

2011 Cigliano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Slightly scented, some red berries and anise nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, quitef resh and fruity, bit easy going palate if fresh. 82

2011 Colle Bereto Chianti Classico
Ruby. Some coffee, spices, vanilla, dark berries and more liquorice nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit easy going, lacks finesse. 83

2011 Concadoro Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes, fruity. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, quite lively and refreshing if a bit lean. 85

2011 Dievole Chianti Classico La Vendemmia
Ruby. Scented, vanilla, spices and some red fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly fresh, almost creamy texture, rounded, bit woody finish. 85

2011 Fattoria Cerbaia Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, blackberries, anise and figs nose. Vanilla. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity if a bit lean. Drying finish, woody. 82

2011 Fattoria Cerbaia Chianti Classico
Ruby. Some coffee, spices, and dark berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, leanish and herbal, lacks nuances and fruit. 80

Friday, 28 March 2014

Col d'Orcia tasting, 1968-2011


2011 Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Red berries, fruity, some liquorice, red berries and plums touch. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, anise, slight herbal note, little bit cooked. 86

2010 Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino Banditella
Bright ruby. Red berries, anise, cherries, slight herbal touch nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing, good length. 88

2008 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, anise, pure nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, lovely, little bit warmer fruit on the palate, ever so slightly jammy, long. 90

2007 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby. Red berries, slight floral note, anise, slightly spicy and some minerals on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively, fresh, cherries, long finish. 91

2006 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
(Magnum) Bright ruby. Red berries, scented, some morellos, leather touch, some liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, refreshing, quite elegant and detailed, long if a bit lean finish. 92

1997 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Bright ruby, very thin garnet rim. Leather, red berries, cherries, anise, slight chocolate touch nose. Maturing. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresh, quite evolved, started out a little bit short but got longer in the glass, long. 90


1977 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Bright ruby, orange rim. Leather, anise, figs, prunes, scented, some cherries, flirting if a bit subdued. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing, detailed, elegant, structured, red berries note, long finish. 94

1968 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Bright ruby with orange hue and orange rim. Leather, anise, figs, prunes, scented, ever so slightly dusty nose. Fresh acidity, tannins ripe and soon gone, fruitier palate, rounded, refreshing, mature, red berries, figs and anise, long. 93

2006 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Vento
(Magnum) Bright ruby. Floral, delicate, red berries nose, rounded, elegant and scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and lively, fruity, rounded, refreshing, detailed, long. 93

1995 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Vento
(Magnum) Bright ruby, garnet rim. Floral, elegant nose, nuanced, leather, red and some darker berries, scented, some spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, refreshing, elegant if a bit narrow mid palate, long. 92

2010 Col d'Orcia Nearco
Ruby. Fruity, cassis, spices, rich and ripe nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, bit sweet, warm finish. 87

2010 Col d'Orcia Olmaia
Ruby. Cassis, dark fruits, slightly scented, vanilla, ripe fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe and rich, slightly high alcohol and a bit showy, lacks refinement and complexity, good length, bit warm finish. 88

2010 Col d'Orcia Pascena Moscadello di Montalcino
Pale golden. Floral, tropical, fresh grapes and slightly soapy nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fresh, failry detailed, a slight floral and caramel note in the finish, long. 90



Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Anteprime Vernaccia di San, 66 wines tasted


2013 Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico Vernaccia Geografico:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some honey melon, fresh and slightly grassy nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fresh, easy going, bit short. 84

2013 Canneta Vernaccia:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, slightly floral, elderflowers nose. Freshish acidity, slightly bitter, bit flat palate, short. 80

2013 Cantina Sociale de Certaldo Vernaccia La Badia:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some yellow fruits, ever so slightly floral nose. Freshish acidoty, fruity, rounded texture, almost a bit waxy and honey, good length. 85

2013 Guidi Vernaccia Guidi:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, vanilla, spices, bit burnt wood on the nose. Freshish acidity, woody, vanilla, spices, yellow fruits behind. 84

2013 Cappella Sant'Andrea Vernaccia Cappella Sant'Andrea:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, fresh, feels very clean if not very complex. Fresh acidity, leaner, yellow fruits, some white flowers, good length, somewhat creamy texture. 85

2013 Cappella Sant'Andrea Vernaccia Rialto:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, scented, some floral notes nose. Fresh acidity, creamy texture, rounded, fresh, fairly elegant, good length. 86

2013 Casa Alle Vacche Vernaccia Casa Alle Vacche:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, some tropical fruits nose. Freshish acidity, rounded, fairly elegant body and texture, good length. 86

2013 Casa Alle Vacche Vernacchia i Macchioni:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some smoky notes, spices on the nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded if ever so slightly edgy finish, good length. 85


2013 Casale Falchini Vernacchia Vigna a Solatio:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow fruits and plums nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, some spices and vanilla, good length. 85

2013 Cesani Vernacchia Cesani:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, tutti frutti touch nose. Freshish acidity, not quite together, simple, watery. 77

2013 Fattoria Abbazia di Monteoliveto Vernaccia Abbazia di Monteoliveto:
Pale lemon yellow. Fresh apples and ripe gooseberries nose, slightly yellow fruity, like a fresh rainy morning. Freshish acidity, rounded, quite elegant, bit easy going palate, good length. 84

2013 Fattoria Abbazia di Monteoliveto Vernaccia La Gentilesca:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow fruits and slightly floral nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly elegant palate, towards playful, good length. 88

2013 Fontaleoni Vernaccia Fontaleoni:
Towards lemon yellow. Apples, grapefruit, slightly floral nose. Fresh acidity, slightly bitter and grapefruity, apple core, good length. 85

2013 Fontaleoni Vernaccia Casanuova:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, fresh, some vanilla and yellow fruity nose. Freshish acidity, flatter palate, polished, vanilla, quite uninteresting. 84

2013 Fornacelle Vernaccia Fornacelle:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, scented, floral, touch of rose petals nose. Lilies. Fresh acidity, lively, quite fresh, slightly scented and bit sweet fruity, good length. 87

2013 Fornaci Vernaccia Fornaci:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, smoky and spicy nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, towards creamy texture, fresher palate than nose. 86

2013 Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara Vernaccia Selvabianca:
Cloudy pale lemon yellow. Light nose of apples and some yellow fruits. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, bit easy going, citrusy finish lighten things up. 84





2013 Il Lebbio Vernaccia Il Lebbio:

Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow fruity, slightly scented nose.freshish acidity, flatter palate, bit easy going. 83

2013 Il Lebbio Vernaccia Tropie:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some floral notes. Freshish acidity, creamy and rounded texture, vanilla, bit fat, good length. 85

2013 Il Palagione Vernacchia Hydra:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, tropical and intense lilies nose. Freshish acidity, sweetish feel, yellow fruity, good length. 85

2013 La Lastra Vernaccia La Lastra:
Paleq lemon yellow. Apples and light minerals nose, slightly floral. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, bit easy going but more lively. 86

2013 Lucii Libiano Vernaccia Vigna Cellori:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, floral, easy going nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, bit easy going. 84

2013 Macinatico Vernaccia Macinatico:
Pale lemon yellow. Fresh, light fruity, apples and pears nose. Fresh acidity, lighter, quite elegant and fresh, bit short. 85

2013 Melini Vernaccia Melini:
Pale lemon yellow. Scented, some roses and yellow fruity, less intense nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, quite elegant, refreshing finish. 85





2013 Palagetto Vernaccia di San Gimignano:

Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some vanilla and lilies nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, easy going, quite fresh finish. 85

2013 Palagetto Vernaccia Santa Chiara:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, slight mineral note, light floral touch on the nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, bit watery finish. 84

2013 Panizzi Vernaccia Panizzi:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, yellow fruity nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, refreshing, good length. 85

2013 Poderi del Paradiso Vernaccia Poderi del Paradiso:
Pale lemon yellow. Spicy, wood notes and sulphur on the nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly lively, good length. 86

2013 Poggio Alloro Vernaccia Poggio Alloro:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fresh and fruity nose. Slightly scented. Fresh acidity, rounded, slightly creamy, fresh, good length. 88

2013 Poggio Alloro Vernaccia Il Nicchiaio:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, some sweeter yellow fruits and floral nose. Fresh acidity, rounded, some bitter notes, grapefruit touch, sweet yellow fruits, good length. 88

2013 Rampa di Fugnano Vernaccia Alata:
Pale lemon yellow. Easy going yellow apples nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly lively, good length. 86


2013 San Benedetto Vernaccia San Benedetto:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow fruits, some minerals nose, slightly heavier. Fresh acidity, fruity, lively, quite refreshing, rounded, bit lively, good length. 88

2013 San Donato Vernaccia San Donato:
Cloudy pale lemon yellow. Shut nose, some yellow fruits and grapefruit. Freshish acidity, rounded, bit shut, 84-85

2013 San Quirico Vernaccia San Quirico:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fresh, fruity nose. Bit lazy acidity, rounded, easy going. 82

2013 Signano Vernaccia Signano:
Pale lemon yellow. Some apples, light nose, lilies of the valley. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, bit more lively palate, fairly refreshing, good length. 85

2013 Signano Vernaccia Poggiarelli:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some sweeter notes, fruity but not that intense nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fairly playful, refreshing, some sweeter notes, quite elegant. 86

2013 Tenuta Le Calcinaie Venaccia Le Calcinaie:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples and light minerals nose. Freshish acidity, rounded, bit easy going but fresh. 84

2013 Tenuta La Vigna Vernaccia Tenuta La Vigna:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, yellow fruits, rounded nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, more playful palate, fairly refreshing, good length. 88


2013 Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Vernaccia Titolato Strozzi:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some yellow fruits, slightly minty nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, bit yellow fruity, good length. 86

2013 Teruzzi & Puthod Vernaccia T&P:
Pale lemon yellow. Some yellow fruits and pears nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, elegant, quite fresh, not to complex. Good length. 87

2013 Tollena Vernaccia Lunario:
Pale lemon yellow. Grapefruit, some almond flowers and ever so slightly raisniny nose. Fresh acidity, sweetish, some bitter and sour notes, bergamot note, good length. 87

2013 Torre Prima Vernaccia Torre Prima:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, almost a bit flinty far back, slightly tropical nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, lively, lemony, quite refreshing, good length. 87

2013 Vagnoni Vernaccia Vagnoni:
Pale lemon yellow. Some honey, wax, peach, slightly deeper nose. Freshish acidity, rounded, bit boring palate, easy going and watery. 78

2012 Cantine Guidi Vernaccia Aurea Vernaccia
Pale lemon yellow. Smoky, spicy and some yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, edgy, not quite together, vanilla, spices and yellow fruit all over the place. 82

2012 Casale Falchini Vernaccia AB Vinea Doni:
Pale lemon yellow. Scented, floral and yellow apples nose, cool feel to it. Fresh acidity, fruity, ripe, mandarin, freshish finish, slightly bitter. 84


2012 Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara:
Pale lemon yellow. Some apples and strawberry jam note nose. Fresh acidity, leaner, rounder, seems a bit woody or at least a bit edgy and slightly drying. Good length. 84

2012 La Castellaccia Vernaccia Astrea:
Pale lemon yellow. Wax, honeya nd some yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, waxy and bit heavy, lacks freshness and nuances. 84

2012 Palagetto Vernaccia Ventanni:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some citrus and pears nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, ripe, leaner palate, rounded, bit short. 83

2012 Poderi del Paradiso Vernaccia Biscondola:
Pale lemon yellow. Appley, some pears, bit woody notes on the nose. Freshish acidity, yellow fruity, almost some petroleum, good length. 85

2012 Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Vernaccia Cusona 1933:
Pale lemon yellow. Passion fruit, sweeter notes, fresh and fruity nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, bit easy going finish, drying wood. 85

2011 Cesani Vernaccia Sanice:
Pale lemon yellow. Some petroleum, pears and yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, somewhat lively, waxy and honey finish. 85

2012 Il Palagione Vernacchia Riserva Ori:
Pale lemon yellow. Some apples, slightly tutti frutti, ripe nose. Freshish acidity, sweetish, fruit, ripe, good length. 85


2012 La Lastra Vernaccia Riserva:
Pale lemon yellow. Some wood, pears and yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, fairly rich, fruity, bit edgy and woody, smoky finish. 86

2012 Poggio Alloro Vernaccia Riserva Le Mandorle:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, flinty touch, some yellow fruits, slightly floral nose. Fresh acidity, fairly lively, fresh, fruity, rounded, good length. 87

2012 San Donato Vernaccia Riserva Benedetta:
Towards lemon yellow. Apples, yellow plums and a slight tropical note nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, waxy, slightly creamy texture, good length. 86

2012 Signano Vernaccia Riserva La Ginestra:
Cloudy pale lemon yellow. Shut nose, some pears and yellow fruits. Freshish acidity, narrow and woody palate. 83-85

2011 Casa Alle Vacche Vernaccia Riserva Crocus:
Towards lemon yellow. Some yellow fruits, vanilla and wood nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, fairly lively, less oaky palate, creamy texture, good length. 86

2011 Casale Falchini Vernaccia Riserva Vigna a Solatio:
Pale lemon yellow. Some apples and yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, tropical notes, some petroleum, good length. Fresher finish. 85

2011 Fontaleoni Vernaccia Riserva:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, slight tropical note and lilies nose. Fresh acidity, softer and riper style, fruity, creamy texture, better balanced wood, good length. 87





2011 Il Colombaio di santa Chiara Vernaccia Riserva L'Albereta:

Towards lemon yellow. Apples, vanilla, woody and lilies nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, more lively palate, quite refreshing finish, good length. 86

2011 San Donato Vernaccia Angelica:
Pale lemon yellow. Wax, honey and some pears nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, waxy palate, fairly fresh finish, good length. 85

2011 Tenuta Le Calcinaie Vernaccia Vigna ai Sassi:
Pale lemon yellow. Some apples and more yellow fruity nose. Freshish acidity, smooth and rounded, could be more nuanced. 86

2011 Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Vernaccia Riserva:
Pale lemon yellow. Passion fruit, pineapple and yellow fruits nose. Freshish acidity, sweetish feel, passion fruit, bit easy gping. 85

2011 Vagnoni Vernaccia Riserva I Mocali:
Pale lemon yellow. Oaky, smoky and spicy nose. Fresh acidity, woody and not fully together, made wine, trying to hard. 84

2010 Palagetto Vernaccia Riserva:
Towards lemon yellow. Some apples, vanilla, bit spicy, some smoke on the nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, fairly refreshing palate, good length. 86

2010 Tollena Vernaccia Riserva Signorina Vittoria:
Lemon yellow. Pears, honey, petroleum, slightly floral, warm summers day, lavendel nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, quite elegant, has fruot to back the structure, some nuances going on in the finish, good length. 89





Chianti Classico 2010 blind tasting with some 09's and one 08 as well


Chianti Classico 2010 blind tasting.

2010 Banfi Chianti Classico Fonte alla Selva
Ruby. Rounded, some fruit, lots of oak on the nose. Possbibly a lightly corked bottle, very flat.

2010 Candialle Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes, fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly lively, good length. 86

2010 Canonica a Cerreto Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some skinnier notes, slightly herbal and scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, gentle and soft, bit boring. 84

2010 Casaloste Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, scented and slight vanilla and anise note on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounder, bit drying coffee notes in finish. 85

2010 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico
Ruby. Leaner nose, some red berries, roses. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, some liquorice, fairly fresh, good length. 86

2010 Castellinuzza e Piuca Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, coffee, some spices, vanilla, adrker fruits and liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, refreshing, quite elegant, fairly fresh finish. 87

2010 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, cassis, leather, cedar, probably some CS in the blend. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, quite clean feel, bit short finish. 86

2010 Concadoro Chianti Classico Cerasi Caravaggio
Ruby. Scented, red berries, floral, quite elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh palate, good length, bit soft. 87

2010 Fattoria di Montemaggio Chianti Classico
Ruby. Coffee and wood spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lean palate, simple. 78

2010 Fattoria Le Due Arbie Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented nose, hint of iris. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, softer texture, fairly rounded, good length. 85

2010 Fattoria Poggiopiano Chianti Classico La Tradizione
Ruby. Scented, floral, like chemist's shop nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fairly fruity and fresh, good length. 86

2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico
Ruby. Some spices, coffee and vanilla over red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, elegant palate, good length. 87

2010 Il Barlettaio Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented, some cooler fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite elegant and refreshing, good length. 87

2010 Manucci Droandi Chianti Classico Ceppeto
Ruby. Red berries, some spices, fruity, quite intensely scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounder and softer, fairly elegant, but oaky finish. 86

2010 Ormanni Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, scented, floral notes, some vanilla and spices. Fresh acidoty, ripe tannins, quite soft texture, fairly elegant if a bit short. 84

2010 Pieve di Campoli Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some sweeter notes, somewhat brighter nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly refreshing, bit oaky finish. 85

2010 Podere Il Palazzino Chianti Classico Argenina
Ruby. Some herbal notes, coffee, not to interesting nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, easy going, drying. 77

2010 Poggio Borgoni Chianti Classico Curva del Vescovo
Ruby. Red berries and vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, vanilla palate woth more refreshing red berries popping up, good length. 86

2010 Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, deeper fruit, some nettles nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly lively palate, not that complex but refreshing. 85

2010 Rignana Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, red berries, bell peppers and vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit oaky and biting texture. 84

2010 Terreno Chianti Classico Asofia
Ruby. Vanilla, liquorice and prunes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit easy going, anise. 84

2010 Vignole Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, dark berries, liquorice and some vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannina, oaky and spicy, lacks fruit for the structure. 82

2010 Villa a Sesta Chianti Classico Il Palei
Ruby. Herbs, spices and coffee nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounded mid palate but oaky finish. 83

2010 Villa di Geggiano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, some red berries and cherries nose, liquorice. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner palate, anise and vanilla, good length. 85

2010 Villa Trasqua Chianti Classico Evoluto
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented. Fresh acidity, fruity, fresh, cherries and anise palate, good length. 84


2009 Chianti Classico tasted blind plus one 2008

2009 Castellodi Cacchiano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, scented, slight herbal note to freshen it up. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, good length. If a bit warm. 85

2009 Fattoria di Valiano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Dark fruits, richer nose, some vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, good length. 85

2009 Il Barlettaio Chianti Classico
Ruby. Corked.

2009 Solatione Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some scented notes. The wines are getting far to warm and this one still feels fresh. I'm guessing the wines are served at about 22 degrees celcius by now. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, liquorice and anise palate, good length. Bit sweet. 85

2008 Podere Il Palazzino Chianti Classico Grosso Sanese
Ruby. Lots of vanilla and spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, quite fresh, good length. 85

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

48 2012 Chianti Classico's tasted blind



Chianti Classico 2012 blind tasting

2012 Antinori nel Chianti Classico Peppoli
Ruby. Red berries, quite fresh and delicate nose. Some anise. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lively, easy going and fruity, bit bitter finish. 82

2012 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Castelnuovo Berardenga
Ruby. Red berries, some nettles, fresh nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, quite leively and refreshing, good length. 86

2012 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Gaiole in Chianti
Ruby. Red berries, some floral notes, fresh nose. Fresh acidoty, ripe tannins, rounder and soft texture, good length. 85

2012 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Brolio
Ruby. Red berries, scented and floral nose, lovely. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounder bit boring palate, good length. 85

2012 Bibbiano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scneted, some red berries and anise nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, quite lively, elegant. Good length. 86

2012 Bonacchi Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented and floral nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, quite lively and fairly elegant, good length, refreshing. 86

2012 Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented and some liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, savory, quite fresh, good length, bit easy going. 85

2012 Carpineto Chianti Classico
Ruby. More subdued or closed, some red berries and violets. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, simpler and easy going palate. 80

2012 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico
Ruby. Some herbs and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, bit easy going, rounded. Somewhat hollow. 81

2012 Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Fonterutoli
Ruby. Scented, red berries, floral notes, roses. Fresh acidoty, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite refreshing and elegant, bit creamy texture, good length. 87

2012 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, fruity, bit more subdued nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, good length. 84

2012 Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico
Ruby. Some wood, spices and red berries nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity but easy going, bit short and edgy. 83

2012 Castello di San Donato in Perano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, raspberries, somewhat scented nose, some anise. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and refreshing, quite lively, good length. 85

2012 Castello San Sano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, leaner nose, some scented notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounder, quite elegant, on the leaner side, good length. 85

2012 Castello Vocchiomaggio Chianti Classico San Jacopo da Vicchiomaggio
Ruby. Red berries, scented, more intense nose, some spices. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounder, bit sweet palate, good length. 83

2012 Casuccio Tarletti Chianti Classico
Ruby. Floral, scented, red berries, quite elegant nose, some vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, quite lively, elegant texture, good length. 86

2012 Cigliano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Some herbs, red berries and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, bit dry finish. 84

2012 Cinciano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, some herbs, slight floral note on the nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounded palate, fruity, little bit boring. 83

2012 Famiglia Nunzi Conti Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented, quite elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly lively but somewhat rustic in the finish. 83

2012 Fattoria di Valiano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Floral, scented and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, slightly hollow finish. 84

2012 Fattoria di Vegi Chianti Classico Francesco Chiostri
Ruby. Some nettles, bit leafy and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, slightly herbal finish, good length. 84

2012 Fattoria I Colazzi Chianti Classico I Bastioni
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some floral notes nose. Anise and roses. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite elegant, bit short. 85

2012 Fattoria Le Fonti Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, cherries and some anise nose, slight floral note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, fairly mouthwatering, good length. 86

2012 Fattoria San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Vanilla, red berries, some coffe and spices on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, bit leaner and spicy palate, good length. 84

2012 Fattoria Vittico Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, violets and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, bit leaner palate, fairly fresh, bit short. 83

2012 Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented, floral notes and wood spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, again bit woody, good length. 85

2012 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, floral, red berries and lavendel nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, quite lively, elegant red berries, good length. 86

2012 Istine Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented, some anise nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, quite lively, refreshing palate, good length. 87

2012 La Madonnina Chianti Classico Bello Stento
Ruby. Red berries, some herbs and somewhat scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounder, quite fresh, good length. 85

2012 La Porta di Vertine Chianti Classico
Ruby. Plums, figs and dades, vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, high of ripe tannins, quite fresh even so, sweet cherries and liquorice palate, good length. 86

2012 Le Miccine Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented and floral nose, sweet liquorice behind. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly elegant, good length. 86

2012 Luiano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, red berries and some herbs on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, savory, quite lively, rounded, good length. 85

2012 Monteraponi Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, scented, light floral note, violets nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively, quite elegant, moutshwatering, good length. 86

2012 Monterotondo Chianti Classico Vaggiolata
Ruby. Scented, floral, lilies, some darker notes nose. Cherries and anise. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, bit more textured, somewhat woody finish, lovely fruit on top. 86

2012 Montesecondo Chianti Classico
Ruby. Wood and spices with cherries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, quite fresh, good length. 85

2012 Podere Castellinuzza Chianti Classico
Ruby. Cherries and intensely scented nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, rounder palate, again scented, bit oaky finish, good length. 85

2012 Poggio Torselli Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, fruity, some spices and slightly scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, and fresh, little bit short for what it promises. 85

2012 Pomona Chianti Classico Bandini Villa Pomona
Ruby. Red berries, scented, darker and somewhat richer nose, some coffee. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit riper, good length. 86

2012 Querceto di Castellina Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, intense, floral, some spices and shawing soap. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, softer palate, fresh, quite lively and elegant, good length. Anise. 87

2012 Querciabella Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, floral, intense, riper notes, slightly herbal. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, slightly unripe feel to it, but fresh red berries on the palate, good length. 85

2012 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries. Fruity, floral, intense and quite peppery nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, sweeter fruit and morellos, some liquorice and woody finish. 84

2012 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
Ruby. Herbs, nettles, green feel to the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, if fruitier palate than nose, bit thin and short. 80

2012 Ruffino Chianti Classico Santedame
Ruby. Red berries, some light herbal notes and ever so slightly scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, bit lean and hollow, bit short. 83

2012 Tenuta Cappelina Chianti Classico
Ruby. Red berries, slightly scented note, some herbs and spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, more elegant palate, fairly refreshing, good length. 86

2012 Terre di Melazzano Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, violets, floral notes, red berris and some darker fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, slightly sweet and liquorice palate, bit short. 83

2012 Terre di Perseto Chianti Classico
Ruby. Herbs, coffee and spices, ungainly nose. Freshish acidoty, ripe tannins, somewhat sweet, lacks finess, plump and short. 78

2012 Vallone di Cecione Chianti Classico
Ruby. Scented, red berries, slightly floral nose, fairly delicate. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, and rounded, vanilla and woody texture, bit biting. 83

2012 Villa Cerna Chianti Classico
Ruby. Quite intensely scented, some red berries and anise behind. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, livelier palate, quite refreshing, good length. 86