This is from the Tuscan branch of Gaja, more widely known for their wines from Piedmont in northern Italy. It is a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, and 10% Sangiovese. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, black cherries, sandalwood, slight chocolate and spice. Firm tannins. Full bodied. On the palate, cassis, black cherries, slight forest floor and chocolate. Long finish. This is tasty now but obviously young. It could use a few more years of cellaring and then drink for ten to fifteen after that. Nice on its own, this would w
Tasted blind, I guessed 2004 Bordeaux (St.
From the excellent 2006 vintage, this seemed to be just about at peak. Pop and pour. Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is lovely with dark cherries, slight plums, tea leaves, dust and spice. Full bodied. Tannins about resolved, maybe some wispy ones left. On the palate, cherries and black cherries with some dried fruits. Complex and layered with forest floor/tea leaves and spice. Good acidity. Long finish. This drinks well on its own, but would work better with food. A nice match would be a Lasagna. Drink over the next five to ten years.
Cantina di Montalcino is the only cooperative in the Brunello DOCG. It has just under 100 members who are for the most part, small vineyard owners. This is an excellent wine and don't be afraid of buying from a co-op. The vintage, 2017, was hot and dry, and the wines produced were more generous and flashy than a more typical vintage. The wine is purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with black cherries, dried cherries, cigar tobacco, spice and slight char. Full bodied with medium to firm tannins. On the palate, cherries, black cherries with som
The idea of a Super Tuscan wine has been around for decades, but they tend to be a higher price point. So in 1993 Carpineto launch they value version, Dogajolo. This wine offers good tannic structure and acidity. This leads to notes of blackberry, black cherry, light blueberry with soft strawberry, pomegranate and huckleberry. These fruits are muted though, not overt and jammy - the fruit is balanced with the oak, acids and tannins so the wine is ideal for food.
Back when the 1997 vintage was released, there was a lot of fanfare and hype. Some bought into it and some didn't. But, the prices rose dramatically and at the time, this was one of the better values in Brunello (around $40). I was curious how well this held up. Sadly, after all this time, the bottle was corked (TCA). What a shame.
This is 100% Sangiovese, which when it was released, did not qualify to call itself Chianti (the rule has since been changed), so it was released as a Super Tuscan. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, tea leaves, spice and dust. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this has a nice complexity. Cherries with underlying forest floor. Good acidity. Nice finish. This will work better with food. Pasta or pizza would be great. Probably past prime, so drink up soon.
Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, dust, dried cedar and slight spice. Medium bodied. Wispy tannins. On the palate, this has a nice complexity to it. Layers of dried cherries, cherries and forest floor. Good acidity. Good finish. This is past prime and on the way down, so drink sooner than later. It is better with food. A nice plate of pasta with a tomato sauce would work well.