Wine Tasting Videos: Super Tuscans
1997 Principesco Brunello di Montalcino, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review
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.
1999 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review
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.
1999 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review
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.
1997 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review
How long does a good, if not great, Chianti last? This bottle was bought on release and cellared since. The fill was just into the neck of the bottle. Pop and pour (carefully). Purple in color with some ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose was complex with cherries, slight dried cherries, forest floor and slight spice. Full bodied. Tannins integrated. On the palate, this is fresh and vibrant. Fully mature. Ripe cherry and slight sour cherry fruit along with a bit of sandalwood. Some depth and complexity. Nice finish. Blind I would have though about seven to ten years
2019 Antinori Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review
This seemed to be a step above the 2017 although both were quite good. Ruby/purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, dust, char and spice. Medium to full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, cherries, tart cherries and slight chocolate notes. Good finish. This needs a few years of cellaring to hit peak though it drinks well now. Drink over the next ten to fifteen years. A nice wine to match with Pasta with Bolognese sauce.
2017 Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione , Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review
This now carries a Gran Selezione status (and price tag). Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has cherries, forest floor, dust and slight anise. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, bright cherry fruit. Deep. On the palate, cherries and slight plums with some underlying forest floor. Good acidity. Long finish. A very pretty Chianti. It is drinking well but should continue to for another ten to fifteen years. Better with food. Ribolitte (Vegetable stew) would be a great dinner match.
2019 Antinori Tignanello, Italy, Tuscany, IGT, Wine Review
One of the classic great wines in the Antinori stable. It is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. This was essentially pop and pour and which it showed well, it underperformed expectations. It seems likely given the history of this wine that it needs more cellar time/air. Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has dust, cherries, but also a slight aquarium note which can often mean poor storage conditions at some point in shipping or retail. Light tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, nice cherry fruit with a tart finish. Probably
2018 Antinori Villa Antinori Toscana IGT, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review
Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has a lot of earthy barnyard, but also some cherries, macerated cherries and tea leaves. Medium bodied. Tart acidity. Firm tannins. On the palate, cherries with earthiness. Nice finish. Drinking well but the barnyard may be a bit much for some. Drink over the next five years. Better with food. Bistecca alla Fiorentina or other steak dishes should work well.