Purple in color. The nose is dusty with black cherries. On the palate, this has nice black cherries. Tight and firm tannins. Not a lot of depth but drinking nicely. Give it air or cellar time. Nice acidity. Works better with food. Needs five years and should be good for at least ten after that.
Purple in color, slightly flat. The nose has black cherries, cinnamon, and spice. On the palate, sweet black cherries and sweet black raspberries. Tasty but slightly jammy. Some depth. Not a lot of acidity. Drinking quite well. When the vintage was revealed, it made sense that it was the hot 2003 vintage. No hurry on this though.
Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose is dusty with black cherries and an almost liqueur quality to it. On the palate this is slightly bitter. Slightly noticeable alcohol. There is a lot of depth though tight. Medium tannins. Plenty of cherry fruit and some black cherry. This needs time but has a lot of potential. If drinking now, give it plenty of air. Good acidity and it needs some food. Some upside potential for sure.
A great value in Amarone. It actually tastes like an Amarone for $26. Deep ruby/purple in color. The nose is dusty with cherries and slight dried leaves. On the palate, a nice combination of sweet black cherries and sour cherries. Also some underlying crushed leaves. Good acidity. Light tannins. This might not make old bones, but for this price, it would be fun to lay a bottle down and try. In any event, this should be good for 5 to 7 more years.
Ruby in color. At first there seemed to be some TCA on the nose, but that blew off after about an hour. TCA, however, does not blow off, it gets worse, that must have just been some bottle stink of some kind. Eventually, it showed nice cherries with some nutmeg. On the palate, this has plums and slightly sour cherries. It is a bit candied as well. Clean after about an hour. Good acidity. Not sure if this was a proper bottle but it was nice. Retails for around $50.
Purple in color but the sheen is flat. On the nose there is some VA here. Black cherries, some damp tea leaves, a hint of cigar box and slight funk. Old but nice. On the palate, this is much more alive. Complex and deep. Black cherries, cherries, slight prunes with slight tannins. Also some underlying decaying forest floor. Good acidity. Nice finish. Worked better with some cheeses. Probably varies from bottle to bottle but I would think this has five years easily and maybe more before slowly sliding downhill.
This showed quite well and was quite well received. Purple in color, with some ruby swirls. The nose is dusty with cherries, black cherries and baking spices. On the palate, this has fresh cherries and black cherries. It is slightly sweet/ripe. It did take a few minutes to open and then kept opening. There is an underlying forest floor note. Good finish. Very food friendly but drinks well on its own. Has a decade left in it.
It was nice to try this blind, having tried it a couple of weeks ago. There was some bottle variation for whatever reason. This one had a deeper gold hue to it. The nose was more mineral driven and less fruit with a crushed sea shell quality to it. On the palate, this is dry with good acidity. A bit of orange pith which wa quite nice. In general it seemed a bit more advanced, but then with some air as it sat in the glass, it seemed to get a second life. Some honey came out on the palate. It got a bit more energy but that great minerality was still there. This bottle had apparently
Another in a series of 2004 Chianti Classicos. This is also drinking quite well. At peak or ever so slightly past but still with freshness and life. Ruby in color. The nose has cherries, dried cherries, sandalwood and dry tea. On the palate, this has lively acidity. Nice texture. Lots of cherries with underlying spice. Good finish. Food friendly. Drink in the next three to five years.
This bottle retailed for around $25 on release. At age 14 years from vintage, it is drinking quite well. It is certainly at peak (or just past) and won't get better from here, but what a nice experience. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has cherries, dried cherries, black cherries, dried tea leaves, slight spice and some dried leather. On the palate, this has vibrant cherries fruit along with some dried cherries and forest floor notes. No tannins left. Some layering. Moderate complexity. Nice acidity. Works well with pasta, pizza and medium bodied foods. Drink up in the next few ye