This was a random bottle from the cellar on normal a Thursday night paired with a simple bowl of Mezzi Rigatoni and Marinara. I know very little about this Biodynamic estate but with Dressner as the importer, it has my attention. It appears to be declassified Chianti Rufina.
Popped and poured; consumed over several hours. In the glass, deep ruby with a translucent core and slightly browning edges, possibly indicating its near 11 years of age. Medium viscosity. On the nose, stewed black berries and black cherries, some VA, old leather bound books and dusty earth with medium+ intensity. On the palate, a rather powerful cherry red rope licorice character dominates accompanied by mushrooms, dried herbs and a bitterness that reminded me of walnuts. Medium tannins which seem completely integrated at this point. The acid seems to be on the higher end of the scale yet, the wine remains fairly balanced since it’s so well endowed with fruit. Medium+ finish.
I gotta say, I’m really digging this wine. It was fun on its own and worked really well with food. If this bottle is an indicator of the estate’s style and quality then I am definitely looking forward to experiencing more. Drinking very well now so no need to hold longer. Bottle number 0365/1350 😳 — 3 days ago
Nose is like a blend of Condrieu and sea salt. Very intriguing. Apricot pit. Floral and mineral but I get a sense it’s holding back. Now some terroir notes are coming through. Nose is nuanced and complex but right now is showing maybe 10% of itself. Has that earthy funky dirty Burgundian thing. Palate is epic. Juicy, structured, deep and very complex. Super dry on the finish. Really lingers as well. Also showing only 10% of what it could be. Very delineated on the finish and superbly mineral. Not much fruit to speak of as of yet. Acidity is good and there is lovely balance and it definitely floats on your palate. Good concentration and depth. Needs time. Maybe 1.5 hours and I will check in again.
Ok nose is a bit better now. Huge spice. Very floral. Like an elite condrieu but much earthier and reminiscent of white burgundy. Gorgeous citrus. Really needs a bit of air here. Sugar cane. Palate is now gaining finesse and has no hard edges. Gorgeous structure and finesse. Really massive 1er cru/grand cru elite white burg structure. Long finish. Amazing how young this shows. Awesome finish. 9.4 to 9.6. — 6 days ago
Just a baby. Hand selected grapes from the oldest vines; 100% Sangiovese. Had this right after Stella de Compalto Brunello. It certainly held it’s own and at half the price.
Complex, tart fruit and acid with tannins to give it major aging ability. WOould love to try again, 5 years down the road. — 4 days ago
Tried twice recently, Sette Ponti or "seven bridges," refers to 7 bridges crossing Arno River on road from Arezzo to Florence. Blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cab Sauv & 10% Petit Verdot, aged 18 months, new French oak. Had ‘14 while ago, now opening nicely. Dark Ruby with pronounced aromas of dark fruits, cigar box & earthy notes, touch of citrus. Flavors of cherry & plum with tobacco & spice. Fine chewy tannins, long finish ending with tobacco & mineral spice as the finish builds. Nice! Will continue to age! — 11 days ago
🍷This Sangiovese-based wine was a lovely complement to roasted pork shoulder on toast from @barlagrassa
👁 This wine is medium ruby.
👃 On the nose this wine has medium intensity of developing aromas including notes of blackberry bramble, plum, fig, black cherry, anise, licorice, fennel, white pepper, leather, clove, nutmeg, cedar, and earth.
👄 On the palate this wine is dry, it has medium(+) acidity, a full body, high alcohol, medium(+) tannins and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. It has a medium(+) finish.
In sum, this is a delicious wine with a strong structure and great concentration of aromas and flavors. It could benefit with further aging to fully integrate all dimensions and add complexity.
Argiano, Brunello di Montalcino, vintage 2015, ABV 14%. — 3 days ago