Single Evening Tasting, London: 2004 Tuscany and Piedmont
13 November @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
2004 Vecchie Terre di Montefili Anfiteatro (IGT Toscana)
2004 Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo (Chianti Classico Riserva)
2004 Felsina Berardenga Rancia (Chianti Classico Riserva)
2004 Il Poggione (Brunello di Montalcino)
2004 Barbaresco Asili, Riserva (Produttori del Barbaresco)
2004 Barbaresco Rabaja, Riserva (Produttori del Barbaresco)
2004 Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne
2004 Barolo tbc (somethinglike Mascarello & Figlio Monprivato / Giacomo Conterno Francia …..)
8 Wines, with plenty of cheese to hand, and canapés ………….. £139.00
In both Tuscany and Piedmont 2004 was a very fine vintage, producing firm, concentrated, elegant wines with depth, length and class. All four appellations represented here were notably successful and, at fifteen years, the wines should just be starting to drink very nicely, with fine, incipient bouquets. We are not going as far back in age, but those of you who came to the Mature Italians tasting in October 2017 will remember how good the 2001 Il Poggione was, for example, at at similar age.
Varietally this is a tasting of two halves – four 100% Sangiovese wines from Tuscany and four 100% Nebbiolo (of course) wines from Piedmont. I have only tasted the Anfiteatro once, around ten years ago, but it was very good, and I expect it to have aged very nicely. Fontodi’s Vigna del Sorbo, and Felsina’s Rancia are flagship wines which have always performed impressively, all the more interesting for being Sangiovese varietals, and Il Poggione is always a benchmark Brunello – witness the 2001 in 2017. As on that occasion, expect bouquets with plenty of truffle, leather, and undergrowth, alongside the ripe / sour cherries, tar and roses ….
For those of you who might wonder what a Co-operative’s wines are doing here, the Produttori del Barbaresco has to be one of the world’s finest Co-ops. I regularly use their basic Langhe Nebbiolo as a varietal yardstick on my Beginners Course, and its Single Vineyard Riservas sit very comfortably amongst the most illustrious of Barbaresco company. If you don’t yet know them, you will be in for a very pleasant surprise. Sandrone’s Le Vigne is a ‘traditional’ blend of vineyards from across the appellation and makes for a refined, fragrant expressions of the best of modern Barolo winemaking. I have yet to find the final wine … but, as I indicate, it will be something special like Mascarello & Figlio’s Monprivato, or Giacomo Conterno’s Francia.
The wines range in retail cost from around £50 to £200+ a bottle.