200902250725星期二同學會13-- 2008 Wine of the Year百大幸福系列之3
No.70 WS90 $19 2007 Attems Pinot Grigo Collio
WS: 90 Points, Smart Buys. Rank: No. 70
A full-bodied style with lots of character, from peach tart to lemon seed to mineral. Crisp and lively. Drink now. 12,900 cases made. –JS. Aug 31, 2008. $19
Fairly deep straw yellow in appearance. The bouquet is harmonious, releasing notes of peach and banana, appealingly complemented by rich floral nuances. The attack is immediately alluring, velvet smooth, and the wine expands steadily on the palate, assisted by a judicious, tangy acidity. It concludes with a long-lingering finish, laden with well-defined fruit aromas. Serving suggestions: Roast poultry and rabbit, even lamb, grills, stuffed meat dishes.
2004 Santi Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Ripasso Le Solane
Decanter: Bronze Medal
Ripe, some fragrance of herbal-toned cherry fruit. Ripe, soft, round with fair acidity and length. Elegant. 1- Oct-2007
The Wine News: 87 Points
Peppery aromas of tobacco and smoke mask the fruit notes in the background. Ripe cherry struggles to emerge from behind very earthy flavors of brown sugar and graphite. Sweetens up in the finish. 1-Mar-2007
The Santi cellar based in Illasi (Verona), has more than 150 years of history. Founded in 1843 by Carlo Santi, the company's vineyards are located on the slopes of the Lessini mountains, between Colognola and Lavagno, in the shade of the Castle "of white stones" in the Valpolicella production area. Santi's long tradition and vocation for wine-making has enabled the company to focus on quality, setting new standards for the local Classico wines, the true benchmark for all Veronese production. Wines include Soave and Valpolicella, Recioto, Amarone and Bardolino. The grapes are harvested from its own vineyards and other vineyards which the company manages (a total of 40 hectares in the area of Valpolicella Classico and 30 hectares dedicated to DOC Bardolino Classico and Soave Classico, in the heart of the traditional production areas).
2005 Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
From its first years of production Riserva Ducale has become synonymous with fine Chianti, and it has played a leading role in the development of the privileged position which Tuscan quality wines hold throughout the world today. It has managed to preserve its excellent reputation through time, thanks to Ruffino's commitment to cultivating the finest Sangiovese grapes on the slopes of the Chianti Classico hills. Riserva Ducale is an evolution of the "Ruffino Chianti", which has been produced since the beginning of the twentieth century. One of the first and most prominent admirers of Ruffino wines was without doubt the Duke of Aosta, who at the end of the Nineteenth century appointed Ruffino supplier to his house. The Duke's appreciation was made official in the form of a Ducal certificate. From this event stems the origin of the name and the history of Riserva Ducale, a wine originally produced as Chianti Stravecchio, according to the production rules
of the time, and subsequently reclassified as Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG. Riserva Ducale has shown the whole world that wines from the Chianti area can be so much more, that the Sangiovese grown on this territory has a noble, generous soul.
The Wine News: 90 Points
Garnet with ruby rim. Heady clove, chai, cherry and black earth aromas. Viscous mouth-feel with plum, cherry and graphite flavors. Rather dry finish with cherry fruit and spicy cedar notes. Oct-2008.
Ruby red with garnet hues. The 2005 Riserva Ducale is characterised by particularly fragrant, fruity notes, typical of this vintage. Sweet cherries and red berry fruits meet with delicately spicy hints of cigar box and white pepper grains and elegant scents of red roses and flint. Fruity, soothing and well-balanced, the taste reveals velvety tannins and lots of fruit. The long ageing in oak enriches the fruity core with hints of cacao and cloves and the long-lingering aftertaste adds intriguing notes of rosemary and figs.
No.81 WA91 WS91 $32 2006 Querciabella Chianti Classico
WS: 91 Points, Rank: No.81
A rich, round wine, with plum and berry character and soft tannins. Full-bodied, with berry and dark chocolate character and a long finish. Juicy. Outstanding value. Drink now through 2012. 12,000 cases made. –JS. Oct 31, 2008. $32
WA: 91 Points
Gorgeous aromatics waft from the glass as the 2006 Chianti Classico Querciabella (95% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) opens to reveal a super-elegant expression of fresh berries, flowers and tobacco. The plumpness of the fruit makes the wine very appealing today, but there is sufficient tannic clout to suggest at least medium-term aging potential. In recent years Quericabella’s Chianti Classico has established a new benchmark for finessed Chianti made in a contemporary style that nevertheless remains faithful to Sangiovese and the unique qualities of these sites. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021. Jun 2008 Antonio Galloni. $22-$38 (32)
Querciabella occupies a stupendous position in the hills of Greve. With one notable exception, this is another set of strong releases from an estate that in recent years has made some of the most beautiful wines in its history.
No.76 WS90 $25 2005 Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Castello di Nipozzano Riserva
Chianti Rùfina DOCG Riserva Sangiovese 90%, complementary varieties (Malvasia nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon), Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG is one of the historic wines produced at the Castello di Nipozzano. This wine always retains its close relationship with the Castello di Nipozzano terroir. The soil type is dry and stony, with clay, limestone, well drained, poor in organic matter. Planting density is from 2,500 to 6,000 vines per hectare. The training system is Spur - pruned cordon and guyot.
WS: 90 Points, Rank: 76
Offers plummy fruit, with hints of flowers, citrus and light chocolate. Medium-bodied, with a balanced and tasty palate, fine tannins and a clean finish. Structured. Best after 2009. 83,000 cases made. –JS. Oct 31, 2008. $25
An enticing, rather pronounced ruby red, edged with garnet. Its suite of fragrances exhibits considerable complexity, opening to dark fruit such as plum and blackcurrant, then enriched by a pungent spiciness that betrays cinnamon and clove. The attack offers dense, impressive pulp, and fine-grained tannins that marry beautifully with its alcohol; the result is a solidly-built, but not heavy or extractive, wine with a seamless, long-lingering finish. Serving suggestions: Barbecued meat and beef stews, aged cheeses.
No.15 WS96 $110 2006 Sette Ponti Toscana Oreno
WS: 96 Points, Rank: 15
Shows loads of black licorice, blackberry and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Has wonderful concentration and balance. Structured. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Best after 2013. 3,250 cases made. –JS. Oct 15, 2008. $110
Sette Ponti is located in the Arno river valley south of Florence, an area with some reputation in the distant past but, until recently, not a site for better wine in Tuscany. The picture is now changing, however, and one of the major movers and shakers is Antonio Moretti, a restless and ambitious entrepreneur who has given new dynamism to his family’s estate. After an excellent debut in 1999 and some very good wines in the difficult 2000 vintage, he has hit the jackpot in 2001 with wines which are destined to put this label on the map.
2003 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tenuta Nouva WS92 WA92
WS: 92 Points, Rank: 2006 No.1 (2001)
Intense aromas of blackberry, licorice and black cherry. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a chewy finish. Has impressive structure for the vintage. Very well-made. Best after 2011. 5,755 cases made. –JS. May 15, 2008. $80
WA: 92 Points
Casanova di Neri's 2003 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova caresses the palate with plenty of silky-textured dark red cherries, plums, smoke, earthiness and sweet toasted oak. This polished modern-styled wine offers superb balance in a rich, weighty style that will find many admirers. The tannins are remarkably well-integrated, which is quite a feat in this vintage. To be sure, there isn’t much of what could be called varietal character here but by any definition this is a beautiful wine on an absolute level. The Tenuta Nuova spent 30 months in 600-liter barrels, of which 35% were new.. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019. Apr 2008 Antonio Galloni. $45-$85 (80)
Properietor Giacomo Neri is excited about the 2003 vintage, which he believes has more potential than critics of the vintage have suggested, although he does think the wines are best suited to near- to mid-term consumption. Among recent vintages Neri cites 2004 and 2006 as those with the most potential. Still, at this level, it is truly the seriousness of the estate that prevails over vintage differences in determining the overall quality of the wines, as readers will be able to judge from these outstanding new releases.