I too think you had an off bottle. I tasted an '04 Nardi and thought it was a great wine, though my personal preference is for more time in the bottle for Brunellos. The Sassicaia is another story. I think poppping the cork on a Sass before 8-10 years of age is a big mistake. Had an '88 recently that rocked. Blackberry, vanilla, substantial weight on the palate. I don't get the Chianti reference either. To me, Sass tastes about as much like "basic Chianti" as a Latour. Though there's a rustic nature to Sass, there are none of the Sangiovese aromas or flavors. Now, if you were talking about Tignanello, which has Sangiovese in it along with CS and CF, I'd get the commonality.