Last Saturday night at Le Bleu Raisin our local group got together for a Tuscan themed wine dinner. The wine was Tuscan, but the food wasn't. French/Canadian would be the best way to describe the food, which was excellent as usual at this restaurant. Wines were tasted blind and my notes are in the order we tasted. A lot of very good to excellent wines, but no wow's.
2001 Cecchi Spargolo
Dark ruby red colour with cocoa and plum on the nose. Medium-full bodied, young wine with plum and vanilla flavours on a medium finish. Firm tannins and good acidity to balance it out, this wine should improve. I thought it was a sangiovese blend, but it is apparently pure sangio. 89 points.
1997 Jacopo Biondi-Santi Sassoalloro
Definitely sangiovese from the nose. Slightly translucent with plum, oak and a floral nose. Medium bodied with plum and cherry flavours on a slightly thin and steely, but not unpleasant finish. 88 points.
2001 Poggio Scalette, Il Carbonaione
One of the wines that our local monopoly had on sale last weekend, so not too surprising that someone brought it. Dark, crimson colour and completely opaque. Big nose of plum and black fruit that really developed with a little time in the glass. Full bodied, quite tannic and modern styled wine with plum and chocolate flavours on a delicious finish. I thought this was a sangio blend, but got that wrong. This will improve with age. 91 points and my number 3 WOTN.
1999 La Poderina, Brunello di Montalcino
Dark, opaque ruby red colour which I identified as a pure sangiovese right away. Nose was somewhat muted with aromas of plum and cocoa. Medium-full bodied and very tannic with plum flavours on a medium finish. Good acidity, so I would say this one needs more time. 88 points. I hope this one gets better since I have 4 of them.
1997 Campogiovanni, Brunello di Montalcino
Slightly translucent with tar, violets and plums on the nose, which led me to correctly identify this as Brunello. Medium-full bodied, very elegant and well balanced wine with good plum and cherry flavours on a medium finish. 90 points. When uncovered I was a little disappointed, because this bottle didn't show as well as previous ones I had.
2001 Col D'Orcia, Nearco
The cassis on the nose made me write down cabernet blend on my notes, which wasn't bad since I now know that it's a cab, merlot and syrah blend. Full bodied, silky mouthfeel with black currant and plum on a good finish. Very well made wine. 90 points.
1999 Rocca Delle Macie, Ser Gioveto
Very dark, purple-reddish colour with black cherry and vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied, slightly extracted modern style wine with plum and cherry flavours on a long sweet finish. 91 points. It scored as high as my numbers 2 & 3 WOTN, but I gave the others the nod because of the extracted style. I brought this wine.
1997 Terrabianca, Campaccio Riserva
Nice nose of plums, flowers and earth. Medium-full bodied, lively acidity with plum and cherry flavours on an excellent finish. 91 points and my #2 WOTN.
2000 Barone Ricasoli, Casalferro
Earth and plum on the nose. Full bodied, modern style wine with chocolate, plum and vanilla flavours on a firmly tannic finish. Very well made wine that should improve. 91 points.
2003 Carpineta Fontalpino, Do Ut Des
Not much on the nose, other than oak and a little plum. Full bodied, very modern and very tannic. Some plum flavour, but this wine seems to be shut down. 88 points.
1993 Banfi, Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio All'Oro
This definitely has some age to it. Secondary aromas with plum and cedar. Medium-full bodied wine with some stewed plum flavours. Very soft mouthfeel. Past it's prime, but not terrible. Some of us knew that this wine was in the line-up so it wasn't that difficult to correctly identify it. It should also be noted that the provenance of this bottle is unknown. It was recently purchased at a good price after a restaurant went bankrupt. 88 points.
2000 Fuligni, Brunello di Montalcino
Ruby red, translucent with lots of red fruit on the nose. Medium-full bodied with plum and cherry flavours on an excellent finish. Elegant and well-made wine. 91 points.
2001 San Fabiano Calcinaia, Cerviolo
Beautiful nose of plum, vanilla, violets and some secondary aromas made me think this had a little age to it. Full bodied, well integrated tannins with plum and vanilla flavours on a delicious sweet finish. I would drink this sooner than later, but an excellent wine right now. 92 points, the groups and my WOTN.
That was all of the red table wines. There was a 2001 Bellavista Gran Cuvée Brut Franciacorta Sparkling Rosé to start, which I didn't take notes on, but was very good. We also had the following two sweet/fortified wines, 2001 Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance and 1991 Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas VP, for which I'll post notes on separate threads.