I already posted 4 Brunello Notes from the Grand Tour on the board but thought I would post the Supertuscans seperately. These Supertuscans showed very well at this tasting. They were not overshadowed by the big Cal Cabs or young Bordeaux. Unfortunately, I was unable to try many of the wines in this category which interested me due to time constraints.

Here are my notes:

2000 Felsina Toscana Fontalloro- Year in and year out this is a fine wine. The 2000 was not quite up to the standards of the 1999 which was poured last year; but, it was still outstanding. This wine has great agebility in good vintages as evidenced by the 1986 Fontalloro that I opened a year and a half ago. 100% Sangiovese. This wine had a fantastic cherry and violet nose. Rich fruit notes of cherry and dark fruit. Very voluptuous. 92 points.

2000 Fontodi Toscana Centrale Flacianello- Probably my favorite Tuscan estate. This wine was excellent and on par with the 1999 poured at last years Grand Tour and just a notch below the 1988 (I'm not sure this will last as long as the 1988 though). Definitely, lesser quality than the phenomenal 1997. 100% Sangiovese. Typical cherry notes. Medium bodied with a nice finish. 91 points.

2000 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia- This was the only Supertuscan I tried that was not pimarily Sangiovese and it was by far the cream of the crop. This wine blew the 1997 Sassicaia away (a difficult task considered the superb growing conditions in 1997). Velvety and round with a smooth mouthfeel. Another wine which I did not want to pour out. Rich cherry and raspberry notes with a long finish. 95 points.

2001 Setti Ponti Toscana Oreno- I tried this at the end of the night as I was rushing to get my quota in. 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cab and 25% Merlot. Noce round wine with young tannins. Interesting vanilla notes mixed among the fresh red fruit. 91 points.

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_2000 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia_- This was the only Supertuscan I tried that was not pimarily Sangiovese and it was by far the cream of the crop. This wine blew the (deleted for space) away (a difficult task considered the superb growing conditions in 1997). Velvety and round with a smooth mouthfeel. Another wine which I did not want to pour out. Rich cherry and raspberry notes with a long finish. 95 points.


This is good to hear since I bought some bottles last Fall. I haven't opened any, but saw some other tasting notes recently that weren't good. I thought the 97 was OK but not spectacular. By the way, did WS rate this wine? I don't think I've seen it if they have. Is this Sassicaia capable of long-term aging?

[This message was edited by louzarius on May 17, 2004 at 01:40 AM.]
Most of the Italian wines were located on the last aisle from our entry point (there were two entry doors to the ballroom)! So, I really didn't taste many of the Italian wines just because of the logistics. I ended the evening by returning to the dessert wines and visiting Robert Weil. Smile

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