A superb opportunity to taste the best of Tuscany in the courtyard of a splendid villa south of Florence. More than eighty wineries showing some of their finest wines. There is no order to the tasting notes.
Pale. Subtle nose (Sauvignon?) with a trace of wood.
Very nicely balanced with herby, juicy fruit flavours and a touch of oak.
Drink now with food.
[I didn't cover many whites at this tasting, but this was the best of them anyway!]
Very bright, even, pale strawberry red.
Mute nose with some strawberry and red berry fruit.
Medium to full-bodied, with in-yer-face berry fruits, a dash of lemon, nice balance and good length. Very good now and over the next 3 to 4 years with food.
Gorgeous deep crimson colour, viscous.
Still dumb on the nose, with lurking red and black berries.
Very full bodied, intense, with flavours of coffee, dark chocolate, bitter herbs, plums, tobacco and charred oak. Wonderful balance, with up-front acidity, and an incredibly long savoury finish.
Needs five years. Stunning.
Heady plum and herb nose leading into a sweet, concentrated, rounded mouthful of mulberries, aniseed and oak. Perfectly integrated with juicy acids and a long, dryish tobacco and fruit finish.
Very good now (just) but will be even better in another few years.
Deep and even colour with signs of maturity.
Tangy, developed nose of redcurrants and tomatoes.
Lovely, juicy, upfront flavour of raspberries and redcurrants, tangy tomatoes, herbs and a touch of leafy oak. Good acidity and a long, dry finish slightly dominated by bitter oak.
Very, very good now and over the next 3 to 4 years.
Opaque red with some pinking at the rim.
Super concentrated nose of liquorice and mint.
Intense, very full bodied with sweet, minty, herby, charcoal notes. Gorgeous, long, tomato and basil finish.
Perfectly balanced in a hefty boutique-Californian style, it could do with another 5/6 years but so good now that I can't see it lasting!
A Fine Wine.
Heady but refined nose of red fruits, spice and oak.
Lovely flavours of mint and juicy redcurrants. Medium bodied and rounded with furry tannins and underpinning spicy oak.
Very, very good now.
Very deep red paling at rim.
Intense, concentrated nose - still undeveloped but lurking plum fruit.
Very young, with intense flavours of tomatoes and red fruits matched with peppery, leafy oak flavours. Hard tannins and a long finish.
Needs another 5 or 6 years - Superb!
Rich golden colour but almost nothing on the nose!
Very dry, with flavours of orange peel subtly spiced with tangy oak. Very long orange finish with a faint prickle.
Very good now as an aperitif or with a salad.
Deep, intense purple/red, opaque almost to rim.
A stunning wine, from the first impact of the nose (red fruits and iron) through to the long, long, long finish. Sweet, intense and inky with flavours of blackcurrants, plums and mulberries layered with tobacco and bitter oak. Quite fierce tannins underneath all that fruit.
Utterly gorgeous now but it really needs another 10 years or so.
Very pale gold.
Subtle honeyed nose.
Gorgeous sweet quince and tropical fruit. Crisp, lovely length, subtle oak. Outstanding. Drink now.
Deep colour with some browning at rim.
Cherries, tomatoes, herbs on the nose.
Medium bodied with an attack of lovely, sweet, rustic flavours. Inky and intense with charred oak, crisp acids and hard tannins. Sharp finish.
Needs a few years but I don't know if there is enough fruit to last.
Fairly deep, bright red paling at rim.
Closed on the nose but some sour tomato aromas - not unpleasant.
Old fashioned Chianti - juicy cherry fruit with hard, bitter tannins and sour acidity.
Needs food, needs time.
Not bad but not very exciting either.
Deep, even red with some paling at rim.
Intense but not heavy, with very juicy, sweet black fruit, liquorice, chocolate and tangy wood. Very soft finish.
Very good now.
Very deep, almost opaque.
Sweet, thick and intense, with flavours and aromas of red fruits and soft, charred oak. Deep, long bitter-herb finish with a tannic bite.
Very good, but needs 4 to 5 years and food.
Deep, redder than the Avvoltore.
Interesting nose of sour fruits, old oak and a trace of sewer.
Medium bodied with rich, barnyardy, forest fruits, lots of acidity and heavily charred oak.
Lovely, complex, interesting wine that should probably be drunk now and over the next couple of years.
Pale, even red.
Light body, but intense liquorice and black fruit flavours with a touch of herb and bitter oak. Nice acidity, well balanced.
Good now, with food.
Bright pale gold.
Ripe fruit on the nose with obvious oak.
Ripe and succulent, lots of new wood and plenty of alcohol. Decent, herb finish.
Easy and obvious, but good!
Very pale gold.
Juicy and crisp with a touch of gooseberry and hay. Ripe, dry and balanced. Good now.
Bright, even gold.
Ripe nose dominated by resiny wood.
Full bodied, rich and dry, with lots of resiny new wood, very crisp acids and a long dry finish.
Needs 3 or 4 years to meld, but will be very good.
Deep, mature red.
Wonderful, heady nose of herbs and leather with plenty of alcohol.
Medium bodied, with piercing red fruit flavours, bitter wood and herbs, and a long, long finish of aniseed and raspberries. Excellent balance.
Drinkable now but will last maybe another decade or more.
A fine wine.
Deep red with a tawny touch at the rim.
Slightly corked sample, with a spoiled nose.
Intense and full bodied, with ripe fruit and a firm bite of tannin. Just starting to integrate but probably needs another decade.
Hard to tell with a corked sample, but probably a stunner.
The sample was slightly corked, but still impressive, with intense black fruits, good acidity and grippy tannins. Long, but still a bit green. Needs time.
Pale, even strawberry red.
Subtle nose with some sour red fruits.
Medium bodied, with sweet and sour strawberry flavours. Quite high acidity.
Pleasant and easy, a well-made short term drinker.
Quite simple, undeveloped, honeyed nose.
Deep and honeyed with some orange fruit, herbs and a trace of toffee. Excellent acid balance but a bit heavy on the charred oak.
Still very simple, but good - it should develop well with a few years.
[5% Merlot, 95% Sangiovese, 1 year in barrique]
Even strawberry red.
Very closed nose with faint traces of fruit.
Medium bodied and dry with juicy fruit and lovely bitter notes.
Very good, drink up.
[60% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot, new barriques 1 year]
Deep strawberry red.
Subtle nose with traces of sour fruit.
Surprisingly light but nicely balanced, with grippy tannins, herbs and a seasoning of oak. Long and dry, needs another 2 years.
Deep bright red.
Soft, youthful nose of strawberries with a trace of wood.
Still undeveloped, with flavours of redcurrants and toasted oak. Dry tannins and a long finish.
Needs food and 3 to 4 years.
Slightly browner and paler than the Capraia, with a more integrated nose of oak and red fruits.
Big sour wine with red fruits, tannic teabag flavours and lots of acidity.
Leave it for ten years and hopefully someone else will have to drink it.
[100% Sangiovese] Deep, even purple-red, almost opaque.
Mute nose with some sour red fruits.
Inky and closed with sweet vanilla flavours (American oak?), juicy cherry and mulberry fruit with an undertow of herbs and tobacco, bracing acidity and hard, green tannins.
Very good, probably needs 10 years.
[Don't know what this will be called - first vintage, unbottled cask sample - you saw it here first! 60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah - the large proportion of French grapes isn't unusual, Napoleon left quite a mark on the area]
Deeply coloured with a young, unformed nose dominated by rasping raspberry fruits. Full bodied with a notably thick texture (this was towards the end of the tasting), mulberries and green herbs, dusty tannins, bitter (slightly stalky) oak, lots of alcohol and acidity, a very long, dry finish. A keeper, needing at least five years, but stunning.
Very pale, bright. Subtle nose of herbs with a tang of piss. Crisp, juicy up-front fruit (grapefruit/quince). Rounded and dry with a faint rasp on the finish. Good, drink now.
[Just bottled, not yet released]
Deep, even red.
Plenty on the nose - layers of mint, herbs, mulberries, charcoal - wow!
Heavy and heady, with chewy, sweet and sour mulberry fruit, soft charred oak, tobacco and rasping acidity. Very firm tannins and very long finish.
Superb. Needs 5+ years.
[Just bottled, not yet released]
Quite dark. Juicy, easy fruit (strawberries and herbs) with high acidity and quite stalky tannins.
Ok, interesting to see if it comes together with bottle age.
[Just bottled, not yet released]
Quite pale, even red.
Lovely concentrated nose of charred wood, mulberries and black berry fruits, herbs.
Rich, with quite high acidity and firm, furry tannins. Long and dry on the finish.
Will be very good, needs a few years though.