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#1 Post by Jay Miller » May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am

I don't know if it was a root day or what.

I took a half day off from work to deal with decanting and blinding wines. As I was pouring the 2006 Copain there was the telltale smell of TCA. As it happened that was the only wine of which I had a second bottle (though I had backup options for others) so the bad decanter went in the sink and the second bottle was double decanted.

The next bottle I went to double decant was the 1999 Soldera. I consulted my at home inventory to locate the bottle - and it wasn't there. A quick phone call to my storage and I was driving off to pull another bottle. Made it back home about 40 minutes later a bit frazzled but with the wine. No time to let it settle, into the decanter it goes.
Everything else seemed fine on first sniff (hah!) and I made it to Noreetuh with less time than I intended but fortunately before anyone else.



Flight 1
2015 Francois Pinon Brut Non Dose - lean and balanced, good acidity, quite lovely.

Flight 2
Bera 2000 Moscato bianchdùdùi
"These grapes from the 2000 harvest were destined for Alessandra Bera's Moscato d'Asti when something happened. The juice fermented to dryness and developed a layer of flor, which didn't die for 16 years. Always keen to push the boundries, Alessandra let nature take its course, and bottled this in 2017. "
I found it lovely, layered and fascinating at first though with air it started to develop a distracting note of perfumed soap

Montescondo 2017 Trebbiano Tin
beeswax almonds, ridiculously complex

Borgo del Tiglio 1995 Collio Tocai Friulano
corked.


Flight 3

2012 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
2010 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
- corked?
2006 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
There was debate as to whether the 2010 was corked. It was definitely flawed in some way.The 2006 and 2012 were both lovely, needing only 10 minutes or so in the glass to show 2 beautiful moderately ripe pinot noses. The fruit was on the dusty cranberry side of things.


Flight 4
1999 Ciacci Piccolomini d`Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso
A beautiful complete Brunello, entering its peak period.
1999 Felsina Fontalloro
the prettiest wine of the three. Precise and elegant. Should coast at full maturity for a while.
1999 Soldera Case Basse
the only one of the three which was seriously asking for more time. Gorgeous depth and complexity but only beginning to show what it has.

Oddly to me before the reveal some people were complaining about how ripe the wines were. Knowing what they were I didn't see that at all. While 1999 is certainly a ripe vintage it's no 1997 and is one of my 2 favorites of the '90s in Tuscany (along with 1995).


Flight 5
This was intended as a flight wines that had just reached legal age, i.e., 1998s. It was prompted by the acquisition of the Scherrer combined with my experience that Burgundies are drinking really well now. That just left choosing a third 1998 from somewhere else
1998 Scherrer OMV Zinfandel
A lovely perfectly mature, pretty and complex wine. Several people had it among their WsOTN. Bravo Fred!
1998 Chateau Magdelaine
a young and vibrant classic St. Emilion. Quite a bit richer than I might have expected.
1998 d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru
corked.


Flight 6
1966 Sandemans Porto - Happily we ended on a high note. There's something immensely satisfying about a perfectly mature port. Gentle and soft but long and complex and caramelly.
I almost gave up on this when I was decanting at home. Almost all color had precipitated out and I was pouring a transparent reddish liquid into the decanter. Some sniffing and there was absolutely no nose. I decided to take a small taste before going to my backup bottle and WOW.
With thanks to David Wainright who coincidentally opened one and posted about it on Facebook a few days before my dinner and gave useful input.


Final TCA score 4 bottles out of 15.
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#2 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » May 9th, 2019, 8:24 am

Really interesting set of wines, but oof, the TCA. Unfortunate.
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#3 Post by John Morris » May 9th, 2019, 8:33 am

Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
2012 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
2010 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
- corked?
2006 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
There was debate as to whether the 2010 was corked. It was definitely flawed in someway.The 2006 and 2010 were both lovely, needing only 10 minutes or so in the glass to show 2 beautiful moderately ripe pinot noses. The fruit was on the dusty cranberry side of things.
How developed/evolved were these? Do you think they'd be better in a few years?
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Final TCA score 4 bottles out of 15.
Ouch. [cry.gif]
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#4 Post by Dennis Atick » May 9th, 2019, 8:36 am

Are you back from the future to report on this tasting? Maybe the time travel contributed to the acuity of TCA sensitivity? [tease.gif]
Nice diverse lineup, and bummer on the TCA.
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#5 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » May 9th, 2019, 8:50 am

Especially sad to hear about your corked Borgo del Tiglio - that's an incredible wine showing beautifully right now.

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#6 Post by K John Joseph » May 9th, 2019, 8:59 am

Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
Final TCA score 4 bottles out of 15.
Was everyone able to happily enjoy them anyway or were they more than "slightly corked?" Asking for a friend.

Really though, bad luck. Looked like a great and very interesting lineup.
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#7 Post by Anton D » May 9th, 2019, 9:46 am

K John Joseph wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:59 am
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
Final TCA score 4 bottles out of 15.
Was everyone able to happily enjoy them anyway or were they more than "slightly corked?" Asking for a friend.

Really though, bad luck. Looked like a great and very interesting lineup.

For all we know, they were all corked.

Anyhow, happy for your good experiences! I loved your notes and post!
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#8 Post by Jay Miller » May 9th, 2019, 10:02 am

Dennis Atick wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:36 am
Are you back from the future to report on this tasting? Maybe the time travel contributed to the acuity of TCA sensitivity? [tease.gif]
Nice diverse lineup, and bummer on the TCA.
Oops, fixed, thank you!
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#9 Post by Mike Grammer » May 9th, 2019, 10:03 am

double-ouch on the corked percentage this time, Jay, but great notes.

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#10 Post by Jay Miller » May 9th, 2019, 10:03 am

K John Joseph wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:59 am
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
Final TCA score 4 bottles out of 15.
Was everyone able to happily enjoy them anyway or were they more than "slightly corked?" Asking for a friend.

Really though, bad luck. Looked like a great and very interesting lineup.
The only one that was in question was the 2010 Copain. The others were all "get that thing away from my nose!"
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#11 Post by Jay Miller » May 9th, 2019, 10:04 am

John Morris wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:33 am
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
2012 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
2010 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
- corked?
2006 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
There was debate as to whether the 2010 was corked. It was definitely flawed in someway.The 2006 and 2010 were both lovely, needing only 10 minutes or so in the glass to show 2 beautiful moderately ripe pinot noses. The fruit was on the dusty cranberry side of things.
How developed/evolved were these? Do you think they'd be better in a few years?
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
Final TCA score 4 bottles out of 15.
Ouch. [cry.gif]
The 2006 is perfect right now. The 2012 will definitely benefit from more time. The 2010 ... who knows?
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#12 Post by Jay Miller » May 9th, 2019, 10:08 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:50 am
Especially sad to hear about your corked Borgo del Tiglio - that's an incredible wine showing beautifully right now.
I was very much looking forward to trying that. I've never had the wine before in any vintage.
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#13 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » May 9th, 2019, 10:11 am

Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 10:08 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:50 am
Especially sad to hear about your corked Borgo del Tiglio - that's an incredible wine showing beautifully right now.
I was very much looking forward to trying that. I've never had the wine before in any vintage.
They are delicious and very pretty when young, which is when most people drink them; but for those brave and patient enough to wait, there's a whole other level of depth and complexity. To my palate - and I'm guessing to yours as well, from drinking with you over the years - the mature version is well worth giving up some youthful exuberance.

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#14 Post by Chris Seiber » May 9th, 2019, 10:58 am

But wasn't the loss of the four bottles, and the several hundred dollars of value they represented, more than offset by the tradition, romance, aesthetic and history of cork?

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#15 Post by Jay Miller » May 9th, 2019, 11:14 am

Chris Seiber wrote:
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But wasn't the loss of the four bottles, and the several hundred dollars of value they represented, more than offset by the tradition, romance, aesthetic and history of cork?
That evening I composed a paean of praise to the glories of the cork. I would show it to you but I think the language I used is illegal in most countries and might leave me open to charges of slander.
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#16 Post by Travis @llen » May 9th, 2019, 12:51 pm

I’ve had a rough 5 days for cork issues as well. 2002 Clos Erasmus, 2015 latour martillac blanc and 2003 Rol Valentin. I wish SQN or one of the 1st growths would switch half of their production to screw cap or glass stoppers and give their customers a choice. I’d choose the alternative. So tired of corked wine.
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#17 Post by Ian S » May 9th, 2019, 8:13 pm

Great title. It's both click bait AND a fair assessment considering the disappointment.
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
I don't know if it was a root day or what.
Better to be a root day than a root hugger. [snort.gif]
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
1999 Ciacci Piccolomini d`Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso
A beautiful complete Brunello, entering its peak period.
I've been seeing this producer and vineyard pop up on a few wine forums, all with high praise.
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May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
1999 Felsina Fontalloro
the prettiest wine of the three. Precise and elegant. Should coast at full maturity for a while.
That's a wine that seems to be gaining quite a fan club.
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#18 Post by Craig G » May 9th, 2019, 8:53 pm

Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
2012 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
2010 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
- corked?
2006 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut'
There was debate as to whether the 2010 was corked. It was definitely flawed in some way.The 2006 and 2010 were both lovely, needing only 10 minutes or so in the glass to show 2 beautiful moderately ripe pinot noses.
Lovely, yet corked!
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#19 Post by Jay Miller » May 10th, 2019, 8:03 am

Craig G wrote:
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Lovely, yet corked!
I need to hire a proofreader. Fixed.
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#20 Post by Jay Miller » May 10th, 2019, 8:08 am

Ian S wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Great title. It's both click bait AND a fair assessment considering the disappointment.
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
I don't know if it was a root day or what.
Better to be a root day than a root hugger. [snort.gif]
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
1999 Ciacci Piccolomini d`Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso
A beautiful complete Brunello, entering its peak period.
I've been seeing this producer and vineyard pop up on a few wine forums, all with high praise.
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
1999 Felsina Fontalloro
the prettiest wine of the three. Precise and elegant. Should coast at full maturity for a while.
That's a wine that seems to be gaining quite a fan club.
I first tried that Ciacci at the Heritage NYC blind tasting competition last year where it was in my top three wines of the event so I sourced a bottle.

Fontalloro is an old favorite. I'd had that bottle and the Soldera for a decade give or take a few years. Certainly not paying current prices for the latter.
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#21 Post by Diane Kessler » May 10th, 2019, 10:48 am

I love that a 1998 Scherrer OMV Zinfandel was so impressive among some stiff competition. To me, they are such interesting wines and I enjoy them at all phases of their evolution. I had a 2013 last night.

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#22 Post by Jay Miller » May 10th, 2019, 11:24 am

Diane Kessler wrote:
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I love that a 1998 Scherrer OMV Zinfandel was so impressive among some stiff competition. To me, they are such interesting wines and I enjoy them at all phases of their evolution. I had a 2013 last night.
I agree. I'm also a fan of his cabernet and certain of his pinots. Wish they were easier to come by on the east coast.
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#23 Post by David Glasser » May 11th, 2019, 4:48 am

Jay Miller wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 11:24 am
Diane Kessler wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:48 am
I love that a 1998 Scherrer OMV Zinfandel was so impressive among some stiff competition. To me, they are such interesting wines and I enjoy them at all phases of their evolution. I had a 2013 last night.
I agree. I'm also a fan of his cabernet and certain of his pinots. Wish they were easier to come by on the east coast.
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#24 Post by J a y H a c k » May 11th, 2019, 6:25 am

I did not schlep my real camera, and it was a tight fit so I had to leave out the corked bottles and two others, but here's the lineup.
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I think there was debate on whether the Copain was corked. I did not find it so. My favorite flight as a whole was the Sangiovese, which I thought were Sangiovese/Cabernet blends. My favorite single wine was the Bera 2000 Moscato bianchdùdùi because I love the bit of light sherry flavor adding complexity to wine. Rating Moscato as WOTN is a first for me. The Sandeman was also outstanding.
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#25 Post by Fred Scherrer » May 13th, 2019, 12:45 pm

...wasn't 1998 supposed to be a 'weak' vintage in CA? rolleyes Jay, thanks for not being afraid.

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#26 Post by Jay Miller » May 13th, 2019, 1:13 pm

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...wasn't 1998 supposed to be a 'weak' vintage in CA? rolleyes Jay, thanks for not being afraid.

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I've heard the same thing. You obviously aren't doing it right. [cheers.gif]
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#27 Post by Fred Scherrer » May 14th, 2019, 8:19 am

Jay, at this point I'll never get it right.

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#28 Post by J a y H a c k » May 14th, 2019, 11:06 am

Fred Scherrer wrote:
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Jay, at this point I'll never get it right.

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I served this same group (I do not know if Jay was at that dinner) a blind flight about 8 years ago with 1998 Araujo, 1998 Opus and 1999 [oops, typo, previously indicated 1991] Arrowwood Special Reserve to test the hypothesis that bad years make bad wine. The vote for WOTF was Opus 6, Araujo 5, Arrowwood 0. I did not vote because I knew which was which, but I slightly preferred the Araujo and both it and the Opus were outstanding with 12 years of age. The Arrowwood, not a bad wine from a better vintage, sucked in comparison.
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#29 Post by Jayson Cohen » May 14th, 2019, 11:47 am

J a y H a c k wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 11:06 am
Fred Scherrer wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 8:19 am
Jay, at this point I'll never get it right.

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I served this same group (I do not know if Jay was at that dinner) a blind flight about 8 years ago with 1998 Araujo, 1998 Opus and 1991 Arrowwood Special Reserve to test the hypothesis that bad years make bad wine. The vote for WOTF was Opus 6, Araujo 5, Arrowwood 0. I did not vote because I knew which was which, but I slightly preferred the Araujo and both it and the Opus were outstanding with 12 years of age. The Arrowwood, not a bad wine from a better vintage, sucked in comparison.
Wouldn’t the real test have been 1991 Monte Bello? :)

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#30 Post by J a y H a c k » May 14th, 2019, 12:11 pm

Jayson Cohen wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 11:47 am
J a y H a c k wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 11:06 am
Fred Scherrer wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 8:19 am
Jay, at this point I'll never get it right.

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I served this same group (I do not know if Jay was at that dinner) a blind flight about 8 years ago with 1998 Araujo, 1998 Opus and 1991 Arrowwood Special Reserve to test the hypothesis that bad years make bad wine. The vote for WOTF was Opus 6, Araujo 5, Arrowwood 0. I did not vote because I knew which was which, but I slightly preferred the Araujo and both it and the Opus were outstanding with 12 years of age. The Arrowwood, not a bad wine from a better vintage, sucked in comparison.
Wouldn’t the real test have been 1991 Monte Bello? :)
First, it was a typo. I should have said 1999 Arrowwood. The point was to get the ages about the same. As to 1991 Mone Bello, you miss the point, The idea was to compare two wines with supposed great terroir and a great pedigree, but from a bad vintage, and a wine with a much lesser reputation, but still well made, from a better vintage.
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#31 Post by Jayson Cohen » May 14th, 2019, 12:16 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Jayson Cohen wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 11:47 am
J a y H a c k wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 11:06 am
I served this same group (I do not know if Jay was at that dinner) a blind flight about 8 years ago with 1998 Araujo, 1998 Opus and 1991 Arrowwood Special Reserve to test the hypothesis that bad years make bad wine. The vote for WOTF was Opus 6, Araujo 5, Arrowwood 0. I did not vote because I knew which was which, but I slightly preferred the Araujo and both it and the Opus were outstanding with 12 years of age. The Arrowwood, not a bad wine from a better vintage, sucked in comparison.
Wouldn’t the real test have been 1991 Monte Bello? :)
First, it was a typo. I should have said 1999 Arrowwood. The point was to get the ages about the same. As to 1991 Mone Bello, you miss the point, The idea was to compare two wines with supposed great terroir and a great pedigree, but from a bad vintage, and a wine with a much lesser reputation, but still well made, from a better vintage.
I didn’t miss the point. But it’s not surprising either.

In any case haven’t you heard? There are no more shitty vintages!

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#32 Post by John Kight » May 15th, 2019, 9:50 am

Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
I don't know if it was a root day or what.

While 1999 is certainly a ripe vintage it's no 1997 and is one of my 2 favorites of the '90s in Tuscany (along with 1995).
I agree...'99 is probably my single favorite Tuscan vintage. They have not only aged well, but have been consistently pleasurable since release.

Regarding the Fontalloro, I just had a delicious '94 the other night....I'm in the minority, but I've had great bottles of Felsina CCR, Fontalloro and Flaccianello, but NEVER a great bottle of Rancia. It makes no sense, as by all accounts Rancia should be on a par with, or better than Fontalloro (with the latter having a reputation of being a bit more modern/international in style). However, I just haven't ever experienced an epiphany with Rancia. With every bottle opened, the apologists always say it "needs more time". But if the '94, '95 and '99 Rancia (or even the '01) aren't ready today, I'm missing something....

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#33 Post by Jay Miller » May 15th, 2019, 10:22 am

John Kight wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 9:50 am
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
I don't know if it was a root day or what.

While 1999 is certainly a ripe vintage it's no 1997 and is one of my 2 favorites of the '90s in Tuscany (along with 1995).
I agree...'99 is probably my single favorite Tuscan vintage. They have not only aged well, but have been consistently pleasurable since release.

Regarding the Fontalloro, I just had a delicious '94 the other night....I'm in the minority, but I've had great bottles of Felsina CCR, Fontalloro and Flaccianello, but NEVER a great bottle of Rancia. It makes no sense, as by all accounts Rancia should be on a par with, or better than Fontalloro (with the latter having a reputation of being a bit more modern/international in style). However, I just haven't ever experienced an epiphany with Rancia. With every bottle opened, the apologists always say it "needs more time". But if the '94, '95 and '99 Rancia (or even the '01) aren't ready today, I'm missing something....
At least I'm not the only one. I stopped buying Rancia a long time ago.
Ripe fruit isn't necessarily a flaw.

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Re: The Wine Gods Are Angry - May 2019 FKA Leo's Blind Tasting Group

#34 Post by Jayson Cohen » May 16th, 2019, 5:09 am

Jay Miller wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 10:22 am
John Kight wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 9:50 am
Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
I don't know if it was a root day or what.

While 1999 is certainly a ripe vintage it's no 1997 and is one of my 2 favorites of the '90s in Tuscany (along with 1995).
I agree...'99 is probably my single favorite Tuscan vintage. They have not only aged well, but have been consistently pleasurable since release.

Regarding the Fontalloro, I just had a delicious '94 the other night....I'm in the minority, but I've had great bottles of Felsina CCR, Fontalloro and Flaccianello, but NEVER a great bottle of Rancia. It makes no sense, as by all accounts Rancia should be on a par with, or better than Fontalloro (with the latter having a reputation of being a bit more modern/international in style). However, I just haven't ever experienced an epiphany with Rancia. With every bottle opened, the apologists always say it "needs more time". But if the '94, '95 and '99 Rancia (or even the '01) aren't ready today, I'm missing something....
At least I'm not the only one. I stopped buying Rancia a long time ago.
My recollection is I’m in the same boat. I do have a few in the cellar still to test this further. Including ‘99.

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