From the Cellar25 Jun 2020
- Category: Uncorked Tonight
(April 3, 2020) ... I acquired this bottle directly from the winery on a previous visit during an Anteprima; it was my favourite bottle during my visit and they were nice enough to give me one and told me to hold it and drink it when I got home - though I am sure they did not expect me to hold it for the length of time I did; but, as is the case with many of those special bottles in your cellar, you probably are holding them longer than you should. So the main question was, when I opened it tonight, is it going to be too old, or had I held it to perfection ... let's take a look:
From the get-go there's a lovely sour cherry note that seems persistent throughout; there is also good acidity, hints of forest floor and even some cranberry on the nose. There's an earthy element to the palate, but still with lovely sour red fruit. Rounding out the taste is some gentle spice on the finish with some mouth-drying tannin linger. As the wine opens there's a blackberry note that begins to emerge, along with hints of red currant and cassis. It straddles the line between wanting to be fresh and showing dried fruit - depending on the sip. For a 13 year old wine this was a pure delight.