A bunch of lucky folks packed in to Caro’s last night for our Brunello di Montalcino and Super-Tuscan (and Chianti Classico to be completely accurate) tasting. We were treated to a really great line up of wines from the 2007 vintage. Six different Brunello producers’ wines were included along with Fontodi’s Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Riserva and La Massa’s Giorgio Prima.
It was an interesting lineup. With almost all of the wines at a similar level (at least price-wise) it was a great opportunity to see the influence of terroir and winemaking at work.
We started with Brunello before moving into the Cabernet and Merlot influenced Fontodi and La Massa. First up, the Argiano which was fairly light-bodied with a bit of smoke and leather on the nose. This had a lovely contrast between sweet fruit and slightly tart, refreshing acidity.
Moving on to the Il Poggione, this seemed much more modern in style. Riper and richer with deeper colour too. Mouth-coating and plush but with big tannic structure.
The Poggio Antico up next seemed slightly more muted in comparison with less complexity though it was still delicious.
Lisini’s offering had a cooler nose with some nice dried herb notes adding interest. Medium-bodied with lovely balance and nice acidity too, this seemed more traditional in style.
The Fuligni was one of the wines of the night, striking just the right balance between ripe fruit, tannin and acidity. Plush without being over the top, this was also super complex with lovely hints of licorice and mushroom.
The Costanti was another star. Bigger and fuller, this had a very deep, rich nose with quite strong truffle and leathery notes. Spicy and warm with big tannins, this was probably the most concentrated of the Brunello line up.
We switched to Chianti for the next wine, Fontodi’s Vigna del Sorbo, a single-vineyard wine which is around 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet influence was definitely evident after the Brunello wines. Deeper colour and a plush, velvety mouthfeel, this was full-bodied and ripe but with nice acidity and should age well.
The final wine of the night was La Massa’s Giorgio Primo. A completely different beast, this was a real contrast. A very Cabernet nose with ripe blackcurrant and vanilla-laced oak. Hardly surprising considering the makeup (50