Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Good Wine from a Mediocre Year?

Look at vintage charts or read Italian wine reviews and the 2003 vintage is not exactly one to remember fondly due to excess heat in the summer.

I pulled this wine out of the cellar a couple of weeks ago and decided to give it a try.  The wine is a 2003 Vigneto Montesodi, Castello di Nipozzano, Chianti Rufina from the Marchesi de' Frescobaldi. (Just typing that gave my spell checker a workout).

Say what you want about the 2003 vintage, but this was a very good wine.  Lots of Tuscan dirt in the nose along with bright cherries and herbs.  The wine was full flavored with both red and black cherries, a hint of rosemary, a touch of spice, and some vanilla from oak.  The acid was perfect and there was a fair amount of tannin in the wine, gripping the sides of the tongue.  There was a long, flavorful finish ending with fruit and more tannin.  It matched up just fine with a grilled rib steak finished with olive oil and lemon juice.  It was more than fine.

There was about 1/3 of the bottle left for a second night with some light pasta and salami the wine had blossomed in the bottle.  This was a definite pleasure the second day.  14% alcohol with a regular price of $49.99, but pulled out of a closeout section for $29.99

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