Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Good Wine from a Mediocre Year?
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