“Tasting early-ripening Merlot from the scorching hot 2003 caused me to raise my eyebrows at first. But the 2003 Poggio ai Merli far exceeded my expectations. The bouquet opens to meaty tones with dark fruit and blackberry preserves on obvious display. There are distant touches of cured meat and spice as well. But you also get some of the nerve and freshness from the wine's natural acidity.”
“Gorgeous and elegant, this demonstrates Tuscany’s sweetest side. Trebbiano, Sangiovese and Malvasia undergo long aging to obtain impressive thickness and intensity of flavor. The lengthy finish is driven by notes of candied fruit, honey and brown sugar.”
The 2003 I Sodi di San Niccolò is a dark, brooding wine. It bursts onto the palate with masses of dark fruit, new leather, chocolate, spices and licorice. The tannins remain quite firm and imposing. I would give the 2003 another few years in bottle, then enjoy it over the following 10-15. There is plenty of balance and harmony to suggest the 2003 has a long life ahead of it.
“The 2003 Vin San Laurentino comes across as surprisingly restrained considering the vintage and its whopping 300 grams per liter of residual sugar. The San Laurentino remains one of the most exotic, rich sweet wines being made in the Vin Santo style, but the 2003 isn’t quite as in-your-face as other recent vintages have been. There are plenty of the dark, burnished, balsamic flavors that are typical of this wine, but the estate has also managed to retain quite a bit of freshness as well. The 2003 is 50% Sangiovese, 25% Trebbiano and 25% Malvasia Bianca that spent 8 years in small 150-liter Vin Santo caratelli.”
Captivating aromas of hazelnut, caramel, dried flowers and sweet spices. Very sweet and opulent on entry, with a creamy texture to the banana, toffee and hazelnut flavors and just enough acidity to avoid cloying. Finishes with a lingering herbal note and a light breezy quality.
The 2003 Vin Santo San Niccolo offers up an array of exotic tangerines, mint, sage and minerals in a quirky style that is hard to fully capture in words. The wine reveals gorgeous persistence and a long finish, with notes of hazelnuts, spices and prunes that linger on the close.
[R]eveals a profile of leather, spices, grilled herbs and beef bouillon.
San Quirico - Wine Enthusiast
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva DOCG
Here is a sophisticated, opulent expression of Vernaccia that opens with a deep golden color and offers toasty notes of almonds and hazelnut followed by honey, pineapple and dried apricot. The wine has a dense, slightly sour taste and ends with big fruity intensity.
Good full, bright red. Vibrant if idiosyncratic nose offers exotic peach and blood orange suggestions as well as a piquant mineral character. Sweet, intense and cleanly made, with a distinctly penetrating, high-pitched quality to the juicy flavors of red fruits, orange peel and peach. Conveys a strong impression of cooler terroir.