“Deep burnt sienna brown. Bright. Toffeed orange and apricot, raisins, spice, Christmas pudding. But there’s also a nutty quality, marzipan? So intense. Viscous and so rich in the mouth. Deep, chewy and complex and remarkably fresh for such a sweet wine.” (18.5 out of 20 points)
“The 1995 Montevetrano most definitely stands out in this mini vertical as the most elegant and streamlined of all these back vintages. This is a very special, ethereal and profoundly graceful red blend from Southern Italy. The wine is far along in its tertiary evolution, but it has embraced its age with an expert hand. The finish is polished and smooth with delicate tones of crème de cassis, liquid smoke and dried rose that give this wine a deep inner sense of lift and buoyancy.”
Healthy dark red. Highly aromatic scents of dark plum, chocolate and smoke. Rounder and sweeter than the 1997 bottling but showing a bit less lift and detail than the earlier vintage. The plum and chocolate notes carry through onto the palate. Finishes with good density and length, an intriguing saline note and chewy, ripe tannins. (There was no 1998 bottling as this was a disastrous El Niño vintage in Argentina during which steady rainfall led to rot before the fruit ripened properly. In fact, Catena bottled only their inexpensive, entry-level Alamos wines in '98.)
Dark red-ruby. Complex, rich nose of spicy red fruit and minerals complicated by hints of thyme, gunflint and violet. Still very young and fresh, with enticing flavors of redcurrant jelly, green tea, bergamot and grilled beef. Offers a slightly herbal nuance on the finish which adds freshness and complexity. The tannins are just starting to dry out a bit. Though this outstanding Turriga ought to keep well for another six or seven years in a good cellar, just remember to monitor it carefully.
Mastroberardino - International Wine Cellar
Radici Taurasi Riserva DOCG
“Blackberry, licorice, dried herbs and cracked black pepper on the nose, plus hints of underbrush and porcini. Juicy and fresh, with good lift and a slight herbal pungency to the red and dark berry flavors. This firmly structured wine finishes with some oakiness, gritty tannins and a vegetal streak. Not my favorite.”
“Healthy looking and still youthful ruby. Balsamic notes from the oak and less pronouncedly sweet and fruit driven than the 1994. Sweet concentration on the palate. Bitter liquorice tannins.” (16.5 points out of 20)
Zenato - Vinous
Sergio Zenato Amarone Classico Riserva DOC
“The 1995 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Sergio Zenato is another wine that has aged impeccably. A firm tannic spine provides the backbone for the gorgeous dark red fruit. This was a challenging harvest with usually warm spring temperatures and rain just before the harvest, yet the wine has turned out beautifully. Sweet herbs, plums, dark cherries, licorice and tobacco are layered into the pointed finish. I loved it. Objectively, the 1995 isn’t one of the all-time great wines at Zenato, as the estate hadn’t honed in on their house style to the degree they would a few years later, but this is still fabulous wine. The cool growing season resulted in long hang time, something that is almost always favorable for the long-term development of wines. Best of all the 1995 remains fresh, vibrant and full of life despite relatively low dry extract readings relative to the vintages that would follow.”
The 1995 I Sodi di San Niccolò emerges from the glass with freshly cut flowers, licorice, spices and sweet red berries. It is the first wine in this tasting that still retains considerable freshness and acidity, both of which suggest it may need more time. I very much like the energy and focus here. The purity of the fruit is striking. The late harvest produced a powerful, structured wine that recalls elements of the 1988.