“Mahogany-hued, this tastes like a honey-drenched walnut cake, the bitter, warming notes of cinnamon and cardamom playing off its deep, plush sweetness. There’s an undertow of mushroom-broth flavor, an umami richness that gives the wine a sense of depth and expansiveness.”
“The 1993 Vinsanto 20 Years Barrel Aged is the typical blend here of 80% Assyrtiko and 10% each of Aidani and Athiri, aged for 240 months in used French oak. It comes in with 255 grams of residual sugar, plus 13.5% alcohol. It was also held back in bottle for two years before release. Sourced from very old vines, this is the oldest in the Argyros range, the one that begins to seem more like one of those long-aged Moscatels. Rich, heading to a little syrupy, relatively speaking, it is very dark in color, chock-full of caramel nuances and molasses. The next day, the syrupy aspects seem gone. It is focused, precise and powerful, with wonderful tension on the finish. For its age, this is surprisingly lively and fresh. It is pretty delicious and relatively on the dry side this year, the sugar subdued and the flavors drilled into the palate by its power. It lacks the youthful zing of the 2000 12-year wine or the really fresh fruit of the 4 year, but the complex medley of flavors on the finish is pretty special, the concentration is remarkable and the intensity is even better. That is pretty much par for the course with these, of course, but this holds its own.”
Amber-tinged pale red. Evolved aromas of woodsy underbrush, licorice and faded flowers complement subdued red cherry and dried redcurrant notes. Then soft and round, with still bright acidity and clean flavors of floral red berries and flowers. Lovely finish, leaving an impression of great refinement behind. I would decant this an hour or so before, at least. Initially very closed, it opens slowly with aeration, becoming more interesting and nuanced in the process. The 1993 was never one of the fleshiest or showiest Turrigas, due to a year of cooler weather than usual throughout the vine’s growing cycle.
Zenato - Vinous
“Zenato’s 1993 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Sergio Zenato is another wine that has developed beautifully in bottle. The aromas and flavors are tertiary, yet there is more than enough density and body for the wine to drink well for a number of years. Sweet tobacco, mint, dried flowers, herbs and cedar add considerable nuance and depth on the textured, generous finish.”
The 1993 I Sodi di San Niccolò is starting to fray around the edges despite its considerable concentration. The aromas are evolving faster than the fruit is fading, and some of the more rustic tendencies of Sangiovese are beginning to dominate the wine’s balance. Ideally the 1993 should be enjoyed over the next few years. A huge, rustic finish rounds things out nicely.
Readers seeking a mostly mature Taurasi will delight in the 1993 Taurasi Radici. This is a wonderfully nuanced Taurasi laced with notes of anise, herbs, chocolate, leather and licorice that add complexity to the fruit. Soft and supple throughout, the 1993 should offer fine drinking now and over the next 15 or so years, give or take.
Montevetrano - Wine Advocate
The 1993 Montevetrano is impressive. Aglianico seems to come through prominently in this vintage. Hints of bacon fat and smoke add complexity to the powerful, layered fruit. There is amazing depth in the glass, even if some slightly rough edges remain. The fruit shows enough intensity and freshness to support another decade or so of cellaring.
The 1993 Turriga is amazing, especially as it appears to still be years away from its peak! This is a powerful, massively rich Turriga with super-ripe fruit that recalls Amarone in its opulence. The 1993 seems to still be searching for its inner sense of balance, but at this point I am not sure that will ever truly happen. The best way to experience the 1993 is to open a bottle well in advance and enjoy its evolution over several hours.