“Good medium-deep red. Blueberry and black cherry aromas are complemented by tar, vanilla and sweet spices. Creamy and sweet but with enough minerality and an element of wild herbs to give cut and shape to the rich, mouthfilling palate. The rising finish features reasonably supple tannins, but there is a hint of a drying, vegetal streak. I have had better bottles of this wine, so perhaps you'll be luckier than I; in that case, my score will look ungenerous.”
Mastroberardino - JancisRobinson.com
“A warm and rainy May, followed by a dry and warm June and July, and a rainy and warm August. September was hot and dry with large day-night time temperature fluctuations. Deep, mature ruby with orange rim. Beguiling, sweetly spiced nose with savory notes. Amazingly compact while very fluid on the palate. Fantastic tannic grip, and great length. Showing some development due to age but still some lengths to go!” (17.5+ out of 20 points)
“This wine has an intense, bright and very clear garnet color. The fruity notes are the first to assail the nose, then a wave of tertiary aromas. Hence, together with Kentucky black tobacco, tar and liquorice, there are notes of sour cherry preserve and hints of small fruits. On the palate the acidity is notable, integrated into an imposing structure, dominated by alcoholic warmth and glyceric extractive sweetness. Has fine body and great persistence. A truly wonderful wine.”
Zenato - Vinous
“The 1985 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Sergio Zenato shows the generosity and richness of the year in its expressive fruit and broad-shouldered personality. Hints of tobacco, cedar, sweet herbs and licorice add layers of complexity and dimension to the fruit. There is a wonderful immediacy to the 1985, but it won’t drink this well forever. I would prefer to finish any remaining bottles within the next 2-3 years.”
The 1985 I Sodi di San Niccolò is quite typical of the year. A burst of dark red fruit totally saturates the palate. The aromas and flavors are a touch developed, but there is more than enough muscle to allow the wine to continue to drink well for a number of years. This is a fairly immediate Sodi that captures the essence of the 1985 vintage in Tuscany. Tar, smoke, scorched earth, licorice, mint and sweet spices wrap around the generous, sensual finish.
The 1985 Taurasi, along with the 1983, is one of the more forward wines in this tasting. Stylistically, it also seems to favor the more rustic side of Aglianico, as tertiary notes run through the dark fruit, plum, leather, tobacco, incense and soy. The 1985 is an excellent choice for near-term drinking, as further upside potential seems exhausted at this point.
At nearly 25 years of age it is in its sweet spot (no pun intended) with no signs whatsoever of fading. This is an impeccable, vivid Acininobili blessed with exceptional balance and tons of nuance. It is the perfect wine with which to finish this unforgettable tasting at Maculan.