“Vivid bright amber-red. Autumnal aromas and flavors of dried flowers, tobacco, quinine and orange peel; a sour red cherry element builds with aeration. Fresh and juicy on the palate, showing impeccable balance, lovely inner-mouth perfume and a captivating, multilayered mouthfeel. Finishes suave, pure and very long, with building austerity. This vintage of Ceretto’s Bricco Asili has always shown some inconsistency, but the good bottles are unforgettable. Aged for two years in large Slavonian oak barrels.”
“Tasted at the Batailley vertical tasting at the château, the 1982 Batailley continues to perform well despite never really being the "go-to" Pauillac in this vintage. This might be the best of a dozen or so bottles that I have tasted over the years. The nose here is the most intense that I have encountered, with pencil shavings infusing the black fruit and cedar and a savory touch that becomes more pronounced as it opens. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, a classic Bordeaux here with good structure and a bullish, tobacco-tinged finish that is conservative but does the job. It cuts away a little too swiftly, but there is just enough dryness to keep you returning for another sip. I can see this continuing on its plateau over the next 15-20 years; and, while it will never challenge the likes of Latour or Pichon-Lalande, it will satisfy a great number of wine lovers. Tasted April 2016.”
Mastroberardino - JancisRobinson.com
“Smoky nose reminiscent of a very minerally sort of gum. Odd and dry finish. Fruit has dissipated. Too old but impressive. Smells almost animal!” (17 out of 20 points)
Mastroberardino - International Wine Cellar
“Medium red with an amber rim. Musky, reduced aromas of rust, game, espresso and tobacco complicate red cherry and redcurrant on the nose. Then surprisingly supple and sweet in the mouth, offering moderate concentration and decent energy to the red fruit and underbrush flavors. Finishes with modest persistence, a hint of caramel oak and limited complexity.”
The 1982 I Sodi di San Niccolò impresses because it has so much fruit that the wilder notes that are typical of some years such as the 1981 are nicely balanced. Dark red cherries, flowers, licorice, mint and wild flowers are woven into the structured yet generous finish. This is a dazzling showing. The 1982 should drink nicely for at least a few years based on its sheer power.
Mastroberardino - Wine Advocate
The 1982 Taurasi Riserva is another of the utterly magical wines in this lineup. A totally transcendental, hypnotizing wine, the 1982 possesses incredible vibrancy, power and length, with endless layers of mint, dried roses, red fruits and licorice that come together on an impeccably refined frame. The wine's inner perfume and mineral-driven personality vie for my attention all the way through to the sublime finish. This immortal, towering masterpiece is one of the greatest wines made in Italy over the last 50 years.