Assessed By: Adrian Bryksa
It would seem fitting to do a vintage retrospective for one of the premier wine areas of the world by highlighting its longest lived producers. The area is Tuscany in central Italy and the producer is Barone Ricasoli. 2010 didn’t necessarily start off as a blockbuster for Tuscany as each of the seasons provided climate challenges through each of the vine and grape growing phases. As the grapes ripened into the late summer and fall, warm days and cool nights led to the critical blend of fruit ripeness, concentration and acid development that make for the foundation of great wine. The team from Ricasoli believe that these grapes are some of the best they had ever seen and as such view the 2010 vintage as good if not better than the great 2006 and 2004 vintages. The nature of the vintage allows for wines that showcase cellar-ability but also earliness in terms of accessibility making them excellent candidates for large scale purchasing.
Colledilà Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione
Coming from the Ricasoli Colledilà cru single vineyard, this Chianti Classico is a pure expression of Sangiovese grape. 14.5% ABV
Eyes: Light + to Medium bodied with a Ruby hue beginning to trail to a pinkish orange hue on its edges.
Bouquet: Notes of cherry, cream, vanilla, sandalwood, shale, cinnamon and leather.
Palate: Lithe and elegant, its attack shows shale, cedar and dried cherry with balanced acidity and fine grained tannin. The mouthfeel has a creamy quality to it and it sails for an eternity. It finishes very dry as its tannin summon notes of shale, coffee and toasted oak.
Conclusion: Superb, speaks to both fans of old and new world alike. This will be a wine that can reward until 2020. Buyers of Brunello and Chianti Classico Reservas should be looking long at hard at adding this to the cellar. 6 pack
Casalferro Rosso Toscano IGT
Coming from the Ricasoli Casalferro single vineyard, this Tuscan IGT is an expression of the Merlot grape. 14.5% ABV
Eyes: Light + to Medium bodied. Ruby / purple core trailing slightly to the edge of the glass.
Bouquet: Plum, violet with hints of cooked meat, spice, hard raspberry candy and clay.
Palate: Medium bodied with a round, elegant mouth feel. Notes of plum, cherry and flowers are carried by medium acidity and polished tannins. Despite carrying 14.5% ABV, there is absolutely nothing out of place here with the entire drinking experience being harmonious and pure. The length on the finish sails for minutes.
Conclusion: Add this wine to the great Tuscan Merlots like those from Tua Rita, Petrolo and Ornellaia at a savings of at least 30% per bottle. Superb now, this will reward 7 to 10 years of cellar time if you can wait. 6 pack.
If these wines are the barometer, the 2010 vintage in Tuscany is a modern classic. From a quality perspective, this has been noted from wines at the entry level all the way to the ultra premium. Both wines above have limited availability at Willow Park Wine and Spirits in Calgary as well as Highlander Wine and Spirits and Zyn in Bankers Hall.
If you liked this post, check out the reviews of the 2010 Podere Sapaio Volpolo Bolgheri Rosso and the 2010 Castellare Di Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva