Cesari ‘Il Bosco’ Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (S$136): Who would’ve said that Amarone would be crowned the winner of this flight? If you’re expecting a sweet, over-extracted fruit bomb, you’re gonna have to look somewhere else. Even though this is massive, opulent and rich, it has a string of acidity that lifts up the wine throughout the whole experience. The oak is quite dominant at this stage, but should integrate with the primary fruit nicely over the years, giving the wine more finesse. Needless to say – excellent aging potential on this baby.
Giacomo Ascheri ‘Sorano’ Barolo 2011 (S$60): This was quite a strange one. Proper varietal expression and moderate complexity, but not the best example overall. The primary fruit here has evolved into its Charizard form – dried cranberry/cherry/strawberry. Even though it’s showing a great balance and intensity of all its structural elements, the flavors just seem to be developing too fast. Lacking quite a bit of length on the other hand, which makes the wine finish off in a rather hollow manner. Limited cellar life.
Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (S$95): A very well-done Brunello. It has some age on it, but the fresh primary notes are still well-highlighted by the high acidity. There is some oak character, but definitely not too much in relation to the bold fruit department. Even though this comes from a warmer vintage, the acidity and alcohol are showing great integration. Complexity is there without a doubt, but the length is shortened abruptly. Sad emojis, as I was looking forward to this taking the cake in the Brunello division.
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