Friday, May 2, 2008

1999 San Giusto a Rentennano, Percarlo, Tuscany, Italy

(Decanted two hours) Percarlo is one of my absolute favourite Tuscan wines. At opening I already detected some ravishing Tuscan earth and the lovely red fruit of the Sangiovese grape. Two hours later the wine swirled round the Riedel glass. The nose is beautiful – raspberries, Chinese spices, red fruit, roses and plastic. When I say plastic; it’s the alcohol affecting some floral components making it the smell “synthetic”. Make no mistake this is still great nose, despite my description. The taste is as always with Percarlo dominated by firm structure and convincing strength. The final palate closing is dominated by a tiny bit of alcohol and also the wine closed down a little bit in the glass during the 2½ hours it was drunk. Advice; let it rest 2-3 years more. (94)

Mon 15 Jan, 2007

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