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From the cellar: Holidaying in Tuscany
My annual family holiday in Tuscany is usually split between Fattoria Nittardi in Chianti and Castello di Argiano near Montalcino. At Nittardi, I tasted a vertical of Nectar Dei, its icon Maremma Toscana blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Merlot, Syrah and a touch of Alicante Bouschet. The 2003, the wine’s first vintage, showed the heat of that year and the young vines; 2004 had both firmness and spice; 2005 was perfect now in the Tuscan Bordeaux style; 2006 was young with lifted fragrance, vigour and balance; 2007 was a blockbuster with superb tannins for the future; 2008 was a marvellous expression of deep fruit and was my favourite of the tasting (to 2020); 2009 was in the 2007 mould, but more elegant (to 2018), and finally the 2010, whose exuberant black fruits will see it through to 2025.
Back home, I opened three 2001 Tuscans from the cellar: Rocca di Montegrossi, Vigneto San Marcellino, Chianti Classico Riserva, a single-vineyard Sangiovese of extreme elegance; Castello di Argiano, Brunello di Montalcino, warm, smooth with spice and charm; and Brunello di Montalcino, Fuligny, more vigorous and firmer, Pauillac to Argiano’s Pomerol; all three with life ahead of them.
Taken from the November 2013 issue of Decanter magazine