Here are my weekend bottles. Best was the Syrah from Fontodi, already mentioned in my above post, while the Savennières was a catastrophe partly through my failure to read past TNs before serving.
“Case Via” Syrah Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 2000 – Tenuta Fontodi, Panzano – Alc. 13.5%
Nearly four years ago, I wrote -
C: Deep red with no bricking.
N: The development was fascinating after decanting and pouring. At first there were reductive egg notes with some leather on a background of rich dark fruit; then some blackberry, red rose and cigar box notes evocative of fine Shiraz emerged with the egg receding and after some more time the aromas integrated into a fine rich whole.
P: After some cradling of the glass to remove the last of the cellar’s chill, a rich, velvety, full bodied, darkly ripe and fruity and fragrant wine emerged with aromas of red rose and sweet cherry, hints of spice, sufficient structural support and length. From memory, the cool year 1996, which I also have in my cellar, is more acidic and closer to the Northern Rhône model with its sour cherry aromas and elegance, but I guess that this is closer to what Syrah regularly produces in the Tuscan environment; at its peak now, I think; 16/20+.
Friday’s bottle was fairly similar but without the initial reductive and Shiraz-like notes. So, I was wrong then about the wine’s being at its peak in 2009. Very good; 16/20++.
Savennières Cuvée Spéciale 1995 – Château d’Epiré – Alc.13% was a very deep yellow and showed a lot of sherry tinged wax notes. I thought of consigning it to the sink but decided to keep back about a half to use in cooking. I should have read my TN of a year ago where I advised decanting after recording a similar experience at first followed by a remarkable recovery of the remains in the bottle after about three days in the fridge. On this initial showing mediocre 12/20.
Terrae Dei Nero d’Avola IGT Sicilia 2009 – Corvo – Alc.13%, picked up from the bin-ends for €5 at a supermarket, was enjoyable partly because it was different from what I usually drink. The nose was well developed with orange peel, rose petal and slightly but agreeably rubbery notes. The medium/full bodied palate showed good fruit which added ripe blackberry to the aromas from the nose and better than expected acidity with adequately firm tannic structure. Quite good and nice once in a while 14.5/20.