My most recent tasting notes for the wines in question follow.
Barone Ricasoli, Casalferro, Toscana, 2001: A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, this medium-bodied, dark cherry red, softly tannic wine shows appealing hints of spicy oak, those coming together nicely with red and black berries and hints of Mediterranean herbs. Soft, round and moderately long. Drink now-2005. Score 87. (Tasted 11 Apr 2004)
Barone Ricasoli, Casalferro, 2004: Almost as tempting as the renowned 1997 wine. Dark garnet, full-bodied, with soft tannins integrating beautifully and showing a generously spicy personality. On the nose and palate blackberries and black currants along with notes of chocolate and minerals coming in on the long, mouth-filling finish. Best 2009-2015. Score 93. (Tasted twice with consistent notes 15 and 18 Apr 2007)
Barone Ricasoli, Chianti Classico, Brolio, 2003: Dark ruby towards garnet in color, medium- to full-bodied, with generous toasty oak, soft tannins and appealing blackberry and mineral aromas and flavors. Drink now-2007. Score 87. (Re-tasted 26 May 2006)
Barone Ricasoli, Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio, 1999: A lovely Chianti Classico, dark garnet towards royal purple, medium- to full-bodied, with gently mouth-coating tannins and showing generous berry, black cherry and cassis fruits, those on a background of minted chocolate. Long and generous. Drink now-2009. Score 90. (Tasted 10 May 2003)
Citra, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Caroso, 2005: A tempting quaffer or entry-level wine. Medium-bodied, with soft, almost unfelt tannins and a refreshing berry-cherry personality. A tempting quaffer or entry-level wine. Drink now. Score 84. (Tasted 16 Aug 2008)
Fattoria dei Barbi, Brunello di Montalcino, 2001: Dark ruby towards garnet, on first attack you might be tempted to say medium-bodied and with too firm tannins but given a few minutes in the glass the wine blossoms. Full-bodied, with tannins that seem to melt in the mouth to take on a gently mouth-coating nature and revealing generous blackberries, blueberries and cassis. Approachable now but best only from 2008 and then cellaring comfortably until 2014, perhaps longer. Score 91. (Tasted twice with consistent notes, 11 Apr 2005)
Fattoria dei Barbi, Brunello di Montalcino, 2002: A major disappointment from Barbi, a wine that reflects every possible problem of a poor vintage year. Almost watery garnet in color, with flabby tannins and far too acidic showing a too-deep earthy-mushroom note that tends to hide whatever fruits may be lurking here. Drink now if at all. Score 74. (Tasted three times with consistent notes 11 and 12 Apr 2005)