We were blown away by the 2001 Moris Avvoltore Maremma Toscana
when we tried it a little over a year ago
, so when I happened upon a bottle from the previous vintage, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up, take it home and open it with the first grilled leg o’ lamb we could get our hands on, sharing it and the following selection with our friend Deb Hart.
2000 Moris Avvoltore Maremma Toscana2000 Moris Avvoltore Maremma Toscana, 75% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, $45.99, 13.5% alc.:
This deep dark garnet is every bit as pleasing as the ’01 was; the lovely aromatics follow through onto the palate, offering earthy sticks, smoke, black currants and berries and dried sour cherries. With excellent structure, concentration and balance, this promises a lovely future, with at least three to five years of improvement, but it’s already drinking like a dream.
Imported by J&J Importers, Bloomfield Hills, MI
We sampled the next wine late during a gathering about a year and a half ago
, and while we really liked it, we recorded no particular impressions beyond that. (The 2001 Poggio Bertaio Crovello
, on the other hand, was duly noted, and quite enthusiastically so.) So, like with the ’00 Avvoltore, when I saw this, I snatched it right up, and we enjoyed it on the same occasion as the previous wine.
2001 Poggio Bertaio Cimbolo Sangiovese Umbria, $28.99, 14% alc.:
Slightly rusty dark garnet in color, showing earthy underbrush, “sticksy” dried sour cherries and dark chocolate flavors and aromas. It has a rich core of fruit, being nicely structured and well balanced, with excellent length on the finish. This lovely wine should improve for several years, but like the Avvoltore, it’s already delicious, especially with that leg o’ lamb.
Imported by Vias Imports, Ltd., New York, NY
-From Following Up Part Deux
Reporting from Day-twah,