In typical fashion, we started off with a few blind wines:
Gold. An oaky, and a little evolved nose of ripe apples, mushrooms and earth. Fine mousse. The palate is slightly sweet, fruit forward but with fantastic acidity balancing it. Outstanding.
I guessed it as 1989 or 1990 Champagne! Ooops.
A rather salty nose of rye bread and red berries - seemingly falling apart. Yet it didn't deteriorate from that during the evening :confused: The palate was much better with lovely sweet, old fruit, resolved structure, layered, and great length. Ok nose; very good palate.
An immensely beatiful nose: leafy, red berries, elegant though full on. The palate had fine fruit and lovely, almost Sangiovese-like red berriness, but was unfortunately rather low in acidity. Good, but not great. In no danger of falling apart.
A nose of lead and blueberries, some peach and dung - a bit simplistic. The palate has fine concentration of fruit and good acid, but isn't quite as layered as some of the others. A bit simple but fine enough.
Dung and lilacs on the nose, peach, blueberry - a nose as classic Sassicaia as can be - but not favoured by all! The palate was very also with lovely balance: the overt fruitiness balanced by equally great acidity. Sassiciaia isn't really a wine made to my tastes, but this was perhaps the only wine in this tasting that I would gladly share a bottle of! Excellent.
A full on and floral nose, rather inelegant, but with the typical Tuscan red berryness well in evidence. Sweet, fruity, long, fresh, elegant perhaps, but also a bit simple. Good.
A nose of blueberries, salt and leaves. Still a bit tannic, with fine fruit, fine oak, rather intense, but still manages to be rather non-descript! Good, but not great.
A bit of dung, pleasantly leafy, much blueberry, very ripe. The palate is still rather tannic, but it has fine fruit and acidity which will surely survive until the tannins resolve themselves. I am a bit concerned about the aftertaste though - it is rather short despite the promise on both the nose and mid-palate.
Simple fruit, leafy, pleasant enough. Rather green (positive for me!) and tannic palate. Not very layered. A fine effort for what I understand to be an off-vintage. Good.
Honeyed, very fat, leafy, slightly toasted nose which has bit of cassis. The palate is sweet, un-Sassicaiaish, very ripe, very fine, but has too much fat on it. Very good, but I do prefer the vintages with more acidity to them. But in all fairness, I do understand why some make such a fuss of this wine.
Very full on scent, fat, noticably oaky, blue tinged as the wine so often is, with just a slight hint of dung. The palate is also very fat, fairly tannic, but with very fine acidity and length. Obviously a wine in the same mold as the 1985. Very good.
Confected nose of Coca-Cola - very sweet and confected and quite unpleasant: like a bad Burgundy! The palate is sweet, watery and weak. Quite unpleasant.
Most preferred the 1991 to the 1992. Not me. It was a touch green (remember: not a negative term for me!), rather tough, charmless maybe, but delightfully savoury - a food wine if there ever was one. The palate had sweetish fruit, was very savoury and still quite tannic, but some (not me) will say it is unripe. I rather liked it. But then again, I do also like the "lean and mean" Loire reds!
Leafy and a bit oaky and sweetly fruity scent. The palate has fine fruit, fine acid, but is a bit watery and simple. Very drinkable, pleasant infact, but rather uninspiring.
Leafy, a bit green. Not a favourite (not even mine, lol!!), but not the worst of the lot either. The palate is a bit green with fine tannins. Long, savoury. Decent for me, but a bad Sassicaia.
Confected nose, some savoury notes like exhaust fumes. The palate is confected also and is a bit dilute. Drinkable certainly, even has a little bit of charm, but frankly for the name, I would expect so much more. Poor (unless it would cost 15 euros!!!).
Well, here S. seems to have gotten its act together again! A lovely, savoury nose with a slight, but not overpowering, touch of blueberry liqueur. Finely balanced palate, with lovely acidity! Some found the acidity a bit too much, but for me that was what endeared me to the wine! Lovely.
Some forest floor character that I so often get with youngish Tuscans. Also some pine. Fine fruity yet savoury scents. The palate is sweetish but a bit flat due to very light acidity. Decent.
Youghurt. Some savoury notes to the sweet fruit also. Rather anonymous, though there is fine depth to it. The palate is sweet but also a bit flat. Good, pure fruit though, if you're into that sort of stuff. Spoofulated and rather anonymous.
A lovely nose of Cantillon's Gueuze (brettanomyces bruxellensis). I loved the nose: so deep and so Tuscan. The palate was a let down: light, spoofulated, smooth, so forgettable.
Forest floor and pine character again on the nose, warm and open. The palate is overtly fruity, with fine structure and surprisingly good acidity for such a warm year. Good.
Closed. Some earth and dark fruit peeking through. A rather elegant type of S., sweet fruit yet structured. Shows some promise.
Yoghurt on the nose, some savoury elements, good fruit but it somewhat hidden under the overt oakiness. The palate is berryish, light, slightly vegetal. I liked the other elements except the oak. Is a very decent effort for the year.
We then had a few fully blind wines to finish off the tasting with:
Niepoort Vertente 2002
Dark. Chemical nose, some hedge and savouriness. The palate is very sweet, rather harshly tannic. Not pleasant.
Dönnhof Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Eiswein 2001
Lovely young Riesling characteristics of hedge, olive stone (which I find is a precursor to budding petrolliness) - very savoury, and shows few signs of the sweetness on the palate. The palate is a bit too pineappley, but has very fine acidity and minerality and is supported by the fine sweetness. Very good.
Robert Weil Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese 2004
Light as water. The nose has olive stone, hedge and lots of minerals. It is very slightly sweet (thought it has c.100 g/l RS!!!), high in acid, a bit tart some would say, but I say this is frigging fantastic stuff!
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.