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I attended an event on Saturday afternoon presented by wine writer Antonio Galloni and his wine blog Vinous. The event was titled “Tuscany in the City, Tuscany: A Study in Terroir”.

Fifteen wines were poured with the owners and or wine makers from those properties on hand to talk about their respective wines and properties. The event was held at Del Posto restaurant located at 85 10th Avenue. The wines were poured by several of the city’s top Sommeliers that were in attendance.

It was a sit-down tasting and the wines were poured and tasted in four flights with each flight a different expression of Tuscan wines.

Flight 1: Chianti Classico Reserva

2010 Fontadi Chianti Classico Reserva “Vigna del Sorbo”. Dark red with a nose of violets and toasted sweet cherries with dusty fruit and firm tannin on the finish.

2010 Fattoria di Felisina Chianti Classico Reserva “Rancia”. Dark red with an amber robe with grapey, black licorice and a bit of cooked fruit on the nose, I thought the grapiness blew off after a few minutes. It was tight with a dusty finish. In my opinion the wine needs some more time to come together.

2008 Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Reserva. Medium red with a nose of dried herbs, thyme and was very tight with crisp acids on the finish.

Flight 2: 100% Sangiovese

2010 Isole e Olena “Cepparello”. Dark red with a big nose of black cherry with toasty and dried herbs notes on the fruit.

2010 San Guisto a Rentennano “Percario”. Dark red with a floral perfume of red cherry and cooked vegetable with tight and dusty fruit with a mouth-full of tannin with mineral and salty notes.

2010 Poggio Scalette “Il Carbonaione”. Dark red to black with notes of roasted meat and burnt rubber on the nose and was chunky and somewhat unbalanced.

2010 Podere Forte “Petrucci”. Medium red with a perfume of red cherry and dried herbs with juicy fruit framed with balanced tannin and acid.

Flight 3: Sangiovese & Bordeaux Blends

2010 Antinori “Tignanello”. Dark red to black with black cherry and mint with a dash of barnyard on the nose.

2009 Castello dei Rampolla “Sammarco”. Medium to dark red with a big perfume, floral, tar, slate with some barnyard, tight with a big hit of mouth puckering tannin, a bit jarring.

2010 Agricola Querciabella “Camartina”. Dark red with red cherry, mint and dried herbs with some barnyard on the nose, chunky, tight with firm and balanced tannin and acid at the end.

 2010 Castello di Ama “L’Apparita”. Dark red with prunes, dark plums and mint on the nose with bright, tart fruit.

Flight 4: Bordeaux Blends

2010 Tenuta San Guido “Sassicaia”. Dark red with red cherry and roasted meat on the nose and was plummy with tart cherry on the finish.  A little disappointed in the wine.

2010 Le Macchiole “Paleo Rosso”. 100% Cabernet Franc, dark red to black in color with bell pepper and tar on the nose and was chewy and dusty with mint notes and a big grip at the end.

2010 Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia “Ornellaia”. Dark red to black with roasted coffee and dark chocolate on the nose, velvety with notes of crushed rock, slate and dark berries on the fruit with mouth filling tannin on the finish.

2011 Tenuta di Trinoro “Rosso Toscana”. Dark red with a purple robe with roasted, ripe vegetable on the nose with bright cherry fruit that was chewy and chunky with tight tannin and firm acids on the finish.

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