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February 07, 2005

99 Villa St. Anna, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Raw. Tuscan. Power. Expressively funky like a ripe Priorat. Very earthy and leathery with some mild, muddled cherry fruit. Grippy tannins and looming acid. This is aggressive sangiovese that could go toe-to-toe with brunello any day.

2 Comments:

Blogger caveman said...

strange, most vino nobile tends to be much softer and riper sangiovese than brunello. Try the Carpineto 99, soft, rich and juicy.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

You're right, but 99 was a powerful vintage and some crazy wines did come out of it. For that more seductive style of nobile, I like the 99 Romeo http://750ml.blogspot.com/2005/01/99-romeo-vino-nobile-di-montepulciano.html

However, the rusticity of the 99 Villa St. Anna is not surprising for a wine imported by Rosenthal. His taste is distinctively sauvage.

10:27 AM  

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