First, a brief word to the wise: Brace yourself for impact before dipping your nose in this one!
The first whiff is like duck-diving a 15-meter wave of Tuscan sun; the ready to burst fruit washing over the palate only to tumble the tastebuds in an undercurrent of power and concentration. This ain’t no sundry drive, folks.
07 was for many an ideal vintage; a near-perfect growing season yielded plentiful amounts of potently aromatic, lively acidic, and powerfully alcoholic wines of broader dimension yet somehow still wonderfully balanced. This can certainly be said as well for Salicutti. With a velvety, dense, almost sappy concentration despite which, maintaining a healthy distance form anything remotely marmalade-like. The sharp edges and brilliant delineation make this a rather buxom yet thoughtful bombshell. Possessing a sexiness which almost instills panic; a pang of guilty pleasure which literally wafts from the glass, its curves are simply nothing short of erotic. Supple, fleshy, almost liqueured cherry fruit counter the savoury beef bouillon meatiness. Christmas holly and cinnamon stick add a hint of emotional nostalgia; a wintery charm leaving one yearning for the bearskin rug and roaring fireplace to complete the picture.
And like massive old architecture, this one is built to last. Give it another easy 10 years to switch off the afterburners and reach full cruising altitude, but it is pure joy to consume now as well. Not needing of much decanting currently, either. I would simply pour straight from the bottle into generously large glasses, I like the Riedel Brunello or Sommelier Bordeaux myself. Trust me, this beast needs the room to roam. A full-throttle effort by Francesco & Co. which doesn’t waver from the house M.O. for one second: Balance, refinement, and unabashed authenticity. Simply brilliant.
Autor: Justin Leone
- VARIETY Sangiovese
- NAME OF VINEYARD Piaggione Vineyard/Teatro Vineyard
- YIELD PER HECTARE 45 hl / 1,189 gallons
- NUMBER OF BOTTLES PRODUCED 8,300
- CONTAINERS Inox
- SELECTED YIESTS No
- TEMPERATURE OF FERMENTATION 30 ° C / 86 F
- MACERATION 12 days
- PRESSING OF MARC Hydraulic press
- MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION Yes
- CONTAINERS 5 hl / 132 gallons Allier | 40 hl / 1,057 gallons Slavonian barrels | 10 - 20 hl / 264 - 528 gallons French oak barrels
- DURATION 33 months
- CLARIFICATION No
- FILTERING No
- AGING IN BOTTLE 15 months
- ALCOHOL VOLUME 14.44
- TOTAL ACIDITY (g/l) 5.15
- NET VOLATILE ACIDITY (g/l) 0.49
- PH 3.60
- TOTAL SULPHUR DIOXIDE (mg/l) 45
- FREE SULPHUR DIOXIDE (mg/l) 15
- NET DRY EXTRACT (g/l) 28.13
- TOTAL POLYPHENOLS (mg/l) 3381
- VISUAL TEST Ruby red with garnet reflections
- SMELLING TEST Fruity, intense (red fruits) with spices notes
- TASTING TEST Soft tannins, floral scents. Long and persistent
- JUSTIN LEONE TASTING TEST Roasted Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Beans and kirsch liqueur offer a hearty hello. A crack of black pepper on the basket of strawberries, sprinkled with white peonies and thyme. A slight snap of cinnamon stick on the palate, with a handful of mixed red berries. A slight mushroomy note as well, but the forest floor qualities are slightly more subdued by the brutal heat of the vintage. Tannins are sandy fine, and providelittle to no roadblock in the path of enjoyment. This is an absolutely lip-smackin' good wine, which is surprisingly great to drink now, giving us something to enjoy while we patiently await the 2006! Awesome wine. As hedonistic as elegant wine can get. Not as chewy as the 2006, but more like a sexy librarian fantasy.