Went to the barber this morning in our nearby village of San Giustino Valdarno with my son Jack. (He didn’t like his haircut. Too short!). It was about 10 am in the morning, sunny and warm already. I think that the wet weather is finally ending and spring is definitely here. Of course, I said that last week.
Anyway, Marcello the barber had this sort of sly look on his face as he was cutting my 11-year-old’s hair. About five minutes into the cutting, he said, “Do you mind trying my brother in-law’s wine?”
“Not at all,” I said – thinking that I had not even had my cappuccino yet.
So Marcello opened the unlabeled bottle and poured the red into two glasses.
It was a good ruby color with floral, berry and cherry aromas. It was medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a lightly toasted oak character. The wood in the wine seemed a little green but overall the wine was clean and precise.
I explained all this to Marcello in Italian. And I said I would probably give the wine 86 or 87 points, if I had it in a blind tasting.
Marcello thought the wine was from the 2003 vintage. I said I thought it was more like 2004 because it was so perfumed, clean and fresh. The 2003s are generally more jammy or alcoholic because of the hot, dry year.
His brother-in-law called and said it was 2004. It was 65 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Sangiovese. He only made one barrel. Marcello explained to him that I liked the wine and I thought it was very precise. He had a big smile on his face.
I think all of us will have a big smile on our faces with 2004 from Tuscany. There are going to be some excellent wines from just about everywhere. Wait and see in a few months for some of the first notes coming from my tastings this summer.
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