I tasted three bottles of 2000 super Tuscans last week during dinner with Wine Spectator associate editor Mitch Frank, who was visiting from the magazine’s New York office. My colleagues Jo Cooke and Rosanne Quagliata were also there. I barbecued some pork chops and sausages and served them with green bean salad. And I thought some juicy reds were in order. I grabbed bottles of 2000 Argiano Suolo, 2000 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri and 2000 Tenuta del Terriccio Tassinaia from my cellar. They were all ready to drink. In fact, the Suolo seemed to be on the decline, with burning alcohol and drying fruit. But perhaps it was not a perfect bottle?
The fact is that 2000 was not a great vintage for Tuscany. It was just too hot and a lot of producers didn’t know how to deal with the heat. They harvested overripe grapes and then didn’t follow their fermentations properly. Many made fat and unbalanced wines. I think that even most of the big names need drinking soon.
Nonetheless, I always find it interesting how some people confuse vintages in Tuscany. I have met people who think that 2000 is a great vintage. I think they are confusing it with Bordeaux, which as you know made classic wines in 2000. When Bordeaux has a great year, I think that some people just assume that the rest of Europe had a superlative vintage. But that’s not the case. Look at 2005. It was amazing in Bordeaux, but Tuscany only had a very good to just outstanding year. It rained during the harvest in Tuscany, which reduced some of the overall quality potential. Some excellent, even superb wines were produced in Tuscany in 2005, but it could never be at the same level as Bordeaux in that year.
James Peterson — San Antonio, Texas — June 11, 2007 9:17pm ET
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