Two more to the taste…
TRIUMPH OF CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG RISERVA 1999
OF CAMPOMAGGIO ESTATE
The Chianti Classico Riserva 1999 of Campomaggio Estate was awarded the Gold Medal stimulating great curiosity and interest. Vintages ’95 and ’97 were already rewarded with, respectively, the Silver Medal in Chicago, in occasion of the World Wine Championship, and the Bronze Medal at the International Wine Challenge in London.The Gold Medal obtained in France represents an exceptional target that, rewarding the Riserva, also rewards the most classical expression of historical wines from Campomaggio.
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2012
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Fume Blanc 2004
Vibrant pineapple, tropical fruit and honeydew fruit character, with complex floral and mineral nuances. Beautiful balance of crisp acidity and creaminess from sur lie aging.
Review – The Wine Enthusiast: Here’s the latest Mondavi Fume in the frosted bottle. As always, it’s super-dry and grassy, with kiwi, gooseberry, lemon and lime flavors. Oak barrels and sur lie aging have added rich textural complexities.
Nose: strong citrus. Grapefruit and flowers.
Palate: incredibly soft and silky. The acid structure is wound up a bit tight. But that is only immediatly after opening. There are lemon and vanilla hints here. Apricot and minty green hints linger around the edges.
Finish: silky and thin (in a good way – like honeyed water from a feel perspective). This is a fine Fume Blanc, though a bit pricey. If you’re unfamiliar with Fume Blanc from a flavor and body perspective, think of Champagne. It’s like that but without the bubbles.