Hope to see you at the tasting bar this Saturday for an opportunity to see how Volpaia and Bonelli fare from the great 2016 Tuscan vintage (rated 97 points by Wine Advocate). 2015 and 2016 are now considered the best back-to-back vintages in generations. Below is the Wine Spectator’s review of the 2015.
“Though saturated with black currant and blackberry fruit and backed by opaque tannins, this red is pure and balanced. Thyme, iron, leather and tar notes give this complexity, while the finish goes into overtime. Best from 2023 through 2040. 2,500 cases imported.” – 96 points, Wine Spectator — BS Ranked #3/Top 100 2018
The 2016 Volpaia Riserva display a bright, clear, deep ruby red color, while ripe dark red cherry fruit aromas and flavors are primary, front and center. However, within 30 minutes of airing, the olfactory becomes more defined, precise and focused with greater depth and concentration. The Volpaia is beautifully balanced and harmonious with an expansive and rich, but elegant and supple tannin gliding cross the palate. Good acid balance and and fresh vibrancy help to extend the lengthy finish. Aroma and flavor profiles dark cherries, balsamic and a slightly charred wood spice. Serve the Volpaia Riserva with a main course of roast veal or porchetta. Very appealing to drink now, but should improve for 3-5 years, the Volpaia’s precise balance makes it a candidate for extended cellaring.