Degustation with a Super Tuscan

30 December 2011, Degustation Wine & Tasting Bar, Manhattan

On this particular Friday night, Diane and I decided to go to a small restaurant in the East Village – Degustation.  There was only seating at one long bar (for about 12-14 people) and the meal was cooked in front of you.  All the dishes were “small plates” so we went for the ten course tasting menu (not all that much food in the end).

They had corkage and we ended up bringing a 1999 Isole e Olena Cepparello. 100% Sangiovese, Cepparello is their flagship wine that’s only produced in the best years:

1999 Isole e Olena Cepparello

A medium ruby color and pronounced nose of leather and spice gave it that unique nose I associate with Sangiovese.  The wine started out extremely tight from what I would expect from a 12 year old wine – bright tannins and good acidity although not entirely balanced.

After about an hour and a half in the decanter, the tannins became much more integrated and it was drinking perfectly.  In retrospect, this probably needed about a full two hour decant but it was interesting to see it develop.

** 1999 Isole e Olena Cepparello, $65