Monday, 22nd February 2010, I arrived at Caffé Caruso little before 4pm from the office and was lucky enough to have a few glasses of wine with the guys (who were in various stages of tipsy by the time). Unfortunately, Jojo had already left.
After a starter glass of 2004 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay (Miguel's roero Arneis was already all gone by the time)...
1997 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva - Admirably firm structure and typicity. Leanish with great backbone. Earthy, cherry, leather, hint of tobacco leaf, violets, cedar, slight anise nuance and a hint of roast meat. Clean lines all the way to the finish. Very nice indeed. Wish I had some food to go with it.
2003 Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Vigneto Manachiara - Rene's bottle I believe. I do not think this was decanted. Young, vigorous and stylish, showing the vintage heat. The fruit is rich and deeply-veined; probably this saw a bit more (new?) oak because of that. Full-bodied, plush, concentrated, black cherry, dark plum, spicy wood notes, hint of underlying black coffee. Heady stuff, especially since I didn't have lunch that day.