16 Ratings
Podere Sapaio Volpolo Bolgheri

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(NV Vintage) Restrained, exhibiting black currant, cherry, cedar and sage aromas that pick up licorice, spice and mineral flavors. This is concentrated and focused, with a beam of acidity and an iron accent on the finish.

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    I’ve been camped out, wading my way through 2007 Brunello and the vintage appears to present itself as the Tuscan equivalent to 2007 in the Southern Rhone – it will be lavishly praised, there’s no doubt about it. Many consumers and educated palates will prefer it to 2006 as the fruit is more ostentatious and rich but many of the wines have a sneaky little problem with alcohol transparency that I do not find in the 2006s. In an all-too-general statement, 2006 is a touch more classic in composition and 2007 is a tad more carnival. Many of the long-time vintners in Montalcino believe 2006 and 2007 are the two finest back to back years in the region since the 1960s but I find it hard to make that assessment as wine is made in such a different fashion circa 2012. What I'm sure of is the large number of successful wines in 2007 (that will undoubtedly receive higher scores than 2006) and an overall vintage assessment from the pundits that will be as high (or higher) than 2006 (despite somewhat opposing styles – think 1989 and 1990 in Bordeaux). If nothing else, the back-to-back tandem of 2006 Brunello Riserva and regular 2007 Brunello (released close to each other) will present the consumer with a great number of choices for the cellar (2006, 2007) and also the hear and now (2007). I don’t want to give the wrong impression regarding 2007 as a short-term solution - the vintage produced some incredible wine (just like 2007 in CdP) but it’s personality is more in your face than 2006. It is somewhat of a blend between 1990 and 1999 in Montalcino with very good results north and south of the town. In fact, there are 4-6 wines I’ve tasted that are among the finest examples of Brunello this decade and the equal of anything produced in 2006 (more on that to come). While the 2007s are a little more fun to enjoy at present than 2006, my only complaint is a trifle of fat and ethanol that I wish had better integration. For most of you, that will not be a concern but for my quickly ageing endocrine system, I’d rather give it less of a whiplash. As is usually the case, the southern producers of Brunello have more overripe character and those closer to the town. The estates higher on the Montalcino hill and also those just to the north produced some of the best wines of the vintage. The extra bit of elevation really shows itself in 2007 as the higher vineyards received just as much sun but the cooler nights gave the wine less alcohol and better matching acidity and balance. With the above in mind, I would call 2007 a modern vintage – it’s no 2009 Bordeaux but it has more than a passing similarity to 1990 – the vintage that changed the face of Tuscan wine forever. With the reality that not all of us wish to wait 20 years for our “classic” vintages to mature, 2007 Brunello and the broader array of 2007 Tuscan wine gives the taster an opportunity to enjoy deeply pitched, even explosive fruit (and tannin) now and over the mid term which is not really the case for 2006 (more of a cellar candidate, although the overdone character of many 2006s may call into question their ability to withstand the long term). Where 2007 has its calling card is on your sweet-spot – it’s a vintage that can age but also can be enjoyed in youth due to the lusher, expressive (warm) nature of the fruit. As words can only take us so far, at some point we have to taste what I'm talking about - if you want to try a prime example of 2007 without taking out a second mortgage, try this Cabernet-dominant wine form the Tuscan coast. Made in an unabashed style with plenty of Bolgheri dust and a healthy dose of modernity, this wine illustrates that less isn’t always more. While I cringe at Tuscan examples of this ilk in the {$60-100+} range, as a bridge to the old and new, there will be plenty of people at your dinner table that will ask for seconds and thirds of the 2007 Volpolo. At {$29+}, it’s just about right as a competitive alternative to something like Ornellaia’s Le Serre Nuove or even Cabernet blends from the Oakville Grade. Remember to decant the wine for a few hours to allow the quercus interplay to soften... WS: “($45); Offers currant and raspberry on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a licorice and berry aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best after 2010. 90pts” Community link for all vintages of Volpolo: http://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Table=Notes&szSearch=volpolo Winery link: http://www.sapaio.it/eng/home.html#section1 ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this tariff directly from the winery cellar with perfect provenance: 2007 Podere Sapaio “Volpolo” (Bolgheri) - {$29.96} [(WS90)(WS/NR)(IWC/NR)] (compare at {$40-50} in the US)

    almost 4 years