Barone Ricasoli Toscana Casalferro 1999 wine review by (PB)
(NW) grabbed this bottle as an after thought as we were planning on having Steak Florentine taking advantage of the unseasonably warm Boston weather and the Webber Grill. He had first selected a Pride Mountain Merlot, but as the evening shaped up, it turned out to be more thematic with a view toward Italy and decided on this choice.
The wine is a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot from Tuscany of course. It has a nice opaqueish garnet look with a complex bouquet that is powerfully reminiscent of of a Barolo. (That's quite a complement!) This wine was one you could just enjoy smelling half the night as layers just kept emerging.
Sweet fruit is prominent with a unique green olive aroma which was not quite green olives but I don't what else to call it; it was just wonderful whatever it was! Then there was a nice big layer of black licorice which I love in a wine. All this before tasting it. Ahhhhhhhh.
In the mouth it didn't disappoint. Licorice, anise, plush tannins great structure with a fruity and licoricey finish.
(NW) found this for $25 though the reference price is more like $45. At $45, this would have been a nice wine; at $25 someone shoot me for not buying all you can find.
It was a marvelous evening, the steak was tasty, the broccollini great, and the company fab. Raise a glass to be sure!