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Expert Picks: Cupano and Tenuta San Guido

Posted on | June 30, 2015 | Written by Will Di Nunzio | No Comments

will expertRevisiting wines is one of the many treats of collecting and buying a case or half case, and this revisiting is one of the most fun aspects of wine. When I look at bottles in my cellar, I find myself asking, “Where is it now? How is it showing?” Last week I had lunch with a very good friend who introduced me to a few new wine enthusiasts, and we enjoyed an incredible spread made by IWM Chef Mike Marcelli that included a very large selection of antipasti, squid ink spaghetti, strengozze (flat hand cut pasta) with veal Ragu, lombata di vitello (veal chops) and Waygu sirloin. Needless to say, we had a great meal. The wines? Well, two that stood out were the Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2003 and the Sassicaia 2005. Both of these wines were incredible and made the lunch even more special.

Cupano 2003 Brunello di Montalcino $139

Toscana – Sangiovese Grosso

This Brunello is easily one of the fastest selling wines at IWM in the past year and amazing value. Anyone who has enjoyed Cupano has agreed that this is a rockin’ Brunello and won’t hesitate to grab a case of it. You might be saying to yourself, “But this is an ’03—wasn’t it really hot in ’03?” Yes, it was, but you’d be surprised at the structure and fruit forwardness of this bottle. We poured this with nine other wines at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, and it was the one we finished first. This wine is drinking amazingly right now, and I highly recommend grabbing some bottles while we have a little left.

Tenuta San Guido 2005 Sassicaia $269

Toscana – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

This wine needs little introduction because we all know Sassicaia. What you may not know is that almost every bottle of ‘05 in Italy is an amazing surprise. In between two great vintages 2004 and 2006, the 2005 vintage went unappreciated and unnoticed upon release. It’s a good thing because these ’05 babies are phenomenal and always an incredible value. The 2005 Sassicaia was perfect—balanced, smooth, structured and perfectly filled with fruit—it was an ideal pairing with the veal ragu, wow! There was enough acidity that it can go for another 5-10 years easily, but it’s so good now. If you have some you should drink it, if you don’t then you should get some. This ’05 Sassicaia is one of my favorites so far this year.


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