The second pairing I decided to stick to the Tuscany IGT. Tignanello 2005 Magnum and Podere Il Carnasciale Il Caberlot 2005 Magnum. The largest wine family in Italy versus probably the most unique grape in Italy (or even in the world).
Tignanello 2005 is stable as always, and even a bit too formulaic. Very very similar to a Bordeaux wine. The quality is reaching the level of a 3rd/2nd growth. Tobacco, blackcurrants, earthy, slight mint, berries and leather. The softness due to the 2005 vintage makes the wine so approachable and comfortable right now.
The Il Caberlot 2005 has successfully demonstrated its uniqueness. Definitely something I have never tried before. Unlike the common description that saying it is a mixture of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, I think Caberlot is Caberlot, instead of being similar to some existing grapes. Maybe also because of the vintage, the wine as a whole is soft, elegant and expressive. Fresh berries jam made from small wild berries, small flowers, green herbs such as fennel and a bit spiciness (pepper and nutmeg). Velvet texture, medium weight, but the flavors become richer while staying in the glass. So there is power hidden behind the softness and fruits!
The guests thanked me for bringing Tignanello which they are familiar with. However, Il Caberlot has eventually turned out to be the better one, as most of them like how special it is.
One of the guest has pointed out a very interesting point after knowing the present market price of Tignanello: "If we can buy an excellent Bordeaux 3rd or even 2nd Growth by paying the price of Tignanello, why do we need to choose Tignanello? I would pay more for the Caberlot." I am not saying this is 100% correct, but at the same time this is a precious opinion from customer. So what is the raison d'etre (value of existing) of Super Tuscan? Do the customers in Hong Kong really like Bordeaux-like wine only? And should the wineries aim to create more commercial Bordeaux-like wine?
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