An exploration of wine

252. Melini, Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneti La Selvanella, 1999

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Book 2 Wine 252

€24.90; 13%

One from the ‘expensive section’ of the Diageo Staff Shop, and frankly pretty disappointing, given that it’s not only a Riserva, but also from the ’99 vintage. Totally overshadowed by the Castello di Ama drunk a few weeks later (not Riserva). But then again, it may just need time to let the oak (heavy & clumsy at this stage!) integrate? Mid-depth garnet core and a thin brick rim. Initial woody / toasty nose that tended to dominate the otherwise complex, intense meaty and maybe animally or mushroom nose: a bit like steak and mushroom sauce. Opened into distinctly hazelnut. Dry, slightly rough (oak?) tannins and notable acidity. Oaky, mushroomy flavours over a ?bitter cherry? core. Medium-long oaky finish. Smoothed-out over time. Might get a second bottle and hold for a couple of years…?

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