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Average critic rating : 94.0 points
The 1998 Percarlo is very beautiful. I don’t quite find the personality and character of the surrounding years such as 1996 and 1997, but this is a wine that still impresses, mostly for its overall sense of harmony. At this stage, I don’t imagine the 1998 will improve much, but it has more than enough depth and sheer pedigree to continue to drink well for another decade or so. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2023. ||This complete vertical of Percarlo left me speechless. Brothers Luca and Francesco Martini di Cigala showed me every vintage of Percarlo, back to the inaugural 1983, a wine that has now run its full course. I was deeply struck by the consistency of the wines from year to year, and even more importantly, by the great showing of a number of wines from long forgotten vintages, proving yet again the importance of choosing producer over vintage. Percarlo started off as a selection of the estate’s best vineyards. In 2001 the Cigalas sharpened their approach by focusing on what is now literally a bunch by bunch selection across all of the fruit that comes into the winery, an approach they favor because of the huge inconsistency Sangiovese can often show from vine to vine, and even within the same cluster. I also tasted a few vintages of the Chianti Classico Le Baroncole, the top Sangiovese bottling made in vintages not deemed suitable for Percarlo. Readers who want to learn more about San Giusto and Percarlo may want to take a look at my recent video interview with proprietor Luca Martini di Cigala.||San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo Key Points:||1. 100% Sangiovese from the estate’s best vineyards in Gaiole||2. A powerful, intense expression of Sangiovese||3. Remarkably consistent, even in lesser years||4. Aging potential: 20+ years Wine Advocate.June, 2012
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