1992 Percarlo

San Giusto a Rentennano

94Average Score
flagCentral Italy / Italy

The 1992 Percarlo (magnum) is the product of a very difficult year, but that hasn’t stopped the wine from aging beautifully, especially in the big bottle. A gorgeous bouquet redolent of freshly cut flowers, licorice, red berries and mint leads to layers of finely nuanced fruit. The 1992 is a bit compact on the palate, but it makes up for that with its energy and sheer verve. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. ||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

Antonio Galloni, Vinous    Score: 94/100

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