La Porte du Ciel, Gaja & Ferrari
Lot’s of great wines before and after yesterday’s wine auction. Started with bubbles and gradually built up to deeper and darker wines.
La Porte du Ciel 2002 – Languedoc
This is a very special wine produced in limited quantities from tiny yields of Syrah – 10 to 12 hl/ha, under-goes a long maceration and it is aged for 24 months in new French oak barrels. The wine is bottled unfiltered.
Black purple color. This has an amazing nose with depth and complexity, and it feels like the pinnacle of what exceptional Syrah can be. At 12 years of age this has a well developed, savoury and maturing nose, with beautiful meaty aromas of well hanged game and Spanish charcuterie, plenty of black pepper, dry Provencal herbs with rosemary on the front seat, bits of hot rubber and toast, with a background of blackberry, cranberry and other ripe but fresh black fruits. The taste is seamless: very polished and concentrated texture, the high level of glycerol, rounded tannins and the richness of flavors coat the palate completely with a silky mouth-feel. The plump fruity flavors topped with black pepper and charcuterie build on the palate as this fleshy wine breathes. Long finish with real complex flavors. What I love about it is that it got to a point of maturity where its complexity is very high and its richness on the palate perfectly balanced by silky tannins and fresh acidity remaining extremely appealing. There is plenty of life left. (97-98/100)
2004 Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino
Medium to high ruby red color. The nose is well developed but the wine suffers being served after the Porte du Ciel. Fresh red and black fruit aromas, with tones of tobacco, spices and very floral on the first nose – violets and roses. Supple texture, ripe and assertive tannins, with fresh acidity, firm and somehow austere on the palate. Long finish, ripe and firm tannins. (92/100)
Ferrari Perle Vendemmia 2004
A vintage sparkling wine made by the traditional method. Deep gold color with fine and intense bubbles. Very open and intense nose, rich aromas of smoked vanilla, white apricots, citrus fruits and lemon tart. Creamy and very vinous on the palate, with great richness and balanced with a savoury character, medium to long finish, with an almost bone dry and refreshing after-taste. Definitely a food wine. (92/100)