La Stoppa, Stoppa 2004 (4.4/5)

An 'Artisan' red wine produced by Elena Pantaleoni (see the Film 'Natural Resistance' by J. Nossiter), using Bordeaux varieties bio-dynamically farmed on clay-rich soils in the Colli Piacentini region (Emilia, Italy). The vines used for this wine are very old (nearly 100 years old). Only indigenous yeasts and low intervention techniques are used during fermentation and the wine is aged for one year in used oak barrels and refined in bottle for at least two years.

Tasting Notes:
The wine appears deep ruby-red (still very vibrant notwithstanding the 11years on its shoulders), very good legs.  
On the nose it's clean offering, with med+ intensity, nice varietals notes of cassis, plums and cedar, violets, mineral haematic hints, some unsmoked tobacco and mediterranean herbs. Liquorice comes through with time in the glass. It has an authenticity and austerity not dissimilar to some old-school St. Julien (Leoville Barton?), with a Mediterranean twist - of course. 
On the palate is dry, with very good acidity keeping the wine lively, medium tannins tamed by a long ageing, medium+ alcohol (wonderfully hidden), med+ body with good flavour intensity on the mid-palate and a med+ finish. 
Very Good quality, Approachable now but will keep evolving and give pleasure for 10+ years. High Price (but unbelievably high quality/price ratio), 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot 20% other Bordeaux varieties, Colli Piacentini, Emilia, Italy.


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