The $10,000 Cellar, Part One

Tipping the scales with $100 wines


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San Giusto a Rentennano

If you’ve followed my recent tastings, one in particular where Percarlo vastly underperformed, you’re probably asking yourself what the hell this is doing here. Percarlo, even when embarrassed by bad showings in vintages like the wildly over-rated 1997, still has the potential to be a great bottle of Sangiovese.

The wines through the 1980s and up to 1996 were all well crafted, if notably more modern with each passing vintage. 1997 and 1998 were aberrations, though 1999 saw a return to sorts. It may very well be too early to tell if more recent wines which seem to be full of potential have the balance and raw material to evolve like their older brethren, but my gut tells me they do. There are painfully few obviously modern wines that make me want to keep trying them. Percarlo remains one of them.

Tip: San Giusto a Rentennano makes a great Chianti Classico Riserva. It’s made in small quantities so it can be a challenge to find, but it is worth the effort!

Percarlo $85

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  • Snooth User: JonDerry
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    Been waiting for the $100 and under Barolo rec's, also good to see some sub-$100 Northern Rhone suggestions...looking forward to installment II

    Apr 05, 2012 at 1:34 AM

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