2007 Castello di Bossi Corbaia
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RP 95 points
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Castello di Bossi 95-Point Sleeper on the Montalcino Honor Roll

As the chapter closes on the fine -- and often stunning -- 2007 harvest in Tuscany, it seems worth a brief look back at one of greatest success stories of the vintage. Following the brilliant, classically-structured 2006s, the class of 2007 benefitted from a warmer growing season that almost proved to be too warm.

If any of us are still calling Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth 'radical,' one needs only spend a few weeks on the wine trails of northern Italy to be convinced otherwise. The first decade of the new millennium provided for a series of unusually hot summers. The warmest, of course, was the inferno of 2003. Second would be 2007.

Had it not been for the cool nights at the tail-end of the season, offering diurnal temperature swings of nearly 35 degrees, spectacularly high sugars would have been far too much for weak backbones. But as the drama played out, ONLY for the most rigorous growers from Chianti Classico to Maremma and on to Montalcino, the harvest would be sublime -- plump, thick-skin berries of immense concentration, still harboring sufficient acidity to freshen up the day.

This would be a truly extraordinary vintage for a handful of "Super Tuscans," Sangiovese-based wines spiked with healthy doses of muscular Cabernet Sauvignon. Sangiovese is a cool climate variety, in many ways more like rustic Pinot Noir than anything Bordelais. But Cabernet Sauvignon -- as we witness each summer in Napa Valley-- loves the heat. As a result, some of the top Tuscan bottles of 2007 were Sangiovese-Cabernet blends. Few would outpoint Alberto Antonini's absolutely stunning Corbaia.

In Q4 of 2012, Robert Parker officially passed The Wine Advocate's Napa Valley baton to the talented Antonio Galloni. While Galloni is already busy stirring the pot on the Silverado Trail, he remains the foremost critic on the planet when it comes to the wines of northern Italy. In 2007, Galloni's top 10 Brunellos would read like a Who's Who of Montalcino: Cerbaiona (97pts), Pieve Santa Restituta (96), Fuligni (95) and Poggio Antico (95). Most would fetch $100+ per bottle.

But neatly sandwiched within the Montalcino honor roll would be this stunning outlier. Antonini's 2007 Corbaia was drawn from 17 manicured limestone acres set at almost 1200 feet in elevation. In the warm 2007 growing season, the cool nights in the high ground and the deep root structure of vines planted in 1970, allowed the Sangiovese to shrug off the heat spikes. As to the Cabernet Sauvignon, all that heat was just what the ingenious Tuscan enologist ordered! Just 2.5 tons per acre of phenomenally concentrated small berry clusters would make it to Antonini's fermenter, setting the stage for one of the more stunning and surprising bottles of 2007.

The Wine Advocate came out blasting, describing the 2007 Corbaia as "a very serious wine ... (where) the floral, expressive aromatics of Sangiovese are backed up by the tannic heft and sheer richness of the Cabernet." The 95 point score would place Antonini's brilliant blend just a point behind Pieve Santa Restituta, and hand in hand with Poggio Antico and prized Fuligni.

Tasting Notes

"The 2007 Corbaia is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new French oak. It is once again a very serious wine. The floral, expressive aromatics of Sangiovese are backed up by the tannic heft and sheer richness of the Cabernet. This is a big, yet sensual, wine that will require considerable patience for the tannins to soften, despite the early appeal of the vintage elsewhere. The sheer purity and depth of the fruit are breathtaking in this stunning Tuscan red. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027."
95 points -- Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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