This time Tuscany and Piedmont face each other.
The Aldo Conterno 2000 Quartetto consists of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine is very ripe with rose hip and chestnut. It has medium- to full-body, almost balanced with a little bit of acidity, medium to long finish and nearly elegant. It is rare that a wine combines 4 different grape varieties so perfectly. The wine was not produced for a while, current releases consist of Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. 16.5/20 points or more, if you like ripe wine.
The Domenico Clerico 2010 Barolo Ciabot Mentin is far too young, you should wait another 5-10 years for the next bottle. Now, it has a lot of tannin and is very dense and phenolic. Maybe the wine goes well with a steak right now. With its potential, it will develop very well in the next years. 18.5/20 points.
2016 was a sensational year for Nebbiolo with extremely fine tannins. So is the Pio Cesare 2016 Barbaresco. It has cherry and blossoms, medium- to full-body, polished tannins, balance. It is elegant and very drinkable now. 17.5/20 points.
We really wanted to drink a Reimitz once: The Reimitz 2015 Toscana IGT has a lot of Morello cherries and herbs. It has medium- to full-body with great structure, density and a long finish. The wine is young and has potential, but decanted it is drinkable now. 18/20 points.
The Capannelle Toskana 1988 VdT Barrique is a perfect example of a traditional Tuscany wine from a great year. With rose hip, strawberry and cherry, it has medium- to full-body, balance, medium long finish and a great complexitiy and structure. It need aeration and also gets coffee notes with time. 18.3/20 points.
Some wines are undervalued like this one. The Querciabella 1990 Camartina explodes with cherry, herbs, cassis and phenolic from the glas. It has medium- to full-body, perfect structure, complexity, density and still potential for 5 years or more. 18.5/20 points.