The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a stunning and superb wine that will simply blow you away. This Riserva is at its prime so you should not miss the opportunity to taste it soon (within the next two to three years) if you have a bottle in your cellar. Aged aromas of old spice and leather are creeping forward, but there’s plenty of kirsch, cherry liqueur, cola, mocha, prune, licorice, menthol, bramble and rosemary twig to keep those tertiary aromas from taking over completely. In fact, there’s loads of life still packed within the brooding, thick texture you behold before your eyes. The tannins are fine and smooth. It’s a beauty now, and although I’m assigning a longer drinking window because that’s what it merits, I also think it’s too good to pass up now. Decant four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2024. (ML)
*Editors' Choice* Fresh asphalt, burning timber, bitter chocolate, and anything else that connotes 'darkness' is what this heavyweight is about. And as rough as that may sound aromatically, on the palate it’s polished like a gemstone, with just enough grit and guts to push it forward. The fruit, meanwhile, is sensational, a panoply of black plums and cherries infused with cocoa and vanilla. This offers a clear look into 21st-century Brunello, and the picture is breathtaking. (MS)
Fabulous aromas of crushed berries, sliced meat and flowers lead to a full body. Supervelvety, with loads of ripe fruit and tannins. Yet this is soft and thoroughly delightful. Subtle and rich. Valdicava is style. No use in waiting. (JS, Web-2010)
This is powerful stuff, super silky with notes of fresh herbs, dried berries, and black licorice. The finish is a little rough, but the nose is great.
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