The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino captures an attractive middle ground between modern and traditional styles. Sweet scents of oak lead to ripe, succulent cherries, sweet roses, licorice, tar and smoke as this deceptively mid-weight, firm Brunello opens up in the glass. Waves of flavor continue to develop in the glass, balancing the tannins with great class. The only thing that seems a touch out of balance is the oak, but bottle age should help. This is a captivating effort from proprietor Riccardo Campinoti. I can hardly wait to see what future vintages bring. The 2005 Brunello was made exclusively from the estate's holdings at Le Ragnaie, close to Poggio Antico, and among the highest-elevation vineyards in Montalcino. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. This is the first wine I have tasted from Le Ragnaie, and it is a stunner considering the estate's brief history. The small property includes 8.8 hectares of vineyards in three different zones within greater Montalcino; Le Ragnaie and Pietroso (both in Montalcino itself), along with a plot in Castelnuovo dell-Abate. Beginning with the 2008, the estate plans to bottle at least three different single-vineyard selections. The Brunellos are made as naturally as possible, with minimum intervention in the vineyards (certified bio-dynamic in 2009), long macerations that can reach 40 days, and aging in 25-hectoliter Slavonian oak casks. (AG)
Well balanced and well priced, this beautifully balanced Brunello by vintner Riccardo Campinoti offers tones of cherry, forest bush, cola, exotic spice and black licorice. It has a naturally meaty or succulent nature, yet it also speaks of Montalcino tradition. Drink after 2013 to allow the tannins to soften and the oak notes to fully integrate.
Bright medium red. Highly perfumed nose is textbook sangiovese from the southeastern portion of Montalcino, displaying pretty redcurrant, sour red cherry and floral aromas along with a hint of sexy vanillin oak. Enters bright and fresh, with flavors of sweet spices, tobacco and earth and some obvious sweet oak. Impeccably balanced and long on the aftertaste. Though owner Riccardo Campinoti also owns a vineyard called Petroso and other vines in the Castelnuovo dell'Abate area, this '05 Brunello is made only with grapes from the Le Ragnaie vineyard, as the grapes of Petroso suffered from rot, and he hadn't yet bought the vines in Castelnuovo in 2005.
This Brunello offers a good dose of new wood, but there is plenty of ripe fruit for the vintage. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a slightly dry and ripe fruit finish. Needs to come together still. Best after 2011. (Web Only - 2010)
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