*#9 on the Top 100 of 2006, Highly Recommended* The aromas leave me speechless, with freshly cut roses and lilacs that follow through to crushed blackberry and cherry undertones. Full-bodied but extremely balanced, with velvety yet caressing tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes. Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Consulting oenologist Carlo Ferrini oversees winemaking at Brancaia, which owns vineyards in the Chianti Classico and Morellino di Scansano zones. The 2004 Il Blu is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc that spent 20 months in French oak barrels. Its gorgeous, silky texture opens to reveal layers of vibrant sweet fruit that caress the palate in a captivating display of elegance and finesse. The tannins are ripe and sweet making it a very pleasurable wine even at this young stage, but it is sure to come together even more with another few years of bottle age. I have long been a fan of this estate and the 2004 Il Blu may very well be the finest wine yet from Brancaia. (AG)
Merlot seems to supercharge this blend with Sangiovese, starting out lean and then blasting fruit as it takes on air. A touch of Cabernet Sauvignon adds to the chewiness of the lean, Tuscan tannin; decant it long before dinner for veal with mushrooms.
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