90 points Wine Spectator: "Has blackberries and fresh mushrooms, with hints of flowers on the nose following through to a full body, with soft, silky tannins and a fresh finish. A little short, but outstanding nonetheless. Give it a little more bottle age. Best after 2009." (Web only, 2009) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Clandestino is a seductively ripe and full expression of Brunello and it successfully carries that depth and density to the back corners of the palate. It delivers bold flavors of cherry and liquid smoke that are lavished over tightly textured tannins." (06/09) Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2009. ****4 stars from K&L's Italian wine buyer, Greg St. Clair: "The label for this wine is similar to the wine; the eyes hold your attention while veils of aromatics swirl around your head, layers of sweet fruit coupled with hints of spice and herbs have a bold yet yielding expression. On the palate, the wine stretches out and begins to gain its stride, loping effortlessly, filled with sweet expressions of wild cherry and plum with hints of spice. Long and elegant on the palate, this wine finishes with hints of spice and earth that act like bits of mystique floating through to the end. This wine will have an excellent future and drinks very well now with a bit of aeration." 525 cases produced.
Dark, brooding, and black wine with rich port-like aromas and dark cherry fruit. Hints of chocolate with a full-bodied lush palate, with less structure and tannin than the average Brunello. This is far more elegant and reserved that the standard bottling. It should be spectacular.
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