Bright red. Mesmerizingly pure and intense aromas of raspberry, sour red cherry, minerals, licorice and violet. Sweet, lush and deep, with outstanding clarity and lift to the pure flavors of red cherry, raspberry and flint. Pristine and very long on the vibrant finish, which features extremely sophisticated tannins and superb length. The wine's minerally, flinty quality runs through from nose to aftertaste. A paradigm of cooler-climate Montalcino sangiovese, this is the year's best Brunello, and it will cost you a fraction as much as more famous Brunellos that other wine writers will surely score higher. (ID)
This is all finesse, with sweet strawberry and hints of citrus fruit. Full body, refined tannins and a silky-textured finish. Very fine indeed. One of my favorite producers, as always. Better in 2015.
The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a polished, silky wine with bright berry highlights that are enhanced by balsam herb, cola, light spice, dried tobacco, smoky notes and crushed mineral. The vintage does not have the immediate complexity of other vintages at this young stage, but I’m willing to bet that this wine will steadily increase in layering and expressiveness as it evolves in the bottle. Drink: 2017-2023. (ML)
It opens with aromas of sun-ripened berries, spearmint and Mediterranean scrub. The palate offers dark cherry and raspberry accented with notes of white pepper and a hint of cinnamon-spice alongside round tannins. It’s ripe, soft and ready to enjoy soon. (KO)
Cherry, balsamic, leather and underbrush aromas and flavors highlight this medium-bodied, intense red. Leans slightly toward the tannins, but turns silky and finishes long. Best from 2016 through 2026. (BS)
Pale ruby with a broad pale rim. Very light tarry nose. Round and supple. Very satisfying integrated bouquet. Good fresh acidity. Really absolutely classic refreshing Brunello with some age on it. No sign of excess heat despite the vintage. Fine tannins very much in the background. 18/20 Points
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