2012 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino SKU #1299732


JS 95 RP 91 VN 91
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  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    K&L Staff Member
    My Brunello education started off with a bang when I first started at K&L with the acclaimed 2010 vintage, then rolled into the fresh and fruit forward 2011, and now we have the fuller bodied, approachable vintage of 2012. While vintage variation is natural and common, I am amazed at how different these three are. The Talenti shows the 2012 vintage character with deep marasca cherry and plum aromas and a broadness of fruit and balance of structure on the palate. The classic Sangiovese savory earth and mushroom adds depth to the nose with the distinctive steamline of acidity keeps the palate longer and learner than expected from the warm vintage making this wine as age worthy as ever.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    The better 2012 Brunelli offer both freshness and the ability to drink now and Talenti is one of our very best values and a favorite as well. This concentrated Sangiovese delivers flavorful waves of sweet dark berry and dark plum fruit anchored by solid tannins and fine acidity. Hats off to Talenti for capturing the best attributes of the 2012 vintage.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    This was once again in my top five Brunelli and is in my cellar and will be there over the next five years or so. I love the concentration user friendliness of 2012 in Montalcino, there are many layers of ripe fruit, tobacco, earthiness, smoke and toasted oak and I would give this an hour or two of decanting to see the great structure and balance that is going on here. YUM !
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    You can really sense the richness of this wine that is dictated by Talenti’s Western Slope location, the wine smells of the afternoon sun. The nose is full of an umami spiked plum, far more savory than fruity yet the nose still has a dense fruitiness to it, it fills your nose almost like the difference between warm summer breezes that fills your sinuses in New Orleans versus a similar afternoon in Phoenix, there is a lushness to it that feels like humidity rich environments. On the palate the wine is agile, linear, while still reflecting that density that is ubiquitous yet it remains remarkably elegant and fresh on the palate. The flavors amble between those salty plum and dried wild cherry flavors with suggestions of Mediterranean garrigue. The finish has a certain lushness about it, but not overtly fat at all just a bit of weight on its bones that gives it more drinkability now. It still has the classic Sangiovese linear drive in it that gives the balance and freshness in the finish. BBQ pork chops with fresh rosemary for me with this wine, don’t overcook them they need to be a little pinkish. This wine will age well for another decade but is too delicious to wait!
    Drink from 2017 to 2027


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