Editor's Picks For May
Italian Editor Monica Larner delivers a round up of top-scoring Brunello di Montalcino from 2008.
Tuscany's Greatest Grape
The Brunello bottled in 2008 is not the overripe and superconcentrated wines of the past few years. Instead, the Sangiovese Grosso’s acidity is bright and sharp, and the fruit nuances are focused and elegant. Here are five of my favorites.
94 Uccelliera 2008 Brunello di Montalcino. Here’s a beautiful interpretation from the 2008 vintage that shows balance, harmony and intensity all zipped up into one tight package. That seamless integration, followed by rich extraction, gives the wine momentum overall. Although this is a different wine from past vintages (2006 and 2007), the quality is just as high. Hold 5–10 years. A Marc de Grazia selection; various American importers. Cellar Selection.
abv: NA Price: $65
93 Tenuta La Fuga 2008 Brunello di Montalcino. Tenuta la Fuga (from Tenute Folonari) shows the best of the 2008 vintage with dark fruit nuances of candied fruit, rum cake, pomegranate juice, cassis and blackberry. You’ll also find polished mineral nuances, cola, ginger and Spanish cedar. It shows intensity in the mouth, firm tannins and bright acidity. Cellar this wine 10 years. Kobrand. Cellar Selection.
abv: 14.5% Price: $67
93 La Poderina 2008 Brunello di Montalcino. La Poderina is a beautiful, well-managed estate that straddles the traditional and modern approaches to Brunello. Rich, black fruit aromas and tangy spice elements give the wine a soft and opulent first impression. But the firm tannins and bright acidity remind you of its deep Tuscan roots. Vias Imports.
abv: 14% Price: $59
93 Loacker Corte Pavone 2008 Brunello di Montalcino. From one of the most creative, quality-minded estates in Montacino, this Brunello opens with beautiful intensity and elegant aromas of cassis, espresso bean, licorice and cola. The fruit is organically farmed. Verity Wine Partners.
abv: 14.5% Price: NA
92 La Gerla 2008 Brunello di Montalcino. La Gerla always strives to preserve the territorial character of its wines. Yet beyond the distinguishing characteristics of Sangiovese—the bright red fruit and the tangy acidity—is a modern wine interpreted within a context of oak spice, dark extraction and a chocolaty finish. Slocum & Sons, Inc.
abv: 14% Price: $45