Brunello di Montalcino 2006—a 93-point vintage

Brunello di Montalcino 2006—a 93-point vintage

At the dawn of the New Year, wine producers in Montalcino line up at the Consortium to pick up the pink DOCG ribbons that officially proclaim the wine they have been so carefully safeguarding and aging over the past five years: Brunello di Montalcino. It’s ready to be shipped to market and reviewed by the wine press.

Following an intense blind tasting held at the Consortium headquarters in Tuscany, Wine Enthusiast is pleased to confirm that 2006 does indeed deliver on its promise of an excellent vintage. Using our 100-point scale, we award it 93 points.

Overall, 2006 stands out in terms of quality and elegance. This is not an overblown or overpowering vintage. Instead, as a group, the wines show balanced acidity, tight tannins (that in most cases will require from 5 to 10 years of cellar aging to soften) and beautiful aromas that speak highly of Sangiovese Grosso (the clone of Sangiovese used to make Brunello). Those nuances include fresh wild berries, cassis, dark cherry, almond, moist earth, tobacco and pressed blue flowers.

The impressive consistency of the vintage should also be underscored. You’ll see from the notes posted below that most samples scored above 90 points and many of these are grouped in the 92 and 93 point range. The quality and consistency found in this vintage could not come at a more apt time.

Three years ago, Montalcino suffered from an alleged blending scandal (an undisclosed number of wineries were reportedly investigated for illegally using outside grapes, such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon). Although full details of the investigations were never disclosed, “Brunellogate,” as the scandal was dubbed by the Italian press, delivered a painful blow to the image and confidence of Brunello.

The 2006 vintage, on the other hand, loudly speaks the language of Sangiovese and its territory. In my mind, this vintage marks the symbolic end to those years of suspicion.

Below you’ll find scores and abbreviated notes for 126 samples of Brunello di Montalcino from the 2006 vintage. Note that for many wines, U.S. pricing is yet to be established. Full reviews will be published in the April, 2011 issue of the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Tomorrow, read reviews of vineyard-designate 2006 Brunello and 2005 Riservas.

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Brunello di Montalcino 2006

96 Poggio Nardone 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection.
Incredibly smooth, rich and gorgeous with mature fruit, coffee and a very smooth texture. Tobacco and leather give it dimension.

95 Cupano 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $100.
Rich, thick and penetrating with a confident, pleasurable style. Will appeal to those who like a generous, bold Brunello.

95 Podere Brizio 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65.
Very pleasurable and succulent aromas make for a first-rate Brunello. Soft, chewy and rich in the mouth with loads of spice and mature fruit.

95 Sesta di Sopra 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection.
Superb and beautiful with gorgeous thick richness and intensity. It’s soft and dense with lingering cherry, chocolate and smoothness.

94 Capanna 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55. Editors’ Choice.
Gorgeous. Charming and seductive thanks to intensity and deep concentration. Tannins are still a bit firm and need time to soften.

94 La Gerla 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40. Editors’ Choice.
Opulent and plush with rich blueberry flavors backed by cherry, chocolate and soft sweet exotic spice.

94 La Rasina 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55. Cellar Selection.
A dark, austere expression of Brunello with almost exaggerated intensity. A beautiful wine that will age gracefully.

94 La Serena 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Beautiful wine with rich smoothness and loads of chocolate and cherry intensity. Bright almond and cinnamon close.

94 Poggio Antico 2006 Altero Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Plush, modern and big, with dense extraction, vanilla, cherry and smoke aromas. Polished and zesty.

94 San Polo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $75.
Velvety and rich with cinnamon, chocolate, sweet cherry and smoky highlights. Nice mineral component too, with drying tannins.

94 Siro Pacenti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $70.
Very beautiful and rich. Dark chocolate and ripe cherry create a soft, succulent core. Creamy density marks a long fade.

94 Uccelliera 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $75.
Generous and round with loads of personality and intensity. A favorite Brunello with dark, thick texture and a bean of bright acidity.

94 Valdicava 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection.
This Brunello needs at least another 5-10 years of cellaring. It’s rich and complex, with tight, solid tannins.

93 Biondi-Santi Tenuta Greppo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection.
Immediate elegance and harmony with light touches of almond, wild berry, white chocolate and dark spice. Very clean and fresh.

93 Canalicchio Franco Pacenti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Loads of pure cinnamon stick and nutmeg make for a sweet and penetrating nose. Clove, smoke and mature fruit appear on the close.

93 Castelgiocondo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $53.
This Brunello opens with ripe fruit and cherry aromas. It offers a smooth, rich finish and great persistence on the finish.

93 Castello Romitorio 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. Editors’ Choice.
Very rich, round and plush, with excellent dimension and staying power. Smooth fruit flavors color the long fade.

93 Castiglion del Bosco 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.
Plush and softly textured, this modern expression boasts generous tones of black fruit with smooth tannins.

93 Collosorbo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $60.
A thick, masculine expression with loads of rich spice and tobacco. Integrated oak notes are expressed as vanilla and tobacco.

93 Corte Pavone 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection.
Austere and sophisticated with dark chocolate and black cherry intensity. Needs time to age. Drink after 2015.

93 Fornacina 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.
Palatable and plush, opulent and rich. Smoky graphite notes come on the heels of plush red fruit, cherry and mesquite.

93 Il Paradiso di Frassina 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45.
Here’s an inky black Brunello with ripe raspberry, resin, cola and tar. Tight tannins follow a polished mouthfeel.

93 Il Poggione 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $80.
A dark, hearty wine with deep, modern extraction. Rich aromas of cinnamon, mesquite, chocolate and rum cake.

93 La Fortuna 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. Editors’ Choice.
Pleasurable and seductive, with loads of rich softness. Packed tight with personality and depth with chocolate and cherry. Good value.

93 La Mannella 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Inky and dense, with loads of rich opulence. Bright fruit tones and lingering spice make a beautiful balance.

93 Lazzeretti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection.
Here’s a modern, opulent wine that will easily age 10 years or longer. Sweet spice, cola and cherry mark the finish.

93 Luce della Vite 2006 Luce Brunello di Montalcino, $81.
Dense and rich with loads of mature fruit and spice. Smooth, soft texture with deep layers of flavor.

93 Mocali 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Bright spice, tobacco and leather make for a warm, brooding feel. But pretty fruit tones of cherry and blueberry bring up the rear.

93 Poggio Antico 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Plush and rich, with delicious sweet, soft succulence. Background notes of vanilla, spice, clove and black cherry.

92 Argiano 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65.
An elegant combination of red fruit, spicy barbecue and polished mineral makes for a unique expression. Will not overwhelm food.

92 Camigliano 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50.
Attractive darkness and a smooth texture characterize this food-friendly Brunello. It’s bright and polished on the close.

92 Caprili 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.
Elegant and well shaped, with cherry and wild berry. Subdued tones of vanilla and spice appear on the end.

92 Casalino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
A dark, pleasurable wine with warm richness, mineral notes, toasted almond and sweet black cherry.

92 Casanova di Neri 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. Editors’ Choice.

Great quality for the price. Beautiful fullness with soft, round contours and loads of exotic spice and mature fruit.

92 Castello Banfi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.
Smooth and soft upfront with deep layers of aromatic intensity that include tobacco, cassis and dark cherry.

92 Donna Olga 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Plush, ripe and smooth, with espresso and tobacco, blackberry and cherry. There’s a pretty, pristine quality to aromas.

92 Fattoria dei Barbi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $49. Editors’ Choice.
Very rich and decadent, with black cherry, plum, prune and tobacco. Very good tannic structure and texture.

92 Fossacolle 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65.
Tobacco, chocolate and black fruit are backed by plush density and firm tannins. Give it a few more years to unwind.

Fuligni 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $77.
Elegant mineral tones of graphite and earth form a rich texture and offer plenty of complexity. They are backed by aromas of cherry and vanilla spice.

92 Gianni Brunelli 2006 Le Chiuse di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
A garnet-ruby colored Brunello with remarkable freshness and pristine berry aromas. An elegant, distinguished wine.

92 La Collina dei Lecci 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40.
Beautifully loaded and rich, with aromas of cured meat, red fruit, spice and tobacco. Mouthfeel is compact and tight.

92 La Fornace 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Bright and integrated notes of cherry, chocolate and spice. Firm tannins and structure would pair with roast pork.

92 La Poderina 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA .
Good balance with an attractive marriage of fruit and spice elements. Feels tight and compact on the finish.

92 Lisini 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection.
Good complexity of wild berry, blue flowers, cassis and delicate renderings of spice and smoke. Astringent touch on the close will soften with time.

92 Mastrojanni 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $70.
Austere and sophisticated, with deep layers of Indian spice and cured meat. The dark fruit element also adds texture.

92 Máté 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65.
The wine shows a confident, upfront style with layers of fresh fruit, spice and clove. Good complexity and overall feel.

92 Molino di Sant’Antimo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40. Editors’ Choice.
Loads of sweet Christmas spice and dark extraction. Vanilla, espresso and generous smoky mesquite tones. Sophisticated.

92 Pietranera 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Structured and dense, this bold Brunello offers big color and extraction. Elegant wood tones are married to bright cherry flavors.

92 Pinino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
The nice balance of cherry and vanilla aromas make for an elegant and upfront Brunello. Pair with meat roast.

92 Poggio di Sotto 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $120.
Direct and immediate, with vertical lift and steady delivery of aromas. The wine opens with fruit, spice and dried raspberry.

92 San Felice 2006 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino, $50. 
Inky and rich, with beautiful personality and length. Root beer, mesquite wood, black cherry and tight tannins. Drink after 2015.

92 San Lorenzo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50.
Thick, dense concentration is accented by smoky notes of cured meat and Indian spice. Cherry and cassis flavors appear in the mouth.

92 San Polino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $43.
Pretty sweet spice and cherry with a thick, plush, extracted feel. Soft vanilla tones and crushed clove bring up the rear.

92 Talenti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Maraschino cherry, chocolate, roasted almond and cola appear on the nose. Tight, structured tannins hold it together.

92 Tenute Silvio Nardi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65.
Broad spice and almond notes are accented by cherry, toasted almond and bright blueberry. Streamlined and elegant.

92 Terralsole 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $75.
Soft and silky, with finely toned oak and spice aromas that will evolve and integrate with time. Nice ensemble.

92 Villa I Cipressi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.
Bright and fruit-forward, with blackberry, spice, vanilla and polished stone. An impressive achievement.

91 Abbadia Ardenga 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Soft vanilla and marzipan are enhanced by blueberry and sweet tobacco. The wine shows a fine, polished nature in the mouth.

91 Brunelli Martoccia 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65.
Straightforward and uncomplicated, this confident Brunello offers soft layers of clove and cherry with a spicy close.

91 Canalicchio di Sopra 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $68.
Good balance and flavor with rich notes of sweet cherry, toasted almond and spice. A well-made Brunello.

91 Col d’Orcia 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
The pretty wine opens with bright cherry nuances backed by almond and spice. It’s elegant and linear with a solid mouthfeel.

91 Fanti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $70.
Beautiful on many fronts with raw cassis, cherry and spice. The wine delivers lasting intensity and power.

91 Fattoria La Lecciaia 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45.
Nicely integrated and generous with cured meat, pressed flowers and black fruit. Feels smooth, rich and long-lasting.

91 Fattoria Scopone 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50. Cellar Selection.
Syrupy and rich with aromas of cherry liqueur and blackberry preserves. It’s a masculine, dense wine with great aging potential.

91 Ferrero 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40.
Here’s a nice mix of  mineral and graphite notes followed by ripe fruit and smooth, rich extraction.

91 La Colombina 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
There’s a smoky, meaty quality here with mature fruit, cola, mesquite and cured meat. Impressive intensity and lingering spice flavors.

91 La Velona 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.
Elegant and enticing with smoke, mineral and loads of ripe fruit. Soft and sophisticated.

91 Lambardi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Meaty aroma of smoked bacon and bresaola appear at first, but chocolate and nutmeg evolve slowly in the glass.

91 Le Chiuse 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65.
Loads of forest floor, earth and wild berry with a smooth polished feel and bright blueberry and cherry flavors.

91 Montecarbello 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Dark and masculine—perfect for those who love a hearty Brunello with grilled steak. Long fade with cherry and spice.

91 Pietroso 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.
Bright and buoyant with cheerful personality. Good complexity and sophistication, with acidity and polished tannins.

91 Poggio il Castellare 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50.
This is a very smooth and polished wine with good density and length. Fruit flavors add a fresh dimension.

91 San Filippo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45.
There are some sharp points here and bramble. You’ll also get earthy tones of white mushroom or pressed violets.

91 Tenimenti Angelini 2006 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino, $55.
Still young and nervous, give this wine a few more years of cellaring. Sweet spice and cassis are followed by firm tannins.

91 Tenuta Friggiali 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
A dark color is backed by dense extraction and loads of flavor. The wine feels full and opulent on the close.

91 Tenuta Oliveto 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA
Dark and densely concentrated, with lavish aromas of ripe berry, rose and moist earth. Penetrating and deep.

91 Tenuta San Giorgio 2006 Ugolforte Brunello di Montalcino, $60.
Perfumed nuances and layered aromas of blue flower and wild berries make up the nose. The wine is smooth and clean on the close.

91 Verbena 2006 Brunello di Montalcino $60.
Slight hint of orange color at the rim with bright aromas of vanilla, spice and ripe fruit. Sophisticated and ready to drink.

90 Altesino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Tight and compact with good acidity and aromas of white cherry, forest floor and bramble. Seems less plush and rich than past vintages.

90 Baricci 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50.
Not overblown or exaggerated, this wine finds nice balance between its fruity, tannic and acidic elements.

90 Cantine Leonardo Da Vinci 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $46.
Accented by generous tones of clove, spice and dark berry fruit. Also has a nice bright and buoyant feel in the mouth.

90 Caparzo 2006 Borgo Scopeto Brunello di Montalcino, $50.
This Brunello shows nice balance, with sweet aromas of cherry and bright fruit. The wine plays the elegance card well.

90 Col di Lamo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65.
Lively and approachable with vinous tones of cherry, raspberry and cola. There’s a fresh touch of chopped mint or eucalyptus on the close.

90 Collelceto 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Here’s an easy, smooth wine that would pair with meat or oven-roasted pasta. It is marked by elegance and bright acidity.

90 Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $70.
Give this wine time to open in the glass. As it does, it reveals cherry, smoke, vanilla and powdered chocolate.

90 Il Marroneto 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $41.
Slightly closed and subdued at first, but opens to deep layers of berry fruit and exotic spice. Elegant almond and cassis.

90 Il Poggiolo E. Cosimi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $80.
Cola and root beer frame solid aromas of almond paste and wild berry. The wine is smooth and streamlined on the close.

90 Il Poggiolo E. Cosimi 2006 Terra Rossa Brunello di Montalcino, $85.
Aromas of chocolate and spice need a few minutes to emerge. Dark cherry and blueberry are backed by clean freshness.

90 La Fiorita 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.
Some barrel aromas need time to blow off. Once they do, you’ll find mature notes of ripe cherry and strawberry.

90 Le Ragnaie 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Needs time to open in the glass. Subtle tones of tobacco, black fruit and forest floor grow more intense with time.

90 Marchesato degli Aleramici 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $60.
A feminine expression of Sangiovese with a fine, polished quality. Aromas of dried violets, white chocolate and smoked bacon.

90 Padelletti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $60.
Give this wine more time to find harmony. There’s a note of milky chocolate or creamy almond followed by tight astringency.

90 Palazzo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50.
Shows typical aromas of the territory with dried violets and white almond. A streamlined and delicate expression.

90 Poggio Rubino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Give this wine five more years at least. Cherry and wild mushroom are followed by rum cake and blueberry preserves.

90 Piccini 2006 Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino, $45.
An interesting and distinct wine with mesquite and cedar followed by plum and rum cake. Bright, round and enduring.

90 Renieri 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45.
Fresh, crisp and bright with cassis, bramble and bitter berry. There’s a tightness in the mouth that still needs time to soften.

90 Sesti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Sweet aromas of almond paste and bright cherry are shaped by slow oak contact. There’s a note of zesty freshness on the close.

90 Tassi 2006 Franci Brunello di Montalcino, $65.
The oak elements still need time to integrate. This is a youthful, generous expression with peppercorn, clove and a smooth texture.

90 Tenuta di Sesta 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $90.
Layered and deep, with almond, sweet cherry, cola and white pepper. Good intensity in the mouth.

90 Tenuta La Fuga 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA .
Jammy, dark and dense, this Brunello opens with aromas of spice and blackberry preserves. Ripe, with clove and dark spice notes.

90 Tenuta Le Potazzine 2006 Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Soft texture and rich intensity are highlighted by aromas of sweet cherry and spice. It shows a very fine, smooth texture.

90 Tiezzi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40.
Thick and penetrating, with dense aromas of cola, black fruit, forest floor and spice. There’s a succulent, sweet note on the close.

90 Tornesi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $54.
Loads of sharp red fruit with bright cherry and raspberry. Touches of white mushroom and natural rubber render a polished feel.

89 Agostina Pieri 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Plush softness is accented by fresh berries, almond and touches of espresso and chocolate. Fine and long-lasting.

89 Belpoggio 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45.
Still young and needs more time to integrate. Spanish cedar, spice and dark fruit set the stage with slight bitterness on the close.

89 Canneta 2006 Le Bruciate Brunello di Montalcino, $32.
Toasted almond, cassis and cherry are followed by delicate blue flowers and moist tobacco. Does a great job of showing off Sangiovese’s character.

89 Castelli Martinozzi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50.
Ripe fruit, jammy qualities set this wine apart. Nutmeg and cinnamon aromas are backed by mature fruit and exotic spice.

89 Centolani 2006 Poggiotondo Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
The wine opens with a rich, dark appearance and bright aromas of cherry, root beer, humus and chopped mint. It’s bright and clean in the mouth.

89 Domus Vitae 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50.
Medium dimension and intensity with loads of bright fruit and cherry. A compact, streamlined mouth is capped by nice crispness.

89 Fattoi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Stands out in a crowd thanks to its meaty aromas of barbecue and smoked bacon. Easy and intense, with a direct, penetrating feel.

89 Il Poggiolo E. Cosimi 2006 Bramante Brunello di Montalcino, $55.
Bright blueberry and cherry liqueur are accented by shadings of spice and leather. Blue violets also come forward.

89 Marchesi Antinori 2006 Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Here’s a ripe expression of Brunello with jammy aromas of strawberry and black cherry marmalade. Soft and rich in the mouth.

89 Podere La Vigna 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $67.
Slightly browning color on the rim with aromas of root beer, vanilla cream, cured meat and ripe berry. Drink after 2015.

89 Podere Paganico 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Toasted spice, chocolate, roasted espresso and black cherry open the bouquet. There’s a note of smoked ham as well. Medium mouthfeel.

89 Sassodisole 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45.
Drying, sharp tannins bring up the rear and indicate the wine needs time to soften. Aromas include black fruit and cured meat.

88 Bellaria 2006 Assunto Brunello di Montalcino, $60.
A slightly gritty mouthfeel is followed by simple fruit aromas. The mouthfeel is thin and compact, capped by tight tannins.

88 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
A surprising touch of butterscotch or candied cassis from this usually reliable producer. The jury is still out. Tasted both bottles.

88 Collemattoni 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Mature fruit, fine tannins and a polished feel characterize this Brunello. Moist earth and pressed blue flowers appear on the close.

88 Il Palazzone 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $90.
Compact and thinner in appearance, this Brunello offers crispness and elegance. It’s not a big or heavy expression.

88 Molino della Suga 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40.
Holds back aromatically but offers nice cassis and dried raspberry. Mouthfeel is thinner and compact.

88 Tassi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45.
The wine opens with warm and meaty aromas of cured beef or bacon. There are sweet spice flavors and gritty tannins.

88 Terrenere 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $48.
Forest berry, root berry and cedar wood are backed by integrated acidity and a firm tannic structure.

88 Ventolaio di Luigi Fanti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Linear and firm with slight touches of sourness and astringency that will soften with time. The nose is earthy and mushroomy.

88 Villa Poggio Salvi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50.
Opens with a hint of orange on the rim and sharp notes of wild berry and old spice. The wine shows tight, still thorny crispness.

87 Armilla 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Slightly muddled at first with spice, moist earth resin and clove. Drying mineral and bright cassis appear at the end.

87 Bonacchi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.
Distant sulfur notes take a few minutes to blow off. Dark extraction ad smooth richness on the palate.

Published on January 4, 2011
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