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\u2019s ready to be shipped to market and reviewed by the wine press.\r\n\r\nFollowing 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.\r\n\r\nOverall, 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.\r\n\r\nThe impressive consistency of the vintage should also be underscored. You\u2019ll 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.\r\n\r\nThree 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, \u201cBrunellogate,\u201d as the scandal was dubbed by the Italian press, delivered a painful blow to the image and confidence of Brunello.\r\n\r\nThe 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.\r\n\r\nBelow you\u2019ll 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.\r\nTomorrow, read reviews of vineyard-designate 2006 Brunello and 2005 Riservas.\r\n\r\nTo check out backstage at Brunello footage, click here.\r\nBrunello di Montalcino 2006\r\n96\u00a0Poggio Nardone 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection. \r\nIncredibly smooth, rich and gorgeous with mature fruit, coffee and a very smooth texture. Tobacco and leather give it dimension.\r\n\r\n95\u00a0Cupano 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $100.\r\nRich, thick and penetrating with a confident, pleasurable style. Will appeal to those who like a generous, bold Brunello.\r\n\r\n95\u00a0Podere Brizio 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65. \r\nVery pleasurable and succulent aromas make for a first-rate Brunello. Soft, chewy and rich in the mouth with loads of spice and mature fruit.\r\n\r\n95\u00a0Sesta di Sopra 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection. \r\nSuperb and beautiful with gorgeous thick richness and intensity. It\u2019s soft and dense with lingering cherry, chocolate and smoothness.\r\n\r\n94\u00a0Capanna 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55. Editors\u2019 Choice. \r\nGorgeous. Charming and seductive thanks to intensity and deep concentration. Tannins are still a bit firm and need time to soften.\r\n\r\n94\u00a0La Gerla 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40. Editors\u2019 Choice.\r\nOpulent and plush with rich blueberry flavors backed by cherry, chocolate and soft sweet exotic spice.\r\n\r\n94\u00a0La Rasina 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55. Cellar Selection. \r\nA dark, austere expression of Brunello with almost exaggerated intensity. A beautiful wine that will age gracefully.\r\n\r\n94\u00a0La Serena 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nBeautiful wine with rich smoothness and loads of chocolate and cherry intensity. Bright almond and cinnamon close.\r\n\r\n94\u00a0Poggio Antico 2006 Altero Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.\r\nPlush, modern and big, with dense extraction, vanilla, cherry and smoke aromas. Polished and zesty.\r\n\r\n94\u00a0San Polo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $75. \r\nVelvety and rich with cinnamon, chocolate, sweet cherry and smoky highlights. Nice mineral component too, with drying tannins.\r\n\r\n94\u00a0Siro Pacenti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $70. \r\nVery beautiful and rich. Dark chocolate and ripe cherry create a soft, succulent core. Creamy density marks a long fade.\r\n\r\n94\u00a0Uccelliera 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $75. \r\nGenerous and round with loads of personality and intensity. A favorite Brunello with dark, thick texture and a bean of bright acidity.\r\n\r\n94\u00a0Valdicava 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection. \r\nThis Brunello needs at least another 5-10 years of cellaring. It\u2019s rich and complex, with tight, solid tannins.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Biondi-Santi Tenuta Greppo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection. \r\nImmediate elegance and harmony with light touches of almond, wild berry, white chocolate and dark spice. Very clean and fresh.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Canalicchio Franco Pacenti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nLoads of pure cinnamon stick and nutmeg make for a sweet and penetrating nose. Clove, smoke and mature fruit appear on the close.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Castelgiocondo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $53. \r\nThis Brunello opens with ripe fruit and cherry aromas. It offers a smooth, rich finish and great persistence on the finish.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Castello Romitorio 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. Editors\u2019 Choice. \r\nVery rich, round and plush, with excellent dimension and staying power. Smooth fruit flavors color the long fade.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Castiglion del Bosco 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55. \r\nPlush and softly textured, this modern expression boasts generous tones of black fruit with smooth tannins.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Collosorbo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $60. \r\nA thick, masculine expression with loads of rich spice and tobacco. Integrated oak notes are expressed as vanilla and tobacco.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Corte Pavone 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection. \r\nAustere and sophisticated with dark chocolate and black cherry intensity. Needs time to age. Drink after 2015.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Fornacina 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55. \r\nPalatable and plush, opulent and rich. Smoky graphite notes come on the heels of plush red fruit, cherry and mesquite.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Il Paradiso di Frassina 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45.\r\nHere\u2019s an inky black Brunello with ripe raspberry, resin, cola and tar. Tight tannins follow a polished mouthfeel.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Il Poggione 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $80. \r\nA dark, hearty wine with deep, modern extraction. Rich aromas of cinnamon, mesquite, chocolate and rum cake.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0La Fortuna 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. Editors\u2019 Choice. \r\nPleasurable and seductive, with loads of rich softness. Packed tight with personality and depth with chocolate and cherry. Good value.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0La Mannella 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nInky and dense, with loads of rich opulence. Bright fruit tones and lingering spice make a beautiful balance.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Lazzeretti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection. \r\nHere\u2019s a modern, opulent wine that will easily age 10 years or longer. Sweet spice, cola and cherry mark the finish.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Luce della Vite 2006 Luce Brunello di Montalcino, $81. \r\nDense and rich with loads of mature fruit and spice. Smooth, soft texture with deep layers of flavor.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Mocali 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.\r\nBright spice, tobacco and leather make for a warm, brooding feel. But pretty fruit tones of cherry and blueberry bring up the rear.\r\n\r\n93\u00a0Poggio Antico 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nPlush and rich, with delicious sweet, soft succulence. Background notes of vanilla, spice, clove and black cherry.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Argiano 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65. \r\nAn elegant combination of red fruit, spicy barbecue and polished mineral makes for a unique expression. Will not overwhelm food.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Camigliano 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50. \r\nAttractive darkness and a smooth texture characterize this food-friendly Brunello. It\u2019s bright and polished on the close.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Caprili 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.\r\nElegant and well shaped, with cherry and wild berry. Subdued tones of vanilla and spice appear on the end.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Casalino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nA dark, pleasurable wine with warm richness, mineral notes, toasted almond and sweet black cherry.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Casanova di Neri 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. Editors\u2019 Choice.\r\n\r\nGreat quality for the price. Beautiful fullness with soft, round contours and loads of exotic spice and mature fruit.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Castello Banfi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.\r\nSmooth and soft upfront with deep layers of aromatic intensity that include tobacco, cassis and dark cherry.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Donna Olga 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nPlush, ripe and smooth, with espresso and tobacco, blackberry and cherry. There\u2019s a pretty, pristine quality to aromas.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Fattoria dei Barbi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $49. Editors\u2019 Choice. \r\nVery rich and decadent, with black cherry, plum, prune and tobacco. Very good tannic structure and texture.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Fossacolle 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65. \r\nTobacco, chocolate and black fruit are backed by plush density and firm tannins. Give it a few more years to unwind.\r\n\r\n92\r\nFuligni 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $77.\r\nElegant 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.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Gianni Brunelli 2006 Le Chiuse di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nA garnet-ruby colored Brunello with remarkable freshness and pristine berry aromas. An elegant, distinguished wine.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0La Collina dei Lecci 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40. \r\nBeautifully loaded and rich, with aromas of cured meat, red fruit, spice and tobacco. Mouthfeel is compact and tight.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0La Fornace 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nBright and integrated notes of cherry, chocolate and spice. Firm tannins and structure would pair with roast pork.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0La Poderina 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA .\r\nGood balance with an attractive marriage of fruit and spice elements. Feels tight and compact on the finish.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Lisini 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. Cellar Selection. \r\nGood complexity of wild berry, blue flowers, cassis and delicate renderings of spice and smoke. Astringent touch on the close will soften with time.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Mastrojanni 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $70. \r\nAustere and sophisticated, with deep layers of Indian spice and cured meat. The dark fruit element also adds texture.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0M\u00e1t\u00e9 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65. \r\nThe wine shows a confident, upfront style with layers of fresh fruit, spice and clove. Good complexity and overall feel.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Molino di Sant\u2019Antimo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40. Editors\u2019 Choice. \r\nLoads of sweet Christmas spice and dark extraction. Vanilla, espresso and generous smoky mesquite tones. Sophisticated.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Pietranera 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nStructured and dense, this bold Brunello offers big color and extraction. Elegant wood tones are married to bright cherry flavors.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Pinino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nThe nice balance of cherry and vanilla aromas make for an elegant and upfront Brunello. Pair with meat roast.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Poggio di Sotto 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $120.\r\nDirect and immediate, with vertical lift and steady delivery of aromas. The wine opens with fruit, spice and dried raspberry.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0San Felice 2006 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino, $50.\u00a0 \r\nInky and rich, with beautiful personality and length. Root beer, mesquite wood, black cherry and tight tannins. Drink after 2015.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0San Lorenzo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50. \r\nThick, dense concentration is accented by smoky notes of cured meat and Indian spice. Cherry and cassis flavors appear in the mouth.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0San Polino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $43. \r\nPretty sweet spice and cherry with a thick, plush, extracted feel. Soft vanilla tones and crushed clove bring up the rear.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Talenti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nMaraschino cherry, chocolate, roasted almond and cola appear on the nose. Tight, structured tannins hold it together.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Tenute Silvio Nardi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65. \r\nBroad spice and almond notes are accented by cherry, toasted almond and bright blueberry. Streamlined and elegant.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Terralsole 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $75. \r\nSoft and silky, with finely toned oak and spice aromas that will evolve and integrate with time. Nice ensemble.\r\n\r\n92\u00a0Villa I Cipressi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55. \r\nBright and fruit-forward, with blackberry, spice, vanilla and polished stone. An impressive achievement.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Abbadia Ardenga 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nSoft vanilla and marzipan are enhanced by blueberry and sweet tobacco. The wine shows a fine, polished nature in the mouth.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Brunelli Martoccia 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65. \r\nStraightforward and uncomplicated, this confident Brunello offers soft layers of clove and cherry with a spicy close.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Canalicchio di Sopra 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $68. \r\nGood balance and flavor with rich notes of sweet cherry, toasted almond and spice. A well-made Brunello.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Col d\u2019Orcia 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nThe pretty wine opens with bright cherry nuances backed by almond and spice. It\u2019s elegant and linear with a solid mouthfeel.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Fanti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $70. \r\nBeautiful on many fronts with raw cassis, cherry and spice. The wine delivers lasting intensity and power.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Fattoria La Lecciaia 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. \r\nNicely integrated and generous with cured meat, pressed flowers and black fruit. Feels smooth, rich and long-lasting.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Fattoria Scopone 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50. Cellar Selection. \r\nSyrupy and rich with aromas of cherry liqueur and blackberry preserves. It\u2019s a masculine, dense wine with great aging potential.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Ferrero 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40. \r\nHere\u2019s a nice mix of\u00a0 mineral and graphite notes followed by ripe fruit and smooth, rich extraction.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0La Colombina 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nThere\u2019s a smoky, meaty quality here with mature fruit, cola, mesquite and cured meat. Impressive intensity and lingering spice flavors.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0La Velona 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55.\r\nElegant and enticing with smoke, mineral and loads of ripe fruit. Soft and sophisticated.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Lambardi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.\r\nMeaty aroma of smoked bacon and bresaola appear at first, but chocolate and nutmeg evolve slowly in the glass.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Le Chiuse 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65. \r\nLoads of forest floor, earth and wild berry with a smooth polished feel and bright blueberry and cherry flavors.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Montecarbello 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.\r\nDark and masculine\u2014perfect for those who love a hearty Brunello with grilled steak. Long fade with cherry and spice.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Pietroso 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55. \r\nBright and buoyant with cheerful personality. Good complexity and sophistication, with acidity and polished tannins.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Poggio il Castellare 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50. \r\nThis is a very smooth and polished wine with good density and length. Fruit flavors add a fresh dimension.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0San Filippo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. \r\nThere are some sharp points here and bramble. You\u2019ll also get earthy tones of white mushroom or pressed violets.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Tenimenti Angelini 2006 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino, $55.\r\nStill young and nervous, give this wine a few more years of cellaring. Sweet spice and cassis are followed by firm tannins.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Tenuta Friggiali 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nA dark color is backed by dense extraction and loads of flavor. The wine feels full and opulent on the close.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Tenuta Oliveto 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA\r\nDark and densely concentrated, with lavish aromas of ripe berry, rose and moist earth. Penetrating and deep.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Tenuta San Giorgio 2006 Ugolforte Brunello di Montalcino, $60. \r\nPerfumed nuances and layered aromas of blue flower and wild berries make up the nose. The wine is smooth and clean on the close.\r\n\r\n91\u00a0Verbena 2006 Brunello di Montalcino $60. \r\nSlight hint of orange color at the rim with bright aromas of vanilla, spice and ripe fruit. Sophisticated and ready to drink.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Altesino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nTight and compact with good acidity and aromas of white cherry, forest floor and bramble. Seems less plush and rich than past vintages.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Baricci 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50. \r\nNot overblown or exaggerated, this wine finds nice balance between its fruity, tannic and acidic elements.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Cantine Leonardo Da Vinci 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $46.\r\nAccented by generous tones of clove, spice and dark berry fruit. Also has a nice bright and buoyant feel in the mouth.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Caparzo 2006 Borgo Scopeto Brunello di Montalcino, $50. \r\nThis Brunello shows nice balance, with sweet aromas of cherry and bright fruit. The wine plays the elegance card well.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Col di Lamo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $65. \r\nLively and approachable with vinous tones of cherry, raspberry and cola. There\u2019s a fresh touch of chopped mint or eucalyptus on the close.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Collelceto 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nHere\u2019s an easy, smooth wine that would pair with meat or oven-roasted pasta. It is marked by elegance and bright acidity.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $70. \r\nGive this wine time to open in the glass. As it does, it reveals cherry, smoke, vanilla and powdered chocolate.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Il Marroneto 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $41. \r\nSlightly closed and subdued at first, but opens to deep layers of berry fruit and exotic spice. Elegant almond and cassis.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Il Poggiolo E. Cosimi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $80. \r\nCola and root beer frame solid aromas of almond paste and wild berry. The wine is smooth and streamlined on the close.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Il Poggiolo E. Cosimi 2006 Terra Rossa Brunello di Montalcino, $85. \r\nAromas of chocolate and spice need a few minutes to emerge. Dark cherry and blueberry are backed by clean freshness.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0La Fiorita 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $55. \r\nSome barrel aromas need time to blow off. Once they do, you\u2019ll find mature notes of ripe cherry and strawberry.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Le Ragnaie 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nNeeds time to open in the glass. Subtle tones of tobacco, black fruit and forest floor grow more intense with time.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Marchesato degli Aleramici 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $60. \r\nA feminine expression of Sangiovese with a fine, polished quality. Aromas of dried violets, white chocolate and smoked bacon.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Padelletti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $60. \r\nGive this wine more time to find harmony. There\u2019s a note of milky chocolate or creamy almond followed by tight astringency.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Palazzo 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50. \r\nShows typical aromas of the territory with dried violets and white almond. A streamlined and delicate expression.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Poggio Rubino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nGive this wine five more years at least. Cherry and wild mushroom are followed by rum cake and blueberry preserves.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Piccini 2006 Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino, $45. \r\nAn interesting and distinct wine with mesquite and cedar followed by plum and rum cake. Bright, round and enduring.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Renieri 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. \r\nFresh, crisp and bright with cassis, bramble and bitter berry. There\u2019s a tightness in the mouth that still needs time to soften.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Sesti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nSweet aromas of almond paste and bright cherry are shaped by slow oak contact. There\u2019s a note of zesty freshness on the close.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Tassi 2006 Franci Brunello di Montalcino, $65. \r\nThe oak elements still need time to integrate. This is a youthful, generous expression with peppercorn, clove and a smooth texture.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Tenuta di Sesta 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $90.\r\nLayered and deep, with almond, sweet cherry, cola and white pepper. Good intensity in the mouth.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Tenuta La Fuga 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA .\r\nJammy, dark and dense, this Brunello opens with aromas of spice and blackberry preserves. Ripe, with clove and dark spice notes.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Tenuta Le Potazzine 2006 Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nSoft texture and rich intensity are highlighted by aromas of sweet cherry and spice. It shows a very fine, smooth texture.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Tiezzi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40. \r\nThick and penetrating, with dense aromas of cola, black fruit, forest floor and spice. There\u2019s a succulent, sweet note on the close.\r\n\r\n90\u00a0Tornesi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $54.\r\nLoads of sharp red fruit with bright cherry and raspberry. Touches of white mushroom and natural rubber render a polished feel.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Agostina Pieri 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nPlush softness is accented by fresh berries, almond and touches of espresso and chocolate. Fine and long-lasting.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Belpoggio 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. \r\nStill young and needs more time to integrate. Spanish cedar, spice and dark fruit set the stage with slight bitterness on the close.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Canneta 2006 Le Bruciate Brunello di Montalcino, $32.\r\nToasted almond, cassis and cherry are followed by delicate blue flowers and moist tobacco. Does a great job of showing off Sangiovese\u2019s character.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Castelli Martinozzi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50. \r\nRipe fruit, jammy qualities set this wine apart. Nutmeg and cinnamon aromas are backed by mature fruit and exotic spice.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Centolani 2006 Poggiotondo Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nThe wine opens with a rich, dark appearance and bright aromas of cherry, root beer, humus and chopped mint. It\u2019s bright and clean in the mouth.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Domus Vitae 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50. \r\nMedium dimension and intensity with loads of bright fruit and cherry. A compact, streamlined mouth is capped by nice crispness.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Fattoi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nStands out in a crowd thanks to its meaty aromas of barbecue and smoked bacon. Easy and intense, with a direct, penetrating feel.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Il Poggiolo E. Cosimi 2006 Bramante Brunello di Montalcino, $55.\r\nBright blueberry and cherry liqueur are accented by shadings of spice and leather. Blue violets also come forward.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Marchesi Antinori 2006 Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino, $NA. \r\nHere\u2019s a ripe expression of Brunello with jammy aromas of strawberry and black cherry marmalade. Soft and rich in the mouth.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Podere La Vigna 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $67.\r\nSlightly browning color on the rim with aromas of root beer, vanilla cream, cured meat and ripe berry. Drink after 2015.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Podere Paganico 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.\r\nToasted spice, chocolate, roasted espresso and black cherry open the bouquet. There\u2019s a note of smoked ham as well. Medium mouthfeel.\r\n\r\n89\u00a0Sassodisole 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45. \r\nDrying, sharp tannins bring up the rear and indicate the wine needs time to soften. Aromas include black fruit and cured meat.\r\n\r\n88\u00a0Bellaria 2006 Assunto Brunello di Montalcino, $60. \r\nA slightly gritty mouthfeel is followed by simple fruit aromas. The mouthfeel is thin and compact, capped by tight tannins.\r\n\r\n88\u00a0Ciacci Piccolomini d\u2019Aragona 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.\r\nA surprising touch of butterscotch or candied cassis from this usually reliable producer. The jury is still out. Tasted both bottles.\r\n\r\n88\u00a0Collemattoni 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.\r\nMature fruit, fine tannins and a polished feel characterize this Brunello. Moist earth and pressed blue flowers appear on the close.\r\n\r\n88\u00a0Il Palazzone 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $90.\r\nCompact and thinner in appearance, this Brunello offers crispness and elegance. It\u2019s not a big or heavy expression.\r\n\r\n88\u00a0Molino della Suga 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $40.\r\nHolds back aromatically but offers nice cassis and dried raspberry. Mouthfeel is thinner and compact.\r\n\r\n88\u00a0Tassi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $45.\r\nThe wine opens with warm and meaty aromas of cured beef or bacon. There are sweet spice flavors and gritty tannins.\r\n\r\n88\u00a0Terrenere 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $48.\r\nForest berry, root berry and cedar wood are backed by integrated acidity and a firm tannic structure.\r\n\r\n88\u00a0Ventolaio di Luigi Fanti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.\r\nLinear and firm with slight touches of sourness and astringency that will soften with time. The nose is earthy and mushroomy.\r\n\r\n88\u00a0Villa Poggio Salvi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $50.\r\nOpens with a hint of orange on the rim and sharp notes of wild berry and old spice. The wine shows tight, still thorny crispness.\r\n\r\n87\u00a0Armilla 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.\r\nSlightly muddled at first with spice, moist earth resin and clove. Drying mineral and bright cassis appear at the end.\r\n\r\n87\u00a0Bonacchi 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $NA.\r\nDistant sulfur notes take a few minutes to blow off. Dark extraction ad smooth richness on the palate.