Very good wine, refined but powerful. Huge, teeth coating tannins but very silky. Blockbuster dark fruit with blackberries, blackcurrant layered with tobacco and lashings of oak. Still needs another decade.
Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
Fuller, fruitier nose with a more appealing palate than 2005. Juicy, crisp cranberry, raspberry and blackcurrant. Firm tannins just starting along their path of integration. Long, elegant finish and a fine future ahead.
Superb. A wonderful example of how ripe, fresh, rich and exciting Zibibo can be. Apricot, honey in abundance with Seville orange like acidity. It has a wonderfully rich texture wrapped around the long marmalade finish.
Fragrant and perfumed nose with a powerfully structured palate. Tannins are firm but not too obtrusive and give the fruit a chance to come through. There's some elegance that should become more apparent with time.
The nose is almost like a Clare Valley Riesling, full of lime, chalk and tension but with a veneer of light smoke. Fascinating palate right from the first sip with a profusion of meadow flowers and ripe fruits with a rich vein of honey and just edging into maturity. There's a remarkable richness to this wine that apparently doesn't see any oak ageing or undergo any malo, but perhaps that explains the clean and focussed acidity that balances the wine beautifully. Elegant whilst retaining an electrifying power that suggests there is more to come.
Delicate, transparent colour belies the intense nose. The palate is sheer elegance, it's light but with complexity and has an underlying tension and depth. Constantly evolving through the mid palate and on to the delicious finish.
Wow, what a nose, beguiling, floral, red fruit and a whiff of oak. Firm tannin wrapped around the light but insistent fruit, strawberry, vanilla and a splash of balsamic. Needs more time of course but this is a truly great wine.
Very pretty nose with an elegant, refined floral character. Developing well and tannins are softening and moulding into the wine. Fine tobacco character and a long finish but remains powerful rather than elegant.