Very dark red with a slight purple tinge. Candy cane features most prominently among the spicy-sweet aromas. A lot of ripeness well supported by classic acidity and fine tannin. Just waiting on some real flavor development.
Medium garnet. Stewed prunes, maple syrup oak, and anise, with a refreshingly high-toned celeriac element too. In the mouth this is big to start with and then from there crescendoes slightly. Finish of sweet vanilla shows more of the oaking, but hopefully there will be a more integrated future for this wine.
Light red. Burgundian nose of sweet cherry and earth, with some leathery nuance. Spreading and silky, with a texture strongly influenced by glycerin, leading to a bright finish. Comes across as riper but less intriguing than the 2004.
Medium dark violet plum. Primary and modern, though the fruit has a sour component as well, and there's a hint of sweaty nuance too. Monolithic in the mouth, with flavors that are tart-ripe, but the texture is very pleasing.
Very dark red, leaning to purple. Spice box and fruit compote against a background of minerals and weediness. Coffeeish flavors, with some oak sticking oat. A little less than lively, this comes across as less integrated than the seamless 2003.
Dark red. Emphasis on the superripe fruit (berries, figs), with a tobaccoey herbal component. High riding on the palate, structured but juicy, with reined-in tannin. If anything, this is even better than the outstanding 2003.
Medium dark garnet red. Distinctively delightful nose of marzipan, vanilla, fresh bay leaf, and weedy plums. Full and bouncy in the mouth, with some weakness showing on the finish. Excellent value in characterful, likeable Sangiovese.
Dark bright red. High toned tobacco smoke and subtle vanilla. Extracted but not aggressively so. Good length, but the initial brightness gives way to some excess sweetness that would pose some challenges to food pairing.
Almost opaque red. Interesting combination of minerality and rasined fruit, with anisette and a slight woody tone adding yet more nuance. Very sweet but not heavy; seems lifted by the spiciness. Long. Could be tiring to drink a bottle, but in this format it's real attractive.
Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
Saturated garnet. Lovely earthiness and sweet cherries on the positively lilting nose. Vigorous swirling brings out some baking spices as well. Powerful, deep, and noble, with good but not quite great length.
Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Medium dark red. Roasted chile, fresh red fruit, spicy hamburger, and a slight cinnamon sensation. Sweet and pure on entry, then fine grained in the midpalate, tending towards greater warmth and a telltale raisined quality on the finish.