I opened the first bottle late 2010 and oh boy what a difference. For the first 30 minutes on the nose there was a persistent barnyard aromas with a secondary layer of fruit and flowers. After two hours on the nose transformed into beautifully perfumed red. On the palate round-dry tannins with black raspberry and meet/ leather notes with a pleasant acidity. Still very young wine that should continue to evolve on the next 5-15 years.
Ruby with a bit of orange at the rim. Opening the bottle is like walking into a flower shop. Slow , long legs. After an hour, its pretty high in alcohol with cherry and cherry pit, earth, pine forest, blackberries?, orange peel, flowers all having a party in your mouth. Its really good now, but if the alcohol can resolve a bit more, this will be a killer wine.
Decanted for 2 hours and was improving but for me this lacked some depth and richness. I think I paired it wrong with a slightly sweet sauce with chicken and I do want to try this again (I have 5 left)
Enjoyed with some stuffed pork chops and roasted sweet potato/apples. Has the backbone to age several more years with no issue but was quite enjoyable now. Did not decant but did open the bottle approximately 1 hour before pouring. No notes on the scent but I recall it to be cherry and cedar shavings. Cassis, smoke, earth flavor profile. Well structured. Did not disappoint.
Pretty dark ruby color. Very pleasant nose with no noticeable earthy character found in many Brunellos. Soft sweet tannins with 30 minutes decanting. Medium body and a nice finish. Dark fruits with a hint of dark cherries. Really nice, pleasant Brunello.
Decanted for an hour. Our first glasses were monolithic and very tannic, with slighty sour red cherry as the dominant flavor. The wine continued to open up over the next hour and a half. By then raspberries, cedar and violets, and soft black licorice had entered the mix, and the tannins had calmed down considerably. We sure wish we had left it in the decanter longer.
Some earth on the nose with tar and some floral notes, rose petal. Nice acidity up front with dark cherry, pomegranate and cedar on the palate. Hint of beef stock or jerky. Firm tannins with a long finish. Delicious now, lots of potential for the future. Will need to hold a bottle or two for the long haul.
Decanted for 2 hours. Served at a wine party. Opened up tremendously as the evening wore on. Very good Brunello di Montalcino; however, it lacked the complexity and structure that I was hoping for based on Wine Spectator's high rating. At this price point, I would skip but good nonetheless. -92 points-
Aromas of cherry fruit; roast beef; mahogany; pitcher's rosin bag. Good after 20 minutes of opening but continued to improve. Recommend opening for 1 to 1.5 hours. Taste of cherries; cedar chest; rare beef. Paired excellent with braised beef short ribs and fava beans. Excellent wine.
So this is the second 2006 Brunello I've opened from my cellar and is far superior in quality. It reminds you how high Brunello can take the Sangiovese varietal. The wine is dark garnet colored and it smells like strawberry, and red currant which is indicative of quality but not so potent that it gives away the brilliance of the wine which is really on the palate. It tastes like Red Currant, Plum, Dust, Forest floor, Green Olive, and Tobacco that come into perfect balance after about 45 minutes. The full body and long finish add polish to the wine. It was a little coarse for my liking but that may have been on account of the fact that it needed an ever longer decant. Really good juice. Cheers!
I don't know Brunello all that well, i.e., traditional vs. modern, barrique vs. barrel aged, warm vs. less warm terroir. All I know is that I loved this wine because of one primary characteristic that is first and formost to me: Gobs of delicious fruit. Purple plum in color. Nice nose of cassis, lilac and earth. A beautiful soft and balanced palate of plum, sweet cherry, earth and a hint of oak. I bought some 06's, and I hope the others are more of the same. Drank this with pasta and shellfish in a pomodoro sauce and it was a beautiful marriage. I think ready to go but may improve with a little more bottle age.
Decanted and started to drink about 30 minutes later and finished over the course of the next 4 hours. Aroma is strawberry and earthy. Taste has the strawberry and has a decent level of acidity. Got some darker fruit at times too. Not in a terrible spot to drink now, but I will certainly hold off on my other two for awhile.
Pretty good now but still young. Popped and poured this showed dense dark fruits, coffee and leather at first. As it opened, more Sangiovese character began to show. Dark cherries, good acidity and tannins started to show. A little earth. It didn't last long but the wine was changing quite bit over the time we drank it. Will be fun following this over the next 8-10 years.
A superb Brunello. Opened but not decanted 2 hours before dinner as I find this method works very well for Brunellos. Color was that brick red you associate with BdM and the immediately the nose hits you with dried cherries and bit of olive brine. This wine easily earns the 94+ rating based on the finish, which lasted and lasted. Over the course of the evening this got better and while I have no regrets opening it last night, it will age gracefully for 5-7 years.
Brunello 2006 Horisontal Tasting: Nose: Sewer, cherry, coconut and chocolate. Palate: Dark dense fruit core with a very long and fruity aftertaste. Good acidity and tannins. Simply an excellent wine in great balance!!
Obviously very young, but I won't be buying more of this. Muted nose is no surprise, but there was a clear smell and taste of excess alcohol. Just too hot and sweet for me. Might calm with age, but I don't think I'll take the chance. Seemed unbalanced and fairly simple to me. Not scored, since I might be doing an injustice to a wine that might be better in a few years.
Beautiful and rustic bouquet with a lot of dark fruits. A somewhat sweet start, but immediately after that the same rustic impressions as in the bouquet with dark forest fruits and good, firm tannin. Long finish. This wine will definitely improve with 5 – 7+ years of ageing. 91 for now.