Decanted for 20 minutes before serving. Served on Xmas eve with pork ribs and cornbread (I know this is not a traditional pairing, but my family is in town and I wanted to try this bottle). Wonderful example of an aged Brunelo. Nice cherry flavor with nicely intervoven tannins. Paired surprisingly well with BBQ ribs.
Continue to taste for 2 hours post dinner. Enjoyable even post food, but after about 90 minutes, lost the fruit and became a bit flat.
Still on the youngish side, and slow to evolve, but pretty fascinating as it does. Surprisingly on the red side of the fruit scale, with good acidity. A little heat on the finish here and there (though none aromatically). Good stuff on the overall. Should be good for at least the next 5-7 years.
I'm a big Pacenti fan, so my thoughts are somewhat biased. Pacenti still produces Brunello in an old world style. It was smooth,nice fruit, soft tannins, but very structured and .. great with the pasta. This is a wine you don't want to drink to quickly.. its a thoughtful wine. Enjoy
I opened this a couple of hours before hand. Poured a finger immediately to see where its at. Immediately some fruit, mainly strawberry on the nose, supple wine, medium to full bodied. Decanted it later, because it remained closed to my nose. Quite a nice wine to pair with my steak, but I do not qualify it a full blown brunello ,especially since this is a renowned producer. Final notes: In the glass: nice ruby red, turning a little orange Nose: Strawberrys, a little sour cherry, little raisons. Mouth: Upon entry, nice balance, acids, some sweetness, again the aroma's but like I said, subdued. Supple, easy to drink, the kind you easily drink a bottle of, no problem, but all is subdued. Ok, for sure its a nice brunello, but to me it lacks the real personality and complexity of a brunello. Either it will come around after some years, but given the smoothness of the tannins and the level of acids, I do not expect it to. I have another bottle left and will try that either next year or 2016.
Decanted 6+ hours. Muted nose. Not much bricking. Good acidity. Tannins still obvious. Dark fruits, but not so much cherry. Long finish. Oak quite visible (too much for my taste). Fairly simple flavor profile and not fully balanced or integrated. On the whole, not bad, but nothing special and a bit disappointing. Would not deliberately seek it out again, but would be curious if it improves with some more age.
Drank this blind at WWS Ned Sangiovese tasting, along with the 2006 and 2010 Pian Dell'Orino Rosso. The 2001 had a very generous floral nose. Medium garnet color. I found it quite tannic, with lots of sour black cherries on the palate. Very vibrant acidity, very nice earthiness and, though it softened as it sat in the glass, I guessed this to be the 2006 (wrongly) mainly due to its apparent youth. (I should have looked more closely & would've noticed the sediment in the glass as a tip-off). A wonderful wine which was surprisingly youthful. Was voted wine of the night by those in attendance (but not by me).
The 2006 had a far more funky, and interesting nose, was a darker ruby color and showed some bricking at the edges (all of which led me to believe, again wrongly, that this was the 2001). Extremely earthy & herbal, lots of forest floor, mushrooms, and tertiary qualities exuded from the glass. Soft tannins with nicely integrated fruit, long finish with a definite rustic character. I loved this wine. The 2010 Rosso was easy to ID: very floral nose, with lots of sweet cherries emanating from the glass. A fairly 1-dimensional, straightforward wine that had an oaky, international style. An enjoyable enough bottle but way out of its league in this blind flight. 89 score
K loved this wine. I thought it was very good, but perhaps anticipated a bit more. Long finish. Fruit was good, but not astounding. Thought it would be just at the next level. In a good spot and definitley ready to drink. Typically "meaty" flavors I enjoy with brunellos.
side by side with a 2001 Castelgiocondo brunello. this was the superior wine. bright cherry and red fruit in the SP versus more earth and plum in the Castelgiocondo. but the big difference was the mouthful and finish. this was very smooth, had more acidity but much softer tannins. stylistically different but while we appreciated both for what they were, we preferred this one.
Decanted for two hours and drank over 24 hour period. Initial impression is a muted nose. Palate is not in balance with a terrible aftertaste. After three hours it fleshes out into a nice Brunello. I would agree that it has a little too much oak. Nice wine, nothing special.
Day two: Left in the decanter overnight to see if it would last. Not only did it last, but it improved drastically. It still has a lackluster nose, but the palate has balanced out into something much better. Nice rich fruits, good acidity and fine tannins. Lasts 45-60 seconds.
Overall this wine was good, but not great. Even with the improvement on day two, I would not give this wine a good QPR rating.
Decanted for about 1h and slowly drank over the following 3h. Still garnet but it's lightening up, not yet bricking or browning. Not sure what I had in the glass 18 months ago but this is now Brunello from head to toe (well perhaps there is a touch of Merlot..). Initially it even seems like a traditional style as it comes with a lot of earth, some floral notes and (not too much) red fruit. Later the palate changes considerably in the decanter, the wine gains weight and there is increasingly dark fruit, some oak, licquorice, and some dark chocolate. Fine to medium tannins and medium finish. A very nice Brunello which will last for many more years but not really a great one and QPR is just ok. 91-92
Opened one hour before serving. Intense dark ruby color. This concentration is evident also at nose, where we found lots of dark fleshy sweet ripe fruit - plum, black cherry, black soft fruits, rhubarb confiture - spices, chocholate, mocha, tobacco, dried flowers. Still rather oaky after 12 years. At palate very nice texture, important backbone of silky tannins and nice refreshing acidity, yet enough balanced. Long finish. Very good wine indeed, but IMHO should be more varietal and territorial to make a definitive step.
Let's see, was it good? YES. Was it elite? NO Can you envision it becoming elite? Perhaps. 6 hours of air. I have not had too many other '01 brunellos to compare with this one, all I can say is that it does not touch some of the better '97s I experienced going back a few yrs. Overall the 01s I have tried have been disappointing....just missing.
Sweet nose, red berry confiture, slightly lifted, later some leafy notes. Med+ body, red tones and some resin on the palate, quite tannic. Charcoal and red berries in the aftertaste, long. Still not extremely convincing, though not bad at all.
Deep ruby, slightly cloudy. Muted, slightly lifted nose with sweetish fruit, strawberry, caramel. Rather full body, red-toned palate with light bitterness, balanced, if a touch loosing in the middle. Very long, still rather tannic. A bit hot on the finish, spicy, fruity aftertaste. Must be quite good, but wasn't really up to the competition today, though some liked it much more.
Decanted and drank after a 2 hour wait. It continued to open and unfold its graces over the next 4 hours. Nice nose, seemed rather sweet smelling. Tasted of dark cherries with some earthiness and a bit of spice. Very classic Brunello. Very pure. Surprisingly good without food, but absolutely fantastic with it.
Opened and poured an ounce to a glass. Kept the rest in the bottle and allowed it to breathe for a couple of hours. Bright, cranberry color. Complex aromas of dried fruit, vanilla, potpourri, and roses. On the palate, there was an initial attack of oak, vanilla, and tannin, but over the next couple of hours, it became more restrained and integrated with the candied red fruit and fresh pomegranate. It should get better.
Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of ash, plum, pepper and florals. Flavors of plums, berries and minerals. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.
Athens Wine Event, August 2012; 8/25/2012-8/26/2012 (Athens, Greece): Decanted for 1 hour but no real effect. A touch ( to be nice) overdone. Quite a but of oak even after all this year which hides most of the wine characteristics. Dark fruits, dense ,sweet core . Mocha, caramel, light licorice. Oak. Oak. Oak. Where the appelation got it wrong.. The fact that we had it next to the brilliant and pure Ugolaia 2001 it didnt help but really expected more. 90 and no more. if we had more we would wait 5yrs and hope,pray etc.
Avons dégusté cette bouteille, carafée pendant +- 2 heures, après un Oreno 2005 et un Solaia 2006 ... Ce vin, tout de même excellent, ne soutenait tout simplement pas la comparaison ... Peut-être l'avons nous laisser respirer un peu trop longtemps mais le punch des deux autres n'y était pas ... Le chaume, les fruits, le tabac, le chocolat, un bel équilibre mais pas au bon niveau ... La finale demeure l'aspect le plus décevant après le Solaia, ce qui est tout à fait normal ... Heureusement, toujours 3 autres bouteilles en cave et je ne répéterai pas la même erreur ... À ma défense, les deux autres bouteilles citées étaient le cadeau d'un invité ...
Two hour decant. This one is a headscratcher to me. Is it really a nice wine? Yes! Does it have some classic brunello features? Yes, nice brunello finish. But it looks like a brunello blend. It is purple! Someone mentioned that & it is more "purple". The nose is more flowery than I would have guessed, and almost invisible throughout.
Needed 1+ hours of air. This wine showed as I expected it to and was a lot better than my previous bottle which showed more elegance. Fruit was in the forefront which I had hoped. Dark color with a rich nose of dark berries, leather and hints of flowers leading to a medium bodied wine. A great showing and a very enjoyable bottle of wine.
New Year's Eve at A's home: After struggling to pull out the absolutely tight sitting cork, I am surprised that this has no sediment whatsoever. Color, nose and palate, all shout "nice Super Tuscan". Clearly a well made Sangiovese/Merlot (?) blend but not a Brunello in my eyes. In the glass there is very little of the usual brick red. The Sangiovese is hwoever shinning through nicely but subtly on the nose, and on the palate which is medium weight and as good balance. Tannins are well integrated. Medium plus finish. 91-92 Need to try a Siro Pacenti post "Brunellogate".
As recommended by the winery, I gave this 1+ hours of air. On day 1, it showed dark berries that took on some chocolate and raspberry notes with air. Nice fruit on the nose and mouth that lead to smooth tannins. It was not as big and sweet as I was expecting. On day 2, I was disappointed as it just showed ripe licorice and leather notes. I like those notes but as complimentary notes.
One of three Brunello's opened and enjoyed with John and Linda over for a big pot of gravy - after we decided to not go the the Farm dinner because of the snow and ice storm forecast for the evening. Two '01's Castelgioconda, Siro Pacenti and Vitanza '04 that John brought. While all were good - Pacenti, Vitanza and Castelgiocondo was the order of finish.
Seemed very modern but in a good way. Almost purple-red, not sagiovesic at all. Smoky cherry nose with hints of evergreen. Raspberry, cherry, cracked pepper, very perfume with plenty of fine but slightly drying tannins. Good 4 Minute finish that seal the deal. The finest of my '01 Brunellos (Fanti, Fuligni, Sesti-di-Sopra) head and shoulders above. Can go now but could I get significantly better? I think it might. Nearly classic.
Dark garnet ruby color with a gorgeous nose of ripe fruit and flowers. Medium to full bodied with layers of taste that explode. Elegant, long and delicious. One to remember. Drinking so well at this point.
BYO (Glostrup): Dark sweet cherry nose with a touch of vanilla mixed with pine needles and different spices. Nice and complex. Powerful flavors of dark cherry with a lot of acidity and tannins but still maintaining a lovely balance. Good and compact body with big intensity. Great wine.
Beautiful Brunello. Lighter in weight compared to others. Very expressive nose, light berries, and velvety tannins for a pleasurable long finish. Definitely ready to drink, but has no bricking. Seems like these could last many more years.
Pronounced smell of alcohol on the nose. I have had this open for more than 2 hours and I don't think it is getting any better. I would have to say the '97 and '99 are much better wines based on tonight's showing. I have enjoyed these a few years back and they were materially better. Tastes like an old Chianti tonight.
Deep ruby color. Bright red fruits on nose - almost floral, and on palate - red raspberry, tart red cherry, with a hint of dark fruit in the background. Light-medium body, mild tannins and much lighter earthiness and herbal nature than most Brunello. Medium finish. Very nice with Copper River Salmon simply grilled with fresh fruit salsa and also with grilled portobellos and a truffled cheese.
A bit disappointing. Decanter for 2 hours and initially showed promise with cherry & tobacco overtones. Medium finish bt did not truly impress us in any way. Well integersed tannins but otherwise a rather plain wine. Will try more in another year or so.
Opened, decanted and served within an hour. Wonderful color; deep rich and masculine nose. Hint of tar and roses. Full, rich flavors, both savory and sweet but all in balance. Mushrooms and dried black cherries with some herbal element hiding in the background. Long finish. Tannins are all in check and neither drying nor tough. This impressed a taster who said he normally does not like 'sangiovese.'
Cherry and tar on the nose. Beautiful fruit with a real kick of strawberry of all things at the end. Nothing hard about this, but it can go another ten years. Medium body, after the fruit there is another layer of soy and tobacco. Beautiful wine
Big disappointment tonight. I had this wine 5 or more years ago and it was FANTASTIC. Since that time I have had the '97 and several '99s, both of which are much better than this one was tonight. Tonight this wine is barely recognizable as a BdM. Nose is both flat and dull, reminding me of a CA cab that is past its prime. This got slightly better as the evening progressed and maybe I should have taken my own prior advice and done more decanting but too late now. I find the finish somewhere between menthol and pungent. I may be too high in my score this evening based on this showing.
think it was a mistake to open this early without a very lengthy decant. awesome out the gate with gorgeous fruit, silky smooth texture, and room-filling fragrances. but 1/2 hour later had almost completely shut down aromatically. still, the ripe sour-cherry fruit was there, with the hints of flowers, rhubarb, vanilla orange peel and cocoa. great finish but hollow on the mid-palate. there's a subtlety, elegance, and restraint here that i find immensely appealing, especially given it's weight and tannins that just gain in power with each passing hour. but right now it's just not showing enough to really have a sense of who, or what, or how good, it is. noticed that it was better at cooler temperatures. and now, looking over some of the recent notes, i'm pretty sure that ShiverSeeker's post of 1/19/11 hits the nail on the head. so read that. i, for one, am definitely going to wait those other couple of years, and then some. we'll see. right now, i'd probably give this a 92. but something tells me it could be a 95+ under the right conditions, somewhere down the road. so i'm going to leave it scoreless for now.... update: at it's best, now, almost 5 hours after initial opening. too bad only a couple drops left.
Opened 1/22/11 (not sampled because that would be just plain dumb) HORRIBLY CORKED! ONE OF THE WORSE CASES OF TCA TAINT I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. WITHIN 5 MINUTES OF OPENING WET NEWSPAPER AND MOLD FILLED THE ROOM.
I was worried after 1 hour decant; still closed, harsh. After 2 hours, my wife loved the smell but found the taste acidic. I then transferred it between decanters six times, including twice with Venturi. When we started the meal, it had been decanting 3 hours total and I brought the temperature down from 23.5 C (room temp, in front of fireplace) to 19 C (66 F). At that point, it was becoming very nice and intense, a definite 95. But it kept improving, my last glass, 4 hours after opening the bottle, was by far the best, I was finally getting the buzz and shivers I look for in a great wine. The last glass was a definite 97, and I am hoping that within a couple of years I can get the same feeling every glass. So, my suggestion: decant for 4 hours, cool to 66 F, and let the finish take you over! or wait a couple of years.
Decanted 4 hours and it needed it. Extremely well structured, with soft tannins and abundant fruit. Had this with leg of lamb, but it really wants something richer and bolder. This is definitely a wine for food. In fact, tasting it alone and then with the meal was like drinking two different wines. Accessible now, but has a long life ahead of it. Should continue to improve.
Dark garnet ruby color with a gorgeous nose of ripe fruit and flowers. Medium to full bodied with layers of taste that explode. Elegant, long and delicious. One to remember. Should enter peak drinking window in a couple of years and will go for many more.
Benefit of the doubt this time. At first I was really impressed with the wine but by the 2nd half of the bottle I began to think it tasted like a lot of other wines I've had. It seemed good, even very good, but in a generic, workmanlike way, polished yet truncated at the same time. And that, for me, was the problem--the polish. I poured the last bit into my glass and sure enough there was virtually no sediment. The wine had been stripped of its character. It was like Eliza Dolittle after Professor has Higgins finished (with) her. It enunciates but it doesn't sing.
Still very youthful. Big, explosive, ripe cherries flavors and cigar tobacco. Characteristic spiciness. But tannins are still hard and not very integrated. Quite woody. This is a great wine, but will need another 5 years of so before it becomes really enjoyable.
"Younger that springtime, are you..." Well, that about says it. Still fairly closed with a fair amount of oak and tannin to resolve. Some secondary qualities beginning to peak out from under the primary; an intriguing blend of tobacco, leather, kirsch, chanterelles, and pencil. Still dominated by primary charateristics though. Tannins did seem rough still, but ample fruit should give the wine plenty of time to absorb them. I thought the wine tasted hot at first so that goes down as a minus. Overall a great drink with an arrabiatta sauce on pasta.
Opened and decanted for about an hour+. Very dark wine. A couple of people thought there might be some syrah in the wine. Nonetheless, wine had some fabulous aromatics -- strawberry, rhubarb, roses, cinnamon like spice. More of the red berry notes on the palate, very fine tannins. It was powerful yet sleek and elegant. I'll try to hold off from opening any more bottles but so hard to resist.
2 hour decant. enjoyed with varied appetizers. really got better sitting in the glass. nevertheless hard to handicap whether this 1 will be legendary. my gut says no. will prove to be a very nice brunello but for me did not show any clues beyond that. nose was invisible. and more fruit-forward than i would have guessed, but it is young? will wait a while for next try.
I thought I had posted notes on this wine, but unfortunately, threw them away. My recollection was that it was drinking well and better than the 2001 Fanti BdM. Lots of nice red fruit of cherry and plum. Floral. Well balanced with fine tannins and acidity. Should improve and no rush to open.
This wine did improve substantially while it sat in the decanter, but it is NOT a blockbuster. Nose and palate are very fruity and clean. Not rustic at all. Secondary aromas and flavours are only hinted at. The structure is excellent but the flavours are just not developed. I was disappointed and will leave the other bottles for a few years, I guess. I will be tasting the 2004 in a few days, so I am very curious....
Consumed over two days. Pop and pour on day one. Nice color, nice aroma. Nice balance, still fairly tannic, but nothing stood out. Nice wine, nothing special.
Day 2: The color deepened, the tannins smoothed out, but in the end it was nothing special. I thought that 2001 was supposed to be a great vintage for this region. Is this all that there is with these wines?
I like wines younger than most, but to my taste this seemed to just be entering a very nice drinking window. Decanted an hour, nice classic nose, great entry, absolutely killer with dinner and very nice for several hours thereafter. Great palate, great nose, classic dark cherry notes, a spicy panache and a lingering finish. Many years left.
Popped and poured. Unusual nose of rhubarb jam, perfume, red twizzler. flowery. Red cherry fruit on the palate, med to light weight with a little grip on the finish. Big reversal from the meaty 04 Pontet Canet (93) enjoyed earlier. I was expecting an earthier wine, maybe it needed more time to show its stuff. 90+
Deep color. Full tones of blackberry and currant, hints of vanilla, leather and some spicy tones. Full bodied on the palate with lots of ripe fuit and chewy tanines, slightly oaky. A very long finish. Needs some time to integrate more. Has lots of structure, suggesting a long life ahead. Drink 2010 - 2020.
Gorgeous aromas of egriot-cherry, spices, chocolate and vanilla. Full body, with a lot of alcohol, and firm tannins that covered the fruit. Medium finish. Leave this baby in your cellar for at least 3-4 years.
Brillant ruby color, looks like a burgundy. Cherry cough syrup nose, without the typical Brunello aromas. Well balanced and sweet mouth-feel with a good palate presence. Good structure with a long finish. Once the nose settles down and integrates this wine will be killer.
A tasty wine that those used to drinking cheap, oaky California zinfandel or Australian shiraz would undoubtedly like. Apart from it’s oakiness and almost syrupy texture and structure, it’s a nice wine. There are penetrating blueberry notes. There is also plenty of French oak. The texture is soft, supple, and velvety. Judged completely independently of the terroir, it’s a very good wine.
However, it tastes nothing like Brunello. It was served blind, and I suspected that it might be a syrah or perhaps merlot, or perhaps some strange California-styled Super Tuscan. I congratulate Siro Pacenti on making a Brunello that tastes like merlot. Congratulations on completely suppressing any characteristics of Sangiovese Grosso and the Montalcino terroir.
[Meat sauce] Opening this was mistake. Just arrived from Sherry-Lehmann; was room temp; not thrilled with the service. Decanted for 30mins. Anyway . . . candied cherries, overwhelming tannins. Still think its great but not a good taste.