Shared with Gar and Kevin in Montreal. This wine has been on my bucket list since I began my foray into wine over 25 years ago. This bottle was generously provided by Gar. The bottle was pristine with the fill into the neck. The cork came out in one piece with the aid of an Ah-so and was saturated about 50%. The wine was ruby in color as Sangiovese should be and exhibited just a hint of bricking at the rim of the glass. The bouquet of the wine was intoxicating. One of the most expressive Brunelli that I have smelled. The only BdM that comes close to the smell of this wine is the 1985 Poggio al Vento. The wine was popped on poured after having traveled from LA to Montreal (actually from Germany to LA to Montreal) over the past couple of weeks. The first sips were promising but my first thoughts were the wine was still not at its peak. Wonderful red fruit with balanced acidity danced across your palate. Over the next 3.5 hours the wine continued to evolve and by nights end, the wine was everything that I had hoped it would be. The sweetness and purity of the fruit came to the forefront as only mature Brunello can. Sharing this wine with 2 people that could appreciate it was an experience I will always remember. Stunning was a word that was used to describe this wine and I would have to agree.
Fill was at the base of the neck. Popped and poured. Dark garnet color with only minimal bricking at the rim. Classic St. Estephe nose of cedar, spice, and a hint of tobacco. Very expressive from the get-go. There was plenty of fruit left on the palate with currant predominant. Silky tannins remained to enhance the mouthfeel but oh what a finish. Long and persistant that left a smile on everyone's face. I have tasted the '59, '89. and '90 and this bottle was the best Montrose I have ever tasted. I had another bottle of the '55 approx. 2 years ago. Although that bottle was good, it paled in comparison to this one. One of the best Bdx I have tasted.
Not a great Soldera but very pleasant to drink. Color was a little more advanced than I would have expected. This wine had been in my cellar since release. Nice nose of red fruit, spice, and balsamic. Plenty of fruit remained but the acidity was a little out of balance for the fruit. Shorter finish. If you have them drink them.