Uncorked then aired in the glass for one hour. Deeper garnet color. Very exuberant nose of cherry blossom, strawberry, dark plum, damp cellar, and leather. Similarly, a blast on the palate of succulent red and black plum, strawberry, tobacco, earth, leather, and tart dried cherry. Somehow joyously hedonistic and superbly delineated at the same time, perhaps due to persistently bright acidity and firm but sweet tannin. Waves of red fruit grounded in earth and exquisite sweet grip on the long finish. Glad to have caught this wine in its extroverted adolescence. Just the thing with sliced Tuscan steak over arugula with Parmesan bits.
Not a bad early Valentines Day wine! We celebrated tonight, since Sundays are usually soup & sandwich nights for us. Tonight was made a little more interesting by the presence of our 20 month old grand son, who is completely loveable but, always a little challenging around dinner time which is right before he goes to bed :) Doing a fun favor for the daughter and son in law. That said, this wine was a stellar companion to Nita's homemade pizza tonight and in a beautiful place. I opened it a couple hours prior to dinner and poured a glass to smell and sip prior to dinner. This doesn't need more than 2-4 hours slow ox. Pretty nose of dark fruit and hint of leather. The palate is one of the most complex BdMs I've ever had and difficult to describe except to say it has a rainbow of; fresh cherry, strawberry and other red fruit / spicy flavors. Also, a little tobacco and earthiness. Refinement and elegance rule here. This is definitely one of Brunello's top 4 or 5 Grand Cru wines and in that context the price is not out of line, at all. Extremely pure, transparent and ethereal. The texture and refined weight is amazing. Thankfully, for whatever reason, Brunello is mostly undervalued and wines like this can still be had at semi reasonable prices vs. the quality. Medium weight at best this is not a monster, so don't expect that if you're a lover of Shafer HSS or other large scale wines. Medium ruby garnet color. Just a very minor amount of sediment near the end. 14% Alc but you wouldn't know it.
Dark garnet color. Nose of dried cherry, beef blood, earth, plum, tar, alpine flowers. Very bright on the palate with plenty of tart spicy red cherry notes laced with earth, leather, red plum, and moca. Generous acidity and substantial tannins leading to a long finish of burnished cherry, plum, earth, and grip. Not much brooding here, just straight ahead unveiling of drenching Sangiovese fruit and what a joy that is to drink.
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