Appearance: Bright and clear, it has medium ruby color, with thin garnet rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of red fruit of cherry, black fruit of plum, oak notes of cedar, animal notes of leather, kernel notes roasted almond, sweet spice of clove, pungent spice of licorice, maturity note of savory. The wine is developing. Palate: Dry with high acidity, medium (+) tannin of ripe and velvety texture, the wine has medium (+) alcohol and medium body, medium intensity flavors of red fruit of cherry, black fruit of plum, oak notes of cedar, sweet spice of clove, kernel notes of roasted almond, animal notes of leather. The wine has a long finish. Conclusion: Very good quality Brunello di Montalcino with an intense nose of high complexity, the wine has the typical varietal high acidity and finesse, with also a ripe tannin providing the structure, demonstrating good balance in terms of flavors and body. The palate is reasonably concentrated but got a very long finish. It is ready to drink now though can benefit from further ageing of another 3-5 years.
Medium garnet, a bit darker than the 2007. Discrete nose of rose petals, red fruit, sour cherry in with cedar and some spices. This as well has excellent Burgundian elegance. Medium-light bodied, more structured than the 2007, so it will benefit from additional cellaring. If you ask me which one is better, all I would say, drink the 07 now and wait another 3 years for the 08, both wines are equally awesome. I am really impressed how they make such a gentle and elegant wine out of Sangiovese (after all Tuscany is quite a warm place). If you are a Bordeaux drinker, think Vieux Chateau Certan, Domaine de Chevalier or Chateaux Margaux.
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $50+ (Bin 75): Garnet core with large crimson rim; soy, dried red fruit, slightly volatile, nutty; nutty palate, red fruit, soy; really tasting old, not sure about this bottle, maybe it got cooked somewhere along the way, love the producer but this didn't seem correct.
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