Wow, this is how Brunello should be like. No Neri or Valdicava (which are fantastic for what they are, no doubt), but a top notch classic Brunello with edges and everything that makes these wines special, plus loads of personality. Great structure and presence, demanding your full attention, while still remarkably balanced. Forces you to take your time and unwind, and that is exactly what I expect from a wine of this format. Wonderful experience now with some air, but still youthful and clearly made for the long haul. Repeatedly impressed by 2001 Brunellos.
Decanted and poured about an hour later, this wine gave an excellent to outstanding showing. The aromatics display a combination of youthful and maturing elements and offers of mix dark red cherries, spice, mocha, earth, bark, licorice, leather and floral notes. The color is a tarnished medium to dark ruby. The medium bodied palate shows balance and detail. There is an underlying firmness to the wine and it gives a medium to long finish that combines tannins and acidity. This seems to at or around its peak with no signs of fading. It should continue to drink well for many years.
didn't rate cuz we had at dinner with friends and i drank mostly the '71 Prunotto Barolo Riserva, but i will say our friends loved this wine, my quick impression was that it had plenty of material but still needed time to integrate the oak... kind of a big wine for a brunello was my sense on a couple of sips
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