To be honest, not a big fan of the sangiovese grape varietal. But i am starting to change my mind as i drink more and more brunellos. Definitely one of the best brunello i have tasted.
Blind tasted thanks to the generosity of Jess. Pop and poured. A colossal wine. Strong deep intense garnet inkish colour. Nose was a little closed initially but with a mild barnyard, bluecheese scent which blew off as the wine breathed. Opened up into an extraordinary bouquet of floral scent with a tinge of tabacco/flint. The flavour is rich and well structured, with many layers beneath, upheld by a superb cutting acidity which is characteristic of the sangiovese grape varietal. Relatively long finish which returns a flavour of a tinge of leather and eucalyptic sensation.
To be honest i thought this wine was at least 15 years old. Drinking well now but could probably benefit from another 10-15 years of cellaring.
Theme: Interesting (Pine Close): Tasted blind. Popped and slow-oxed in bottle for 30 minutes. Appearance is clear, pale intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose is medium+ intensity, with an initial slight whiff of barnyard that blew off, revealing aromas of sweet peaty earth and red cherries. Developing. On the palate, dry, bright high acidity, medium+ alcohol. Drying medium tannins but somehow still producing a wonderfully silky mouthfeel. Medium+ body. Pronounced flavor intensity, with flavours of sweet peaty earth and sour red cherries. Red fruit intensity was strong, and there was a sense of great depth, but at this point of time this wine was only showing a more austere face. Long finish. Very good quality traditional style Brunello. Too young to drink and assess now. However, it was still a joy to have tasted this. The future is bright. Give this another 8-10 years. As Biondi Santi himself once said: "The characteristic of Brunello is its longevity. Nature is capable of creating beautiful things—you just have to wait."
My initial impression on the first night was disappointing. Wine seemed tannic and not in balance. I let the bottle sit open and 2 days later the difference was unbelievable. The nose changed to dark cherry and tobacco with the tannins now soft and perfectly balanced with the fruit. The real pedigree of this wine came through. I have visited this winery and they open the bottles for tasting at least 24 hours ahead of time. This wine takes time to evolve. It should also age well for many years and I am happy I have several more bottles but be sure to follow the wine makers instructions and open well ahead of time.
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