Brunello Di Montalcino

Vino, NYC

Tasted October 5, 2004 by 97mjr with 1,311 views

Introduction

"Brunello has become one of the most highly regarded wines in the well-respected and popular range of Sangiovese-based Tuscan reds. Join Charles as he tastes ten different wines from several vintages - including the 1997 vintage heralded as one of the best ever." ($95)

Flight 1 (10 notes)

Red
2001 Martinozzi Rosso di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino
($28) ruby red, expresso, minimal fruit, big tannins
Red
2000 MastroJanni Rosso di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino
($23) dark red, lighter body, earthy, acidic, minimal fruit and tannins
Red
1999 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
($60) Coffee, chocolate on the nose. Harsh tannins, high acid, minimal fruit
Red
1999 La Fornace Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
($87) Fruit and earthy notes on the nose. fine tannins.
Red
1999 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
($61) earthy nose with some fruit. high tannins cherry on the palate; nice long finish good aging potential; not ready yet.
Red
1998 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
($60) closed with minimal tannins, blunted fruit and brief finish
Red
1997 Martinozzi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
($98) well balanced, as expected exhibited more fruit than the others, nearly ready to drink, though could be improved with 2-3 years (**)
Red
1996 Fastelli Brunello di Montalcino Giunti Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
($43) brick red color. earthy, synthetic polymer nose, brief finish. soft tannins
Red
1995 Tenuta Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
($70) Almost unanimously the best of the tasting. deep purple color, red fruit, floral nose, long smooth finish, still great potential (***)
Red
1993 Il Poggione (Propriet√° Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
($90) burnt orange in color. big earthy bouquet, mushrooms on the palate with tart fruit finish. Never well regarded, but past its drinking window.
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