Benvenuto Brunello 2006 premiére (30 TN inside!!)

Montalcino (Si)

Tasted February 20, 2011 by quaglia with 1,219 views

Introduction

Incredible event the “Benvenuto Brunello” premiere, showing 143 producers, with their Brunello 2006 and Brunello Riserva 2005 (But also with the others Montalcino's denominations: Rosso, S. Antimo and Moscadello). The event is becoming a "classic" appointment. A remark on the location: also if divided in two different places, and if sunday was “operators only”, with invitation, the locations were just too small, the crowd too much, with hundreds of “operators” just busy in drinking as much as they could and creating a very bad setting for people interested in tastings.
All samples are just released so, for sure, they will improve with time passed in bottle. Rating strictly refers to the tasted bottle in “not-so-conforting” conditions.
All wines showing similar colour characteristics (Nice crystalline ruby red, with orange-brick rim) and an alcoholic content between 13,5% and 14, 5%. Listing respects the tasting order.

Flight 1 - Brunello 2006 (25 notes)

In commerce the 1st of Jan., 4 years after vintage. Minimum 2 years in oak casks.

Red
2006 La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
81 points
A bit closed nose. Game hints at the beginning, then plum and alcohol coming out with decision with dried flowers (rose). Good balance, but with still harsh tannins and too much alcohol overwhelming a normal body.
Red
2006 Fattoria La Lecciaia (Pacini) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
80 points
A bit closed at the beginning. More flowery at nose than fruity (Dried flowers). Sufficient body, correct balance
Red
2006 Fattoria La Lecciaia (Pacini) Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Manapetra Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
82 points
Nice flowery nose, more intense over wild cherries. At taste alcohol and tannins covering a sufficient body. [IV: 86]
Red
2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
77 points
Weak nose. Nice entry in mouth, but decaying fast. [IV: 92]
Red
2006 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
89 points
Very nice at nose, clearly plummy, with balsamic hints. Good at taste too: fruity, with a good body. Well balanced. Just a bit alcohol sensation coming out (14,5%). [IV; 85]
Red
2006 Tenuta Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
85 points
Nice smell, intense of red fruit, just still a bit closed (fur). Nice structure and fruit at taste. Correct wine. [IV: 85]
Red
2006 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
91 points
Very rich and nice smell: fruity, balsamic. Mouthfull sensation at taste, velvety, with lots of fruit and spice (pepper). Very nice and particular, emerging from the average. The best tasted. [IV: 88]
Red
2006 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
86 points
From a single vineyard about 20 years old. More floreal at nose, with a balsamic hints. Nice body and structure at entry, well balanced, but a bit short and lacking acidity. [IV: 89]
Red
2006 Casisano-Colombaio Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
78 points
Nice intense smell. At at taste is unbalanced and alcohol comes out separately. Tannic.
Red
2006 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
85 points
Nice fruit and balsamic at nose; not very intense. Good taste with spices (pepper) over fruit sensation. [IV: 86]
Red
2006 Fattoria dei Barbi (Colombini) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
83 points
Not outstanding, but weak, both at nose and taste, also if correct and complex. [IV: 81]
Red
2006 Fattoria dei Barbi (Colombini) Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
82 points
Better than the base Brunello at taste, also if a bit closed, but insufficient at nose. [IV: 92]
Red
2006 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
86 points
Very nice also if a bit weak at nose. Well balanced between alcohol, fruit and tannins. Good. [IV: 86]
Red
2006 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
84 points
Good, but more tannins than fruit. Wood coming out too strongly. Too young. [IV: 91]
Red
2005 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
83 points
More mature both for taste and body. Spices and wood intrusion becoming more evident for an overall “unbalanced” sensation. WS: 92 [2010]
Red
2006 Tornesi Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
85 points
Slightly closed at nose, with some bad “rag” hints covering the fruit. Very nice at taste...just need more time and oxygen
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Red
2006 Solaria Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
78 points
Not very defined nose. A bit better at taste, but not going far. Below average.
Red
2006 Cantine Bonacchi Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
79 points
Average nose. Something not correct at taste, lacking of body and a bit unbalanced.
Red
2006 Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
83 points
Average nose, not very rich. Very good entry in mouth, then, a bit short. [IV: 89]
Red
2006 Fattoria Scopone Brunello di Montalcino Selezione Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
88 points
Very nice and rich nose: fruity, but also spices: coffee overall. Good at taste, also if a bit young and tannic. [IV: 83]
Red
2006 Sesti (Castello di Argiano) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
90 points
Nice fruity smell, also if a bit closed at the beginning. Rounded and full mouth, just a tick below the best. [IV: 91]
Red
2006 Podere Canapaccia Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
84 points
Fruity and balsamic at nose. Nice mouth, confirming the smell sensations.
Red
2005 Palazzina Le Macioche Brunello di Montalcino Le Macioche Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
81 points
Closed at nose with barnyard hints. At taste is showing more traditional character than other woody samples, but just sufficient body. WS: 86 [2010]
Red
2006 Palazzina Le Macioche Brunello di Montalcino Le Macioche Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
90 points
Very nice at nose: red fruits and spices. Full mouth, with spices (pepper) giving a very nice imprinting. [IV: 94]
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Red
2006 MastroJanni Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
91 points
This was tested at the restaurant :-), and normally would not be present in the notes, but it was so nice...Rich nose, with fruit and spices, but also balsamic. Coherent mouth very rich and inspiring a new tasting..[IV: 93]

Flight 2 - Brunello Riserva 2005 (5 notes)

In commerce at least 5 years after vintage.

Red
2005 Tenuta Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
85 points
Very similar to the base Brunello 2006, confirming a very good balance.
Red
2005 Fattoria dei Barbi (Colombini) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
88 points
Rich nose, one of the best: spicy perfectly joining the red fruit. Coherent taste, GOOD!
Red
2004 Fattoria Scopone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
85 points
Very rich and more spicy at nose. Maybe too much wood at taste, covering other hints. Green tannins. WS: 89 [2010]
Red
2005 Sesti (Castello di Argiano) Brunello di Montalcino Phenomena Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
87 points
On the footprints of Brunello 2006, just more spicy and some woods coming out at taste.
Red
2004 Palazzina Le Macioche Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Le Macioche Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
83 points
Nice, but a bit weak, especially at nose. WS: 91 [2010]

Closing

The 2006 vintage is accredited to be a memorable one and the tastings at the premiere seems to confirm a very good level, also if probably not exceptional. Many differences can be noted between zones. All the 2006 Brunello were, in general, better than the corresponding 2005 Riserva; and actually not many producer were presenting a 2005 vintage. Between the tasted samples, my personal gold medal goes to Ciacci e Mastrojanni!!

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