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2004 Perillo Taurasi Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
3/13/2016 - Pebben wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured. Deep garnet core, pink rim. Developed nose with hints of black forest fruit, liquorish, sous bois and smoky cedar-wood. Sweet fruit on the initial attack, lacks depth on the mid-palate, but finishes off with firm grip and respectable length. A touch disjointed, but nevertheless a fully mature quality wine that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Good, but still probably not a rebuy at $50.
  • D. Fulton commented:

    3/16/16, 9:39 AM - I completely concur with this note.

Red
2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
11/8/2015 - shaferguy91 wrote:
92 points
Decanted 1 hour. Way to young. Visit again in a year or more.
  • D. Fulton commented:

    11/9/15, 12:41 AM - I'd wager that you wouldn't see any significant difference in a year. I think it would be very safe to leave these in the back of your cellar until at least 2020. Based on my experience with the 1995, which was not a dissimilar vintage, and the 1990, my guess of an ideal drinking window would be 2022-2030. This is a wine built to age.

Red
1998 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/22/2015 - johnh1001 wrote:
flawed
Corked
  • D. Fulton commented:

    3/22/15, 8:40 PM - Ouch.

Red
2011 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
2/5/2015 - D. Fulton wrote:
77 points
Truly dreadful stuff. Oak, oak, and more oak both on the nose and palate with a bizarrely inky texture far more evocative of a California Zinfandel than a well made Chianti Classico. Feels fat and flabby in the mouth with insufficient acidity. Very chalky tannins on the finish. Deep purple color that casts doubt on producer's claim of this wine being 100% Sangiovese. A truly bastardized wine epitomizing the very worst trends in modernist Italian winemaking.
  • D. Fulton commented:

    2/22/15, 11:45 AM - I too had positive memories of previous vintages of this wine, and while it might have been suffering after transport to the UK, it's also possible that Fontodi has moved to a more internationalist style. It'll be interesting to read others' impressions of this vintage.

Red
2005 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro
11/25/2012 - RJurman wrote:
flawed
This was my second bottle of this vintage. Both were corked and sour. Really disappointing.
  • D. Fulton commented:

    2/4/13, 5:54 PM - When I was at the winery in 2005 or 2006, it could only be described as quite rustic. The facilities, at that time, weren't exactly conducive to clean, hygienic wine making.

    I will never forget the bottle of the 1998 Bea Sagrantino I drank and found several inches of a branch of some sort, presumably part of a grape vine, at the bottom of the bottle. The wine was great, but when they say their wines are unfiltered, they really mean it.

    I understand there has been recent construction to expand and improve the winery, improving drainage, lighting, ventilation, etc. It's absolutely amazing that Montefalco's best wines have been produced for years with such antiquated facilities. Hopefully the upgrades to the winery will allow for better quality control and consistency alone with their employment of traditional production techniques.

Red
1999 Cerbaiona (Molinari) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
1/25/2010 - dream wrote:
80 points
Not sure what the problem is but this bottle is monolithic and showing nothing. 80?
  • D. Fulton commented:

    12/19/12, 10:12 PM - It's too young! A 10 year old Cerbaiona from an age-worthy vintage like 1999 will probably still be pretty tight, and it'll certainly need a long and vigorous decanting at this stage. I'd estimate this wine to be at its prime from 2017-2025.

Red
2006 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
10/26/2012 - Viini-Viren wrote:
92 points
Beauiful "light" Brunello. Complex with long aftertaste. Still tough tannins. Enjoyable!
  • D. Fulton commented:

    12/19/12, 8:19 PM - I'm not quite sure this qualifies as a "light" Brunello.

    In fact, I don't think any quality 2006 Brunello could accurately be described as being light.

Red
2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
2/20/2011 - quaglia wrote:
77 points
Benvenuto Brunello 2006 premiére (30 TN inside!!) (Montalcino (Si)): Weak nose. Nice entry in mouth, but decaying fast. [IV: 92]
  • D. Fulton commented:

    12/14/12, 9:58 AM - Decaying fast?

    In 2011? Are you nuts?

    I do love Benvenuto Brunello, but one does tend to be rather drunk by the end!

    I guess if you've been drinking Siro Pacenti and Casanova di Neri style oak juice for a few hours, it would be rather difficult to discern the nuances of a wine that actually tastes like Brunello!

Red
2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
5/21/2011 - Philippe_C wrote:
90 points
Bit closed and dusty nose at opening, light nose of red berries and iodium... in the mouth, very light fruit, tannins are present, lacking fruit, very traditional
  • D. Fulton commented:

    12/14/12, 9:46 AM - In a good vintage (e.g., 2006, 2004, 2001), you'll often find that the new Brunelli are remarkably open upon release, and many wines close up once the primary fruit starts to recede leaving a tight, tannic, acidic monster in your glass. Eventually, lots of secondary and tertiary nuances develop, the acids and tannins come into balance, and after 20 years, you have a fantastic, life-changing wine. I will probably open one of these soon, then not another until 2026.

    While many bottles of Brunello drink well right after release at 5 years of age, the process of shipping the bottles across oceans, on trains, trucks, in and out of warehouses, etc., can certainly affect how a recently shipped bottle comes across.

    It sounds to me like your bottle might have needed a month or two of rest in your cellar for it to show better.

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