May 31, 2021 - Prior bottle was 10 months ago and this wine continues to show impressively, perhaps even better than my prior bottle led me to believe. Red cherry, red berries, earth, leather and light spice/floral notes on the nose. Medium bodied with rounded, but very expressive red cherry upfront. Mid-body has better depth than previously, showing red and black cherry, mixed with red raspberry. Tart red cherry, fine grained tannins, light spices and mineral notes on the finish. Showed a bit more complexity, a bit more depth and noticeably better integration than my prior bottle. Was really tempted to bump it up a point and I'll plan to open my last bottle in Fall 2021 and hopefully, enjoy similar success.
April 19, 2021 - This bottle has been with me since day one. Drank alongside a Bordeaux from 2003, you could still notice the subtle earthiness of this wine under a big package of power swimming in aged cherries. If you can describe an aged Brunello as "Bright" then you are on to a well aged wine, drinking at its absolute best. Long satisfying finish with more of the cherry skins dancing around...DRINK
April 10, 2021 - Lots of leather and tobacco in this one, along with dried red fruits and dried herbs. Punchy acidity and still noticeable tannins. One bottle left, so I might save the last one for a few more years. Don't know if the fruit will fade.
October 19, 2020 - Even though I decanted this bottle, I put a little into a glass to smell it and see how it evolves. Immediately, it is apparent that this bottle lacks the animal/Brett aspects of the bottle opened 1-½ years ago. After an hour, vanilla and violets on the nose, and loads of dried red fruits on the palate, along with some leather. Punchy acidity and mature tannins hold it all together. I like it more than the last bottle, but still not at the level of past vintages (2001 and 2004).
September 30, 2020 - Gang of 4 in Covid19 times; Brunello (@ RW): In the bouquet some barnyard, stable and autumn forest. On the palate cherries, strawberry, chocolate and also thyme and herbs. Juicy and beautiful acidity and round tannin with a soft bite.
August 1, 2020 - Prior bottle was almost 4 years ago and this wine has improved almost exactly as I'd hoped. Red berries, red cherry and floral notes on the nose. Medium bodied (14% ABV) with red cherry upfront with a nice touch of brightness. Mid-body is much more rounded and better balanced than previously; exactly as I'd hoped. Red raspberry comes in here, but in a harmonious, rather than an overpowering fashion. Lightly tart red cherry on the back provides contrast. Finishes with fine grained tannins, light spices and mineral notes. The overall balance between tannin/structure and fruit/depth was improved noticeably. While the elements were clearly there when first tasted in August 2016 the improved integration and better balance have left this wine in a very good spot. Has the element to hold this level for several more years and is now fulfilling the envisioned potential. Next bottle for me in Q1 2021.
May 10, 2020 - Delicious Brunello. Son agrees that this is 92.
February 7, 2020 - meant to hold this last bottle, but it was at the front of the pile in the basement and got scooped up. Still on the lean/firm/traditional bandwagon. A bit of herb and slightly bitter tannin on the finish. Good stuffing; more interesting than enjoyable.
June 1, 2019 - Almost 2 hour decant at this point. More animal than leather on the palate that causes me to suspect some Brett. But, lots of sweet, dried red cherries, too, with the animal aspects blending with food. I've liked other vintages of this wine (2001 and 2004) much more. First of four bottles, so maybe the others will be less off putting.
April 11, 2019 - From the '06 Brunello Tasting. Great wine, but could not compete with the top 3 wines. It hung out in the pack with 3 others of similar flavor and complexity.