• larms Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 16, 2021 - Floral day, 2 hour decant and served with lamb belly roast

    The colour is simply beautiful and surprisingly dark and only just starting to show some signs of bricking and translucency on the rim.

    Nose: Really quite a powerful and brooding nose and showing a youthful exuberance despite its 11 years of age. Soft red plum, black cherry, red licorice...a hint of mint and some damp brown leather. Terroir is pleasant and a nice compliment. Honestly this is absolutely lovely with my only qualm being a smidge too much alcohol present on the back of the nose despite the decant.

    Palate: A little more red fruit but again flirting with darker fruit elements, sage, leather and terroir drives the initial impressions. The palate seems a little more integrated and has a real plushness to it. Medium acidity and firm, yet approachable tannins.

    Not quite what I would have expected but no less enjoyable in the slightest and such a long runway ahead - I'm floored by the youthfulness of this wine and while I would have absolutely zero complaints about drinking this right now I am really excited to see what's to come.

    92 points with the potential for 1-2 more with a few more years.

  • RGCM Gananda Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 19, 2021 - Black cherry, spices and earth on the nose. Slight above medium bodied (14.5% ABV) with black cherry upfront that shows a good mix of rounded and open elements as well as brighter and more tart notes. Mid-body shows good density and adds a plum notes in the back along with tart black cherry, spices, tannins and acidity. Finish has good length and shows mineral qualities and earthy notes. Feels like the mid-body is starting to open up and with a bit more time could show even more nuance and expressiveness. There's also potential for improved integration on the backside. As compared to the 2009, this is blackfruit based as opposed to redfruit, has more depth through the middle and better long term potential. I'll plan to open my next bottle in Q2/Q3 2022, again alongside the 2009.

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  • up4wine wrote: 94 points

    August 28, 2021 - Wine had a short decant, but still needed ~3 hours in the glass before really showing its full beauty. It actually seemed a little jumbled on the first try. As it organized, the bright fruit came out and the barrel notes settled into complimentary tones. The cherry seemed to deepen and become rich with time.

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  • VINNICK Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 18, 2020 - Good not great. Wouldn’t pay for than $50 for this.

  • jsnigeria@gmail.com wrote: 92 points

    September 3, 2020 - The wine was opaque and was deep tawny at the core and medium tawny at the rim. The viscosity was medium. The alcohol was 14.5% .
    On the nose there were aromas of clay pot, Sichuan peppercorns and dark chocolate.
    i tasted ripe dark cherries, toasted almonds and chocolate. It had medium acid, tannins and alcohol. The wine was incredibly smooth and well balanced and had a medium finish. What a fantastic wine and could use a 3 - 5 more years in the bottle.

  • jsimons wrote:

    May 25, 2020 - - Brick color with a medium finish.

  • jmc167@me.com wrote: 93 points

    May 23, 2020 - No detailed notes, but paired very well with great Italian thin crust pizza from a local restaurant - tannins still very present, will wait for another 2 years or so for the next bottle

  • plinymajor Likes this wine: 90 points

    February 2, 2020 - Very enjoyable and ripe brunello. Quite opulent style (ripe dark cherries, strawberry jam, saddle leather, balsamico). Not the most elegant example, but this was empty before you could blink. Went very well with braised ox tongue in madera sauce!

  • fhayek Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 5, 2019 - One of the stars of our Montalcino trip.

    Incredibly rich and intensive, with layers of underwood, dark chocolate, oriental spices, and many many more. Well balanced though.

    All in all, a decadent treat it is; very hard to stop.

    Interestingly, this was the only brunello we tasted that was best on the day of opening (and not the day thereafter).

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  • SlimShaney Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 3, 2016 - Bigger bodied and riper than anticipated. More sweet red current than Ive experienced in a Montalcino or any other Italian for that matter