March 2, 2020 - Suckling's Great Wines of Italy (Loews Hotel - Chicago IL): Walk around tasting. 70% Merlot with a good dollop of Sangiovese. Also modern styled, with features brightened and softened by the Sangiovese. Good now.
November 24, 2019 - 1 hour decant, found this to be more enjoyable overall from the last bottle. Still very merlot heavy but more balanced this time around.
June 30, 2019 - Visiting Rome and Tuscany; 6/18/2019-7/2/2019 (Lazio and Tuscany, Italy): Brancaia's 2015 Il Blu is an opaque crimson blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 20 months in French oak barriques (67% new). Decanted and allowed approximately one hour of aeration prior to sampling, the wine was subsequently consumed over the ensuing two hours. Throughout this entire time frame it continued to evolve, revealing an intense aromatic and flavor profile of dark bramble fruit, black plum, fig, pickling spice, cedar and tobacco. Full-bodied, freshly acidic, seamlessly alcoholic (14.5%) and with big sweet tannins, it is dense and layered. Despite such significant oak exposure during élevage, the wood component is complementary rather than overwhelming. Finishing with impressive length, this is a tremendous Super Tuscan that should fully hit its stride with some additional cellaring. Drink 2022-2035.
May 23, 2019 - Currently lacking of depth and complexity, but with great freshness/elegance. Perfect with italian food. Will hopefully imropve with age.
May 16, 2019 - Russk. Wine Spectator Grand Tour. 91+. Like this producer.
April 19, 2019 - Two hour decant, agree with the below comment, well-made wine, would not throw it out, very pleasing mouth feel, but not stunning as past Il Blu. Might be the heavy Merlot influence, again, very well-made wine, very good, just not distinctive at this price point.
April 18, 2019 - Chianti Classico tour 2019 - 1: This is in the league of a good Bordeaux. On the nose blueberries, blackberries, a touch of creme fraiche and spices. Weighted presence and appeal, plush and exuberant, but lovely taut. A blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
March 21, 2019 - Definitely more of a modern style here than the previous wines. Merlot stands out in the blend delivering a velvety mouthfeel, wine is young with primary fruit, but drinks quite easily in a early accessible style. Not memorable for me but would not throw out of my glass.