Medium ruby color of medium plus intensity. Red fruit, dried flowers on the nose. Dry, medium plus alcohol, medium acidity, medium beautiful elegant tannins. Dark cherry, licorice, and a hint of creme brulee. Medium length. Delicious, will definitely improve over time.
93+ points — 6 days ago
Brunello is one of my wife’s favorite wines, so she was pretty excited when this press sample showed up last week. Wonderfully silky with that powdery tannic grip that Sangiovese can offer, this is a classic old-school expression of Brunello - with gorgeous cherry, sandalwood, dried herbs and floral high notes. Fantastic acidity brings a dried orange peel quality to the finish and keeps the wine quite fresh as those dried herb notes soar for quite some time. — 7 days ago
With Lamb Chops on Easter Sunday. Crimson with a tawny rim. Aromas of menthol and freshly turned earth together with McBarens Plumcake Pipe Tobacco - after a while Lavender. On the palate very savoury dry plum, cherry with a touch of licorice and tar. Medium bodied with fine persistent tannins. An excellent Brunello from a good vintage. — 8 days ago
I fondly recall selling this wine during 2009/2010. Properly stored bottles will drink extremely well through the decade.
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Drink: 2021 - 2030
Tasted: Mar 2021
The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is slightly darker in color yet just as vibrant as the Annata sitting beside it. The Riserva blossoms with autumnal spices, tobacco and florals, giving way to a display of bright strawberry with flowery undergrowth. It’s enveloping and soft upon entry, with stimulating acids and tart red fruits that create a push-and-pull of sweet and sour, coming across as zesty and full of energy. Fresh cherry pits, licorice and inner rose linger over a nuanced layer of tannin. This gorgeous wine of tension is on the verge of peaking, with many, many years of pleasurable drinking in store for us. I can sit with this for hours. Sampled from the winery cellar.” — 9 days ago