Tuscany Sangiovese

Altesino

Riserva Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese

Woa....WAY beyond our expectations! You expect a great Brunello from these guys, I get it, but if you can find a 2001 someplace that's been cellared well, BUY IT! Spectacularly smooth, with Dark fruit of blackberries, a touch of spice and one of those bottles that go in the VERY memorable category. 30 plus second finish, and absolutely caught it at its peak. I just can't express how good, and timely opening this bottle is. Bought at the winery in 2013 and shipped back......only one we had. Maybe the best bottle I've had this year....ya, that kind of memorable. — 4 days ago

Mike RettkeMichael Mathews
with Mike and Michael
Kirk, Carl and 4 others liked this

Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie

Ragnaie V.V. Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2012

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik
9.4

A near complete wine with depth of fruit, severe yet sweet tannins, deep minerality and cherry infused acidity. Drinking well already given extended decanting but best from 2020. — 7 days ago

Shawn, Greg and 7 others liked this

Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga

Fontalloro Toscana Sangiovese 2011

Much more open than the Tignanello drank next to it, but wasn't as seamless. Very expressive ripe red berry fruit (jolly rancher?) and smokiness. It just seems the wine was a little off-kilter and didn't drink as easy as the Tignanello. But very good wine nevertheless. — 18 days ago

David, Shawn and 2 others liked this

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Riserva Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2010

Impromptu dinner at Harvard Club's Great Hall. Christmas is done very well with beautiful strings of lights, a huge gingerbread train set and the fifty foot Christmas tree. This Brunello was tasty for the delicious yet simple club food. Midweight, tons of vanilla and blueberries, this wine is fairly straightforward but appealing. I am reminded, however, why I prefer the straight Brunellos to their Riserva cousins: less is more when it comes to time in barrel. — 21 hours ago

Cara Zimmerman
with Cara
Cara, Shay and 1 other liked this

Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie

Fornace Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2012

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik
9.6

Big wine in terms of structure and still nowhere ready, but from 2022 it will be majestic. Its deep core of spice, great fruit and chalky earth flavours are beautifully framed by serious grip and fresh acidity. — 7 days ago

Shawn, Greg and 9 others liked this

Marchesi de' Frescobaldi

Castel Giocondo Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2012

Super complex wine. Very young but approachable. Need hours of decanting. A steal @$36.99 — 2 days ago

Phil, Paul and 6 others liked this

Madonna Nera

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2010

Orange peel and tar, this is light to midweight Brunello is quite satisfying to drink now. Needed a short while to open up to be tasty, if uncomplicated, and perfectly acceptable for a low key night in. The 2010 vintage is so good for Brunello. This wine probably speaks to the fact that any bottle from that year will be perfectly acceptable. — 10 days ago

Trixie, Bill and 1 other liked this

Valdicava

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2001

Dark scarlet ruby. Almost opaque. Nice perfume with notes of blackberries, rose petals, hickory and a little menthol. Very big in the mouth. Lots of fruit with plenty of structure to match. Very nice. — 6 days ago

Laura, Eric and 17 others liked this

Marchesi de' Frescobaldi

Montesodi Chianti Rùfina Sangiovese 1990

Still with good colour great nose of cherries and forest floor acidity holding firm, chocolate and rich fruit though falls away. 1990 it must be nearing Christmas. — 14 hours ago

Severn, Casey and 4 others liked this

Castello Romitorio

Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese 2012

An unusually voluptuous Rosso. (Probably should have arranged for @Bill Bender to have “arranged” the photo.) Rich, ripe dark cherry syrup scents with tilled soil and foresty spice. Earthy, soft, and mouthfilling, but it’s good good acidity for freshness. Only quibble is that it finished a tad short, but for a value Rosso, I’m not caring that much. — 17 days ago

Severn, Colin and 10 others liked this
Bill Bender

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I like to “arrange” and drink voluptuous @Tom Casagrande