Updating notes from 29 weeks ago.
On the nose, macerated & baked; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum, strawberries with raspberries painting the background. Mocha, vanilla, dark chocolate, fruit liqueur notes, dark rich soil, limestone minerals, fresh & decayed red florals with bright fresh field of blue & red floral florals with violets.
The palate is elegant, rich and full. The tannins nicely softened & resolved. 60-65% resolved. There is nice; soften structure, very good balance with excellent length. The fruits are; ruby ripe blackberries, sweet & sour dark cherries, blue fruit mix, black raspberries, plum, creamy raspberries and hint of strawberries. The red florals & violets really shine through on the palate as well. Sweet tarry notes, dark fruit liqueur, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, vanilla, some black licorice, limestone minerals, iron, tarry notes, smoke, used leather, cigar with ash, touch of dry stems, pinch of herbaceousness, dark spices, dry clay, loamy dry top soil, dry crushed rock powder, just hint of white pepper, blue & dark red florals, lavender with violets, good round acidity and a long, elegant, balanced finish that lasts minutes.
Better with a good meat sauce pasta than pizza. Slightly overpowered our pizza tonight. But, still delicious.
Photos of; the backside of Valdicava, one of their vineyards and Valdicava winery owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese.
Brunello’s take years to come around and why Italians hold them extra year(s) over other varietals/regions in bottle. It’s ten years before good Brunello producers wines are truly enjoyable; which is why I still have so many in hibernation. Drink through 2025. — 3 days ago
Generously fruited wine with red cherry and strawberry to the fire, before showing subtleties of dark fruits, rose petal, dried orange peel, fennel seed and almond paste. Suggestions of leather and black tea in the mix also. Rounded mouthfeel, with a touchback of creaminess showing through with pixelated like tannins but by no means defining the wine. Good, but would be good to see with a touch more age; more to come here I think. — 14 days ago
Tasty stuff! This is a barrel sample of the soon-to-be-bottled 2017 vintage; their 3rd release of this very naked Sangiovese expression. Short maceration and ageing a year steel (+2 months in used Barriques prior to bottling). Aromatic, herbaceous and cherry scented with ditto flavours and juicy acidity; this has “drinkability” written all over it! — 12 days ago