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Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese

9.1374 ratings
9.161 pro ratings
Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Sangiovese
Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Beef, Venison, White Rice, Potato, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Chicken, Salami & Prosciutto, Soft Cheese, Duck, Tomato-Based, Pork, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lamb, Turkey, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Brent Clayton

Really nice for early drinking. Opaque ruby color. Ripe black cherry fruit. Hints of spices, licorice, and leather. Balanced tannins. #kitteh approved.

Really nice for early drinking. Opaque ruby color. Ripe black cherry fruit. Hints of spices, licorice, and leather. Balanced tannins. #kitteh approved.

Dec 11th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Meat sauce night part II. Always even more complex after it refrigerates overnight.

The nose expresses, ruby, lush, floral fruits of; blackberries, both black & regular plums, dark cherries, black raspberries with strawberries & creamy raspberries along the edge of the glass. Still a good presence of toasted barrel, anise to black licorice, vanilla, dark spice, nutmeg & clove, sweet tarriness, French expresso roast, mixed berry cola, used leather, dry & fresh tobacco leafs, sandstone & limestone, black pepper, herbaceousness-sage dominate, graphite, shades of menthol & mint, underbrush, dry clay, dry crushed rocks, stones, rich, turned, dark earth with bright, fresh & candied florals that are; dark, red, purple framed in violets & a field of lavender.

The body is round, juicy, clean & full. Wire to wire beautiful on the palate. The tension, structure, length and balance have hit second gear but, still needs more time in the bottle to flourish. This is bottling that will long haul to 30 years plus with proper storage. I will be saving at least one bottle to that age. The tannins are still sizable & meaty. Ruby, ripe, lush, candied/floral fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, both black & regular plums, slight sour/tart dark cherries, black raspberries with strawberries & creamy raspberries. Still a good presence of toasted barrel/shavings, anise to black licorice, dark spice with heat, sweet tarriness, French expresso roast, bright mixed berry cola/licorice, caramel, dark chocolate, nutmeg, clove, vanillin, used leather, dry & fresh tobacco leafs, sandstone & limestone, black pepper, herbaceousness-sage dominate, graphite, shades of menthol & mint, underbrush, dry clay, dry crushed rocks, stones, rich, turned, dark earth dry top soil with bright, fresh & candied florals that are; dark, red, purple framed in violets & field of lavender. The acidity is a cool stream & light on its feet. The finish is well balanced, elegant, nicely kittened that goes from ripe & juicy into dry tannins, earth & spice persisting endlessly.

The only faults that stick out to me is the ABV (a little hot) & believe they could dial back the amount of new oak & barrel toasting level. These do calm some with more time in the decanter but, not enough.

Meat sauce night part II. Always even more complex after it refrigerates overnight.

The nose expresses, ruby, lush, floral fruits of; blackberries, both black & regular plums, dark cherries, black raspberries with strawberries & creamy raspberries along the edge of the glass. Still a good presence of toasted barrel, anise to black licorice, vanilla, dark spice, nutmeg & clove, sweet tarriness, French expresso roast, mixed berry cola, used leather, dry & fresh tobacco leafs, sandstone & limestone, black pepper, herbaceousness-sage dominate, graphite, shades of menthol & mint, underbrush, dry clay, dry crushed rocks, stones, rich, turned, dark earth with bright, fresh & candied florals that are; dark, red, purple framed in violets & a field of lavender.

The body is round, juicy, clean & full. Wire to wire beautiful on the palate. The tension, structure, length and balance have hit second gear but, still needs more time in the bottle to flourish. This is bottling that will long haul to 30 years plus with proper storage. I will be saving at least one bottle to that age. The tannins are still sizable & meaty. Ruby, ripe, lush, candied/floral fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, both black & regular plums, slight sour/tart dark cherries, black raspberries with strawberries & creamy raspberries. Still a good presence of toasted barrel/shavings, anise to black licorice, dark spice with heat, sweet tarriness, French expresso roast, bright mixed berry cola/licorice, caramel, dark chocolate, nutmeg, clove, vanillin, used leather, dry & fresh tobacco leafs, sandstone & limestone, black pepper, herbaceousness-sage dominate, graphite, shades of menthol & mint, underbrush, dry clay, dry crushed rocks, stones, rich, turned, dark earth dry top soil with bright, fresh & candied florals that are; dark, red, purple framed in violets & field of lavender. The acidity is a cool stream & light on its feet. The finish is well balanced, elegant, nicely kittened that goes from ripe & juicy into dry tannins, earth & spice persisting endlessly.

The only faults that stick out to me is the ABV (a little hot) & believe they could dial back the amount of new oak & barrel toasting level. These do calm some with more time in the decanter but, not enough.

Nov 8th, 2020
Jordan Wardlaw

Uncharacteristically funky upon opening (leesy aromas). Shaped up nicely over two + days. Solid typicity with nicely balanced profile, just a bit muted as you might expect from the 2014 vintage.

Uncharacteristically funky upon opening (leesy aromas). Shaped up nicely over two + days. Solid typicity with nicely balanced profile, just a bit muted as you might expect from the 2014 vintage.

Oct 21st, 2019
James Fox

Still bright fruit! Light mouthfeel with huge flavor!

Still bright fruit! Light mouthfeel with huge flavor!

Aug 16th, 2019
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2001 / A Point. Refinement in smell and taste. Truffle. Such a pleasure to drink after years of cellaring and to see that the wine delivers. Paired with Shitake and onion, flambé with cognac, with butter, cream and caserecce/pasta. And grated parmiggiano cheese.

Vintage 2001 / A Point. Refinement in smell and taste. Truffle. Such a pleasure to drink after years of cellaring and to see that the wine delivers. Paired with Shitake and onion, flambé with cognac, with butter, cream and caserecce/pasta. And grated parmiggiano cheese.

Feb 23rd, 2019
Matt Perlman

I won this random brunello in a charity auction as part of a lot with some Bdx and Burg that I actually wanted. Popped it tonight with spaghetti bolognese and it was actually pretty damn enjoyable. Big wine for sure, but smooth and not too hot despite 14.5% alcohol. Ripe raspberry and black cherry, dried fig, cedar, potpourri, some sweet wood that’s well integrated. Polished and fruit-forward, not exactly what the cool kids are drinking but I had a decent time.

I won this random brunello in a charity auction as part of a lot with some Bdx and Burg that I actually wanted. Popped it tonight with spaghetti bolognese and it was actually pretty damn enjoyable. Big wine for sure, but smooth and not too hot despite 14.5% alcohol. Ripe raspberry and black cherry, dried fig, cedar, potpourri, some sweet wood that’s well integrated. Polished and fruit-forward, not exactly what the cool kids are drinking but I had a decent time.

Aug 27th, 2018
Mike Saviage

Reddish purple. Dark and opaque. Black cherry fruit, menthol, hickory, and a little anise in the nose. Day one this a bit harsh in the mouth with nice fruit and a dry finish. Day 2 its more open but the finish is more subdued. Nice but needs food or creamy cheese with it.

Reddish purple. Dark and opaque. Black cherry fruit, menthol, hickory, and a little anise in the nose. Day one this a bit harsh in the mouth with nice fruit and a dry finish. Day 2 its more open but the finish is more subdued. Nice but needs food or creamy cheese with it.

Jun 22nd, 2018
Mike Saviage

Dark brooding tawny color. Opaque. Tight nose with notes of black fruit, cask wood and spice. Big and heavy in the mouth. Nice impression on the finish.

Dark brooding tawny color. Opaque. Tight nose with notes of black fruit, cask wood and spice. Big and heavy in the mouth. Nice impression on the finish.

Nov 27th, 2017
Erik Helms

Sommelier/Wine & Beer Buyer Whole Foods Oakland

9.2

Captivating aromatic bouquet after time spent decanting. This is a by the book Brunello, featuring dried cherry, black cherry, blackberry, loads of cinnamon, vanilla, bitter chocolate, & tar. All are seamless, deep, & savory. Spice & fruit comes first, & last remarkably long. Opened young, of course, but patience isn't a virtue of mine. || Decanted 5 hours.

Captivating aromatic bouquet after time spent decanting. This is a by the book Brunello, featuring dried cherry, black cherry, blackberry, loads of cinnamon, vanilla, bitter chocolate, & tar. All are seamless, deep, & savory. Spice & fruit comes first, & last remarkably long. Opened young, of course, but patience isn't a virtue of mine. || Decanted 5 hours.

2 people found it helpfulSep 6th, 2016
Dick Schinkel

From Magnum , great mature Brunello 🍷

From Magnum , great mature Brunello 🍷

1 person found it helpfulDec 25th, 2015