Thursday, February 21, 2013
Tasting: Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Opened about one hour beforehand. The first impression I got with this beautiful wine was the great depth of character on the nose. There is a solid focus of dusty black cherry, dried herbs, anise, sweet leather, and more. The level of complexity in the nose makes labeling some aspects difficult. The palate is savory, with grilled meat and fragrant herb notes, along with solid black cherry and some aromatics on the fruit. The acidity is nicely mouthwatering and balances well with the fine, clean tannins. The finish is long and lovely with dried black cherry and underbrush. This wine strikes a great balance between finesse and rusticity and showed no signs of fading after three hours open. A very well built, classic Brunello. 94 Pts.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Tasting: Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2007
The nose is fine toned, and a bit reserved at first, showing fresh dried cherry, some orange peel, and a bit of incense.On the palate there's a big meaty / savory note, that is very appealing, accompanied by more aromatic red cherry, dried herbs, moderate acidity, and good balance. The finish is long and elegant, with aromatic sandalwood, and fine grained tannins. 93 Pts.
This tasting note is from two samples at Gambero Rosso on 2-15-13. I look forward to sitting with a bottle of the '07 over dinner, to get a more complete impression.
A point of interest on this wine: the grapes for the 2007 were grown by, and most of the wine's production completed by, Piero Palmucci, prior to the sale of the estate to Colle Massari. This will continue to be the case for the next few vintages. I had opportunity to discuss the wine making philosophy of the new owners with their sales director, Maarten Leereveld, and I will share more on that subject in a future post.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Baricci Colombaio Brunello di Montalcino 2007
The grapes are sourced from the Montosoli hill, located north of Montalcino. Nello Baricci is one of the original members of the Consorzio, founded in 1967. This fine, traditional Brunello is produced in the limited quantity of only 12,000 bottles. 91 Pts.
Tasting: Canalicchio Di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007
A quick note from the Benvenuto Brunello event in NYC on 1/31/13:
Combined notes of charred earth, dried flowers, and dark roasted cherry on the nose. The palate is well balanced with lean black cherry, leather, and a nice aromatic finish. Complete, solid, and satisfying. 92 Pts.