Monday, July 1, 2013

Santa Giulia Brunello Di Montalcino 2007

Here's one that you won't find state-side, at the moment, but it would certainly be worth bringing in. Azienda Agricola Santa Giulia is located in the northeast corner of the Montalcino zone, near Torrenieri. The vineyards are at 300 meters elevation and it is aged, traditionally, in large Slovonian oak botti.  The Torrenieri area is sometimes controversial because of the predominance of clay and the challenges that the soil presents, but the facts speak for themselves in this wine. As always, the proof is in the glass, and here is what I found there.

Santa Giulia Brunello Di Montalcino 2007, 14% ABV
Opened, poured, and enjoyed over a long dinner with two other Brunellos and four good friends. Pretty red cherry, leather, and finesse are the initial messages conveyed by the nose as it opened slowly and developed its full character. With a little time in the glass, earthy notes filled in underneath, accompanied by brambles and some Asian spice.The palate is on the elegant side with lean red cherry, more pronounced, and pleasant spice, followed by some astringency, meaty notes, and anise. The acidity is in good balance with the fine grained tannins. It finishes with a good, satisfying grip, and a bit more of the brambles coming through as well. Just 8000 bottles produced. 89 Pts.

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