Sunday, December 8, 2013

1999 Cerbaiona Brunello Di Montalcino

1999 Cerbaiona Brunello Di Montalcino 14% ABV, $150

 The nose is a beautiful amalgam of details that presents as one complex impression, later flashing fine components over time in the glass. There is solid (and still youthful) black cherry and black cherry skins, laced with Asian spice and a core of mushroom all forming the foundation, with a layer of dark incense and plenty of dried herbs on top. The palate starts off with a soft texture and then turns to a medium chewiness with solid black fruit coming through again with embellishments of spice and Earth notes. The structure is excellent, with the acidity and tannins well integrated, providing plenty of support, but not standing out individually. There's a oneness about the many parts that make the single personality of this wine. Without a doubt, there are plenty of years left here. Probably not yet approaching its peak. 95 Pts

Cerbaiona comes from Diego Molanari, one of the true traditionalists in Montalcino. The winery is located in the immediate vacinity of the village of Montalcino, at approximately 350 meters elevation. The production is quite low, with the total vineyard being just 3 ha in size. A rare pleasure.

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