2001 Camigliano "Gualto" Riserva Brunello Di Montalcino 13.5% ABV, $80
This starts off with a big, masculine nose of dark blackberry fruit that is ripe, but firm and chiseled as well. Added to that is aromatic cedar, some dried flowers, a bit of raisin, and other dried fruits. The palate is solid as well, with firm black cherry, more cedar, and lovely tobacco on the trailing edge. There are pleasant angles to the palate, continuing the masculine character. The finish is long and firm with charred earth, dried black cherry skins and more tobacco. Substantial, and serious, with plenty left in all components to last. 92Pts
Camigliano is located in the south west corner of the Montalcino zone, at a general elevation of approximately 200 meters. Often fruit from lower elevations, such as this, lacks complexity and longevity, but that's not the case here. The "Gualto" has excellent stature and plenty of character; an exception to the rule.