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2010 Pian dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-15-2015
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The nose on this wine is wild, untamed, dried herbs, brush, fresh earth, smoked meats, dried floral notes along with a plumy brightness, just incredibly vibrant. The nose is just amazing but it is on the palate that this wine shows the most, it has such a feel, so light, energetic yet couched in a rich, powerful body that has an incredibly deep structure. The tannins are extraordinarily well integrated and the acidic balance lifts and powers the palate texture, supple yet firm, dense yet effortless. In the mouth more flavors emerge, wild fruits, cherry, and nectarine add to the meaty richness, that umami like character that is the principle flavor component. Finish is the wrong word for this wine because it is a long, balanced and easy path full of the vast array of flavors layering themselves on a seemingly endless journey. The only negative about this wine is they only make 500 cases, it is fabulous.
Drink from 2015 to 2035
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-11-2015
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The nose is warm, inviting, a delicate flow of fraises des bois is backfilled with a salty, savory plum that slowly exits the glass. On the palate the wine is so smooth, supple with a luxurious feel to it, however it doesnít feel dense, just long and smooth. The flavors pick up with more of the savory; plumy character this time accented with hints of freshly cut leather. The finish builds, fine grain tannins emerge and close the wine with a twist of structure and long savory finish.
Drink from 2016 to 2025

2010 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-11-2015
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The nose is dark cherry, yet intertwined with earth, Tuscan herbs, and hints of fresh leather in a relaxed flow from the glass. On the palate it is the texture that grabs your attention, it isnít dense but energetic, fruit Öthe fruit in this vintage is hard to explain, it tastes less fruity and by that I mean it is more complex, less simple, not just sweet and squishy, it is more developed, nuanced--I hesitate to use the word layered, because it seems too simple, but it is enchanting. The wine has tannic structure that is evident but is in the background as the acidic balance lengthens and lengthens the finish. Such balance and power yet so effortless, the wine is a pleasure to drink now, yet the greatness will be down the road another 5-10 years. The Best La Fortuna Brunello ever.
Drink from 2015 to 2030

2010 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino (375ml) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-11-2015
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The nose of this wine is just super elegant, full of rose petals, wild cherry with hints of middle eastern spices. On the palate the wine is lively, fresh and savory all at the same time, the wild cherry turns deeper into plum, smoked meats and leather but always propped up by high toned cherry and rose notes. The finish is just stupendous, so complex, so full, so long, it is hard to choose between these two wines but I like this one just slightly more than the Altero, but both super.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2010 Tassi "Franci" Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-11-2015
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The nose is smoky, dark, shows more earthy aromatics with hints of iron, leather, dried herbs, dried meat, more of that umami savory character with hints of mineral salts. On the palate the wine is expansive, powerful while still showing definition in the midst of its richly textured body. The wine comes on in waves, full, powerful, texturally dominating but then the flavors take over, plumy, chocolate, Christmas spice, wild cherry and then to the meaty, more savory flavors, just an incredible array. The finish is long, powerful, supple, complex and really brings this wine to an excitingÖwell I canít say finish because it just goes on and on.
Drink from 2015 to 2035

2010 Tassi Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-11-2015
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The nose is full of sweet plumy fruit, wild cherry, earth, Tuscan dust, smoked meats and herb, all flowing gently from the glass giving one the sense ease and grace, not forceful but full. In the mouth the wine shows a lush, fuller expression almost chocolaty, with plum and herb and earth, a supple, warm and inviting palate presence that just begs to be drunk, yet for the wine to be so easy to drink it shows remarkable depth and definition. The finish is long lasting, and carries through the chocolaty, cherry, dried herb character but it is its texture, that luscious, lustrous broad power that catches your attention and makes you go back for another taste.
Drink from 2015 to 2030

2010 Solaria Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-11-2015
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Dense, dark fruit thatís more plum than cherry along with bold strokes of vanilla burst from your glass. They are followed on the palate, by a wine that shows less structure than the nose might portray but has lots of juicy, bold fruit thatís accompanied by fine grain tannin. The finish is full, fleshy and shows a bit of square tannins in the finish. This wine needs a few years to come together to show all the potential it has.
Drink from 2018 to 2025

2010 Antinori "Pian delle Vigne" Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-11-2015
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The nose is so pretty, a delicate blend of plum, spice, vanilla with bits of dried herbs. On the palate the wine is graceful, balanced, supple, warm and truly inviting while the flavors are leaning toward a delicate sweetness of once again plum but with some dark fruit joined by touches of earth and spice. The finish is elegant, balanced, long and makes you want to take another sip, a wine so easy to drink and so engaging. For me this is the best wine this property has ever made.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2010 Villa I Cipressi "Zebras" Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-11-2015
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The nose is a cauldron of earth, Tuscan brush, rosemary, smoke, spice and leather exhibiting that savory quality of the vintage. On the palate the wine has exceptional balance and incredible depth, the flavors of plum, wild cherry are so complex, showing so many facets itís hard to describe. After this burst of fruit the savory excitement bursts forward and the layers of smoked meat, earth, wild cherry, spice, smoke are couched in a deeper, richer texture, although Iím leaning toward using lushness as a descriptor because if feels in that direction but the wine isnít lush it is concentrated, supple and shows incredible depth. The finish is long, balanced, powerful and is a delight with hints of sweet, toasted oak in the finish. Truly outstanding.
Drink from 2015 to 2035

2010 Villa I Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-11-2015
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The nose is a cauldron of earth, Tuscan brush, rosemary, smoke, spice and leather exhibiting that savory quality of the vintage. On the palate the wine has exceptional balance and the plumy, wild cherry flavors emerge first but are swept up in a whoosh of savory exuberance, layers of smoked meat, earth, wild cherry, spice, smoke all come together on the palate. The finish is long, balanced and a replay of this wineís spectacular array of flavors.
Drink from 2015 to 2030
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart JS 96 BC 0

2010 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-11-2015
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The nose is full of bold, plumy fruit with hints of spice and touches of earth but predominantly darker fruit. On the palate the wine shows loads of structure but is extraordinarily well poised a density that is coupled with classic length and a balance that surprised me. On the palate the wineís flavors are strident, rich, saturated and forthright echoing the dark plum, slight bits of cherry and leather begin to emerge but less savory and more straightforward fruits. The finish is powerful, balanced, long and a carries through the consistent flavors throughout. The best from this winery in years.
Drink from 2016 to 2030

2010 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-10-2015
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Patrizio Cencioni, Capannaís owner, is a man of very few words, he lets his wine do the talking for him, heís the strong, silent type, and you never quite know whatís going on behind his eyes. I wouldnít play poker with him, yet Iíd buy his wine. Capanna is a powerhouse; the nose is an array of wild cherry, chestnut, cinnamon, smoked meats, plum and cocoa. This is a wine with tannic structure yet so in balance it doesnít really stand out and that is because it is so well balanced, all the pieces line up elegantly. On the palate the wine is a cauldron of molten fruit, spice, and leather and displays an extraordinary density. This is a powerful wine, it has everything, fruit, spice density, palate presence it is a marvel to behold, however this is a wine youíll need to hold onto for awhile, this isnít a pretty wine this is a stunningly gorgeous wine that will take a bit of time to take it all in. Drop it in your cellar for another 5-10 years, or if you have anyone you need to gift a Birth year wine for, this is it.
Drink from 2020 to 2040
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart JS 94 BC 0

2010 Mauro Molino "Bricco Luciani" Barolo
Review Date: 3-10-2015
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Mauro Molinoís Barolo are not overly tannic, they always show more elegance, balance with a supple and drinkable feel to them. The nose is an array of spice, herbs, and flowers with hints of leather and camphor. On the palate his wine is graceful, lush and gives one a sense of ease and grace. The finish shows a bit of tannin but overall the wine is very easy to drink for most Barolo, and an excellent introduction to Nebbiolo.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2009 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 3-10-2015
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The 2009 Madonna has all of the classic Valdicava character in the nose, that gamey, sweet earth, wild cherry mélange that is so identifiable for this producer. On the palate the fruit begins to expand and it releases more spice, plum, leather, smoked meats but still that wild cherry shows the way and lengthens it across your palate. The wine is powerful, structured with very fine grain tannin, but the wineís core of acidity pulls the wine down your tongue where those signature flavors are once more displayed. The finish is supple, long and still shows layers of flavors just piqued by a bit of that very fine grain tannin in the finish, an altogether excellent wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2029
Price: $224.99 Add To Cart RP 95 BC 0

2006 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 3-10-2015
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This wine is absolutely stunning so full of wild cherry, a sweet earthy, fresh cut leather, plums, spice just incredible nose. On the palate it is big, long yet shows outstanding balance and length. While there is a fair amount of structure the tannins are very fine grain and add an intriguing background for the rich fruit and spice. The finish is simply superb, a wine for the ages and while you might think this is really expensive, but when you compare it to a First Growth Bordeaux....you're stealing it.
Drink from 2015 to 2036

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