1997 Antinori "Pian delle Vigne" Brunello di Montalcino
Very rich and plummy, with lots of mineral and floral undertones. Full, fresh and very powerful, with big, yet silky tannins and a long aftertaste of cherry and spices. Very, very long. Still needs time.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2009. 12,000 cases made. (Web Only - 2007)
The work of award-winning winemaker Renzo Cotarella shows through in this wine’s modern, bright purple color, its new wood and ripe fruit aromas and in the juicy blackberry and berry fruit flavors. Yet it is certainly not just modern glitz: Lurking behind is the real heart of a tough, ageworthy, tannic Brunello.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium to dark garnet. Fresh, engaging nose suggests mocha, cinnamon, cedar and vanilla. Forceful entry of black cherry leads to juicy, high-toned flavors of dark berry fruits. Smooth, glossy and graceful but ultimately a wine of very good rather than outstanding weight and length. Ripely tannic finish.
Wine & Spirits
Score only, no tasting note provided.
Obviously oaky and sweet on the nose. Clay aroma. Full, aromatic and dense on the palate with a long, sensuous finish. 18/20 points.
Quite deep crimson. Quite intriguing, high-toned nose. Spreads across the palate. Rather velvety and flattering. At least there's ripeness here! Gentle tannins at the end. Refreshing acidity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne puts on a very nice showing, only its performance is too short. The bouquet opens to generous tones of prune, crushed clove and Indian spice. Subtle renditions of balsam herb and licorice fill in the rear. The palate sees dry tannins and a short finish that leaves you expecting more. (ML)