2007 Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino (Elsewhere $43)
Opens with dark concentration and ripe berry fruit with layers of plum, blackberry, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, cherry liqueur, cola and underbrush. It offers a wonderful 360-degree portrait of Sangiovese Grosso. Tight structure, integration and loads of fruity intensity. Drink after 2018.
Distinctive iron, balsamic and tobacco notes accent the core of cherry in this intense red, which is firmly structured, with moderate acidity. The finish evokes underbrush and tea. Best from 2014 through 2023.
A wine that is slightly jammy, but shows flower and light herb character too. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. Better in 2014.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium red. Aromas of cherry, raspberry and mocha show less floral lift than the 2006 version. Supple, sweet and nicely concentrated, with good red fruit freshness for 2007 but a bit less energy and cut than the 2006. Finishes with tongue-dusting tannins, a lightly herbal quality and a hint of oak.