2008 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1157113 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 The great thing about this Brunello from Fanti is that it delivers complexity and intensity, but remains approachable and user friendly nonetheless. It’s like a comfortable cashmere coat: There’s class and elegance with a utilitarian side. Pair it with tri-tip slow cooked over coals. — M.L.  (5/2013)

91 points James Suckling

 Pretty plum and peach character on the nose follows through to a full body, with fine tannins and a fresh, tangy, fruity finish. Drink now.  (2/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Displays plenty of graphite, spice and personality, along with a lacy texture and supple tannins. The lively acidity focuses the cherry, strawberry and spice flavors, revealing an echo of spice on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2030.  (5/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright dark red with a pale rim. Floral red berry and citrus peel aromas are complicated by sweet spices and minerals. Fresh and clean in the mouth, with red cherry, tobacco and spice flavors. Finishes with rising, classically dry but not drying tannins and a hint of game.  (8/2013)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2014 | Send Email
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The 2008 vintage was rated 4* out of 5* by the Consorzio of Brunello di Montalcino, some critics thought a little high but the wines in general are pretty solid. However, a little bad press for the region about not being a stupendous vintage--especially after the spectacular 2006 and 2007 vintages--can really slow the wines down. The 2009 vintage is on its way, and when we were offered the end of this vintage at this ridiculously low price it was a no-brainer. The wine has a very complex blend of fruit and earth with excellent balance really making a Sangiovese statement. Wood aging was in a mixture of barrique and larger barrels for 24 months. I'm generally not much of a fan of barrique aging, but this combination, and especially for this year, really delivers a supple and quasi-neutral wood signature. Superb drinking now or for another 6-7 years.
Drink from 2014 to 2021

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.