2006 La Velona Brunello di Montalcino
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a thrilling wine loaded with dark fruit, smoke, tar, incense and new leather. This textured, multi-dimensional Brunello shows off marvelous richness and dimension in its fruit. Licorice, iron and menthol add layers of complexity and nuance to the round, enveloping finish. This is a fabulous effort from La Velona. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. (94+)
Smelling like coffee and toasty oak, with cherry and plum flavors, this rich red is backed by dense, yet enveloped, tannins. A powerful version, boasting loads of sweet fruit and a long, spicy aftertaste. Best from 2013 through 2025.
Starts off earthy and then opens to dark fruits and flowers. Love the purity to this. Full body, soft and velvety texture. Some raisins. Rich and wonderful. Hard not to enjoy now, but give it one or two years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright dark red. Lively, appealing aromas of rose petal, sour cherry, spicecake, loam and lavender; smells Italian! Juicy, silky and intense, conveying a lovely subtle sweetness and very good energy to its cherry and leather flavors. This concentrated, fully ripe midweight finishes broad and sweet, with suave, harmonious tannins, no hard edges and lingering, lightly saline notes of red fruits and candied flowers.
This elegant Brunello opens with a ruby-garnet color and offers enticing aromas of mature berry fruit, cedar, and a touch of cola or tar. There’s a smoky, mineral note in the mouth and although the texture it not too dense, it delivers a soft, sophisticated edge.