1997 Antinori "Pian delle Vigne" Brunello di Montalcino
Captivating Brunello. Fantastic Aromas of blackberries, flowers and minerals from this full-bodied wine, with incredible layers of ripe fruity and silky tannins. The finish lasts for minutes. Racy and firm now; give it some bottle age. Best from 2004 through 2014.
The work of award-winning winemaker Renzo Cotarella shows through in this wineís 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)