1999 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino
Beautiful spice, berry, plum and raspberry character with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. This is always one of the greatest producers of Brunello and 1999 is no different. If you couldn't get his 1997 (97 points) buy this. Best after 2006.
A stunningly complete, cool-as-can-be modern wine with great color, lush plum and berry fruit, and very little of the earth and leather notes that some Brunello-istas may be seeking. However, if you like texture, sublime flavors of chocolate and charcoal, and perfectly integrated oak, this is for you. Consider drinking in 2005 or 2006.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino is Pacentiís best to date, quite dark in its ruby-garnet tonality and with ample sensations of cloves, vanilla, and sandalwood, though better integrated with the plum and raspberry fruit than in the past. The intense and powerful palate, concentrated, solid, and dense, is sweet and richly fruity and the depth and energy of the flavors indicate a significant life span ahead, a good fifteen years. Only a rise in the level of the oak on the finish keeps the score from going higher.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of dark berries, nuts and menthol. Dense, thick and powerful, with a lovely penetrating sweetness. Still a bit dominated by its structure and showing limited complexity today. Finishes with big tannins that are chewy, lush and sweet. I'd give this one six years in the cellar, at which point it may well merit an even higher score. 91(+?)