1999 Tenuta Caparzo "La Casa" Brunello di Montalcino
*Cellar Selection* Fuller, richer and creamier-textured than the normale, La Casa, from a single vineyard, starts with showy scents of smoked meat, cedar and black cherries, then moves into vanilla, black cherry, earth and tobacco flavors. Tannic on the finish, but also very long--promising much for the future. Try in 2010.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium ruby. Sexy, somewhat briary aromas of plum, coffee, meat and leather; reminded me a bit of Vega Sicilia. Then penetrating, densely packed and very intensely flavored, with a compelling florality that complicates and lifts the berry and bloody steak flavors. Really mounts on the back end, finishing with noble tannins and superb sweetness. But this impressively vibrant Brunello is still young and clenched, in need of seven or eight years of additional cellaring. 92(+?) points
Perfumed and beautiful on the nose, with ripe plum and cherry aromas and just a hint of flowers. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a ripe fruit finish... (Web Only- 2010)