2007 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino graces the palate with layers of expressive fruit. This is a surprisingly large-scaled, intense Brunello from Talenti. Sweet red berries, flowers, mint and tobacco flesh out in this pliant, deeply expressive wine. The 2007 turns more layered, floral and finessed on the finish. Talenti gave the 2007 30 months in oak, 60% French oak tonneaux and 40% Slavonian oak casks. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.
Aromas of citrus, flowers and fresh raspberries follow through to a full body, with super fine tannins and a long caressing finish. Lively acidity and backbone for the vintage. Very fine indeed.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, dark red. Floral and peppery high notes lift aromas of raspberry, dried herbs, leather and earth on the complex, rather Burgundian nose. Saline, tactile, ripe and concentrated, with nuanced flavors of raspberry, minerals and musky underbrush. Finishes with ripe, chewy tannins and excellent rising length. A note of raspberry liqueur emerges at the end but the wine maintains its sappy character. Superb Brunello, and a worthy follow-up to the outstanding 2006.
Cola, black licorice, cherry liqueur and rum cake presage loads of ripe fruit and power. Yet itís lean and compact on the finish, with bright acidity that would pair well with pecorino stagionato or any aged cheese.
From the producer: "Brunello di Montalcino is the red wine which constitutes the "heart" of the Talenti winery, produced with 100% Sangiovese grapes since 1981, it grows in the company's best vineyards. After careful vinification the wine matures in oak barrels (26 and 18 hl) with a small percentage ageing in tonneaus of 500 l for two and a half years, followed by 12 months ageing in the bottle before being sold. When on the shelf, the wine is ruby-red in colour with an intense, characteristic and delicate aroma, harmonious, with a hint of vanilla and red fruit, wide and warm taste. Persistent, very harmonious and tasty, with a structure and complexity which gives the wine longevity."