2000 Fanti Tenuta San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $60)
Strong-willed and pure smelling, with lush cherry, cola and tree bark aromas mingling with berry and cherry. While it sits on the fence between racy and creamy, it delivers vanilla and chocolate flavors along with pure plum and black cherry. Features sharp tannins and bracing acidity.
Plenty of raspberry, mineral and floral aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with good vanilla oak character and a medium finish. Slightly too much new wood, but I like it. Nice fruit. Best after 2005.
"The San Filippo Estate has belonged to the Fanti Family since the beginning of the eighteenth century. It extends over about 300 hectares, of which 52 are specialized vineyards, 110 are olive orchards, with over 8,500 olive trees, 80 hectares used for seed plots and 70 as forests...The area of vineyards has been developed in the amphitheatre of the south facing hills of Castelnuovo dell'Abate, at 350-430m asl, a part of which are to be found quite near the wonderful Roman Basilica of Sant'Antimo, and the rest in the hill side slopes from Castelnuovo dell'Abate toward Orcia. The soil is limy with stratified formation of "galestro" (marls). The climate is extremely particular and at one and the same time favours robust and elegant wines because of the strong exposure to the sun during the day thanks to the configuration of the hills where the vineyards are located, with a good thermal drop at night due to the fresh winds coming from nearby Mount Amiata." (from the winery)