2008 La Velona Brunello di Montalcino
romas of blueberries, cherries and lightly smoked meat follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. This needs a little more time to come together. Better in 2015.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
La Velona’s 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is frank, bold and direct. A solid, broad-shouldered wine, the 2008 impresses for its density and persistence. Still quite primary, the 2008 needs another few years in bottle to show the full range of its aromas and flavors, but all the elements are nicely balanced at this stage. Savory herbs, tobacco and dried cherries add complexity to the firm, structured finish. This is a solid showing from La Velona. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (AG)
Among the most attractive qualities of this Brunello are the drying mineral tones of brimstone and crushed granite that frame softer tones of cherry fruit and plum cake. There’s a savory touch of black pepper and spice and the wine shows bright freshness as well.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, full red. Sexy aromas of red cherry, sweet spices and flowers. Primary and nicely perfumed in the mouth, with a grapey quality to the pure red cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Finishes pure and long, with fine-grained tannins. One of the best wines I have had from La Velona in some time.
Firm and lean, featuring a sweet cherry core surrounded by leather and tobacco flavors. An underbrush note graces the finish, with rugged tannins. Best from 2016 through 2030. 2,000 cases made. –BS
94 points Tim Atkins, MW: "This family-owned, Castelnuovo dell'Abate estate's wine was a revelation to me at this year's Benvenuto Brunello. This is quite pale, but it certainly doesn't lack concentration. It's a serious, spicy wine, with a touch of oak from partial ageing in French oak tonneaux, cherrystone and raspberry fruit and well-judged acidity and tannin. Not to be confused with nearby Castello di Velona. Drink: 2015-22."