2001 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino
Decadent and wild on the nose. Evolves from dried flowers to pure raspberries and blueberries. This is full-bodied, chewy, dense, with soft tannins caressing the palate. This is amazing wine, but it could still use some time. Pull the cork after 2012.
*Top 100 Wines of 2006* Aromas of currant, berry and light vanilla. Full-bodied and structured. Fine tannins but not giving much now. This is big and powerful. Needs lots of time. Best after 2010. (JS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Red-ruby. Brooding aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, mocha and sweet underbrush; in a rather modern style. Ripe and fine-grained in the mouth, with firm acids giving shape to the chunky dark fruit flavors. Not at all overly sweet. Finishes with very good breadth, substantial tongue-dusting tannins and late mineral and leather notes. Still a bit ungiving, but this needs time. (ST)
Vibrant black cherry is backed by chocolate, spice, cedar, herbal notes and vanilla. Dry and extracted in the mouth with pine and sour cherry flavors and solid tannins.
Four Stars! Thick, dense, rich, and polished this wine is really well balanced and really has some character. (I wonder why the high quality polishing in this wine is a plus and in the Casanova di Neri it is a negative for me?) A flowing richness eases across your palate, every grain of tannin in line, chocolate-covered plums dot your experience with an inherent sweetness that makes this wine irresistible. Graceful like an Olympic diver, you see and feel the strength but it seems so extraordinarily effortless it seems childlike. The wine finishes very well, long and elegant with spicy plum hints as it closes. Drink now with decanting over the next 10-25 years. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)