2006 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
This is so structured. Stunning. Decadent aromas of plum and roasted meat, then turns to toffee, follows through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a mineral, dried flower undertone. Tannic. Lots of dried fruits on the palate. This needs some bottle age to soften. Very powerful and structured. Amazing. Best after 2015.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a striking wine blessed with gorgeous clarity and precision in an effortless, weightless style. Dark cherries, tobacco, incense, dried flowers and minerals come together beautifully in the glass in this sensual, understated wine. Tobacco, licorice, menthol and an assortment of other balsamic aromas and flavors add complexity and character to the vivid, textured finish. This is a fabulous effort from proprietor Andrea Cortonesi. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. I would be hard-pressed to name another grower who has made such huge strides in recent years as has Andrea Cortonesi. The artisan tradition of Montalcino is alive and well in this small, no-frills winery, while the wines have never been better. (AG)
A stellar performer year after year, Uccelliera’s confident delivery is characterized by intensity, purity and personality. This Montalcino favorite also delivers plush softness with thick texture and a focused point of bright acidity.
Starts out supple, with licorice, dried cherry and plum flavors, picking up a touch of herbs as this glides to a lingering conclusion. Elegant and almost racy, with grip and character. Best from 2013 through 2025.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red. Black fruits, licorice, black pepper, spices, underbrush and minerals on the nose. Dense and sweet but also nicely structured, offering good energy for such a creamy wine. A bit unwieldy today owing to its high alcohol, but the wine's powerful tannins are nicely supported by ripe, deep fruit. Give this at least four or five years to come into harmony.