2006 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino
A firm, dry version, dense with cherry, blackberry, tobacco and mineral aromas and flavors. Precise and vibrant, this cruises through the long aftertaste with complex fruit and spice notes. There's fine balance and grip. Best from 2013 through 2027.
This shows wonderful aromas of dark fruits, Indians spices and treacle tart. Raisins. Full bodied, with big, round tannins and raisiny finish. Almost Amarone-like, but I like it. Try it after 2014.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a big, juicy wine bursting with dark fruit, sage, rosemary, licorice and new leather. This undeniably attractive, opulent Brunello reveals terrific length and harmony in a full-throttle style. The finish is round, creamy and impeccably balanced. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full red. Sexy if somewhat funky aromas of currant, marzipan, game and leather. Sweet, lush, very ripe and concentrated, with good fat and power to the flavors of plum, bitter cherry, chocolate, licorice and brown spices. A bit stern now owing to its bite of acidity and big chocolatey tannins but seems built to reward aging.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini regularly brings us very soft, rich and velvety expressions of Brunello. This vintage, however, is more austere, reserved and seems to need more time to open and breathe in the glass. As it does, it reveals layers of cherry, almond paste, smoke, vanilla and powdered chocolate.