2006 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1177770 94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (7/2011)

93 points James Suckling

 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.  (1/2011)

92 points 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)  (5/2011)

90 points 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.  (8/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/2011)

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


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