2010 Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1186038 95 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blackberry, stone, slate, oyster shell and truffle, turning to a full body with soft, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This goes on for minutes on the palate. A savory, gorgeous wine. Drink or hold.  (12/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Full of tension and energy, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine that does honor to the magnificent 2010 vintage. The fruit nuances are layered and plentiful with loads of cherry, cassis and blackberry to keep your interest. The tannins are smooth and ripe with sweet overtones. The wine offers good complexity and definition. Drink this Brunello after 2017. (ML)  (2/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Nardi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a juicy, succulent wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, spice and floral notes lift from the glass. Racy and open-knit, the 2010 Brunello is already quite expressive. (AG)  (2/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 An elegant version, with vibrant acidity and firm, assertive tannins underneath the cherry, strawberry and spice flavors. Tobacco and underbrush notes emerge as this reveals a touch of heat on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2033. (BS)  (6/2015)

Wine & Spirits

 Notes of tobacco and forest floor meld with this wine’s flavors of ripe black cherry and dark chocolate, edged with candied orange rind and dried thyme. Decant this medium-bodied Brunello and match its fine, tight tannins with seared bistecca.  (4/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 Aromas recall stewed dark fruit, coffee, clove and toasted oak. The palate delivers plum, woodland berry, mocha, vanilla and a confectionary note alongside bracing tannins. It's still tight and tannic so give it time to unwind. Drink 2017–2022. (KO)  (5/2015)

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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2015 | Send Email
Love this wine, classic Old World Brunello, earthy, wet leather aromas blow off to ripe and decadent fruit. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long, luscious aftertaste of ripe fruit and tobacco. (in my top ten of 2010)

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2015 | Send Email
The nose is a very complex compote of black fruit, more so than most anything I’ve had from this vintage, and while it is rather saturated, rich and dense it is fresh and lively. The wine has good structure both tannin and acid that balance each other allowing a smoky, spicy cola like flavor to well up from the depths of this wine to mix with the blackberry jam flavors. Long, balanced and full of flavor.
Drink from 2016 to 2028

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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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Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.
Alcohol Content (%): 14