2009 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is an expressive and articulate wine that speaks highly of Sangiovese and the Montalcino territory. The wine offers a pristine narrative of both grape and place with crystalline aromas of cherry, blackberry, spice, leather, smoke and Mediterranean herb. The bouquet peels back one delicious layer at a time. The mouthfeel is similarly successful with deep concentration and complexity. It imparts soft layers of dried fruit and velvety tannins. Endnotes of espresso bean and toasted almond add length and momentum. There's even spot of chewy sweetness that is typical of the warm 2009 vintage. (ML)
This is the wine of the vintage with dark berry, chocolate, spice and mushroom character. Full body, silky and beautiful tannins and a long, long finish. A beautiful wine. Drink or hold.
Cedar, smoke, tobacco, licorice, dark cherries and plums meld together in the 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Maddona del Piano. It is amazing to see just how much the Valdicava wines have changed over the last ten years or so. A decade ago, the Madonna del Piano was black, inky and impenetrable, but in 2009 it is a pretty classic wine. The flavor profile is full of Sangiovese signatures, while there is still quite a bit of the typical Valdicava richness in the glass. This is a terrific effort for a very challenging year. (AG)