2008 Mastrojanni "Schiena d'Asino" Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $100)
One of Montalcino’s most sought-out wines, this 2008 is an outstanding effort. It opens with earthy notes of black berries, tilled soil, underbrush, leather, tobacco and prune. The succulent palate reveals juicy wild cherry and black raspberry energized by notes of white pepper, licorice and thyme. Still young and tannic, it should develop beautifully. Drink 2015–2028.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From one of Montalcino’s most celebrated single-vineyards, the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d’Asino (“donkey’s back”) comes from a one-hectare hillside crest that runs roughly south to north and enjoys magnificent exposures. This is a seriously elegant and sophisticated effort with gorgeous layering that sees plush fruit pitted carefully next to savory spice and smoke. The austerity of the 2008 vintage lines up perfectly with the virile and robust personality that comes naturally to this wine. Drink: 2017-2028. One of Montalcino’s most historic brands located near Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Mastrojanni is today owned by the founders of Illy espresso coffee. The past decade has seen an impressive series of investments and improvements to quality.
A dark, powerful, brooding wine, the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d'Asino is laced with smoke, iron, tobacco, game and black fruit. Even with all of its structure and density, the 2008 is essentially a mid-weight, classically built wine with potential to improve in bottle. The 2008 turns softer and gentler in the glass yet retains its quintessentially sauvage personality.
A bouquet of meringue, dried apples and hazelnuts is complemented by a fruit-forward palate of fine tannins and a juicy finish. Very drinkable indeed already, but perhaps wait until 2015.
Concentrated ruby with orange rim. Compact, subdued nose with a hint of posh oak. Elegant palate weight, yet concentrated and muscular. Really youthful and in need of more bottle age. A true Riserva. (WS)
A lush, broad style, exhibiting cherry, plum, licorice, spice and tar flavors...Best from 2016 through 2023. 441 cases made. (Web Only - 2014)