2009 Il Marroneto "Madonna delle Grazie" Brunello di Montalcino (Previously $90)
Wine & Spirits
*Cellar Selection* This gorgeous Brunello proves that top producers can make outstanding wines even in challenging vintages like 2009. It opens with an elegant bouquet of violet, red berry, spice and a whiff of new leather. The delicious palate delivers fleshy black cherry layered with mint, licorice, balsamic herbs and cinnamon-spice. It's impeccably balanced with firm tannins and fresh acidity that give it an age-worthy structure. Drink 2016–2024.
Fresh and vibrant for a 2009 with blueberry and dried-cherry character. Medium to full body with firm tannins and a bright finish. Drink or hold.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie delivers the impeccable bounty and precision you should expect from Il Marroneto. The wine opens with beautiful dark intensity and ripe notes of dried raspberry and creme de cassis. It definitely shows the ripe side of the warm 2009 vintage. Thanks to a very long period in oak (41 months) the wine shows the merits of slow and careful barrel evolution. Pretty lacings of chopped mint and licorice add freshness and buoyancy to the finish. Drink: 2016-2024. (ML)
Mid ruby with orange tinges. Beautiful, concentrated nose of dark fruit cherry and Sangiovese’s spiciness. Lots of sweet, concentrated fruit on the palate supported by a firm tannic structure. Sweet, concentrated maraschino cherry finish. Needs much more time. (17+/20 points)
Il Marroneto's Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie is darker, richer and rounder than the straight bottling. Black cherries, game, plums, spices and leather wrap around the resonant finish in an expressive wine endowed with considerable depth and nuance, especially within the context of the year. There is more than enough juiciness to support at least a handful of years of good drinking. (AG)