2006 La Mannella Brunello di Montalcino
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino flows from the glass with sweet red cherries, tobacco, spices and crushed flowers. There is an attractive radiance to the fruit that makes the wine fairly approachable today, yet the vibrant acidity suggests it will age quite well. Hints of licorice add complexity on the clean finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
This inky, dense Brunello delivers rich opulence and velvety cherry-berry nuances. Cassis, ripe raspberries and currants are followed by dark chocolate and exotic spice. The wine shows great balance too, especially between acidity and tannin. M.L. (4/1/2011)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full, deep red. Aromatically pure nose offers cherry, currant, spices, orange peel, leather and marzipan. Sweet, concentrated and vinous; not yet particularly complex but this very youthful wine conveys excellent tension and grip. Finishes very long, with nicely integrated acids and tannins. Needs at least seven or eight years of additional bottle aging to reach its full potential. 92(+?) points
This is very powerful with dried cherries and plums and hints of citrus fruits. Full and tannic. This needs time to mellow. Try after 2015.
A dense, chewy red, sporting licorice, tar, plum and a hint of chocolate. Tightens up on the finish, where a balsamic and tobacco edge joins the tannins. Best from 2015 through 2028.