2007 Mocali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Mocali’s beautiful riserva opens with an inky dark appearance, thick concentration and savory aromas of leather and spice that add one more layer of complexity to an already very enticing wine. At the core, it is redolent of dark fruit and cherry, and the mouthfeel is thick and luscious. The richness of the color is beautiful as is the suppleness of the wine’s texture. Hold 10 years.
Aromatic and expressive, this boasts cherry, currant, tobacco and spice flavors matched to a round, supple frame. The tannins are well-integrated and supportive, leading to a fresh finish. Best from 2016 through 2032. 400 cases made. –BS
From the importer: "The Mocali estate, acquired by the Ciacci family (distant relations to Ciacci Piccolomini) in the 1950s, is a setting of natural Tuscan beauty where vineyards and olive groves alternate with oak and pine forests. This harmony of man and nature comes through in the delicious, ripe and balanced wines produced here, available at prices that are incredibly low when compared to those of the more established producers of Montalcino. The wines are particularly approachable when young, well-structured with ample body and an elegant, minerally character distinct to this growing area. The Rosso "I Piaggioni" is one of the best values on the market - simply delicious Sangiovese at an excellent price. Situated to the southwest of Montalcino at an altitude of 300-350 meters above sea-level on the slopes facing Castiglione del Bosco, the Mocali estate is comprised of 32 hectares, 6 of which are specialized vineyards (5 Hectares of Sangiovese grosso), and 4 dedicated to olive groves. As over half of the estate is covered by a vegetation characteristic to the hill on which Montalcino stands, the vineyards and olive groves alternate with a landscape of woodland of ilex, oak and arbutus. The soil is rendered highly mineral; salt owing to the presence of marl and limestone. Not being overly large, the Mocali estate lies under family management with the consultation of an expert oenologist. "