2006 Tassi Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1114272 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Freshly cut flowers, bright red cherries, spices and licorice are some of the nuances that waft from the glass as Tassi's 2006 Brunello di Montalcino shows off its elegant, classy personality. This is an absolutely joyous glass of Brunello. The wine’s inner perfume and sweet, layered fruit meld together seamlessly through to the polished finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.  (5/2011)

91 points James Suckling

 Orange peel, with sweet tobacco and cedar undertones and lots of dried fruits. Full body, with raisins and cream pudding and plenty of pretty fruit. Give it two or three years of bottle age to give it more complexity.  (1/2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 This hearty expression of Brunello opens with darkly sophisticated layers of smoked bacon, smoked bresaola and sweet black fruit or plum. Those plush, sweet flavors continue to the mouth and the wine ends with spicy, textured tannins.  (4/2011)

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2013 | Send Email
Dang! I love '06 Brunello. Tassi is a good producer and their '06 is absolutely top notch. Dense, beefy, powerful and tannic, this wine needs some fabulous piece of meat to balance out the incredible structure. Don't feel bad about putting it down for several years as well.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2012 | Send Email
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No I'm not jealous, but Fabio Tassi owner of the most popular wine shop in Montalcino decided to try making some of his own! The wines are really good, they show impeccable balance while still bursting with fruit and spice. Classic structure but supple on the palate and very expressive, the 2006 is so fresh, vibrant and energetic you'll love it with a big T-bone, just off the grill drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
Drink from 2012 to 2027

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.