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2015 Le Ragnaie "Casanovina Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1441533 98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark and brooding today, the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Casanovina Montosoli lifts from the glass with an alluring display of mineral-infused black cherry, complemented by hints of mint leaf, then given further depths, as dark soil tones and a hint of animal musk develops in the glass. The 2015 races across the palate with velvety textures, yet it is somehow lifted, as notes of strawberry and cedar give way to savory herbs and minerals with pretty inner florals. The finish is long, revealing a web of complex tannins upon the senses, as hints of wild berry fruit lingers with just enough residual acids to keep the expression fresh. The 2015 is just a baby today. It shows so much tension and density, with layers of unseen depth that could one day result in this being one of the best wines of the vintage. (EG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offering complex aromas of rose, truffle, cherry, leather, iron and licorice, this keeps coming at you, delivering ripe flavors and depth. Shows terrific balance and a long, lively aftertaste of sweet cherry, berry, mineral and savory notes. Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark So much black-cherry and fresh-mushroom character with chocolate undertones. Full body and round, chewy tannins. Spicy and decadent undertones. New wine. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Here is a new wine from Le Ragnaie with fruit coming exclusively from the celebrated Montosoli hill. Le Ragnaie's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Casanovina Montosoli veers toward graceful tones of wild cherry, pressed blueberries and those little bluebell violets that grow deep in the forest. The aromas here are more pungent and vertical in character with cola and medicinal tones that rise directly from the top. The mouthfeel is compact and lean, with long, medium-weight staying power that leaves a precise and sharply chiseled trail of fruit flavors. This Casanovina Montosoli expression is a real treat thanks to those lingering tones of crushed mineral and smoke. These are very encouraging results. Of these new releases from Le Ragnaie, my money is on this bottle for the best cellar-aging performance. It was bottled in April 2019 and will go to market in February 2020. (ML) 95+ Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This is deeply concentrated, with flavors of black cherry and raspberry that are expressive despite the wine’s firm, chewy tannins. Layers of tobacco, tea and tomato leaf add dimension to the fruit while ferrous minerality lends a coolness to the flavors. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

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