I have become more and more enamored with Brunellos and more importantly the Sangiovese grape of late. I find it a very close parallel to Pinot Noir, which has also risen in my interest. This particular wine is see-through and a light shade of purple. The nose is somewhat muted but I do get some stewed cherry and not much else.The palate is quite lithe with some delicate cherry notes, a touch of cinnamon and some fruit cake. It is very shallow on the flavor depth which makes me wonder if I have an off bottle. The acidity is of medium strength and there are some very light tannins that appear on the mid palate. The finish is mainly Kirsch and some mushroom, bacon and forest floor. It gets better but I am a little surprised at the high scores from some pros versus the lower scores of others. I am going with 88 for this particular bottle but will try another one soon to check on provenance. Drink till 2028. For $60 it’s a 2 star effort. Salut….
Light shades of see through purple. As expected from this varietal. The nose is gorgeous- floral, cherry, garigue and mushroom. It’s kinda funky, exciting and not what I thought a young Brunello could offer at this stage.
The palate is delightful, not as mature as the nose but there’s hope. I get cherries, that funky mushroom thing, crispy acidity and very lithe tannins. This is a bombshell of a wine folks. There’s fresh fruit, trappings of tertiary flavors, well balanced structure and a delightful mouthfeel. The mid palate is a seamless transition from the initial to the medium length finish. I am so glad I got a case of this stuff, I’m going to cellar some and track the evolution. I have high hopes. Drink till 2030. 92 points and 5 stars for this $40 Sangiovese. Salut….
Pretty dark red and semi opaque with big legs showing in the glass. On the nose it’s an intriguing blend of strawberry syrup, rooibos tea and raspberry. On the palate it gives me red fruits including cherry, strawberry and rhubarb alongside some pretty fresh tannins. The grip of which starts at the onset and builds into a mighty teeth- coating crescendo at the finish. Wow…. this is a wine packed with flavor, structure and is balanced to boot. Very young, it needs cellaring or a run through the Venturi. I’m gonna cellar the three other bottles I have, thinking there will be some nice evolution in addition to a softening of the tannins. For now, 92 points and 5 stars for the $30 price point. Pair this Sangiovese up with some rich stews, hearty pasta or a thick Ribeye. Drink from 2022-2032. Salut….
I really loved the 2010 Campogiovanni when I drank it last year. So much so that I bought six bottles of the 2012 on spec. It got great ratings (96 WS), was priced right at $45 and delivered free.
This one shows a slight orange tinge when I poured it, which is unusual for such a young wine. The nose is cherry, earthy funk, mushroom, oak and a trace of truffle. On the palate it shows primal fruit flavors of cherry, leather, gorgeous tannins and a juiciness from the impeccably balanced acidity. The tannins deserve a sentence of their own- fine grained, discrete at the beginning, working themselves squarely into the mid palate and reaching a crescendo on the finish. Not mouth puckering, but certainly apparent, very lithe yet powerful. They hold the wine together nicely. The finish has an oak hint to go along with the cherry and game notes. This wine is very young, and holds promise for many years of cellaring that will help it develop secondary notes, maturing into a great Brunello. I can’t wait to taste the evolution, perhaps starting in 2020. I will have to go with 93 points right now and 5 stars. Tonight’s pairing is with a Beef Pot Roast, bathed in Petite Sirah and braised for 6 hours. Salut….
Run, don’t walk to your local wine shop if you have any desire to taste a delicious Brunello. I don’t have notes on this wine as I drank it at a company hosted dinner and thought it would be rude to whip out the ole iPhone and ignore the boss for the sake of a review. I will say that I took away some main points- it is textbook Sangiovese that is drinking on pointe, the flavors are rich and balanced, the acidity and tannins are right where they need to be and the wine was a superb accompaniment to the Lamb chops with mint sauce.
Good Brunellos will evolve and in their evolution will take on Pinot Noir characteristics reminiscent of aged Burgundy. This wine is on the path and I am super excited for it- the trail is well marked and it has the backbone, stuffing and correct components to get there and provide years of pleasure. While it drinks beautifully now, it will no doubt be an amazing wine in another 10 years and more. The pro’s gave this one huge scores and I will do so as well. 96 was the highest and WS gave it 95. I concur and given its $40 price tag this wine is a steal and worthy of 5+ points. Salut….
I have to admit that I only wrote a few short lines about this wine and did not even give it a rating. Bad me… This is what I made note of:
Cranberry, pomegranate and a mid palate hit of strawberry
Very young with crispy tannins and a pinch of acidity
Can’t be bad after all. I sometimes get the stink eye from Moxie if I have my phone out at the dinner table, she knows that I am trying to take notes but I do have small, impressionable kids who need to learn by example- no phones at the table. This one can be had for around $35. Salut….
In case you missed it, Moxie (the wife) and I are on the Paleo diet. I have had no pizza or pasta for over three months and I feel better for it. JJ, my daughter loves pasta and is a self-proclaimed 9 year old vegetarian. This makes it really hard in our short-order kitchen to cater to all the various diets and preferences. So…. last night I let her chose. Spaghetti and Marinara sauce. I could not resist her charms and gave in, immediately seizing the opportunity to crack open an uncharted Brunello. The sauce was dressed up with loads of spicy Italian sausage and I loved every guilt laden mouthfull.
The wine was just ok though. It was touted as a 90 point wine with bright berry nuances and background notes of spice, cola, tobacco and leather. I got blackberry, tar and some earth but no tobacco, no leather and very little spice. What I did get was green tannins and a touch too much of acidity making this wine slightly unbalanced and off pointe. The flavors were decent, don’t get me wrong. The balance was very off-putting and I wish it would sort itself out. I love Brunello yet know so little about it. I was hoping for something delicious and was left wondering what happened. I sadly will give this 86 points and hope for the best. It cost me $25 on sale and will get 3 stars for now. Hoping for a miracle on the other three bottles I bought. Salut….
I don’t get it…. This wine got huge scores, from 91 to a 96 from the man himself. I must have had an off bottle, or the wine is in a dumb stage. For me it was a disjointed mess, unbalanced and unsure. On the nose it was very enticing, with earthy blueberry and a mineral streak. On the first taste, black cherry and tar were the primary drivers. The balance was all wrong though with the acidity and the tannins hitting on the front, rather than the mid and back palate. The wine has potential if given time to sort itself out. The flavors are interesting, if somewhat subdued. I hate it when an expensive bottle turns out to be a dud, I so wanted this wine to rock. I am going to have to give this a preliminary 2 stars based on its $60 price and my 87 points. I will reserve final judgement for at least two more years and cellar the other bottle in hopes of a better re-taste. Salut….