The wine appears an intense ruby red, with even deeper highlights.
Aromas of ripe fruit predominate on the nose, particularly crisp redfleshed
fruit, such as plum and bright cherry; they gradually yield to
floral notes of violets, and to spicy impressions of black pepper, mixed
with a hint of pencil lead. Sensations of cocoa powder and black
liquorice, typical of a wine undergoing evolution in the bottle, enrich the
bouquet throughout its course. It exhibits significant warmth and
mouthfilling allure on the palate, thanks to vibrant, still-youthful tannins,
classic to Sangiovese. The entire progression manifests a rich fruit and an
emphatic yet judicious alcohol; the finish is marked by an impressive,
multi-layered complexity. Overall, this is a strikingly rich wine with a
very lengthy development.
"Very dark ruby in color, with intense aromas of dried blueberry and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with medium chewy tannins and an outstanding intensity of fruit, new oak and mineral. The finish is very long. Best after 2012. 1,835 cases made."
"The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino emerges from the glass with plenty of blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, graphite, spices and mocha. The wine reveals lovely up-front richness but then loses some of its depth on the mid-palate, revealing tannins that are a touch dry. Tobacco, herbs and licorice linger on the finish. This is a decidedly muscular, fruit-driven style of Brunello from the Frescobaldi family. A few more years of bottle age should help the wine come together even more. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.
The Wine Advocate