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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Brunello can only be described as 'Riserva' if it has been aged for 5 years. It is produced in only the best years, in a limited number of bottles for truly passionate wine-lovers. This garnet red wine has a clear aroma of humus and a broad, complex, ethereal aroma. It lingers in the mouth with an austere, fascinating character, revealing a structure of great depth and power.
"This stunning wine boasts loads of character that peels off as aromatic layers of cherry, cassis, soapy wild flowers, violets, earth, cola and church incense. There's a sweet spice element of cinnamon and nbutmeg and all the flavors last long on the finish. It's tempered, elegant and smooth overall. Cellar Selection."
"The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva emerges from the glass with a sweet, open bouquet of menthol, red cherries, licorice, spices, and cedar. This is a relatively understated, delicate Riserva, with finessed, silky tannins that frame a long, lingering finish. The Riserva is quite open and accessible today; the only question mark is whether it has enough depth to support extended cellaring. In 2004 the Riserva is composed predominantly of fruit from the northern section of Montalcino (81%), while the remainder of the fruit is sourced from vines in Castelnuovo dell’Abate. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2024.
The Wine Advocate
Though the worldwide reputation of Brunello has encouraged a certain conservatism among Montalcino estates, Altesino has always been an innovative leader. The estate pioneered the technique of aging its IGT wines in small French oak barrels, limiting the time spent in oak to enhance each wine's personality. The resulting wines were a groundbreaking improvement over those produced...Read More About Altesino
One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...Read More About Tuscany
Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...Read More About Sangiovese
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