Bright, dark red. Spicy red berries, cherry and a flinty nuance on the nose. Then silky, supple and sweet with chewy black and red cherry flavors. Not especially fleshy but offers an attractive restrained sweetness and finishes with rather soft tannins and good length. Perfect for sirloin steak, grilled, roasted or stewed red meats.
"The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the undeniable successes of the vintage. Dark cherries, violets, tar and licorice are just some of the nuances that emerge from this plush, fruit-driven Brunello. The wine remains wonderfully soft and generous all the way through to an enveloping finish that invites a second taste. The freshness here makes me think the wine will develop nicely in bottle. This is wonderful juice! La Poderina ages their Brunello in cask (60%) and French oak (40%) for the first year, followed by a second year done entirely in cask followed by 18 months in bottle. Readers can also look forward to a 2005 Riserva Poggio Banale that has already been bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
This year the highlights at La Poderina are without question the Brunellos."
The Wine Advocate
"Shows intense aromas of tangerine peel and blueberry. Medium- to full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, racy finish. Still fresh and reserved. Best after 2011. "
"This ruby-colored Brunello offer a distinct mineral accent that is surrounded by fruity tones of wild berries, cassis and cherry cola. There's also a meaty or smoky quality here that gives the wine more heft and determination in the mouth. Drink it with grilled sausage."
Light but give it time and it surprises like a gentle flower opening to the sun.
Big & Bold
Excellent Brunello! Wish there was an endless supply at this fabulous price!
Smooth & Supple
Fantastic wine. Wish I were flush enough to buy more at the sale price of $35.