Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2008
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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Wine Style Guide
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.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Clear and intense ruby red with pale garnet highlights. The nose shows fruit and vanilla blended with leaf tobacco. An austere, full and persistent entry, generous mid-palate, and intriguingly tangy finish. Made with 100% Sangiovese (Brunello).
"Wow. This has a wonderful depth of fruit and character for this vintage of Brunello. Full and velvety with gorgeous fruit and a spicy, dried chili and berry character. Drink or hold."
"A mix of cherry and balsamic aromas and flavors marks this
supple, juicy red. Beautifully balanced, with well-apportioned acidity and tannins. Capped off by fine length."
"Tar, licorice, game, incense and smoke are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino from Mastrojanni. Big, rich and powerful, the 2008 shows the wilder side of the Sangiovese. The 2008 impresses for its freshness, nuance and delineation, all qualities that are increasingly evident as the wine opens up in the glass, releasing an attractive mélange of floral-infused nuances. Firm tannins frame the virile, beautifully articulated finish. Based on this showing, I am very interested to taste the top selection, the Vigna Schiena d'Asino, next year."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Brunello Mastrojanni is always a highlight among the various wines from Montalcino. Bright and elegant, it shows aromas of cherry, cola, ginger, dried spice, leather and spice. The mouthfeel is lean and tight with crisp acidity and firm, polished tannins."
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