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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2007 750ml
It’s a silky, stunning, radiant wine, one that’s exquisitely balanced, beautifully structured and as welcoming today as it will be rewarding a couple of decades in the future. Really, this ’07 Brunello is the Meryl Streep of wine, a beauty of unimaginable complexity and depth that’ll only get better with age. Ripe tart berries and cherries, wildflowers and violets, cypress and chestnut trees, baking spices and a touch of caramel--all these Brunello elements rest on a gorgeous framework, complemented by swishy, sultry tannins. Best to sit in your cellar for a half-decade and drink for the next three decades thereafter.
Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml
The child of a landmark vintage, the ripe yet precise '10 Brunello from Capanna wraps its succulent red fruit around a core of telltale Montalcino terroir--earth, cypress, wildflowers, and spice--then dusts it with mocha and layers it with cigar wrapper. Velvety tannins grip the palate, and this wine’s fine structure means you can lay down this ’10 for later enjoyment. A small, family-owned-and-operated Montosoli estate that has long been a favorite of IWM, Capanna has made a reputation for sensuous Brunellos with fuller bodies and impressive structures.
Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Capanna’s powerful, darkly beautiful ’12 Brunello explodes out of the glass with a profusion of ripe red and blue fruits, cigar wrapper, chestnut husks, wildflowers, underbrush and licorice. Silky, fine-grained tannins snuggle the palate, a sweet inner perfume greets the senses, and earthy minerals propel this luscious wine to a lingering finish; you can drink this ’12 Brunello almost upon release, yet it has the structure to drink for upwards of a decade. A small, family-owned-and-operated Montosoli estate that has long been a favorite of IWM, Capanna has made a reputation for sensuous Brunellos with fuller bodies and impressive structures. This wine ages in large oak casks for 34 to 38 months, followed by six months in bottle before release.
Salvioni Cerbaiola Rosso di Montalcino 2014 750ml
Salvioni made no Brunello in 2014, putting all of its grape production into its Rosso di Montalcino instead, and this ’14 bottling wants you to drink it right now. Juicy red fruits and sweet dried fruits cavort with pipe tobacco, grilled herbs, warm baking spices, potpourri, and crushed violets in this wine that marries its delineation with immediate approachability. Fresh yet intense, this Rosso shows that even in a very challenging year, Salvioni can make something beautiful; a nicely sprightly acidity propels this wine across the palate. Grapes ferment with natural yeasts in stainless steel for about a month, and the wine ages in large barrels for about a year, followed by another year in bottle before release.
Fornace Brunello di Montalcino 1997 750ml
This Brunello di Montalcino is put on the market five years after the grape-harvest; the wine is ready to drink now but can last several more years
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2004 750ml
Established in 1923, Fuligni is presently co-owned by Maria Flora Fuligni and her nephew, Roberto Guerrini Fuligni. The estate’s portfolio comprises Montalcino’s classic duo—Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino—in addition to a Super-Tuscan known as SJ. Fuligni’s 25 acres of vines are planted primarily to Sangiovese, with a small portion dedicated to Merlot, the grape that joins Sangiovese in the SJ bottling. The estate has an impeccable vintage record and is known for producing one of the zone’s most elegant and refined Brunellos—even in challenging vintages. This success is a profound testament to the deft and artisanal approach of Roberto Guerrini—a professor of criminal law with a passion for Brunello—and oenologist Paolo Vagaggini.
Guerrini and Vagaggini determine the profiles of the wines in collaboration, and their efforts have authored an overall stylistic orientation that weds elements of traditional and modern viticultural approaches. The aging process reflects this integration of schools, as the wines are initially placed in French barriques (to stabilize the color) and thereafter, transferred to traditional botti. Guerrini’s guiding principle keeps things paradoxically basic: He simply makes wines that he can enjoy with friends.
San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 750ml
This wine truly reflects its pedigree given the meticulous treatment of grapes in the vineyard and wine in the cellar. Intense ruby red in color, this ’04 Brunello Riserva is full-bodied and warm on the palate, bursting with notes of red berries, violet petals, spices, and warm loam, followed by subtle notes of coffee, leather and peppery herbs. The finish is long, with round and refined tannins complementing the wine’s juicy texture; now with more than a decade of age, this Brunello Riserva is firing on all cylinders! Deriving from the vines grown in a south-southwest-facing plot rich in calcium and clay, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled concrete tanks for about 22 days; the wine ages first for about 24 months in tonneaux, some new, followed by bottle aging, to be released six years after harvest.
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml
Canalicchio di Sopra consistently makes one of IWM’s favorite Brunellos, and this stellar 2010 bottling will only intensify that love. Influenced by the past and the present, Canalicchi di Sopra’s winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyard’s high altitude and north Montalcino terroir. The 2010 vintage was awarded five stars by the Consozio del Vino de Brunello di Montalcino, marking it an exceptional vintage, and the ’10 Canalicchio di Sopra represents the extraordinary growing year; offering berries and juicy cherries, roses, earth, spices and leather, all balanced by pitch-perfect acidity and velvety tannins. Canalicchio Brunello always makes a wine with a tremendous price-to-quality ratio, but in a vintage like this one, that value jumps into a league of its own.
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Savory herbs, warm baking spices, freshly tilled earth, balsamic herbs, and potpourri infuse the tart red and blue fruits in this caressing yet defined ’12 Brunello. Canalicchio di Sopra marries texture and structure, plush fruit and bright acidity, and silkiness and sophistication in this beautifully crafted wine. While approachable earlier than other 2012 Brunelli, this wine has the stuffing to drink for years. Influenced by the past and the present, Canalicchi di Sopra’s winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyard’s high altitude and north Montalcino terroir. Canalicchio di Sopra consistently makes one of IWM’s favorite Brunellos, and this sophisticated, sneakily powerful 2012 bottling is sure to please the wine’s many fans.
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2005 750ml
Upon release, Valdicava’s ’05 Brunello di Montalcino was a big, brooding, tannin-heavy wine that clamored for time in the cellar. Time has tamed this beast, and it’s now a silky, finessed beauty that layers its succulent red and black fruits with tarry earth, black tea, warm cigar wrapper, baking spices and worn saddle leather. Expressive yet tart, this ’05 Brunello might be the ultimate food wine; its nervy energy moves it across the palate, invigorating the senses, and its lingering finish coats the cheeks with fine-grained polished tannins. It’s a perfect wine for Brunello lovers who appreciate touches of maturity on their well-wrought wines. Vincenzo Abbruzzese, estate's owner and operator of Valdicava, works passionately, growing his grapes without pesticides, coaxing very high quality, very low yielding berries from his vines, which he then vinifies very traditionally with minimal use of barriques and almost entirely in large neutral oak botti. The result are wines that speak evocatively of the Montosoli terroir, showing concentrated fruit, a core of minerality, and that ineffable Montalcino earthiness.