The Fine Wine Lectures - Brunello di Montalcino - 23/04/14

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A stellar line up for last night’s Brunello di Montalcino Masterclass courtesy of The Fine Wine Lectures. Some of the finest wines from the region without a shadow of a doubt. Wonderful reception from the class on the quality of the wines which is what these classes are really all about. Top wines from top vintages, with as many older wines as we can find to clearly demonstrate the wines’ development through time. The Stella di Campalto 2007 and Poggio di Sotto 2004 won the day with half the class voting for each one. A horizontal tasting of top Brunello wines from one single outstanding vintage is what we’ll be hoping to feature next. Watch this space….

Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello di Montalcino 2007 

Quite savoury on the nose with notes of tea, leather, red cherry, red currant and plum. Concentrated with medium to full body, quite rounded with fine chalky tannins and lots of plum and cherry fruit. Long length. A tasty wine. 17.5 (Available to buy at Prowine Limited

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Castello Banfi Poggio Alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 2007 

Black plum, black cherry with a touch of spice and oak aromas. Full bodied, blackberry, spicy palate with chewy tannins which need time to soften and integrate. Concentrated but lacking somewhat in complexity. 16.5+ (Available to buy at ASC Fine Wines

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Stella di Campalto Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (Biodynamic)

Developing aromas with vegetal touches alongside red currant, red cherry a touch of strawberry. Nicely scented and perfumed opening with time in the glass to leather, tea, spice complexity. Very elegant. Medium body with fairly big chalky tannins and lovely red cherry, red currant flavours on the palate with spice notes. Very complex with a long finish. An excellent wine. Drinking well now but will age for 10+ years. Highly recommended. 18.5 (Available to buy at Berry Brothers & Rudd

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Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2006 

Deep black plum fruit concentration, quite spicy with a touch of savoury and leather, also vegetal hints. Opens up with time in the glass. Complex and concentrated, full bodied with huge chalky tannins. Still very young. Tannins need time to soften. Very long length. A big, chewy, chunky, masculine wine with lots of time on its side. 17.5 (Available to buy at Prowine Limited

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Poggio di Soto Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (Biodynamic) 

Lots of tea, red currant, red cherry, spice and perfume, similar in style to Stella di Campalto as these are neighbouring estates in the south east of Montalcino. Also, like the Stella di Campalto, a biodynamic wine. Lovely style, developing but still tons of life left. Very elegant with fine yet fairly big, chalky tannins, medium body and very long length. More structured than the Stella di Campalto which is a slightly lighter, more feminine in style. Drinking wonderfully now but will age for many years to come. 18.5 (available to buy from Sino Vantage Asia)

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Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino 1995 

Garnet colour with developing aromas of dried red currants and red cherries with a touch of tea, spice and leather. A very slight, barely perceivable cork taint. Medium bodied on the palate with some nice red fruit character but sadly the main elements of the wine are out of kilter. Very high acidity and tannins which aren’t in balance with the concentration of the fruit. Possibility the wine is sleeping. Needs to balance and meld together. Disappointing. 16.5 (newer vintages available from ASC Fine Wines)

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Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 2001

Developing vegetal notes with black plum, scented with plenty of perfume. Full bodied, smooth rounded tannins, hight alcohol, lots of spice and ripe concentrated black fruit with plum and leather notes. A very big style of Brunello. Drops off a bit on the finish and perhaps lacks a touch of finesse and elegance. 17 

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