Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2009
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|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino|
Wine AdvocateVincenzo Abbruzzese's 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a dense and full-bodied rendition that delivers an enormously floral bouquet of crushed rose petal and dried potpourri with background tones of cinnamon stick, root beer and caramelized brown sugar. Past vintages of this wine have shown great power and structure in the mouth, but the 2009 vintage is veiled and nuanced instead. There's a silky and tight quality to the tannin backed by a long, polished feel. The wine never feels bulky or dense. It will be interesting to see how it evolves, but if you don't want to wait, it can also be consumed in the near-term. Drink: 2016-2024.
Wine Spectator Fresh and open, showing floral, strawberry, dried cherry, balsamic and tar flavors. The tannins are a bit firm now, but overall this red is pretty and long. Best from 2016 through 2023. 3,900 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastA bit funky, the nose shows notes that suggest animal, farmyard and leather along with aromas of overripe black berries. The fruit has already dried up on the palate however, leaving green coffee bean sensations and astringent tannins that generate a drying, bitter finish. The second bottle was exactly the same.