that project really wetted my appetite for Brunello.
Tonight I opened these two bottles to go along with grilled chicken fillets with a porcini pasta (from Morelli (www.pastamorelli.it) - a fantastic pasta) and a mushroom and rosemary sauce.
It went well...:-)
1988 Brunello di Montalcino, Chiesa di Santa Restituta
Right out of the bottle - what a seductive, mature, intense nose with notes of forest floor with a hint of truffle, rowan berries, dried raspberries, sweet tobacco and a touch of meat stock. Very, very complex. A wonderful maturity. Keep going all night.
The taste is like drinking velvet with perfectly polished and integrated tannins and notes of sweet lingonberries, warm tiles, undergrowth, tobacco and black tea. A lovely mouthfeel. This has matured into a graceful, amazing Brunello. Just stunning!
95p (tasted 2014/01)
1988 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Fuligni
I tasted this almost a year ago. And on this night it behaves almost identical. The fruit is younger than the Santa Restituta above and delivers a bit more punch and sweeter fruit, but it hasn´t reached the perfect maturity that the Santa Restituta shows on this night. But this is bloody good never the less!
93p (tasted 2014/01)