Wednesday 24 September 2014

On The Road - 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano,Valdicava

We are on tour in the south of Sweden for a couple of days. And of course I bring my own entourage of bottles... :-)
During my Brunello project I tasted a few vintages from Valdicava and liked them all, especially the stunning 1990, see below. This is the first bottle of Valdicava´s Riserva wine I open.

1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano, Valdicava
Popped and poured, this beauty needed some time to come around. At first, the nose is restrained and just dark and brooding. With some air things start to happen, at first sweet rosemary aromas appears, then lots of ripe red and black cherries makes their way up my nose, to be followed by the scent of a Tuscan gravel road in the summer. All evening long the nose unfurls and offer up a magnificent complexity and depth. Still on the young side of things, but oh boy, this is great!
The taste delivers quite a punch with the first sips but when the fruit emerges it gets more and more harmonious, and with a perfectly seared, bloody steak, it creates one of those moments when one and one becomes three. Gorgeous notes of black cherries, licorice, warm tiles and warm rosemary coats the tongue. There is still some perky tannins in the minute long finish so there is no rush getting the corkscrew out. This will be drinking great for, at least, 10 years.
Day two - the same gorgoeus nose but the taste is more velvety and multi dimensional. This is a winner!
97p   (tasted 2014/09)

Earlier vintages tasted:

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