Tuesday 26 February 2013

In Search of Brunello di Montalcino´s Soul - Chapter XVI

Time for another vintage from the master Salvioni. The previous tasted - the 1993 and the 2006 - have been truly great wines, so I had high expectations when I pulled the cork...

2004 Brunello di Montalcino La Cerbaiola, Salvioni
At first the nose it pretty much closed, with some high scents of ripe red cherries and gravel, so I left it for two hours in an decanter. Upon returning, things have happened! Now the nose it deep, profound and sweet with gorgeous notes of sweet and sour cherries, licorice, pine forest, dried flowers, chcocolate covered cherries and a summer Tuscan gravel road. Very, very fine. It opens up and changes all night long, but always stunning! Very floral. Stunning wine!
The taste is very young, intense and concentrated with massive, sweet, young fruit. At first its all over the place but as the evening goes along it transforms to a structured, complex, laser focused creature full of beautiful cherry fruit and notes of violets, licorice, plums, cold coffee and hot gravel. The finish goes on for minutes. The last sip is, of course, the best... This needs 7+ years and then I´m sure it will be pretty close to perfection.
96p   (tasted 2013/02)

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