Thursday 20 June 2013

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

I have had two vintages of La Gerla prior to these two bottles - the 2007 a year ago and the 1997 Vigna gli Angeli a month ago.
Both those bottles were just up my Brunello alley, so I had high expectations when I pulled the corks out of these bottles.

1985 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna gli Angeli, La Gerla
A gorgeous, mellow and mature nose with notes of rowanberries, ripe red cherries, licorice, veal meat, bonfire and rose petals. Deep, elegant and complex. Very, very fine. This has matured very gracefully. Just beautiful.
The taste is like drinking velvet, with notes of sweet red and black cherries, licorice, tobacco, bonfire and some black olives. A very long, soft but still intense finish with a perfect dryness. A very fine warmth. In a perfect drinking phase. Great wine!
95p   (tasted 2013/06)

1990 Brunello di Montalcino, La Gerla
This on the other hand isn´t fully mature yet. A warmer, more powerful nose meets you when you stick your nose into the glass, with notes of ripe black cherries, chocolate truffles, cigar ashes, sweet violets and a bonfire. A lot of warmth, but in a good sense. Very deep. Sweet and fine.
The taste is pure, tight and with lots of tannins, warmth and intensity. Notes of black cherries, dark chocolate, black olives, violets, pressed flowers and smoke flows over the tongue. There is lots of steady tannins in the finish. Impressive, but I wonder if it will reach the harmony and finesse of the 1985 Vigna gli Angeli when fully mature, or will it dry out before reaching that point?
92p   (tasted 2013/06)

And tomorrow it is yet another Midsummers feast, with hopefully a bunch of great bottles, among others a couple of Brunello´s.....stay tuned!

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