Wednesday 10 July 2013

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

Chapter 30 celebrates with two bottles of the great 1975 vintage. Still holding fine if you get well stored bottles (or have stored them yourself...).

Silvio Nardi was one of the founding fathers of the Brunello Consorzio and was the first producer in Brunello that didn´t have his roots in the area. He bottled his first Brunello in 1958. Info here.

 The 1997 Vigneto Manachiara tasted here and the 2006 Brunello tasted here.

1975 Brunello di Montalcino, Silvio Nardi
A big, open, mature nose with notes of chocolate covered cherries, bonfire, rose petals, cigarr ashes and red tea. Intriguing and very fine. Medium depth. This has matured gracefully. Very, very good. The sweetness of the fruit is impressive, given its age.
The taste is mature, warm and silky smotth with notes of sweet cherries, licorice, autumn leaves, cigarr ashes and dried flowers. The finish is medium long and ends perfectly dry. Harmonoius. Not the most complex Brunello I have had but in a perfect drinking stage this night, really delivering the goods.
90p   (tasted 2013/07

1975 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Silvio Nardi
Given the performance of the regular Brunello, I had high expectations on the Riserva. But, alas, that was not to be. This bottle have had a tough ride somewhere along the line before ending up in my cellar.
The nose is hot, sweet and a bit compressed with notes of cooked cherries, licorice, tomato juice and lots of warm earth. This has probably been stored too warm.
The taste is big, warm and a bit hollow in the middle. Lots of warm cherry fruit, undergrowth, licorice and old wood. There is a tea like bitterness in the finish that ends very dry. Too bad. It is drinkable with food and then behaves a bit better.
66p   (tasted 2013/07)

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