|86 of the 112 bottles tasted|
Well, do I "get" Brunello now? I think I do, at least much more so than before. I would be so bold to say that if I were to get a Salvioni poured (much appreciated, thanks!) to me blind, I would at least be able to place it in Brunello land. I think - but then again blind tasting is often lessons in humility...:-)
When Brunello is done right it is a big mouthful of ripe, warm, structured Sangiovese. And the best are big yet elegant and light on their feet. Salvioni is the best example of that combination.
They are more broad shouldered than the Sangioveses from Chianti land. But most of the time they have a balance that make them easy to drink, albeit the hefty tannins and the 14% alcohol. Then again, I have during this year (mostly) tasted wines from good producers and from fine vintages. I´m sure that there are examples out there of Brunello´s that are too big, too warm and without finesse.
What then, are the highlights of this year?
Here are the 5 moste memorable bottles of the 112 tasted:
In 1975 there were not that many producers making Bruello, and it was long before the hype for this region. The 1975 CastelGiocondo proved to be an enchanting image from a time long gone, yet full of life, joy and pleasure.
The 1982 Poggio al Vento, Col d´Orcia proved to be a really impressive debut vintage of this wine. Almost fully mature it delivered immense pleasure on that night.
I had tasted the 1998 from Valdicava before this bottle was opened and while that was a good wine it didn´t shine. But the older sibling, the 1990 Valdicava was a whole other creature. Ripe, structured and intense, this made my taste buds really happy.
Salvioni doesn´t just get one spot on this list but two. The 1993 was drunk in one of the first chapters last year and it blew me away, really showing what Brunello is capable of. I immediately went looking for more vintages and when I opened the 1997 I just had to surrender, a perfect wine in the making and impossible to resist. I have become a true Salvioni aficionado during this year. :-)
It has been a fascinating project with lots of great wines and great opportunities to get to know a wine that I prevoiusly hade very little experience with. And needless to say, there will be much more space in the cellar devoted to Brunello in the years to come.
Just to want say thank you very much for all the great Brunello report......
I am a big Brunello fan.......and if I would save all the money I spend for this special wine.....I could easily by a nice car.......but I do not cry.....just happy ......because sometimes I know more about this wine than actually some Brunello producers ........do not laugh please....
Never been to Montalcino ???? What are you waiting for ??
Let me know when you go I can pass on some suggestions
My first time I slept in Montalcino....beside Fortezza....I was so excited ....I actually could not sleep....amazing....
All the best from Toronto
Thanks! And thanks for the feed-back along the way!Delete
I will go, hopefully soon! :-)
Imponerande, minst sagt. Och ett härligt sätt att närma sig ett "nytt" område, för att inte tala om dedikationen och ekonomin som det kräver, hatten av!ReplyDelete
Kan knappt bärga mig till nästa projekt!?! ;)
Ha det riktigt gott /David
Nästa project är i planeringsstadiet...:-)
Fantastic journey, thanks for letting us join - bought some brunello inspired by your posts...ReplyDelete
Thanks Erik! Glad to have inspired you!Delete
Joakim - a great and inspiring project! Thanks for doing it - and sharing your results and conclusions. I am pretty sure we all will drink more Brunello in the future! Best regards - PeterReplyDelete
Thanks Peter! I will surely drink more Brunello in the future, glad if more do also!Delete
Great project and an interesting blogg. I didn´t know your blogg before. Will surely visit it more often. Regards. MortenReplyDelete
Thanks Morten! Likewise! :-)Delete
Thanks Jocke for letting me take part in almost the whole journey. You told me you increased the number of tasted Brunello 5 times, for me it is more than 20 times! And I will also start looking for some Brunelli in future, we cannot just drink Bordeaux, can we?ReplyDelete
Thanks for the support! You will like the next project...:-)Delete
And yes we can! But we choose not too...:-)
What a great project, and what a great read! It has been very enjoying to have taken part in your journey into Brunello. Take care! /UlfReplyDelete
Thanks Ulf! It has been a fascinating journey! And the next project will be the same - I hope! :-)Delete