2015 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

Ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is dusty with some cherries.  Some wet tea leaves come out with air.  On the palate, cherries and black cherries over some damp forest floor.  Good balance.  More "traditional" in style.  This should improve with some short terms ageing.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  This would work well with chicken liver pâté (or is that chopped liver).  

2015 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

Ruby in color with dark swirls.  Mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is dusty with light cherries and some spice.  On the palate, nice cherry fruit.  A bit hollow on the mid-palate but finishes strong.  This is drinking well but will undoubtedly improve a bit with cellaring.  Drink over the next ten years.  It will work well with one of those delcious Tuscan soups such as Acquacotta.

2015 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

Always a favorite.  Ruby/brown in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is very tight and even with a couple hours of air, it remained so.  Some forest floor and hint of cherries and spice.  Much more open on the palate.  Big textural wine.  Lots of cherries and black cherries.  Some underlying tea.  Good acidity.  Moderate finish.  Stylistically, this is what I think of when I think of Brunello.  It might still improve so holding for a couple years is a good idea and drink over the next seven to ten after that.  This would work well with pasta such as potato tortelli.

2015 Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Tradizione, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$33.00USD

Ruby in color with some browning, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is dusty with black cherries.  Some tea leaves.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, kirsch and fresh cherries.  Good acidity.  This is drinking well now and probably should be consumed in the next five to seven years.  A nice wine with pizza or pasta.  

2016 Schiopetto Collio Friulano M, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$80.00USD

This is from the northeast corner of Italy made from the Friulano grape (formerly known as Toaky Friulano).  Very pretty wine that is priced expensively.  Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nosee has minerals especially iron along with slight lime and pear notes.  Viscous.  Dry.  The minerality comes thru on the palate big time along with a bit of  salinity.  Some orange peel kicks in at the end.  Good finish.  This will drink well on its own and would work well with heartier sea food. Drink over the next five to seven years.  

2015 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

This had been open for two days when I tried a glass but was still showing well.  Ruby in color with slight browning, but clear and bright.  The nose had cherries and some brown sugar.  It was, however, drinking much better on the palate.  Medium tasnnins.  Therre is a cherry cough drop quality which lends a seriousness to the wine but also tastes good, a bit or kirsch and spice.  Clean.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  After two days open it seems like it had opened and was just starting to have too much air.  Probably best to wait a few years and then drink over the following ten to twelve. 

2013 San Biagio Barolo Sorano, Italy, Piedmonte, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This was a relatively inexpensive Barolo on release ($30) from an excellent vintage.  Solid showing although not as good as a bottle a couple of years ago.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, dust and slight tar.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has some cherry fruit.  Light tannins.  Moderate finish.  It works better with food and would make a nice meal with pasta.  Probably best to drink this sooner than later.  

1990 Parusso Barolo Bussia, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1990
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$140.00USD

This bottle was bought at auction although there were no overt signs of poor storage.  Tasted over two days.  It was good, but we had hoped for more.  Garnet in color, mostly clear.  The nose has cherries, slight tar and dust.  Not very big on the nose.  Medium bodied.  Tannins mostly resolved although slight tannins remain.  On the palate, there are cherries and slight sour cherries.  One dimensional.  On Day 2 a brown sugar note emerges.  This can often mean heat damage in its life or in this case, maybe just old age.  Moderate finish.  This is drinking fine but was probably better ten ye

2007 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy, Abruzzi, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$200.00USD

The vast majority of wines from Abruzzi are quaffable/forgettable inexpensive red wines.  This is neither of those.  Emidio Pepe is one of the great producers of wine in Italy.  His red and white wines are both expensive and sublime.  They can age for decades.  This 2007 is just beginning to hit full maturity.  Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is complex with cherries, black cherries, baking spices, slight tarragon, and tar.  Dull bodied.  A strong streak of acidity (this is Italy).  Full bodied.  On the palate, layers of cherries and black cherries with underlying tar

2010 Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$90.00USD

One of my evil guilty pleasures is to put this on the table with non wine geeks and see if they drink it.  Usually, they don't, but the ones who do are impressed.  Some will just see that it is a Chianti and think it can't be any good.  This is possibly the best that Chianti offers and certainly one of the top wines that Italy offers.  Although expensive, given that, it is priced fairly.  At age 10, this is still young and needs more air though with a few hours, it drank well.  Deep garnet with purple streaks, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black cherries, cherries, black

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