Dark black cherry color indicating the ripeness of the vintage. Nose is expressive and big with cherry and notes of licorice and dates. Mouthcoatingly smooth and with more ripe cherry, toast and mineral on the palate. The finish sticks to the teeth and is long. The balance of the fruit, alcohol, oak and acidity work perfectly together to form a finish that easily lasts 45 seconds. The tannins are ripe, but firm.
Goes well with food especially bold cheese from Tuscany.
Third Party Reviews
Saturated bright red-ruby. Strawberry, licorice, bitter coffee and a strong note of graphite are camouflaged by a noteworthy oak presence on the nose. Rather austere and with a distinct smoky edge on the palate; firm acids give shape to the fine-grained red berry fruit. This started out by showing slightly drying tannins that then harmonized nicely with air, but it remains a slightly fruit-challenged, austere Brunello. The 14.5% alcohol is also a little intrusive, but cellaring this for five or six years ought to help things round out. Score 89+, Ian D’Agata, Vinuous, April 2018