2007 Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino
Expert Ratings
RP 92 points
WS 92 points
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Castello di Camigliano Parker, Tanzer, The Spectator and the Brunello Steal of 2007

The 2007 vintage was one of historic importance on the hills of Montalcino. One of the warmest growing seasons on record offered a glimpse into what could well be the future of the appellation with the acceleration of global warming. On both of our cellar hopping trips -- first tasting these lavish Sangioveses from barrel, then after bottling -- we discovered a bevy of big, broad, busty Brunelli, many infused with New World-like red fruit concentration, still bracketed by fine Tuscan rusticity.

Some of you were able to lay your hands on the greatest wines of the vintage, after we squirreled away allocations from Costanti, Fuligni, Lisini and Poggio Antico. But as much as our eyes were focused on those 95-pointers, we couldn't curb our bargain hunting enthusiasm. For the most part, we pushed too hard, underestimating global demand, missing out on some of the most riveting Brunelli of this stunning harvest.

This is one that almost got away.

In 1957, entrepreneur Walter Ghezzi dropped a fortune on a sprawling 1000-acre estate on the high hills of Maremma. Ghezzi knew all about Camigliano's rich history, one that dated back to the time of the Etruscans. The cellar beneath the master house, he was told, dated back to 1200, its massive, vaulted stone ceiling ensuring cool temperatures throughout the hot summer months. Ghezzi, while intrigued by the past, was focused on the future. Soon after Walter's son, Gualtiero, took charge, a second fortune would be poured into the cellar and vines, pushing Castello di Camigliano into the ranks of the Brunello elite.

From our experience, the Camigliano Brunellos, fashioned by famed enologist Beppe Caviola, have been traditional in style, most often featuring a rustic mix of dried red fruits, pine needles, and underbrush. But in 2007 -- as we'd see in so many cellars -- the warm, dry summer pushed traditionalists toward the New World, making for stupefying Brunelli that straddled the line between Tuscan and northern California coast.

The 2007 Castello di Camigliano is the finest Brunello ever to come off this historic estate. Exquisite ruby in color, with piercing aromas of crushed red raspberries, and freshly cut flowers, almost Burgundian in its sweet refinement. The attack is rich and supple, infused with a juicy mix of raspberry and black cherry, cloaked in 2007 silk. The finish provides the marvelous, gentle cut of the vintage, bracketing the sweet red fruit preserves with mouthwatering Tuscan rusticity.

Rarely have the pundits come out so perfectly aligned. Both Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator weighed-in at a solid 92 points. Stephen Tanzer and former Spectator Brunello editor, James Suckling, just a point behind at 91. All that's good. But this is much better.


Tasting Notes

2007 Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino
"The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is a big, fleshy wine endowed with considerable richness and volume. Layers of dark red fruit, crushed flowers, licorice and tobacco are woven together beautifully in this expressive, generous Brunello. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022."
92 points -- Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

"Tight and compact, offering bright cherry, raspberry, plum and underbrush flavors. Shows intensity and grip, finishing with fruit and fine tannins. Best from 2014 through 2027. 2,500 cases imported."
92 points -- Wine Spectator


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