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1999 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2004

($85) Full deep ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Dense, sweet and impressively concentrated; a real fruit bomb in the mouth. Primary black fruit flavors are complicated by tobacco, chocolate and exotic oak notes. Finishes very long and sweet, with lush, ripe tannins. As youthful as this is today, it's already quite sexy. (Winebow, Inc. , New York, NJ)

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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New Wave Brunello
07/07/2004
by R. Parker Westinghouse, III
Atypical Brunello with lots of grilled meat and mushroom character, bitter plum and cinnamon on the palate. So heavily extracted that it’s almost Australian in style. Very ripe, but still has decent acidity. The little Sangiovese character it has comes across on the finish. Not my preferred style, but trying to be unbiased, I’d give it 93-94 points.
Needs time?
05/01/2008
by WKoch
Tried this 4/30/08 and while it is a good wine (90) my bottle was closed down even after decanting an hour. This was a massive oaky wine a few years ago when I bought them with lush cassis fruit, spice and minerality after a few minutes in the glass. Now just shows some dark undefined fruit, oak tannin, and a hint of spice. Tried again 6/10/08 and showed better blk.cherry/plum fruit, sl balsamic note,earth, spice, more supple tannins, sl low acidity. Suspect sl. off bottle previously.

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