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2001 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2006

Saturated medium ruby; atypically dark for sangiovese. Aromas of dark berries, bitter chocolate, gunflint and meat. Large-scaled, fat and sweet, offering a blast of blackberry flavor. This is almost too big for the mouth, but manages to avoid heaviness. Offers good vinosity, but still comes across as a bit youthfully musclebound today. Very impressive wine, but I never would have guessed it was Brunello. (Vinifera Imports, Ronkonkoma, NY)

98 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Might be the best I ever had
by ratso222
This is a beautiful looking Brunello with a ton of ripe crushed beries backed up by just a touch of wood and earth. It drinks well now, but the tannic structure will take it out at least 5-10 years. It has a very long finish. The Reserva comes out next year, but I cannot see how it can be better than this one. Easy 5 stars. I might like it better than the new world style of Banfi's 1995 Poggio
by blottenberger11976599
Absolutely the most incredible Brunello I have ever had. Full, robust....yet goes down like velvet and finishes like a roaring sea.


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