2003 Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Sangiovese
($192) Deep red-ruby. Deep aromas of cherry, dark berries, violet and minerals. The palate offers uncanny purity, precision and energy for the vintage, with terrific intensity to the dark fruit flavors. Finishes very long, reserved and perfumed, with terrific grip. Very sexy already, but I'd hold it. (My bottle showed a crushed black raspberry quality after 72 hours, and no loss of focus.) An early candidate for wine of the vintage. (Vias Imports, New York, NY)
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry
Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap
and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern
style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines;
sweet wines and dessert wines.
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