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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - October 2009
Medium-deep ruby. Intense nose offers black cherry, medicinal herbs, quinine and pepper; the aromas are much warmer than those of the '06 but avoid coming off as overripe or cooked. Then pure and fresh on entry, with laser-like precision to the red cherry, raspberry jam and spicy tobacco flavors. Finishes quite long and pure, managing to avoid jamminess, with very fine but still youthful tannins in need of time. This could easily develop in bottle for seven to ten years. A Brunello in all but name, this Rosso is made from one specific hectare of the seven-hectare Banditella vineyard, most of which is used for the estate's base Brunello.