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2005 Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July 2010

Bright medium red. Highly perfumed nose is textbook sangiovese from the southeastern portion of Montalcino, displaying pretty redcurrant, sour red cherry and floral aromas along with a hint of sexy vanillin oak. Enters bright and fresh, with flavors of sweet spices, tobacco and earth and some obvious sweet oak. Impeccably balanced and long on the aftertaste. Though owner Riccardo Campinoti also owns a vineyard called Petroso and other vines in the Castelnuovo dell'Abate area, this '05 Brunello is made only with grapes from the Le Ragnaie vineyard, as the grapes of Petroso suffered from rot, and he hadn't yet bought the vines in Castelnuovo in 2005. Vine Street Imports, Philadelphia PA)

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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