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2008 Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2013

Dark red-ruby.  Superripe, slightly warm aromas of red cherry, violet and marzipan.  Then more precise on the palate, offering pure flavors of red cherry, red berries, flowers and minerals.  The finish is very long and clean, with a strong savory quality and a creamy tactile mouthfeel.  This young Brunello seems less dominated by new oak than in some past vintages.  Owner Francesco Leanza understands sangiovese as few others in Montalcino do.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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