2008 La Cerbaiola (Salvioni) Brunello di Montalcino
Producer: La Cerbaiola (Salvioni)
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Sangiovese
Bright, deep ruby-red. Strawberry, baking spices and dried flowers on the perfumed nose. Then pure and focused in the mouth, with red cherry and berry flavors complicated by flint and herbs. Shows lovely balance and a refreshing quality on the long, vibrant finish; it's a very successful 2008 but lacks the concentration and complexity of Salvioni's best vintages. I'd drink it up over the next 10 or 12 years while your 2001s and 2006s reach their optimal drinking stage.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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