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1997 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2002

($60) Opaque garnet with blackish tones. Inviting, multi-dimensional aromas of cinnamon, black pepper, glove leather and chestnut puree. Intense flavors of blackberry, mint and marzipan. A dense, concentrated wine, with substantial extract and full tannic thrust. At once juicy and plush, with lovely spice components emerging on the long finish. (Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY)

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Yes it is just like silk
by jmw2323
Not sure what the first reveiewer was drinking. Can't wait for the next one. Nice fruit, gorgeous and not overly oaky like many brunellos.
Couldn't agree less...
by ABrunner
with the previous reviewer. This is an outstanding Brunello, as evidenced by the 92 points by IWC and a top rating in "Italian Wines, 2003". My guess is that the reviewer did not let the wine breathe sufficiently before imbibing.
Persistence and Patience
by Chi10623704
I agree with the commentator ahead of me that the wine was unimpressive and did not display the vibrancy of a brunello from a great year and from a reputable producer. The first bottle was to the point of blandness. However, the third bottle I tried turned my head in terms of its soft caressing tannin and silky structure. Very elegant indeed. So do not give up on this wine!


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