TN: Brunellos

Did a small group distanced tasting of Brunellos this week.

1990 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino – my offering, out of magnum – I hadn’t touched this since purchase and figured it might be time to see what it was doing. Fortunately an excellent bottle (the bottle size may have enhanced chances n that front). The only indication of age was a slight browning at the edges and a mahogany colour in the centre of the wine, and it had a nose of cherry, cedar, leather, maybe a hint of roasted chestnuts. Smooth on palate with a medium length dry finish. I finished the rest of the magnum with She-who-must-be-obeyed after the group had left.

2006 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino – dark colour, excellent black cherry nose with toasted pine nuts, smooth on palate, tasty and with good length

2006 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino – yes, we had a duplicate. My notes tasting blind varied however. This bottle showed similar dark fruit nose, medium weight on palate and a somewhat longer finish.

2006 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – fairly dark colour and dark fruit with a ripe component and hint of mint in the nose. Well balanced wine that finished cleanly with medium length. Funny – the second choice for what I thought of pouring was this wine but a 2001 Ripe al Convento Risera, and I still have a bottle of the regular 1990 which has held up very well over the years although going through a short awkward stage for a few year.

2006 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – funny how everyone but me happened to have gone for the 2006 vintage! This 15% alcohol wine showed an unusual wet cement, plum and a bit of forest floor nose, had good acidity, seemed to be a more modern style and developed some smokiness in the nose with time in the glass. I can’t see this one improving from now on.
To go with the cheese, I opened this:

1998 Stefano Accordini Passo – this Veneto wine made from several grapes including cab and merlot as well as indigenous varietals, was very dark, ripe and pretty one dimensional. A bit over the top for me. Went passably well (no pun intended) with the cheese. Fortunately my last bottle.

We had accompanied the wines with a soup made from green beans, soy beans and smoked ham hocks, a delicious simple tagliolini pasta dressed simply with oil, butter salt and minced black truffle, all followed by a beef meatball with tomato sauce, followed by cheeses.

Enjoyed the post Bill in BC. Duplicates blind from different providence are challenging, right?

You bet. Last thing people think is that it might be the same wine!