2001 Pieve Santa Restituta - Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille 750ml

Italy - Tuscany - Brunello di Montalcino/ Red / Sangiovese
2001 Pieve Santa Restituta - Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille
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($139) Bright dark red. Highly perfumed aromas of red berries, red cherry, flowers, minerals, gunflint, leather, graphite and spices. Suave, deeply spicy and penetrating, with terrific extract and intensity to the juicy, pure red berry flavors. This compelling Brunello offers a silky texture, superb intensity and captivating inner-mouth perfume, finishing with compelling sweetness of tannins and outstanding breadth and length. Suavissimo! (Incidentally, I very much enjoyed the Rennina bottling as well, with its aromas and flavors of raspberry, minerals and spices; ripe, harmonious acidity; and dry, firm-edged finish. After scoring this wine 92 points, I realized that it was the 2000 vintage that had been sent from Italy!) (Paterno Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 127

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Score: 95
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/02/2011
Phenomenally structured wine is the first thing I would think of with this wine before the fruit or bouquet because the perfect balance of smooth tannin and acidity made this a joy to drink. It had a bouquet of spice, bay leaf, black licorice, currant with an earthy, red fruit flavor profile. Very intense and concentrated. Delicious finish and aftertaste.
Score: 93
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 04/22/2011
Drink Dates:
At it's peak.

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