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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 145
($65) Good deep red. Exotic black fruits, violet, bitter chocolate and sexy oak. Supple, sweet and a bit chunky, with currant and leather flavors carrying a full load of spicy oak. A very ripe style that's just this side of roasted. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins. Plenty of sangiovese character here but could use more verve. (Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa, CA)
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Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/12/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2025
Tasted On: 02/01/2012
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/24/2011
Drink Dates: 2012-2024
Opened and sat for ~4+ hours but really needed decanting. Great depth but was hoping for more fruit, Character was nice, very silky and lots of acid but definitely was not the pleaser I was hoping it would be. Still a solid effort - and there will be better Brunellos down the line.
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 11/06/2011
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/18/2010
Drink Dates: 2008-2012
It would appear the fruit is beginning to fade. The bouquet was fairly large, but the midpalate seemed hollow and did not live up to the bouquet's promise. The finish was short (about three seconds), but the tannins were fine and well integrated. Nevertheless, this bottle offered a reasonable amount of depth and pleasure, and was an okay pairing with Osso Buco. Drink now.
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