($70) Good medium cherry-red with a pale rim. Perfumed aromas of dusty cherry and spicy, nutty oak, with some odd white fruit notes of orange zest and apricot. Suave and sweet on entry, then distinctly exotic in the middle palate, with flavors of peach, apricot and honeysuckle framed by ripe acids. Finishes with dusty, firm tannins and good length. A second sample showed similar white fruit elements and finished with a dry edge. If I smelled this wine out of a black glass, I would have thought I was drinking a white wine. How does one rate an oddball like this?
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2006
Wine Advocate | Rating:
Dark ruby. The estate's Brunello opens with awkward green aromas. It is somewhat better on the palate, where the wine shows modest amounts of dark fruit, tobacco and underbrush nuances with good length but this wine's balance is ultimately dominated by unpleasantly metallic, green notes.
Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
Loads of strawberry and fresh herb character, including mint. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a long, fresh finish. A bit jammy but all there. 7,000 cases made.
good, but not great. Nice fruit and decent finish. Seemed ready to drink now.
Author: Jeffrey M989
Self | Rating: 93
Huge chewy tannins and exceptionally dark crimson in color. Very long finish, would have benefited from a few more years of aging, but this 2001 single vineyard Montosoli was a great comparison to the 1990 Argiano and 1990 Talenti we drank that night also.
Drink Dates: 2009-2025
Author: Will M.
Self | Rating: 93
Very good expression of brunello. Complex aroma including leather and chocolate. Very pleasant in the mouth with a long finish. It aged perfectly.