($56) Deep red. Very ripe, slightly roasted aromas of berries, pipe tobacco and licorice, lifted by a wild floral nuance. Rich, concentrated and superripe, with very sweet flavors of marzipan and cherry cola. Fleshy and fat but nicely framed by good ripe acidity. Finishes with big, sweet, chewy tannins. A bit unrefined but a large mouthful of Brunello. (Montecastelli Selections, New York, NY; North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, CA)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
Intense aromas of crushed blackberry and vanilla follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, refined finish. 1,250 cases made.
Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89
This small estate is located just north of Montalcino on the road that leads from town center to Torrenieri. Proprietor Marco Mantengoli fashions an attractive, modern-styled Brunello from his 8.5 hectares of vineyards. This pretty, deeply-colored 2001 Brunello di Montalcino is warm and ample on the palate where it offers plummy dark fruit, chocolate, sweet toasted oak and licorice flavors. Made in a plush, concentrated style, it displays excellent length although today the wine remains somewhat dominated by a heavy-handed use of barrique which is felt in both the flavors as well as the somewhat astringent tannins that define the finish.