($84) Ruby-red. Deep, very ripe, brooding aromas of plum preserves, espresso, nutty oak and fruitcake. Lush and densely packed, with the exotic fruitcake character carrying through in the mouth. A full, sweet, very ripe style of Brunello more than a wine of site. Finishes with broad, building, mouthcoating tannins and a youthfully bound-up medicinal element. Bigger and richer than the normale but not clearly finer. (Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2006
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18
Pretty deep ruby. Real intensity and deoth. Glossy glamour and approachable before the stringier regular bottling in fact. Great depth of fruit. Very long and tingling with health.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
Readers who enjoy a full-throttle style of Brunello will delight in the 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara, the estate's top selection. Boasting a deep, intense color along with expressive, plush layers of jammy dark fruit, spice, chocolate and sweet toasted oak, it is a beautifully balanced Brunello. Expansive on the palate, it displays outstanding concentration, an engaging personality and broad, yet fine tannins.
Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
Very ripe fruit here, with currant, berry and hints of coffee. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of fruit. Structured and seductive.
A barrel sample treat brought to us from Tuscany thanks to Leo?s wife Connie, giving us an early glimpse into the pleasures that are sure to be found in the ?04 vintage for Brunello. A bit more saturated in its color and extremely precocious in its tobacco, lilac, mushroom, and chocolate covered blackberry persona. Effusively fruity, intense and seething in its youthful complexity that is currently submerging a seriously endowed structure
Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
Author: Brad Coelho
Self | Rating: 95
This is a single vineyard project from Silvio Nardi that undergoes extremely severe selection, drastically low yields and is an outstanding achievement in Brunello that merits consumer attention (in case it doesn'thave enough yet). Dark, but not inky in color (like most concentrated Brunello) with a penetrating nose of leather, high class cigar tobacco, tea, dark cherry, fig and judicious toast notes that are not likely to upset anyone as this wine is full of crisp but heady, chewy fruit throughout the palate that manages a tantalizing sense of symmetry. Has a long, impressive life ahead of it and is sure to be a showstopper