An iron streak runs through the middle of this firmly structured Brunello, leading to core flavors of black cherry, tobacco and wild herbs. This stays taut and racy through the finish, but needs time to soften its tannins.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91
Bright deep red. Very ripe, almost liqueur-like aromas of plum and marzipan. Fat, sweet and full, conveying an impression of serious weight plus a medicinal reserve. Broad, high-toned Brunello with a restrained sweetness on the back end owing to an element of reduction.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2011
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97
I can't believe how the nose changes from white truffle to berry and black cherry and then goes blueberries and citrus fruits. Full and soft and velvety. It is layered and massive with so much going on. Now sweet tobacco and berries. A wine that is in evolution every moment.
Author: James Suckling
Medium concentrated crimson, with lighter rim showing the beginning of orange. Reductive, with heady cherry fruit underneath. Lots of cherry fruit on the palate. Lovely acidity but slightly sharp tannin on the attack, more coating on the finish. Ongoing aromatic sensation. Wait. (WS)
Author: Walter Speller
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino saturates the palate with deep layers of dark red fruit, violets, new leather and spices. The aromas and flavors grow beautifully with air, showing remarkable intensity all the way through to the expansive, textured finish. This is a brilliant effort from Giancarlo Pacenti. The Brunello saw 18-20 days on the skins, followed by malolactic fermentation and aging in French oak barrels, of which roughly 80% were new. The vineyard sources are approximately 4.5 hectares in Sant'Angelo and Piancornello (in the south of Montalcino) and 5 hectares in Pelagrilli (in the north). Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.