2016 Brunello di Montalcino, DOCG
The color is dark ruby and the nose is classic Sangiovese, transporting one instantly to Montalcino. The bouquet is a little tight at first ranging from gentle balsamic notes and a hint of steak. In the time it deepens to a delicious herbaceousness, accompanied by mouth-watering aromas of ripe cherry and dark berries. In the background, tell-tale floral notes of violets lurk.
In the mouth, the first impression is of very pleasant juiciness paired with ripe fruit and seductive well-structured tannins. The mouth-feel is round and silky-smooth with expertly integrated alcohol. It is generously mouth-filling and rewarded with a long fruity finish.
2016 is an outstanding vintage and this is a Brunello that caresses and envelops like a Kashmir pashmina. Close your eyes and let yourself be transported to Il Palazzone, overlooking the vast valley towards a spectacular sunset, surrounded by vineyards brimming with summer scents.
Warning, definitely have a second bottle at the ready!