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May 1, 201295 Here is a generous, modern and bold expression of Sangiovese Grosso whose soft layers of chocolate and dark cherry fruit help soften the natural acidity and structure of the 2006 vintage. A polished mineral note adds attractive definition on the finish. Tight and very firm; age this wine 10–20 years.
April 201294 The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a big, broad-shouldered wine endowed with tremendous depth and richness. Black cherries, licorice, new leather and tobacco wrap around the palate in this dramatic, sweeping Brunello. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of nuance and detail. The 2006 needed all of its 40 months in cask. This is a fabulous effort.
June 201394 One of the truly exciting wines of the year, the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva boasts superb richness, power and depth from start to finish. Cloves, violets, incense, plums, black cherries and menthol all explode from the glass in a virile, towering Brunello endowed with massive structure. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated, this drop-dead gorgeous Riserva has more than enough stuffing to drink well for two decades. The estate gave the 2006 Riserva 42 months in oak, all of which it handled beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully.
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July 201293+ Good full, bright dark red. Dark cherry, licorice, mocha and tobacco on the inviting nose. Then serious and concentrated on the palate, with firm, integrated acidity and an enticing note of maraschino cherry. This wine shows the coiled spring so many of the better 2006s possess. At once seamless and powerful wine, with a long, mounting finish featuring broad, fine-grained tannins and the energy of the year. Built to age for 15 to 20 years.
February 201293 Blueberry aromas with hints of flowers. Full body, with fine tannins and a clean finish. Bright and silky. Drink now. So right.
July 31, 201293 The ripe cherry, plum, earth and spice aromas and flavors are beautifully displayed on the dense, tannic structure in this red, which is bright and energetic, with an aftertaste of fresh fruit and wild herbs. Best from 2014 through 2035. 500 cases made.