Elegant and fresh, this offers cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco notes, allied to a tensile structure. Builds to a long aftertaste of tobacco, fruit and mineral.
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A rich swath of plum and cherry flavors is framed by vanilla and resin notes in this flashy red. Though smooth and velvety up front, the tannins gang up on the fruit by the finish.
Inviting aromas of dark berry, fragrant blue flower and a whiff of baking spice lead the nose. The chewy medium-bodied palate offers ripe red cherry, black raspberry, tobacco and a hint of espresso framed in tight fine-grained tannins. A hint of star anise closes the firm finish. Drink 2018–2023.
Good full ruby-red. Ripe yet elegant aromas of raspberry coulis, bitter chocolate, and smoky flint, complemented by a violet topnote. Silky and suave on entry, then remarkably steely and focused in the middle, if less expressive today than the other 2011 Brunellos from Val di Suga. Powerful yet delicate at once, with noble, polished tannins and repeating violet perfume on the long finish. Spuntali is the best 2011 Brunello from Val di Suga, though it offers less of the candied ripe red fruit aromas and flavors than is usual for this site; the vineyard is located in Montalcino’s south-west sector at about 315 meters above sea level on soils rich in sandy deposits.
Deep red-ruby. Subtle perfume of raspberry, underbrush and musky herbs. Silky on entry, then deep and chewy in the middle, with a enticing savory quality and terrific verve to the tactile spicy red berry and flinty flavors. This compellingly juicy, soil-inflected wine features noble tannins and saturates the entire palate on the long finish. This vineyard is located in Montalcino’s south-eastern sector at about 400 meters above sea level on mainly marly soil.
Bright, deep red-ruby. Floral and herbal nuances complement red cherry, dark plum, underbrush and spices. Seamless and intense, with sweet dark fruit flavors complicated by hints of dried fruits (hazelnuts, almonds), orange peel and wet earth. In a distinctly virile, almost austere style, this wine saturates the palate on the long, easygoing finish. I'd give it five or six years in the cellar. The Vigna del Lago vineyard is located in Montalcino’s north-eastern sector at about 270 meters above sea level on mainly clay soil and usually gives Val di Suga’s daintiest, most rigid and floral wine.
Medium deep ruby-tinged red. Fresh aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberry, and tobacco. Juicy, sweet red berry and red plum flavors show a sappy quality and very good sweetness, with harmonious acidity contributing to the impression of vinosity. Finishes with polite tannins and medium-long. Probably neither long nor complex enough to warrant an outstanding score, but this is so delicious and irresistible right now I’ll be generous.
This is austere, with a dense matrix of tannins supporting cherry, tobacco, stone and leather flavors. Stays fresh, featuring a coating of dusty tannins on the finish. Best from 2018-2032.
Val di Suga is a winery with a proven track record for consistency. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino opens to generous aromas of dried cherry, wild berry, black currant, leather, cola and balsamic herb. The mouthfeel in this vintage is slightly thinner compared to past editions. Neither does it last as long in terms of persistence. But the fullness and overt intensity of the bouquet does a good job of compensating for this. I would suggest drinking this wine within the next ten years.
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Lago is a very linear and tight red wine with a great sense of focus and direct intensity. The wine is not labeled Riserva, but it is aged for one additional year compared to a Brunello annata. Bright berry and dried fruit aromas are followed by very etched mineral notes with dusty graphite and dried spice. I tasted this wine after the bottle had been opened for a day and those distinctive aromas of crushed granite appeared even more evident. This is a lovely wine that underlines the austere and powerful side of this classic vintage.
Showing much riper fruit characteristics, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Spuntali offers dark fruit and blackberry backed by spice, leather and tobacco. This is a profound and powerful wine that is released as a Riserva with one extra year of bottle aging after the five years you get with a Brunello annata. The results are sophisticated and deep with many layers of fruit, spice and balsam herb. The wine feels young in the mouth thanks to the tight tannins and bright acidity. These qualities should help it age throughout the years. I like this expression because it delivers loads of fruit and power at the same time.
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Granchio is a shapely and powerful wine with a tight approach and a smooth succession of wild berry, spice and cola-like aroma. The wine shows a lot of the balsam herb aromas that are so unique to Sangiovese in the Montalcino appellation. In the mouth, this wine presents tightly-knit tannins that should relax and flesh out with more aging time in the bottle. I would suggest waiting at least three years before popping the cork. The wine is too young to drink now.
This is a red with soft and silky tannins. Full and savory flavors that deliver dried strawberry and light walnut character. Hints of cream. Flavorful and delicious. Drink now.