Bob Fyke

Brunello, and other Tuscan reds, are home base for me. I enjoy wines from many other regions as well, and love to organize,and participate in, wine themed dinners in NYC. Twitter @brunellobob Visit my blog at

Top Brunello

I am inclined toward the more rustic and elegant manifestations of Brunello, and believe these to be the greatest expression of the DOCG. This style has the lion's share on the list, with Soldera standing solidly above all others. Still, you will find wines on the list that have been labeled by some as  "New World" or "Modern". These are here for two reasons: 1- They are complex, well made wines that are just plain impressive. 2- They are built like a brick house, with all the components in place for long aging and great complexity when mature. The classic example of the latter is Valdicava. While prices are a bit varied, each is worth the price of admission. This list shows specific examples from producers that I would recommend in most vintages. Enjoy!

1. Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Case Basse Soldera (2004)

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Average price: $530.41 from 2 stores
Tasted from Barrel. Incredible complexity and elegance. Fresh and dried cherries, baking spices, earth, leather, and more. Much of the same on the palate, with an endless finish. Perfect balance. I did not write this note at the time of the tasting, but I did make a note to self at that time, " I must have this wine". One of Soldera's best ever.
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