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

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!

5. Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli (2001)

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Blackberries, violets and charred wood. Solid core of big lean fruit with lanolin and a bit of caramel.On the palate, silky texture with blackberry and black cherry skins and a nice bite of acid. Fine tannins. There is a subtle richness, but no suggestion of over-ripeness. Big and elegant at the same time. Loads of life remaining.
 
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