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

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  • Sep 3, 2015 at 7:40pm
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    Added Sep 3, 2015 at 7:40pm
    Rich blackberry fruit and a little sweet vanilla bean are notable on the nose, with some mineral notes as well. The palate has fresh blackberry, flinty Earth, and a dusty finish. Well balanced with a nice freshness. 90 Pts

  • Sep 2, 2015 at 9:06pm

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    Added Sep 2, 2015 at 9:07pm
    The nose is firm, and a bit closed at the moment, but reveals more with coaxing. Pretty dried black cherry skins with a lovely floral layer, some charred Earth, and aromatic dried herbs all unfold with a little time. Later, some pie spice and tobacco evolve on the nose. The palate starts with fresh red cherry and blackberry flesh that are underscored by clean mineral Earth, turmeric, and more dried herbs. The structure is serious and finessed, with good acidity that blends into the fruit, and fine grained tannins underneath. Good length, and a elegant finish. Probably the most classic and best Brunello I've tasted from Il Palazzone. Outstanding. 95 Pts

    Bob Fyke's Review:
    Added Sep 2, 2015 at 9:06pm
    The nose is full and firm with minerally black fruit richness at the core, faint vanilla bean, dates, sweet grilled meats, a little dark chocolate, and a layer of dried flowers.There's a pleasant, slightly chewy texture to the palate, with baked red cherry fruit that combines rusticity with subtle sweetness. The grilled meat carries through on the palate as well. Finishes with savory notes, and good balance. 89-90 Pts

  • Sep 2, 2015 at 9:03pm
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    Added Sep 2, 2015 at 9:03pm
    The nose is solid and finessed at the same time, showing dense, firm black cherry fruit and skins, with some warm spice, rose petals, and lanolin. The palate has a dignified character with plenty of detail, but expressed in a reserved way, letting out a little at a time. There is delicious spiced red cherry with fresh acidity, and a firm streak. In addition there are layers of tobacco, aromatic dried herbs, and a faint dairy note. Clearly poised for a long life and improvement with integration, it can easily be enjoyed now too. Il Poggione consistently produces excellent, traditional Brunello at a price point that is very good for this level of quality and the 2010 is a prime example. 95 Pt

  • Mar 22, 2015 at 4:01pm

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    Added Mar 22, 2015 at 4:01pm
    The nose shows aromatic black cherry, bay leaf, underbrush, black cherry liquor, with a solid dark, core of fruit surrounded by subtle rustic characteristics. The palate has solid blackberry and black cherry fruit, with flint Earth, a touch of mint, and a firm, dark finish that has plenty of grip.The acidity supports everything well in this masculine Chianti that is built to last.

  • Mar 20, 2015 at 9:30pm
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    Added Mar 20, 2015 at 9:30pm
    Rich, spiced, dark plum is prominent on the nose with a solid layer of shale and mineral Earth underneath. Also present are black pepper, olive, aromatic dried herbs,espresso notes, and black cherry liquor. The palate shows ripe blackberry with lean edges, dark chocolate, and nice acidity balancing things out.There is a definite "yummy" factor in the overall impression, but it has the structure to keep it from getting boring. The finish is long and dusty with a subtle grip and lingering notes of espresso and tobacco. 55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 90 Pts

  • Mar 12, 2015 at 5:38pm

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    Bob Fyke's Review:
    Added Mar 12, 2015 at 5:39pm
    Open and demonstrative, the nose shows spiced dried red cherry, dried violets, a subtle savory undercurrent, mineral Earth, and a little cocoa powder. The palate is layered with aromatic dried cherry that is fresh and subtly sweet, pretty Asian spice, anise, a solid dark cherry core, charred rare beef on the mid-palate, a nice tart bite, and a big dusty grip. The moderately long finish is quite firm, but leaves the palate clean at the end. Forthright and satisfying. 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo. 91 Pts

  • Mar 12, 2015 at 5:33pm

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    Added Mar 12, 2015 at 5:33pm
    The nose is dark and firm, with black cherry skins, mineral Earth, and serious floral notes on top and a suggestion of spearmint. The palate is finessed, with great strength underneath, showing elegant red cherry, and raspberry, with Asian spice, and fine texture. Notes of charred Earth accent the structure, which is complete and balanced, albeit a bit disjointed at this young age. The finish has good length and a fine grained grip. There is a depth to this wine that draws you in to focus your attention. No riserva was made in 2009, so all of the Brunello grape production went into this wine, and it shows. Luca told me that the challenge in 2009 was deciding when to harvest. The heat in the summer was substantial, and carried through into September, harvesting too early in September had to be avoided; he harvested late in the month. 91 Pts

  • Jan 8, 2015 at 10:49pm

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    Bob Fyke's Review:
    Added Jan 8, 2015 at 10:49pm
    Opened about one hour beforehand. The first impression I got with this beautiful wine was the great depth of character on the nose. There is a solid focus of dusty black cherry, dried herbs, anise, sweet leather, and more. The level of complexity in the nose makes labeling some aspects difficult. The palate is savory, with grilled meat and fragrant herb notes, along with solid black cherry and some aromatics on the fruit. The acidity is nicely mouthwatering and balances well with the fine, clean tannins. The finish is long and lovely with dried black cherry and underbrush. This wine strikes a great balance between finesse and rusticity and showed no signs of fading after three hours open. A very well built, classic Brunello. 94 Pts.

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 12:22pm

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    Bob Fyke's Review:
    Added Jan 7, 2015 at 12:22pm
    The wines of Piero Palmucci are consistently outstanding, and this one is no exception. The nose starts off with roasted red cherry, mulling spices, and brown sugar overlaid with sweet tobacco leaf and sandalwood. It is very giving on the nose, but still quite finessed.The palate is full of textured red cherry, and Asian spice, with a gentle chewiness and a weightless feel on the palate. The fruit is pure and delicious, as the acidity and tannins complement but don't overshadow. This is a wine that disappears quickly; as it drinks effortlessly due to near perfect balance, and finesse. Later the nose shows some forest floor, and more tobacco, but holds the amplitude of its components right to the end of the bottle. The 2004 was made by Piero Palmucci, but this winery has changed hands, being owned by Collemassari for the last few years, and their full impact remains to be seen. One immediate impact was an increase in the price of Poggio Di Sotto Brunellos. This bottle was $90-$100 when I purchased it, three years ago; today it goes for $250 from the same source. 94 Pts

  • Jul 21, 2014 at 11:38am
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    Bob Fyke's Review:
    Added Jul 21, 2014 at 11:38am
    The nose is understated, with Earthy notes and some fragrant wood and fine red cherry skins. The palate is much more pronounced with tart red cherry, and bright acidity with sandalwood and subtle dried herbs. Most enjoyable was a fine green tobacco aroma late on the nose and also in the long, finessed finish. Perhaps a bit closed, I think it needs to be revisited in a year or two to see how it settles out. 12 months in French oak, and 14 months in Slavonian. Only 24,000 bottles produced.

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