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

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  • Dec 9, 2013 at 5:28pm
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    Average Price: $19.99

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    Added Dec 9, 2013 at 5:28pm
    The first whiff shows deep, rich, red and black cherry notes with classic Montalcino character, showing earthy spice (fennel?) and a pleasant tartness in the fragrances much like orange rind. Also on the nose is a firmness and mineral character that add seriousness and stature. The palate is mouthwatering with its sweet acidity, full black cherry flavor and medium weight. There is a hint of sweetness, just enough to balance out the rusticity and minerality. Later, grilled meat and herb notes develop on the solid finish. The Il Poggione Rosso can be relied upon year after year for an affordable alternative to Brunello, although their Brunello is top notch and should be enjoyed as well. Serious wine at a great price.

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 8:47pm
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    Added Dec 3, 2013 at 8:47pm
    Big, masculine nose of dark black fruit that is ripe, but firm and chiseled. Added to that is cedar, some potpourri, a bit of raisin and other dried fruits. The palate is solid as well, with firm black cherry, and more cedar, and lovely tobacco on the trailing edge. There are pleasant angles to the palate,m continuing the masculine character. The finish is long and firm with charred earth, dried black cherry skins and more tobacco. 94 Pts

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 8:46pm

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    Added Dec 3, 2013 at 8:46pm
    The nose is a beautiful amalgam of details that presents as one complex impression, later flashing fine components over time in the glass. There is solid (and still youthful) black cherry and black cherry skins, laced with Asian spice and a core of mushroom all forming the foundation, with a layer of dark incense and plenty dried herbs on top. The palate starts off with a soft texture and then turns to a medium chewiness with solid black fruit coming through again with embellishments of spice and Earth notes. The structure is excellent, with the acidity and tannins well integrated, providing plenty of support, but not standing out individually. There's a oneness about the characteristics that make the personality of this wine. No doubt, there are plenty of years left here. Probably not yet approaching its peak. 95 Pts

  • Oct 9, 2013 at 9:18pm
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  • Oct 9, 2013 at 6:31pm
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  • Jun 2, 2013 at 10:16am

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    Added Jun 2, 2013 at 10:16am
    Early on, the nose shows musky / earthy aromas, along with sweet spice and sandalwood, over a base of pomegranate and dried strawberries. On the palate, there's a delicate sweetness and fine red cherry on the tip of the tongue that combines with the sweet acidity and firm tannins to create a very pleasant texture and mouth watering impact. This Brunello has that textural, spiced, earthy cherry character on the palate that I see in many of my favorites. The balance is perfect, with plenty of finesse, although it needs a lot of time to integrate and settle into the Soldera it will ultimately become. Later, notes of anise, faint smoke, vague spearmint, and more sandalwood grew on the nose and palate. The finish was long and pleasant with good grip. Beautiful now, but it has so many components that lend themselves to great beauty in maturity. 95Pts Tasted 5-25-13.

  • Mar 28, 2013 at 7:46pm
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    Added Mar 28, 2013 at 7:47pm
    Here is a Brunello that is classic for the most part, but has a nice hint of modern style as well. Early, on the nose, there's a laser of lean black cherry fruit and cherry skins, with some leather, and white pepper dustiness. The palate is elegant and light, with fine grained texture and bit of extraction, showing more black cherry, some blackberry, stone dust, and a bit of tobacco. There's a moderate amount of fine grained tannins on the finish, with a little juicy acidity, that holds promise for improvement with time. Quite enjoyable now, albeit a little disjointed. 89 Pts The estate is located north of the village of Montalcino, with the grapes sourced from the Montosoli hill, which is known for producing wines with particular balance and longevity. It's spends about 36 months in large Slovonian oak barrels, also known as "botti". Interesting in the case of Casanuova delle Cerbaie, the barrels are young, which is a slight variation from many traditionalists who use botti that are as much as forty years old. This practice seems to contribute to a nice merging of rustic and rich character in the wine.

  • Mar 21, 2013 at 6:35pm

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    Bob Fyke's Review:
    Added Feb 5, 2013 at 10:24pm
    A quick note from the Benvenuto Brunello event in NYC on 1/31/13: Combined notes of charred earth, dried flowers, and dark roasted cherry on the nose. The palate is well balanced with lean black cherry, leather, and a nice aromatic finish. 92 Pts.

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    Added Mar 14, 2013 at 6:33pm
    What great QPR! I didn't check the varietal first, expecting this "Rosso" to have grapes other than, or added to, Sangiovese. I was wrong, and knew it on my first inhale of the nose. Pure Sangiovese, and I dare say Brunello-like. The nose was deep and solid with red cherry and black cherry notes, earth, saddle leather, and some suggestion of allspice. Later on the nose, aromatic sandalwood began to show. The palate was just as nice as the nose, with a pleasing earthy, cherry core that hovered at the mid-palate, and roasted fruit notes (not like heat damage) that lingered nicely on the finish. Somewhat elegant in texture. Light to medium weight, with good depth and some complexity. Excellent balance, showing well from beginning to end.

  • Feb 5, 2013 at 10:22pm

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    Bob Fyke's Review:
    Added Jan 28, 2013 at 7:08pm
    Here is a wine with strength and finesse, in the classic style. On the nose there is solid black cherry skins, with charred brambles, subtle incense, and a distinct beam of sweet spice. There's great balance on the palate, with dark fruits, good acidity, and medium grained tannins. The finish is quite long, with more fine spice, some tobacco, and more brambles. Still needs time to integrate, but still beautiful now. Complete and complex.

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