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Snooth User: lingprof

help with brunello.... (bat-signal for GDP!)

Original post by lingprof, Jan 15, 2011.

A friend and I had a regions-of-the-world tasting, and we had a Brunello that we loved (Nardi 2003).  I paid about $37 for it, but it was on sale and is more like $60-$80.  My friend has been learning more about wine recently, and was really ecstatic about this bottle.  I told her that she has expensive taste and she's going to have to spend about $50 to get another Brunello.

Then I was looking on K&L (which is local for me) and it turns out they have at least a dozen Brunellos under $40 bucks (many of them on sale from higher prices).

So my question:  Are there any Brunellos under 40 that you've had and recommend?

Here is the list if anybody wants to have a look at the specifics before weighing in:

http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?...

Molte grazie in advance!!

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Feb 9, 2011.

Very clever...the long and the short of it is that high scoring sangiovese (brunello) hits the market at a much lower cost than most other reds. 

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 9, 2011.

Stephen, Metcalfe's Law is worth a Wiki search. Nothing 'pure' about the mathematics there. It was the rationale behind the dotcom bubble to a great extent, and why a somewhat sketchy organization like AOL could buy out a Time-Warner. I'm currently putting together budgets and rationales for investors, and I was tempted to use it, since it totally flamboozles novices, but I learned better long ago.

Today is metrics and analytics planning and dashboard design. Guess those cursed statistics will be rearing their ugly heads. Already looking forward to drinks at the end of the day, though we may be heading to a pub where the wine is execrable and thus it'll be ale on tap.

Speaking of execrable, I laughed my head off when somebody brought a bottle of that same bottom-feeder Aussie shiraz by my place last night... ;-)

 

Jon, agreed, particularly in the Chianti Classico Riserva context, even more than Brunello. Fortunately there are a few safe(r) spots around pricing wise, whether riesling or sherry or..., though they all seem to be rising faster than inflation.

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 9, 2011.

D - Will have a look tonight

My perverse mathematical logic for referring to Mobius strip and a Klein Bottle is that Mobius strip is where you take a strip of paper, bring the ends together , rotate one end 180deg and the stick the ends together - you get a strip with only one side. 

If it was physically possible [it is mathematically] to stick 2 mobius strips together you get a Klein Bottle - a bottle with no inside, which I think is the perfect container for unmentionable Aussie Shiraz that seems to be haunting your presence at the moment [not to mention NZSB the smells like cats pee!!!!] and perhaps Layer Cake [sorry Lefty]

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 9, 2011.

don't forget that cat's pee is supposed to be sprayed onto the neighborhood gooseberry bush.

just changed my cat's litter box an hour ago. definitely familiar odors from the last time I opened a NZ SB....

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 9, 2011.

I used to like cats before I discovered NZSB!!!

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 9, 2011.

Too bad you're not a T-shirt entrepreneur. That last one would go over well at certain wine festivals....

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 22, 2011.

Lingprof, here are a bunch of Brunellos, all from 2006 that are rated by James Suckling. They're hovering at the upper end of your price range, but are in several cases well worth a flyer. From Benchmark up north in CA from you...

 

 

Dear Oenophile,

Many of you have probably picked up the “buzz” surrounding the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino vintage. It is considered by the critics to be at the same quality level as the modern day classics for the region such as 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2004. There have also been many changes in the wine making style in Tuscan over the past 20 years. Embracing progress and modern winemaking technologies have taken these wines to a whole level. Gone are the open cement tanks for fermentation that produced oxidized wines that needed decades to be approachable. A more modern approach to viticulture, with aging in smaller French barriques, more fruit driven wines that can be enjoyed earlier on in their life cycle. Given the fairly high levels of acidity in the wine, the wines are easily paired with food. Some like to draw similarities to Pinot Noir and the wines of Burgundy.

James Suckling sums up the success of the vintage as follows; “In fact, I found the same thing when tasting these 2006 Brunellos. They change all the time in the glass, from being very aromatic and clean and almost timid, to full, rich and tannic. They are fascinating to taste. They are some of the most interesting young Brunellos I have ever tasted since I first started going to Montalcino in 1983.”

Pre-arrival: Fall. Please place your orders by phone or email. Cheers! The Benchmark Team, sales@benchmarkwine.com, 707.255.3500

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $52 JS92 "Amazing aromas of freshly picked flowers and black cherries. Full to medium bodied, with medium tannins and a fruity finish. Coffee and cigar box undertones. More forward and red to drink than some. Why wait?" James Suckling

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2006 @ $79 JS96 "Perfumed and fruity, with dried cherries and citrus fruit. Wow. It really opens on the nose giving so much gorgeous fruit. Full body and very dense, with dried cherries, cedar and hints of coffee bean. Powerful and rich. Try it after 2015." James Suckling

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $52 JS92 "What a nose with perfumes, blueberries and blackberries. Very perfumed. Full body, with fine tannins and a bright acidity. Love the silky texture to the wine. Wonderfully polished texture. Best after 2013." James Suckling

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $49 JS95 "Lots of sandalwood, with blueberry and blackberry aromas and hints of dried flowers. Cola too. Full body, with fine tannins and a long caressing finish. It’s so integrated and refined. The tannins are finely knit. Benchmark for the style and excellence of the vintage. Best after 2013." James Suckling

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura 2006 @ $59 JS96 "This is so balanced and refined and polished. I love the berries and blackberries and flowers on the nose. Full bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. So much there. Racy and gorgeous. Give it three to four years to come even more together." James Suckling

Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $44 JS95 "Wonderful aromas of chocolate, crushed berries and raspberries, with vanilla and toasted oak undertones. Full-bodied, with deliciously ripe fruit and loads of berries, chocolate and coffee bean character. Love the length and beauty here. Best after 2013." James Suckling

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $38 JS93 "Love the flowers, ripe berries and minerals on the nose here. Light dried fruits too. Dried porcini! Full bodied, round and fruity, with a decadent and fruity finish. Try in 2013." James Suckling

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino La Casa 2006 @ $59 JS95 "Blackberries, licorice and dried flowers on the nose. Full bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of fruit. Whole and complete. This is balanced and really beautiful. Better after 2014." James Suckling

Celestino Pecci Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $42 JS95"What a beautiful nose of dried flowers, dark fruits and sandalwood. Full body, with velvety tannins, ripe fruit and a pretty finish. All in richness and finesse. Tannic still. New producer to watch. Best after 2013." James Suckling

Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $44 JS93 "Intense aromas of black fruits and flowers follow through to a full body, with intense fruit and racy, strong tannins. Long and chewy. Dense and impressive. Give this three to four years of bottle age." James Suckling

Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2006 @ $59 JS96 "This is a very rich Sangiovese on the nose with dried black cherries and strawberries. Lots of dark chocolate too. Loads of black chocolate cake and dried coffee cake character. Full and very powerful. Lots of ripe tannins. Goes on for minutes. Better in 2014." James Suckling

Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $54 JS96 "What a nose. The perfect nose of ripe black cherries, spices, toasted oak and flowers. Full body, with velvety tannins, and a berry, cherry and blue berry undertone. What a finish. This shows such beautiful fruit. Leave it for three or four years." James Suckling

Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $59 JS91 "Intense aromas of black chocolate, coffee beans, dried cherries, and flowers follow through to a full body, with round and chewy tannins and a medium finish. Needs time to soften and show you all that is there. Best after 2014." James Suckling

Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $42 JS93 "This shows wonderful aromas of dark fruits, Indians spices and treacle tart. Raisins. Full bodied, with big, round tannins and raisiny finish. Almost Amarone-like, but I like it. Try it after 2014." James Suckling

Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne 2006 @ $47 JS94 "Blueberry, with lavender and dried flower on the nose. Licorice too!. Full bodied, with ripe chewy tannins and a long, intense finish. Tannic yet very concentrated. Best after 2014." James Suckling

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $44 JS90 "Another attractive 2006 with tar, berry and dried cherry aromas and flavors. Full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Needs time to open. Best after 2013." James Suckling

Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo 2006 @ $59 JS95"Frescobaldi’s Brunello always delivers great quality in just about any vintage. Gorgeous nose of ripe berries and slice plums with an almost peach undertone. Full bodied, with a solid core of gorgeously clean and clear dark fruits. Dense and integrated tannins on the finish. So long and fascinating. Best after 2013." James Suckling

Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $53 JS94"A soft and fruity red, chocolate and berries aromas and flavors that build on the palate. Full with soft tannins and a long finish. Aftertaste shows plums, toffee and cedar. Citrus too. Turns tannic. Give it three to four years of bottle age." James Suckling

Il Paradiso di Frassina Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $57 JS96 "I love the decadence and richness here with dark fruits, meat and very ripe plums. Full bodied, with a dense and beautiful palate. Ripe black cherries, with flowers. Such pure fruit. Powerful tannins, yet polished and elegant. Beautiful length. Give it three to four years of bottle age. This is phenomenal and made from organic grapes." James Suckling

La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $47 JS92 "Aromas of licorice and blackberries follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a fruity finish. This is a refined and silky young wine. Give it two to three years of bottle age." James Suckling

La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $39 JS95 "Blueberries, flowers and raspberries. Love the nose, like so many others. Full body, with fine tannins and a silky textured finish. So much going on here. Class. Best after 2013." James Suckling

Stay tuned for part two tomorrow. If you would like to view all the available 2006 Brunellos, please send us an email. Cheers! The Benchmark Team, sales@benchmarkwine.com,  707.255.3500


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Reply by JonDerry, Feb 22, 2011.

Glad you got around to this D, can't wait until these start hitting the local wine shops.

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 23, 2011.

Why wait? Why not go directly to Benchmark's website?

And I have no business relationship with them whatsoever, other than as a satisfied customer.  ;-)

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 23, 2011.

Thanks D will have a look the weekend

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 24, 2011.

Here's the second half of Benchmark's 2006 Brunello offering, again including Suckling's notes and ratings. Lots to choose from here, and in the previous installment, Lingprof. 

Of course we can always ask GregT what he thinks of Suckling's contributions... ;-)

 

 

Dear Oenophile,

Here is the second half of the much anticipated 2006 Brunello!  Please feel free to contact us for the entire list of available wines.

Pre-arrival: Fall. Please place your orders by phone or email. Cheers! The Benchmark Team,sales@benchmarkwine.com707.255.3500

Lambardi Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $42 JS93
"Wonderful nose of forest fruits and hints of flowers. Some wet earth too. Full body, with chewy and powerful tannins. Amazing fruit. It goes on for minutes. This is focused and beautiful. Give it three to four years of bottle age. Best ever from here." James Suckling

Lazzeretti Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $39 JS93
"Wonderful aromas of dried berries, plums, prunes and dark truffles. Full body, with chewy tannins and plenty of toasted oak and berries. Coffee bean and spices too. Lots of tannins. This will soften and come right in three to four years." James Suckling

Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $59 JS93
"What a dreamy nose of crushed berries and dried flowers. Perfumes too. Then changes to Indian spices and dark fruits. Full bodied, with super well integrated tannins and a classy, long finish. So well integrated. Just a joy to taste. Better in 2013." James Suckling

Mate Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $54 JS95
"Love the nose to this, with licorice, mint, blackberries and aniseed. Full bodied, with wonderful dense fruit and super silky tannins. So fruity, yet full of finesse. A beauty. Try it after 2014." James Suckling

Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $42 JS94
"Wow. Love the ripe fruit on the nose that resembles dried strawberries and flowers. Full bodied, with round and ripe tannins and a loads of exotic fruit. So long and gorgeous. Lovin’ this. Give it three or four years to come. Excellent." James Suckling

Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara 2006 @ $69 JS92
"Love the aromas of black truffles, with grilled meat and dark fruits. Full body, with intense chewy tannins that are ripe and mouth puckering. This needs time to soften and mellow. Outstanding. Best after 2013." James Suckling

Pietroso Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $49 JS91
"Soft and round with plummy, berry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full and chewy. Should open with a little more complexity in 2013." James Suckling

Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $45 JS90
"This is full-bodied, with soft tannins and a bright acidity. It shows a good amount of berries, cedar, tobacco and chocolate character. Long and silky finish. Hard not to drink now." James Suckling

Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $63 JS95
"Fascinating aromas of blackberries, flowers, dark chocolate and nuts follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long, intense aftertaste. Bright acidity. This is structured and held back. Massive wine. Most structured ever from here. Give it four to five years of bottle age before opening. Impressive power." James Suckling

Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2006 @ $74 JS95
"Aromas of beautiful ripe plums and berries on the nose follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long velvety textured finish. The new wood, cedar, chocolate and fresh mushroom character dominates now. Big and juicy. Best after 2014." James Suckling

Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $51 JS94
"A decadent and ultra-rich red, with plum tart, prunes, cooked meat and berries. Full bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. An aromatically beautiful wine. Best after 2012." James Suckling

Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $49 JS93
"Aromas of dried cherries and blueberries with hints of lavender. Nuts too. Full bodied, with dense fruit and velvety tannins. Pure fruit here lots of everything. Really builds on the palate. Citrus rind after taste. Give it two to three years to soften." James Suckling

Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $114 JS92
"Wonderful aromas of dried porcini and dark fruits follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a fruity, lightly jammy finish. Fruity and interesting young red. Better after 2013." James Suckling

San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2006 @ $59 JS95
"Loads of sweet berry and cherry on the nose with hints of flowers. Amazing nose. Full body, with super silky tannin structure and a long caressing finish. Integrated and refined. It just keeps building on the palate. Bigger and bigger, yet refined and gorgeous. Give this some bottle age to show its true quality."James Suckling

San Polino Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $49 JS94
"I like the nose of crushed berries, flowers and black licorice. Full bodied, with a dense palate of ultra fine tannins. It’s all there and just making me happy. Best after 2014. Made from organic grapes."James Suckling

San Polino Brunello di Montalcino Helichrysum 2006 @ $69 JS95
"A rich and velvety wine with berry, mineral and dried floral aromas and flavors. Full and velvety, with cherry jam and velvety tannins. Round and lovely. Starts off soft but then builds with loads of tannins. Best ever. Best after 2015. Made from organic grapes." James Suckling

Sassetti Livio Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2006 @ $52 JS93
"Wonderful nose of mulberries and dried citrus fruit. Full body, with round and rich tannins that are polished and silky. Plenty of delicious fruit too. Consistently outstanding. I wouldn’t touch it for another two to three years." James Suckling

Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $74 JS94
"Amazing aromas of blackberries, sandalwood and dried flowers. Full body, with chewy tannins and a powerful mouth feel of loads of fruit. Love the wet earth, meat and dark fruits. Needs another three to four years to soften." James Suckling

Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $104 JS97
"I can't believe how the nose changes from white truffle to berry and black cherry and then goes blueberries and citrus fruits. Full and soft and velvety. It is layered and massive with so much going on. Now sweet tobacco and berries. A wine that is in evolution every moment. Try it in 2014." James Suckling

Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pian di Conte 2006 @ $53 JS95
"This is absolutely delicious with dried fruitsChristmas cake and light sultanas with some Indian spices. Full body, with soft and silky tannins and a long, long finish. It lasts and lasts. Intense a nd balanced. Best after 2012." James Suckling

Tassi Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $49 JS91
"Orange peel, with sweet tobacco and cedar undertones and lots of dried fruits. Full body, with raisins and cream pudding and plenty of pretty fruit. Give it two or three years of bottle age to give it more complexity." James Suckling

Tassi Brunello di Montalcino Selezione Franci 2006 @ $69 JS95
"What decadence and softness to this with slightly raised acidity, but I really appreciate the toasted oak, ripe fruit and citrusy aftertaste. Turns to toffee. Intense young wine. Give it three to four years to come together. Why wait? It will improve for years to come." James Suckling

Tiezzi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Soccorso 2006 @ $41 JS93
"Toasted oak, with blackberry, cherry and plums character on the nose. Full body, with silk, refined tannins and a fruity finish. Balanced and very pretty. Even racy. Best after 2013." James Suckling

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $89 JS96
"This is so structured. Stunning. Decadent aromas of plum and roasted meat, then turns to toffee, follows through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a mineral, dried flower undertone. Tannic. Lots of dried fruits on the palate. This needs some bottle age to soften. Very powerful and structured. Amazing. Best after 2015." James Suckling

Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $109 JS97
"Love the nose on this with blackberries, sweet tobacco, blueberries. Full body, with soft and silky tannins and a light jammy finish. Lots of dark fruits. Long finish. Loads going on in this one. Give it three to five years. Or more." James Suckling

Villa I Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino 2006 @ $42 JS93
"Starts off subtle and delicate, and finishes with a wonderful depth of fruit and ultra silky tannins. This really builds

beautifully in the glass. I wouldn’t drink it for two or three years, but it’s very beautiful now." James Suckling

For more reviews of 2006 Brunello, click here to visit James Suckling's new website.
 
Cheers! The Benchmark Team, sales@benchmarkwine.com,  707.255.3500

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