Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Case Basse Soldera 1991
"Everyone I know who has met proprietor Gian Franco Soldera has the same impression - the man is an uncompromising perfectionist who makes great wines, but seems not to want to sell them to anybody on planet Earth unless they meet his "qualifications." From his 16-acre Case Basse vineyard (planted in 1973), Soldera produces three wines - a vino da tavola called Intistieti, and two Brunellos, with the Riserva being made only in top years. The wines are aged in large Slavonian oak foudres for 4-5+ years, before being bottled without any fining or filtration. Readers may remember my enthusiastic notes on the two cuvees of 1990 Brunello. In 1991, only a Riserva was made. It is a magnificent Brunello that gets my nod as the wine of the vintage. The wine reveals a dark ruby color with some amber at the edge. An extraordinary nose offers up provocative aromas of grilled meats, sweet black-cherries, Asian spices, balsamic vinegar, and smoke. The wine exhibits superb richness, incredibly sweet, pure fruit, full body, and layers of depth. The finish easily lasts for 35-40 seconds. This is a terrific, remarkable, compellingly complex, already delicious Brunello that promises to age well for 10-15+ years. Only the price is painful...94." WA #112
Case Basse is an estate in the southwest area of Montalcino, where Sangiovese Grosso vines are grown to produce the famous Brunello. It is over 23 hectares in size, and is in an excellent geographical position for wine growing -due to the hilly land of Eocene origin, -due to the altitude: 320 meters, -due to the exposure: southwest, -due to the dry, sunny climate with no fog, -due to the limpid light.