Brunello, also known as Sangiovese Grosso in Montalcino, is considered the highest quality of all the Sangiovese clones. Made in a gravity-flow winery, Mario Bollag takes cask ageing very seriously with this wine having seen 8 months in 2.2 hl barrels and 16 months in 5.5 hl sized barrels, not to mention a further 6 months of bottle age. That is 30 months total and it shows. Classic garnet in hue the oak influence is evident (but not overbearing) in the aromas of spicy cinnamon, leather, tobacco, licorice and the sour cherry so characteristic of this varietal. The velvety tannins carried through to the long silky finish.
Dishes with intense flavors, game, seasoned cheeses pizza, pasta, or on its own.
AGEING & SERVING TEMPERATURE
With a long life, we predict a positive evolution over a 10 year period. 64 °F (18 °C)
12 bottles ML750
Aromas of blueberries and lavender, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long and delicious finish. Juicy and satisfying. Polished texture. JS Big, bold wine bursting with sweet dark cherries, flowers, licorice and sweet spices. There is an immediacy to the fruit that is quite appealing. The aromas and flavors are still vibrant. Readers who enjoy more tertiary complexity will want to cellar the 2007 for at least a few years. WS