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Fattoria Dei Barbi (Colombini) Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2006 750ml
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Fattoria Dei Barbi (Colombini) Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese 2006

Brunello Di Montalcino - Tuscany - Italy

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Rated 94 by Robert Parker
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva bursts from the glass with dark red fruit, flowers, mint and licorice. The 2006 is a powerful, intense Riserva, yet at the same time there is more than enough depth in the vibrant dark fruit to provide balance. This intense, rich, structured Brunello is built for cellar. It should be forgotten until at least age ten, and even that may prove to be a conservative estimate of the wine’s early approachability. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
Rated 92 by Stephen Tanzer
Good full red. Aromas of black cherry, dark berries, licorice, minerals and flowers. Juicy and energetic, with a penetrating quality to the concentrated dark berry flavors. Densely packed but not at all heavy, with harmonious acidity giving a light touch to the middle palate. Shows a medicinal reserve to its currant and licorice flavors and finishes chewy and long, with building tannins. This will probably benefit from a decade in the cellar.

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Varietal: Sangiovese

In its native Italy, Sangiovese is the most widely planted red grape varietal, and has been for several centuries now. It has since spread to several other countries around the world, but will probably always been most readily associated with the rolling hillscapes of Tuscany. It isn't difficult to understand why it is so revered; alone, in single variety bottles, young Sangiovese is lively, full of fresh summer fruits flavors and beautifully drinkable in its lightness. When aged, it has the special ability to soak up the oak and vanilla or chestnut flavors from the barrel, and delights wine drinkers with its complexity and many layers of character. However, the grape does occasionally cause some difficulty for wine makers, as it is one which holds a high acidity, whilst being light on tannins and body. As such, wine makers have experimented greatly with the Sangiovese grapes, from harvesting very low yields to blending it and aging it in different ways in order to make the most of its unique properties. The results are rarely short of spectacular, and Sangiovese is widely recognized as a grape varietal to look out for if you are searching for quality.

Region: Tuscany

Tuscany has been producing fine wines for almost three thousand years, and as such is widely recognized as being one of the key Old World wine regions which have shaped the way we understand and enjoy quality wines throughout history. Interestingly, the region is typified by a unique soil type which is not particularly good for growing grapevines, but in Tuscany, the emphasis has always been on quality over quantity, and low yields with high levels of flavor and intensity are preferred, and have become a feature of the region's wine industry. The main grape varietals grown in Tuscany are Sangiovese for the distinctive, flavorful and complex red wines, and Vernaccia for the exquisite dry white wines, although the last couple of decades have seen more varietals grown and an increasing trend towards 'Bordeaux style' wines.

Country: Italy

For several decades in the mid to late twentieth century, Italy's reputation for quality wines took a fairly serious blow. This was brought about partly due to lack of regulation in certain regions, and too much regulation in others. This led to several wineries in the beautiful and highly fertile region of Tuscany making the bold move to work outside of the law, which they saw as responsible for the drop in quality in Tuscan wines. They believed that they had the expertise and the generations of experience necessary with which to make truly excellent, world class wines, and set about doing just that. These 'Super Tuscans', as they came to be known, quickly inspired the rest of Italy to improve their produce, and now, Italian wine producers in the twenty-first century are widely recognised to be amongst the best in the world. Regulation and law began to change, and wine drinkers across the globe woke up to the outstanding wines coming out of Italy, which are continuing to improve and impress to this day.