There's not a lot I need to say about these red-hot, 2010 Brunelli; every offer meets with similar results: frenetic sales. We're bringing our favorites – yours too, apparently – together, one last "hurrah," if you will. And just in case you've been on vacation for several months, here's the good news from the folks who know:
"The year 2010 for Brunello di Montalcino is the greatest modern vintage of Italy’s most famous red wine region. Never have the wines been so profound in quality, character, and quantity from the best hillside vineyards of Montalcino. They represent a new paradigm for Tuscany’s unique Sangiovese-based red."– James Suckling
And what of the producers; what are the growers offering us on this "Vintage of a Lifetime?"
"The 2010 vintage represents a new point for Brunello di Montalcino; the wines have a unique style that makes them incredibly attractive when young but also structured and beautiful for aging. They will be the new standard in quality to judge all Brunello."– Vincenzo Abbruzzese, Valdicava
From time to time, I like to walk the warehouse, see what goodies we've collected in the cold recesses over time; 50 years at this location there's no telling what we might find in the warehouse. I guess that's an advantage to having such an expansive, cold warehouse – you don't really worry about all those treasures (until the accountants start asking questions). So last week I took a stroll down Big Bottle Lane – took a special bottle or two home, too. Friends, our collection of perfectly stored big bottles of Italian wines – pristine condition, perfect provenance – would send your Pavlovian senses into overdrive. Magnums of 100 pointers, double magnums of 2007 Brunelli, big bottles of 2010 Baroli... yeah, I went nuts with the ordering; you'd think I have a love for perfection – and an affection for large formats. Well, it's Italian Madness time – okay, so I stole from basketball season, it's still catchy – and you're gonna flip for the selection; the prices are a slam dunk! Sorry, couldn't help myself... Seriously though, take a look at this selection, and remember: these are my personal stash; you won't find better conditions, or a better selection under one roof.