2010 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino, Montalcino (3L)

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Montalcino
Grape Varietal: Sangiovese
Review Score: 94WA, 94WE, 94JS, 93WS
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous expression that will appeal to those who adore the softer and spicier side of Sangiovese. Bold cherry and blackberry stand to immediate attention with secondary aromas of tobacco, cedar and cinnamon in quick succession. The wine delivers more in terms of boldness and power than it does complexity but the overall effect works beautifully considering the quality of fruit in 2010. The style is upfront and bold with deep layers of richness and opulence. The wine is appropriate for medium-term consumption and would pair beautifully with stewed meats.

94 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 217 - Feb 2015)

Aromas of wild violet, perfumed red berry, tilled earth and hint of underbrush waft from the glass. The elegant palate delivers layers of wild cherry, crushed raspberry, baking spice, coffee and a hint of licorice. It’s well balanced with youthfully austere tannins and bright acidity. It will age beautifully. Drink 2017–2030.

94 points, Wine Enthusiast (May 2015)

So much Tuscan dust on the nose. You can smell the soil, not to mention the dark fruits and flowers. Full body with firm, silky tannins and a long, intense finish. Tight and structured. Try it in 2016.

94 points, James Suckling (Jan 2015)

A tightly woven, firmly structured Brunello, this evokes cherry, leather, tobacco and briar aromas and flavors. Lean and athletic, with energy and fine length. Needs time to absorb the tannins. Best from 2019 through 2035. 2,070 cases made.

93 points, Wine Spectator (Jun 2015)