Very busy times… So this year I couldn’t make to the famous “Benvenuto Brunello” event in Montalcino, Italy. Luckily, for all of us #winelover-s, we have Cristina Moretti. She took the time to write about the experience and her personal “selection of the tasting”.
This is what she had to say…
“The “Anteprime events” in Florence, San Gimignano, Montepulciano and Montalcino in this second half of February each year gives you the exact feeling of being in the world wine cradle. They bring to Tuscany pilgrims from all over the four corners of the world: enthusiastic and eager to make good deals.
Once at home, buyers and importers will determine what you guys will be able to choose and drink in the restaurants and wineshops in the near future. They will decide what you will learn of this corner of Tuscany through the history of its territory and the outcome of the hard work of grape growers and wine makers…
Montalcino is the place to be at this time of the year if you are a real fan of Sangiovese! “Benvenuto Brunello” means the joy of presenting to the world the new vintages and the results of years of passion and hard work. And you will feel it in the air…
I arrived in Montalcino around 1 pm on the past sunny Sunday, ready to enter the party. The town was lively and vibrating and the air was finally clear after so many rainy days.
Once in the Palazzo Pieri, we selected the wineries that we were interested in tasting the new vintages. Below a brief overview of a selection of some of our favorite wines from the tasting:
Rosso di Montalcino 2011 = > round and fresh in the mouth, nice red fruit , black cherry and spice with a hint of bitter almond end-of- mouth
Brunello 2009 = > clean in the mouth, with good acidity and personality , fresh, stands black cherry with a nice hint of alcohol . The result of the biggest selection of the grapes and cold maceration .
Brunello 2009 = > what a pleasure to the eyes… a brilliant ruby red, intense! Preparing you for the sour cherry and pepper that will come on the palate… fragrant and clean, quite fascinating, with great personality and amazing freshness.
Brunello 2009 = > from beautiful ruby red with garnet reflections , intense and round in the mouth , with soft tannins and velvety, pleasant after a nose that evolves to tertiary aromas, leather and liquorice.
Brunello 2009 = > dark red. Sour cherry , pepper jam and licorice. Technically flawless.
Rosso di Montalcino 2012 = > with surprising freshness and character in his mouth, after the presentation with dark red and garnet ; nice ripe cherry with balsamic notes and hints of menthol .
Brunello 2009 = > garnet color , the nose is full of cherries, pepper and tabasco , while in the mouth opens clean and round, long and structured.
Rosso Di Montalcino 2012 = > nice purple red with violet hues , fresh nose of red fruit and strawberries with a balsamic hint. Pleasant with elegant tannins and a long and powerful finish.
Brunello 2009 = > Biodynamic. This wine has great character. Very interesting nose and palate. Great potential for aging.
Brunello 2009 = > garnet color , hints of vanilla and woody , the tannins make a gentle entry in the mouth, but at the end they make their presence felt.
Brunello 2009 = > garnet , with sweet notes of ripe red fruit , jam , plum, slightly spicy, with lovely fresh acidity and structure.
This is just a little portrait of the fabulous selection of wines you could have had there…Next year I will book my hotel for a couple of days and will enjoy the great atmosphere at night in the restaurants and wine bars in this fantastic medieval center. I hope to meet you there!