Now that the festivities have begun I am finding we are sharing wine tasting notes on magnum bottles, a natural event when one considers the numbers of people who are out partying.
I have sold quite a few Brunello di Montalcino from a wonderful wine Giuseppe Gorelli in 2007. It is a great wine which has managed to seduce me, overcoming a considerable amount of competition in the world of the magnum!
I love Italian wines, although the Barolo and Barbaresco (Nebbiolo grapes) wines from Piedmont are usually amongst my favourites. However I also like wines from the Sangiovese grapes as a counterbalance.
In Tuscany 2007 is highly regarded as the base material was great. The fruit and composure were enough to ensure some of the wine was ‘Riserva’ quality – best/special wines kept to age and release after a few years. The 2007 Brunello had a deep dark colour with deep ruby rim. There was a high viscosity on the wall of the glass.
After decanting the wine through my wine aerator, I detected that the nose was concentrated, pure and deep. My wine tasting notes show it held savoury notes, spices from the oak barrels, minerals, cherries, black fruit and a hint of tar.
At this stage of development the palate delivered a sweet tone from the fruit as well as some dark chocolate flavours; with cured meat, moraschino cherries, currant, blue plums, cloves and brown spices which confirmed the oak treatment. It had a very taut, acid structure, which when combined, all those elements gave a lift on the mid palate that drove the expression onto a very long finish. Again the minerals and wet earth character balanced the ripe sensation on the tongue too. With dark ripe fruit, a touch of spices and minerals joining in, the heat of the finish was just a sensation of its overall architecture.
A young wine with class and drive that astonished!
Editor comment: Our research shows that Chris is not alone in his thoughts on this fine wine. The Brunello di Montalcino is a wine hunted down by collectors of fine wines as it has ‘Riserva’ quality which will allow it to be laid for around 10 years.