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Tasting Notes for Montevetrano - Montevetrano, 1999:
A 19,000-bottle blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Aglianico produced from extremely small yields, this unfined/unfiltered, elegant yet singular wine boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of blueberry pie, cassis, minerals, and violets. Dense, medium to full-bodied, and harmonious, with a fabulous underlying liquid minerality, it is a distinctive, pure wine to drink now and over the next 15 years.
Proprietor Silvia Imparato and her oenologist, Riccardo Cotarella, continue to fashion one of southern Italy's most distinctive wines. Since the debut vintage in 1994, this offering has been a testament to the conservative viticulture of the proprietor as well as the extraordinary winemaking skills of Cotarella.
Wine Advocate # 137 Oct 2001
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period: 2001-2016
Tasting Notes for Flaccianello della Pieve - Fontodi, Tenuta, 2004:
The 2004 Flaccianello della Pieve is super elegant, polished and impeccably refined, just as it always has been. At the same time, it is one of the bigger 2004s from Tuscany readers will come across. Dark red berries, flowers, spices and menthol are layered into the finish. Today the aromatics arenít fully developed, but that should not be an issue in another few years. There is plenty of underlying structure to support many years of fine drinking. The quality of the tannins is particularly fine, especially next to the other great Flaccianellos.
The Wine Advocate June 2012
Parker Points: 96
Drinking Period: 2014-2029
Tasting Notes for Chianti Classico - Collelungo, 1998:
A thrilling new discovery, these impressive wines have emerged from a south-facing, stony, hillside vineyard. The unfiltered 1998 Chianti Classico displays Grenache-like raspberry and kirsch liqueur fruit aromas, with subtle spicy oak in the background. There is tangy acidity, medium body and excellent concentration. Wine Advocate # 127 (Feb 2000).
Parker Points: 87
Drinking Period: -
Tasting Notes for Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d'Asino ( owc 6-pack ) - Mastrojanni, 2006:
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena díAsino is a gorgeous, nuanced wine laced with sweet tobacco, cedar, spices, leather and ripe dried cherries. The 2006 is all about delineation and elegance. Layers of fruit build toward the firm yet beautifully balanced finish. This deceptively medium-bodied wine has plenty of underlying structure, not to mention tons of sheer class and energy. Mastrojanni gave the 2006 42 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
The Wine Advocate April '12.
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period: 2016-2026