Our panelists had issues with initial lactic and rhubarb notes but warmed up to the wine as it opened. Violets, blueberry, pencil shavings, spicy wood, tealeaf and tobacco are carried forth by bright acids and drying tannins. Imported by Vieux Vins, Inc.
Here’s a mild and delicate expression of Sangiovese Grosso with crisp berry aromas of pomegranate and cassis that are fleshed out by warmer tones of leather and spice. The wine is bright and finely etched in the mouth with firm tannins and a pretty smoky aftertaste.
This fine and elegant Brunello is accented by plush softness and bright flavors of wild berry, raspberry and sweet almond paste. Thicker tones of espresso and chocolate appear on the close and are carried forth by the wine’s velvety richness.
A delicate and subtle expression of Sangiovese Grosso, with tight touches of wild berry, almond skin, forest bramble, rum cake, cola and eucalyptus. Streamlined and tight, with great power on the close. A very compact and tightly constructed wine.
Agostina Pieri opens with notes of old leather and animal tones that eventually blow off to reveal cured ham and smoked bacon. This is a big, broad expression of Sangiovese with tart cherry flavors and slightly astringent tannins. You might want to give it a few more years of aging to mellow out but whether the aromas will hold over time is uncertain.
Deep, dark and penetrating aromas of prune, plum and blackberry are followed by drying tones of slate roof and mineral powder. This is a particularly heavy and thickly extracted expression of Brunello with spicy, green flavors and astringent tannins.