Lean and tight, with sharp aromatics that veer in the direction of powdered fruit drink. In the mouth, it’s dry and fresh, with snappy acidity defining a svelte frame. For a Brunello ’99, it’s light-bodied. Tasted twice.
Smoke and wood-driven aromas of vanilla, allspice and ground ginger follow fresh tones of lush cherries and blueberries. The wine is silky and smooth and boasts a soft and pleasant quality of tannins.
Here’s a ruby-colored Rosso from Montalcino with fresh berry aromas and subtle tones of forest underbrush and exotic spice. There are hints of cherry and vanilla as well and the wine is fruity and genuine in the mouth.
From the Sant’Antimo appellation in southern Tuscany (near Montalcino), this zesty Pinot Grigio shows the richness and fullness you usually find in Tuscan whites. Generous tones of melon, yellow rose and apricot are followed by bright acidity.
What a pretty aromatic combination of smoky bacon and bold, natural berries. The no-holes flavor profile is all about cherries and plums, while the finish is just as it should be; clean, simple and fresh, with nothing out of place or outlandish. An excellent wine for everyday purposes. —M.S.
This easy going blended red from Tuscany opens with bright cherry and blackberry aromas against a backdrop of bitter almond and a touch of Indian spice. The fresh acidity makes this a perfect pasta wine.
Raw and scattered, with aromas of cherry liqueur and berry jam. More tart than expected, with lean cherry and berry building a staunch flavor profile. Finishes a bit starchy and tannic. Not poor or funky, just lacking.