Gorgeous harmony and depth characterize this wine, which may well be the best Vino Nobile Riserva of the 2004 vintage. Aromas include black currant, spice, leather and tobacco and work seamlessly together, without any single element overwhelming the other. Elegance and balance also distinguish the mouth: It has chewy, dense tannins and good length on the close.
Supertight yet smooth; this reserve-quality Sangiovese is exactly as it should be. Chocolate, raspberry and leather aromas lead to a corpulent but structured body veiling ultrapure red-fruit flavors. Neither tannic nor hard; hold for another 12 to 18 months. A Marc de Grazia Selection, various importers.
This lively Vino Nobile hits all the right chords. The wine is vibrant and fresh but it’s sophisticated and complex at the same time. Fruit-forward aromas include succulent cherry, white almond and sweet spice. The structure is firm, smooth but powerful.
Fairly fruity, without a ton of overt new oak. Aromas of plum and berry are jazzed up by spearmint, while the palate is ample, round and chewy. Finishes modestly tannic yet sturdy, with just enough vanilla and brown-sugar flavors to keep it friendly. A Marc de Grazia Selection, various importers.
Rosso di Montepulciano is the Junior Varsity version of Brunello di Montalcino and is often a very good value for current consumption. Cherry and plum aromas and flavors abound, supported nicely by a solid but not hard acid and tannic structure. This balanced, medium-bodied wine is a fine everyday red that’s ready to drink now.