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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 95 Wine Enthusiast, 92 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 116721
This Brunello is a blend of different vineyards from both the south and north sides of the Montalcino hill, giving them great richness and structure as well as freshness. They are aged in French oak barrels yet show very little wood character, and their crystal clear style is one that ages extremely well.
Offers mushroom and blackberry, with hints of prune and spices. Full and soft, with dense fruit and a soft, velvety tannin structure. Caresses every inch of the palate. Beautiful all around. So good now.—'99 Brunello blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 2,000 cases made.
The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino is Pacenti’s best to date, quite dark in its ruby-garnet tonality and with ample sensations of cloves, vanilla, and sandalwood, though better integrated with the plum and raspberry fruit than in the past. The intense and powerful palate, concentrated, solid, and dense, is sweet and richly fruity and the depth and energy of the flavors indicate a significant life span ahead, a good fifteen years. Only a rise in the level of the oak on the finish keeps the score from going higher.
Good medium ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of dark berries, nuts and menthol. Dense, thick and powerful, with a lovely penetrating sweetness. Still a bit dominated by its structure and showing limited complexity today. Finishes with big tannins that are chewy, lush and sweet. I'd give this one six years in the cellar, at which point it may well merit an even higher score.