2010 Terrasole BossolinoSangiovese Tuscany Brunello di Montalcino
Dusty black cherries. Pressed red and pink roses. A lithe and incredibly supple, weightless texture. Sweet black cherry fruit, and even more perfume in the mouth. Puffs of cocoa, and a hint of juniper and macchia (underbrush) around the edges. More seduction packed into every milliliter than Barolo or Chianti Classico can even dream of at night. Brunello di Montalcino, even the Bounty Hunter is your captive.
When we taste wine in the tasting lab here in Napa, each of us has a mental rolodex of all of the milestone wines we’ve sniffed and savored over the years, by which we judge all others in their categories. In Brunello, the wines of the mythical Soldera, the noble Valdicava, and Poggio di Sotto set the standard. A new wine elbowed its way into our subconscious recently: Terralsole’s “Vigna Pian Bossolino.”
Mario Bollag’s single-vineyard wine from the magnificent 2010 vintage, his Vigna Pian Bossolino, won the coveted 3-star rating in our notebooks, leaving us speechless and scribbling furiously. It’s a beautiful full ruby color, with an utterly gorgeous perfume of violets, red cherries, chocolate, and marzipan candy. On the palate the wine is sweet-fruited and succulent, with more inner-mouth cherry perfume and tobacco accents. This wine is a peer of Soldera, hiding in plain sight at a fraction of the price. We have the U.S. exclusive, which is, in a word, mystifying.
If you love Brunello di Montalcino, a case is mandatory. Like so many Brunelli, it will age much longer than you expect. You’ll thank yourself 12 times.