2012 Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

$99.95
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Here’s your reward for scrolling. This Riserva is off the proverbial chain. The Wine Advocate called this “a dark and exuberant expression that delivers soothing warmth and bold intensity. The bouquet is redolent of black cherry, dried fruit, balsam herb and sweet tobacco. Those aromas build in power and coherency as the wine evolves and expands with oxygen. The finish is fresh but also very long and polished.”

A great winemaker, well-capitalized owners, and prime terroir: that's the recipe for great Sangiovese at Podere Brizio. Superstar oenologist Alberto Antonini is in charge of winemaking at this impressive state in the township of Tavernelle, in the west-central part of the appellation. This is just to the north of Soldera's Case Basse (arguably the greatest producer of Brunello). The Brizio wines are Brunello wines that showcase the grace and power of Sangiovese beautifully. If you need any excuse to grill a big, thick Porterhouse and dress it with sea salt and emerald-green Dievole olive oil, here's your chance.

Varietal:
Sangiovese
Vintage:
2012
Appellation:
Tuscany
Sub-Appellation:
Brunello di Montalcino
SKU #:
1038028
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Vinous

Good deep red-ruby. Red plum, graphite, mocha and potpourri on the fresh, piercing nose. Then dense, suave and deep, showing noteworthy intensity to the complex flavors of blackberry, tobacco leaf and mocha. Wonderfully silky and sweet, finishing with very fine-grained tannins and lingering red plum and tobacco leaf flavors. This clean, fresh wine features lovely balance and is much more polished and intense than the outstanding but lighter, higher-acid Podere Brizio 2013 Brunello. This might well be the best-ever young wine I have tasted from this producer.

WA93

Wine Advocate

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exuberant expression that delivers soothing warmth and bold intensity. The bouquet is redolent of black cherry, dried fruit, balsam herb and sweet tobacco. Those aromas build in power and coherency as the wine evolves and expands with oxygen. The finish is fresh but also very long and polished. Only 7,000 bottles were produced.