This powerful Brunello charges like a bull only to be reined in at the last with deftly handled acidity. It earns all 94-points with layer after layer of ripe, dark fruit and lifted aromatics. Tart berry, toasted nut, leather, cumin and crushed stone all develop with a swirl of the glass. One for the table tonight, this bottle is ready to be enjoyed now or held for another decade.
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino by La Poderina does not disappoint. This is a nicely layered expression, with tart berry notes followed by toasted nut, garden soil and dusty mineral or limestone that add pretty contouring and framing to the dark fruit at the core. Those mineral notes recall chalkboard or pencil shaving, and that wide spectrum of aromatic layering also stacks up tall, with lifted and focused intensity.
This has a lifted, toffee quality to it with hearty Christmas spices, spearmint tea, dried boysenberries and strawberry jam. The full-bodied palate has stocky, robust tannins that coat the mouth in layers of nearly overripe fruit and sweeping alcohol. But a dash of acidity on the finish reins in this powerful Brunello