Ian D’Agata International Wine Cellar Scores And Tasting Notes

Herewith scores and tasting notes from The International Wine Cellar July-August 2013 number:

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Vigna I Paganelli 2007

Bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, dark plum, smoky underbrush, spicecake and tobacco, plus a strong component of sweet, nutty oak. Lush, full and sweet, with black fruit, vanilla and licorice flavors dominating. The long finish features big, broad, mouthdusting tannins that coat the front teeth. Given the nature of 2007, this big wine probably won't be as long-lived as some other recent vintages for this estate, whose wines are known for their longevity. But it offers plenty of early appeal for a Riserva and should evolve nicely for another 15 years.

91 points

Brunello Di Montalcino 2008

Deep, full ruby. Spicy red cherry, sweet spices and underbrush on the deep nose. Then fleshy and chewy in the mouth, with ripe red and black cherry flavors lifted by quinine, ink and minerals. The tannins are polished, but this wine needs time in bottle to develop a little nuance and complexity. Forget about it in your cellar for another couple of years, then enjoy it for the next 20.

90 (+?) points

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