I have had mixed experiences with the 2005 Brunello di Montalcino. Some bottles have been terrific, others disappointing. This one is somewhere in the middle. Dark, powerful and a bit advanced, even for this vintage, the 2005 is likely to offer its best drinking sooner rather than later.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2020
Robert Parker 93
Salvioni’s 2005 Brunello di Montalcino emerges from the glass with layers of mineral-infused red fruit, roses, menthol, tar and licorice on a soft, textured frame. Deceptively medium in body, the wine boasts superb integrity in its fruit and exceptional overall balance. This is a relatively accessible vintage that should be approachable fairly early. I loved the wine for its sense of harmony and poise, both of which are brilliant. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022. Giulio Salvioni crafts some of the most beautiful, artisan wines readers will come across in Montalcino. Everything, including labeling, is entirely done by hand at this tiny property. Importer: Vias Imports, New York, NY; tel. (212) 629-0200
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022