Good full red. Expressive aromas of dark cherry, rose petal, violet, fresh herbs and flnty minerals. Juicy, bright and gripping, in a more floral rather than fruity style currently, with substantial building tannins and high, lively acidity giving this a slightly austere quality at present. Finishes bright and long, with a youthful but noteworthy metallic edge and a strong note of violet; will it ever develop the fruit to rank along Salvioni’s many other great wines? One of the most backwards 2012 Brunellos I tasted this year, I’d forget about this in the cellar for another decade or so.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2040
Tasted blind. Lustrous mid ruby. Backward on the nose but really enticing. Slow to unfold and with a gorgeous tannic structure and well-balanced acidity. Irresistible, but deserves much more time. (WS)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Robert Parker 94
The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino La Cerbaiola is a beautiful expression with delicate berry flavors that wrap over the palate with polished perfection. The house style at Salvioni prizes ethereal elegance in a manner that few others can achieve within the Brunello appellation. These wines present a new facet each time you return to contemplate the fluid and ever-changing bouquet. Spicy tar, clove and toasted nut appear as almost indistinguishable afterthoughts on the long-lasting finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2030