How could we not sure this highly evocative (and provocative!) tasting note by top Italian taster Paolo De Cristofaro (above), published this week on the popular Italian wine blog Tipicamente (translated from the Italian by Montalcino Blog)?
In his glass of 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, he writes, he found “a memory of an increasingly rare style from Montalcino.”
This is a wine “for those who are seeking out the kind of Brunello you read about in books: The ancien régime that tastes of tobacco and truffle, an essential wine so reserved and austere that it veers toward confrontation; a wine defined more by its backbone than its muscle.”
“There are not many options beyond the winery in Podernovi,” he opines, referring to the hamlet where the Fattoria dei Barbi lies. “Especially today when there is an ever growing divide between the before and after in the history of Biondi Santi family and its Greppo [estate].”
Image via Paolo’s Facebook.