Saturday, November 12, 2011

Brunello di Montalcino Mate 2006, Do See, Have You Handled Or Tasted The Art?

I was listening to a concert tonight, and it made me wonder if we are in touch with the "Art" of wine? The history, the people, the land and sky, the Oak, the age, the bottles and labels  and so much more. Just a thought.
In case your curious what the concert was:   

As for art, check out Mate 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, $54.49-$56.99, 95 points: this is another deep-dark wine, there's a bit of debris here (That doesn't bother me), but there is so much here, so much art, so much character, it has aromas that are lovely perfumes from sun-drenched vineyards with earth and lightning, the flora of which is bramble-berries and clove, there is dewy touches of mushroom and dawn-sized strawberries and cinnamon, much of which carries-over all through your palate on a medium to full-body of delicious juiciness, rich on this canvas of "Blood, Sweat, and Tears" of the many hands and souls of those who over the years have refined a majestic wine for almost any occasion. This wine is rich, yes, but it is accessible, it is young, but your whole mouth comes alive with feelings as well as flavors, especially one that I haven't been able to pin-down that is light and sweet, yet some berry that eludes me, it packs within it a measure of metaphoric joy. I love this wine like a great sonnet, symphony, or the Sicilian sunrise. Okay, okay, I've gone over-board with this one, but when your "ascending" what you see transcends, and ends with a long spicy finish.


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Italian art in song: "O Mio Babbino Caro" from "Gianni Schicci" (Giacomo Puccini)


  1. 95! What a plethora of notes you found. Loving the description on the nose, put me right in the moment. Glad to see you enjoyed this one so extensively. By the way, not sure if you changed the format around but I liked the last one you had better :) Receive my 2 cents

  2. Ben, I like the other format too, but I was having such a hard time accessing my blog that I was ready to quit, so I spent hours and hours re-configuring this one to fit both my fist blog format and the second one; I think the thing to do is to link all my indexed wines, but that will take quite a bit of time which I don't have now.
    I have not always been happy with the on-board search engine.
    On this Brunello, I could only find 0ne of the 2006, all the others in three stores I checked were 2005, but as Claire has pointed out, the 2006 is the vintage of choice.