Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Máté 2007 Brunello di Montalcino

Máté 2007 Brunello di Montalcino, $42.83-$58.99, 94 points, bursts upon the scene with a supernova-like ruby-shimmering orange, touching the surface clear at the glass rim.
Yes! Bask in the sunshine of a wine.
This is not just solar-fruit in a bottle, but the bottle becomes a vase of fragrance as well. Though some amount of swirling and swishing is necessary to set this Brunello free, aromas of dominant earth tones leads the train of hinted notes of black cherry, coffee, and rose pedal.
This is a substantial wine, though the body just passes beyond a medium threshold; the sharp acidity is what might be expected from a good-young Brunello, as is the approachable (to me) layers and layers of tannin.
Máté 2007 Brunello Di Montalcino texturally is edgy, coats your mouth with spice, eucalyptus, dark cherry, and heat, lots of heat (15% alcohol), all of which transitions into the long finish, with the addition of menthol (no silk here).
As the wine "breathed", more red fruit became apparent with strawberry leading the way, and a touch of tart pomegranate following.
This wine is not for the faint hearted, at least not now, and it seems to accentuate the "hot" 2007 Brunello wines I've tasted this year.
Some musical fire to go with your wine and cuisine (Italian): Fireworks by Stravinsky ?


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  1. Dennis,

    The label is gorgeous. I've heard of Mate, but this is one Brunello I have never seen. I know you liked the last vintage you had too.


  2. JS, thank for the kind words!

    John, the difference from the 2006 is that vintage had a bit more complexity (floral)and less masculinity (aggression)!

  3. That makes sense. 2007 is definitely more in your face and will charm sooner. Good on ya Mate.