Santa Dorotea Bosco Sagrato DOCG 2005 Brunello di Montalcino, $26.99-$59.99, 90 points, begins in the glass as an orange/red trending burgundy in color with a watery rim.
The initial unpleasant "wet-newspaper" smell dissipates over some hours, and leaves a rather good red cherry with a light floral aspect, as the nose recovered some respectability.
The medium-plus body has good acidity with mostly resolved tannin, and flavors of chalky-plum (unusual in my tastings of Brunello wines), strawberry, red and black cherry, with hints of mint gives some complexity.
The rather intense finish, long on spice, gathers what's left of the tannin and leaves your mouth coated for a considerable time.
If you haven't tasted a Brunello red wine (Sangiovese) because of the price, this is your opportunity (be sure to let the wine breathe), but it is the least of these wines I've tasted, and with the Caparzo 2008 Brunello Di Montalino so closely priced, to me the choice is clear.
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