Fattoria La Lecciaia 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (DOCG), $36.54-$47.99, 93 points, appeared an unusual core black radiating deep to bright red toward the clear wine ring and the heavily draped glass wall.
The bouquet was but a whisper of grape, sandalwood, and earth smells.
Full-bodied with strong acidity, strident fine tannins, and early palate fruit morphing more Brunello-like with truffle, bourbon, bay leaf, and tea flavors.
Finished muscular on evolving tannins, hot 15% by VOL. alcohol/oak-inspired spices, and the trailing late palate with a hint of spearmint.
Paired great with my mushroom ravioli covered in spiced beef and Phoenix-tail mushrooms.
Disclaimer: I liked this Brunello di Montalcino Riserva better than anyone except maybe the winemaker, and keep in mind whether you like high acidity, high (appropriate) alcohol, and very firm tannins.
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