A complex, tantalizing nose with plenty more to follow for this Brunello di Montalcino…
Name: Filo di seta Brunello di Montalcino
Producer: Castello Romitorio
Region/Country: Montalcino, Italy
Grape Varietal(s): Sangiovese
Consumed: On a cold Canadian Saturday evening
Recommended By: LCBO
Bottle Presentation: Artistic, distinctive label reminiscent of a painting from Monet or Manet.
Appearance: Medium ruby to garnet colour.
Nose: Medium nose of leather, red berries (raspberries, cranberries), earth, spices (cinnamon, maybe cloves), and mocha or cigar box.
Taste: Medium-to-full body, medium-to-high tannins and acidity, with earthy, sour red berries and tobacco notes.
Finish: Long finish
Overall Impression: We actually preferred tasting this friendly, contemplative wine on its own. When we paired this Brunello di Montalcino with a rich, Italian sausage gnocchi dish with rosé sauce, it became a little harsh and earthy on the palate. Nevertheless, we thoroughly enjoyed the nose and would purchase another bottle to pair, perhaps, with lighter fare such as lamb or deer.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 91/100