Woman on Wine with Amy Reiley
Brunello di Montalcino is made from seductive Sangiovese grapes grown in famously romantic Tuscany. But it isn’t just for its auspicious beginnings that Brunello is among the most sexy styles of wine on my list.
Brunellos are classically ripe but dry, bold and musky with a saline note that makes the mouth water for more. They also offer some of the most deep, beautiful, intensely scarlet colors of all red wines. Best of all, Brunellos age famously well. So you can buy a bottle for a special night now and relive it with a second bottle down the road. Or, better yet, pick up a case and celebrate with your signature wine for eleven bonus nights of passion.
2008 Brunello di Montalcino
This wine offers surprising delicacy and freshness with an aroma of rose petals and texture of velvet. Its fruit flavors are black raspberry and cassis with a pronounced saline note on the finish. This is one Brunello that is showing beautifully now (although it would also be worthy of aging).
Villa Poggio Salvi
2009 Brunello di Montalcino
Less complex that many wines of the region, this is the wine for a drinker who likes direct flavors and intensity. Aromas are of black licorice and spice with bold, dark fruit flavors and a sweaty, animal note toward the back of the palate.
2006 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva
Complex and a little wild, this is definitely a sensualist’s wine. On the nose there is a floral note, mingled with anise and baking spice. It’s fruit flavor intense, with red plum and blackberries. A woodsy musk rounds out the flavor for a rather sexy finish.
2007 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva
If complexity and intensity could be bottled, it would taste something like this. The wine offers clear and direct aromas of fennel seed, anise, tobacco and thyme. Its well balanced flavors include cherry and berry with fine grain tannin and great length on the finish.
2006 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva Poggio al Vento
This is Brunello at it’s biggest, most serious, and most complex. The aroma offers herbs and musk. In the mouth it starts with sweet, dark fruit and hints of spice but as it crosses the palate, the heat of spice becomes more pronounced, biting. For a night of seduction, it is a wine worth the splurge.
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