Panel tasting results recommended: Brunello di Montalcino 2007

See the recommended wines from Decanter's recent Brunello di Montalcino 2007 panel tasting with Jane Hunt MW, Richard Baudains and Rosemary George MW.

Brunello di Montalcino 2007

Villa I Cipressi, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy
Jane Hunt MW: Good, Mid-red colour. Soft, perfumed nose with light savoury fruit. A bit thin on the palate. Light texture. Pleasing but not more than that. 15        
Richard Baudains: Raw Sangiovese nose of berries and iris root. Firm dry palate with marked acidity. Some hard oak tannins in the finish. 16            
Rosemary George MW: Fairly light colour. Quite delicate fresh cherry nose, quite elegant fruit, balanced tannins, nicely balanced but does not have the weight or structure of Brunello. 16.5
Alc: 13.5%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.villacipressi.it
     
Mastrojanni, Vigna Loreto, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Red colour already turning to show hint of age.  Robust, firm character on nose - even a little earthy. Firm tannins, chewy, tobacco style of fruit. Masculine, earthy style.    16.5
Richard Baudains: Very mature, advanced look with orange rim. Slightly dumb nose. Simple baked fruit palate, short. 16            
Rosemary George MW: Surprisingly developed colour. Quite a solid nose. Quite solid rounded palate - a touch of oak and vanilla – some fleshy notes - a rounded finish. With a firm streak of tannin. 16.5
Alc: 14.5%
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: £46.7    
Stockists: FortyFive 10
        
Roberto Cosimi, Terra Rossa, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Rich, ripe red colour.  Luscious fruit and obvious use new oak, smooth - possibly over oaky on nose. Elegant, spicy, lush fruit. Fine length. A touch closed on the finish.  Oak dominates. 17
Richard Baudains: Rich dense look. Oaky nose, low on fruit. Hot, untogether, slightly medicinal palate with short finish.  16    
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour, quite young quite a firm smoky oak nose. Oak and tannin rather drying. Is there enough  fruit underneath?  A vanilla hint with some fruit. But oak dominates the palate, with a dry streak. Unbalanced 14            
Alc: 14%
Drink: 2013-2020    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.ilpoggiomotalcino.com
      
Poggio Antico, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy                        
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red.  A slightly talcum powdery style of nose - even acetic not great. Rather coarse, high-ish acidity and sour finish.  Bitter and stalky. 14            
Richard Baudains: Good pale ruby. Closed nose, mineral, then dates and dried leaf. Good fruit impact on the palate, great development, fine tannins, rich warm finish. 15.5        
Rosemary George MW: Developed, fairly light colour. Discreet closed note.  Elegant palate, understated cherry frit.  Nicely balanced.  Elegant long finish.  Harmonious. Though possibly lacks a bit of weight - tough acidity on the finish.  16            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: £41    
Stockists: Fine & Rare
    
Bonacchi, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Deep concentrated red colour - smoky, big, concentrated bitter cherry fruit on nose. Firm tannins, ripe, rich, smooth wine on palate with bags of dried fruit fig character and concentration. Elegant and a classy wine. 18            
Richard Baudains: Big, extracted colour. Nose of prunes and plum jam, with savoury oak. Ripe tannins and very sweet fruit in the finish.  16            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour.  A little ageing. Quite a solid vanilla nose.  Again quite a solid rounded palate. Fruit and tannic. Quite full-bodied and tannic finish.  Quite concentrated but a touch clumsy. 15            
Alc: 13.5%    
Drink: 2013-2020    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: Hallgarten Druitt stock producer but not the Brunello

Poggio il Castellare, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Good red with hint of maturity showing. Mellow but somewhat loose jammy fruit on nose. Ripe, spicy, mellow flavours yet with stringy, astringent tannins. Pleasing but a bit awkward.  Perhaps would show better with food. 15            
Richard Baudains: Mature, baked look. Simple dried fruit nose, with some earthiness and spicy oak. Rich round palate, a little hot but with attractive sweet fruit and soft tannins. Finish a bit underdeveloped. 17            
Rosemary George MW: Some colour development. Medium depth. Quite firm structured nose. Quite rounded fleshy fruit, smoky elegant cedary fruit, with a rounded finish. Quite fleshy, good potential, quite long. 17            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: £30    
Stockists: Boutinot
      
Canalicchio di Sopra, Franco Pacenti, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy    
Jane Hunt MW: Deep concentrated colour with touch of maturity. Savoury fruit and sweetness of new oak on nose but some raw, bitter and astringent tannins. A wine that promises well but does not deliver. Some dirty after -flavours. 15.3            
Richard Baudains: Fading, mature look. Spicy oak nose, touch of incense. Gamey. Very rich extracted palate, touch overweight for the fruit and acidity. 15        
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour with an orange rim. Firm closed - rather clumsy nose - hard and a touch baked.  Better palate some fruit but still fairly closed and not very expressive. A bit lean and a harsh finish - alcohol. 15            
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.canalicchiodisopra.it
    
Tenuta Il Poggione, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Deeper red for Brunello. Vegetal style of Sangiovese fruit. Firm tannins and very closed on palate. Needs time. 16            
Richard Baudains: Very good authentic Brunello shade. Mature Sangiovese nose,  earthy, sour berry, sweet spice.  Power and length on the  palate, great depth and lovely aromatic complexity in the finish. Bit rustic. 18            
Rosemary George MW: A little colour developed.  Firm dry nose.  Inexpressive .  Tight knit closed firm and dry - leans - needs time - understated. 16    
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2015-2023    
Price: £30    
Stockists: The Secret Cellar
        
Altesino, Montosoli, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Maturing red colour. Ripe and very classic style of Brunello di Montalcino  with earthy fruit character, sweet/sour elements and woody astringent tannins.  Not to everyone's taste.  And seems quite high in alcohol. Lacks finesse.    16        
Richard Baudains: Dried fruit and raw leather on the nose, with ground coffee. Under ripe tannins, but juicy fruit. Oak dominates the finish.  15.5            
Rosemary George MW: Quite deep colour, orange rim.  Some vegetal fruit on nose - not a very balanced palate. Some supple fruit. Some tannin and a bit hollow. Not quite knit together. 14.5        
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: £31.36    
Stockists: Fine & Rare
       
Castello Banfi, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red & shows some maturity. Nose lacks definition. Palate similar.  Little fruit or character. 14     
Richard Baudains: Black tea and prunes with savoury herbs on the nose.  Rich, ripe Sangiovese palate with the right grippy edge underneath a very fleshy palate. Long salty-mineral finish.  18.5
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour quite an elegant cedary cherry nose and on palate.  Quite elegant understated cherry fruit. Quite tannic. Medium weight youthful, potential. Tight knit. 17            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: £27-39    
Stockists: Fine & Rare, Harrods, Bibendium

        
San Filippo, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red and shows some maturity. Light fruitiness, quite subtle.  Astringent tannins omnipresent against which fruit struggles - there is a lingering and pleasing after taste of dried fruits and a savouriness. 17.8         Richard Baudains: Mature,  slightly faded nose of orange peel and incense.  Very oaky, over-extracted palate with big soupy finish.  16            
Rosemary George MW: Some colour developed - quite soft smoky nose - and on palate. Quite nice smoky fruit. But a hint hollow. Lacks a dimension.  Short, lean finish.  15.5        
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.sanfilippomontalcino.com

        
Donna Olga, Montalcino, Sienna,  2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Mid- red with hint of maturity. Fruit on nose is ripe, spicy and lively with an underlying smoothness. Some classic firmness of tannin but fruit still holds well. Fine length of flavour. A classic and classy wine. 18            
Richard Baudains: Cedar and mint on the nose with touches of red cherry. Good berry fruit impact, medium body and tannins good fresh, precise fruit finish with some alcohol burn.  16
Rosemary George MW: Quite deep colour - a little age.  Quite a firm dry and tannic nose.  And quite a lean firm closed palate.  Quite sturdy and tight knit - structured,  youthful with some potential.     16            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.tenutedonnaolga.it
        
San Felice, Campogiovanni, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Very red.  Suspiciously so for Brunello di Montalcino at 4 years old!  Rich concentrated fruit - yet still seems atypical of Sangiovese - on the nose. Sweet oak aromas too. Dense flavours, astringent oak tannins.  Could be anything but for sure is very atypical of Brunello di Montalcino.  Good marks for a very well-made wine; low marks for typicity. 16.9    
Richard Baudains: Very intense young ruby-purple shade.  Sweet wild berries nose, with Sangiovese floral and a touch of white pepper.  Sweet fruit impact on the palate, very big alcohol/acid follow through with oaky finish.  16.5     Rosemary George MW: Deep young colour.  No colour development.  Fresh cherry fruit on nose.  Quite different - some liqueur cherries - mid-weight - soft tannins - quite ripe and flesh and not very Brunello.  Quite alcoholic finish  Lovely wine but not typical. 16            
Alc: 15%
Drink: 2013-2020    
Price: £29-30    
Stockists: The Sampler,Bibendium
        
Rendola, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Red and shows some maturity. Ripe and mellow fruit on the nose with some subtlety and a light vegetal character.  Pleasing and even elegant in a light kind of way. Firm but acceptable tannins.  A 'little' wine that has been very well made - not a classic. 16.8    
Richard Baudains: Nose of green herbs and leather. Intense acid-fruit entry, nervy oak tannins, bone dry finish with return of floral-red cherry aromas. Not ready. 16        
Rosemary George MW: Developed colour . medium depth. Dry cherry fruit on nose - quite firm and dry and understated on palate.  Potential to develop.  Maybe a hint hollow. Dry. tannins. Quite a long finish.  16.5            
Alc: 13.5%    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.rendola.com
    
Citille di Sopra, Vigna Poggio Ronconi, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Good red. Spicy fruit, dried pears nose - even some marshmallow vanilla.  Very firm, astringent tannins and a bitter finish with high acidity. 14.8            
Richard Baudains: Closed on the nose, hints of wet earth and ferns and wild berries. Very dry palate with good underlying fruit and medium weight finish.  15..5            
Rosemary George MW: Quite developed - colour quite deep.  Quite sturdy firm nose structured plate. Quite firm lean and sturdy, tight knit rather dumb fruit. Dry finish. A touch of elegance on finish.    16            
Alc: 15%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.citille.com
        
Renieri, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-deeper red. smoky, ashy fruit on the nose with some subtle, elegant undertones. Richer style altogether with complexity and layers of flavours. Firm tannins which do not overpower the fruit and a long finish.  Not ready yet. 16.5            
Richard Baudains: Very closed nose, hints of Mediterranean herbs, eucalyptus. Intense, medium-bodied, tannic, alcoholic.  15            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour.  Firm dry tight knit nose - a hint of cherry.  Firm fruit - structured - probably good potential with some weight and flesh.  Good tannins - some cherry notes. 17            
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.renierimontalcino.com
        
Roberto Cosimi, Il Poggiolo, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Bright Mid-red. Little to give on the nose at present.  Has firm tannins and, at present, rather hidden fruit but overall seems to have a good final balance, so promises well. 16
Richard Baudains: Nose of herbs and new leather. Tight, savoury palate with dark chocolate and bitter chocolate in the finish.  15.5            
Rosemary George MW: Good colour. Firm structured nose. Quite discreet - firm youthful sturdy palate.  Youthful tannins, tight knit fruit. Understated power. Quite long.  17            
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK
Stockists: www.ilpoggiomotalcino.com
        
Roberto Cosimi, Bramante Cosimi, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Good red. Spicy fruit though seems to lack ripeness as the tannins are quite green.  Astringent finish and quite bitter. 14.5            
Richard Baudains: Baked pears and cinnamon, with red fruits and herbs coming through. Savoury, intense palate with grippy tannins and slightly aggressive acidity, but good prospects.  17
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour. Light nose. Quite elegant. Rather lean palate. Tight knit tannins. Very inexpressive fruit  Tight structure.   15            
Alc: 14%
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.ilpoggiomotalcino.com
        
Castelli Martinozzi, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red.  Nose of fruit pastilles and rose petals. Very odd if 100% Sangiovese.  Thin and synthetic.  Bears no resemblance either to Brunello di Montalcino or to a quality wine! 14
Richard Baudains: Vanilla and icing sugar on the nose, with good Sangiovese black cherry and plum fruit coming out. Palate warm and round with sweet underlying fruit and tight tannic finish.  16
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour. Soft - a hint of cherry.  Some liqueur cherry perfume on palate and some firm tannins. Very structured.  Atypical though resembles others. 15            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: £25    
Stockists: Cadman Fine Wines

Valdicava, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Deep red. Rich summer pudding type fruit on the nose, lively and inviting. Ripe and lush with firm supporting tannins.  Good drop!  Not top drawer but most adequate and shows good typicity.     18.2            
Richard Baudains: Very intense, ruby-purple shade. Nose closed, very beefy palate, with massive extract and no nuance. Finish of sweet ripe fruit and a touch of mint.  15.5        
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour - quite firm closed tannic nose - tight and structured. Quite solid but no real depth. Oak a bit hollow - very tannic dry finish. 14            
Alc: 14%
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: £46    
Stockists: Fine & Rare, FortyFive10

Gianni Brunelli, Le Chiuse di Sotto, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy    
        
Jane Hunt MW: Good red with some maturity. Smooth, mellow but not very forthcoming nose. Light herbaceousness and perfume. Firm robust tannins typical to type but still has enough fruit - just! Fine length.  Definitely needs food!  17.3           
Richard Baudains: Boiled fruit and coffee gourds. Palate over-tannic, big extract,  low fruit and short finish. 15        Rosemary George MW: Quite a developed colour.  Medium depth.  Quite soft, touch of vanilla on nose. Quite ripe soft vanilla fruit.  Lacks grip . 14            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: £29    
Stockists: The Wine Society

Valdicava, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red and showing maturity.  Medicinal style of fruit on the nose - bitter. Very firm and aggressive tannins; style too bitter and aggressive for my taste. Might use in a casserole. 14
Richard Baudains: Very authentic shade, maturing at the edges. Floral aromas, with underlying black cherry and a touch of powder puff. Round, warm palate with bitter chocolate and white pepper finish, lots of weight and length. 17            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour. Soft supple cherry fruit. And on palate. Quite supple and easy - ripe - a hint hollow.   16            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.poggiorubino.it
        
Fattoria La Lecciaia, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Deep red with just a hint of maturity. Layered fruit quality with a hint of star anise/fennel on the nose.  All falls down rather on the palate with chewy, tobacco, leathery character and astringent tannins.  Unbalanced and does not promise much for the future.  14
Richard Baudains: Sweet vanilla and powder puff nose, with gamey aromas at the back. Palate very full and oaky, with great concentration at the back, but lacking in definition 16.5    
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour - understated ripe cherry fruit.  Slightly leaner fruit on palate.  Medium weight.  Soft with tannin on finish.  A hint hollow.  15        
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.lecciaia.it
        
Fuligni, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Good colour and a hit of maturity. Vanilla oak clearly apparent and fruit is there too but by now rather subdued. Chewy wine on the palate - old-fashioned style, really could do better to keep more of the fruit and lose some of the astringency from the ageing in oak. Quite a big wine and some will like this. Needs a robust meat dish. 16        
Richard Baudains: Closed on the nose. Palate dry, oaky, very concentrated, with very compact tannins and lots of ward alcohol in the finish. 16        
Rosemary George MW: Quite developed colour - quite firm dry nose - firm closed tannic fruit.  A hint of dry cherries. Medium weight. Quite elegant but not very expressive.    17            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: £38    
Stockists: Fine & Rare

Pinino, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy 
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red hinting on maturity. Sweet/sour bitter cherry nose.  The bitter cherry follows through on the palate; quite a tart wine with higher acidity and astringent tannins. Rather rustic.  Not to my taste.    14            
Richard Baudains: Good shade, some grading, fresh nose with delicate floral aromas and red fruit. Fine, ripe well-distributed tannins, chunky, sweet fruit finish. 18        
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour. Some ripe smoky fruit on nose. Quite ripe and smoky.  Mid-weight.  A vegetal note - quite evolved.  Quite elegant - quite tannic steak on finish. 17        
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: £35    
Stockists: Vinum

Innocenti, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Ripe red colour. Smooth, balanced and complex fruit indicating a well-made and elegant wine. And it is just that on the palate.  Good concentration of flavours, firm tannins, bitter/sweet fruit, classic savoury character.  Excellent length. Bit stringy on end.    18    
Richard Baudains: Tough, dense, smoky nose. Bitter tannic palate, with lean fruit and lots of dry extract, medicinal herbs finish. Difficult.    16.5            
Rosemary George MW: Quite deep colour - mean mousy nose - quite firm palate - some mousy notes - lacks charm and a bit hollow. 14        
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2015-2020    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.innocentivini.com
        
Bellaria, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Rich colour. Robust, earthy style of wine with brickbat tannins but also has good fruit and pleasing character.  Not a fine style - more a rustic style.  16            
Richard Baudains: Big chocolately-fruit nose, with wild herbs. Palate big and juicy with sweet fruit and alcohol finish. 16            
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour - firm tannins - quite solid chunky palate. Firm chocolatey notes - very tannic finish - closed dense solid nose - quite modern style.  16            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.aziendabellaria.it
      
Terralsole, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Good red.  Leathery style of fruit, and a very leathery style of wine. Astringent tannins, firm and pleasing but not an elegant wine. For a BBQ or a casserole. 15.8    
Richard Baudains: Gamey, peppery nose with prunes and cherry brandy at the back. Big, full-bodied palate with ripe fruit, big unrefined tannins. 17            
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour. Quite rich savoury note. Rounded. Ripe. Good tannins. Good balance. 17 
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.terralsole.com
        
Sesta di Sopra, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Good colour - still quite youthful.  smoky fruit, savoury, chewy and characterful.  Ripe and balanced on the palate with a good length of flavour.  Shows clear typicity for Brunello di Montalcino    17            
Richard Baudains: Gamey-leather nose, with lots of spice. Palate of massive density and concentration. Dry and intense. Dried fruit and herbs finish.    17.5            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour. Young. Yummy oaky vanilla.     16        
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2013-2020    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.seastdisopra.it
        
Lambardi, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Rich vibrant red. Ripe fruit with characteristic sweet/sour, savoury bitter cherry fruit.  Good ripe flavours and length.  Firm tannins but well balanced by fruit.  Slightly tart acidity.    15
Richard Baudains: Restrained modern nose, with sweet oak, vanilla and blackberry. Palate chunky, dry, with some energy in the finish.         17        
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour. Firm, lean. Dry cherries, hollow.     14            
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2013-2020
Price: POA    
Stockists: Lay & Wheeler
        
Tenuta di Sesta, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Mid- light red and showing maturity. One of those odd synthetic overtly weird fruity ones.  Is this a bacterial problem? Sicky flavours and lacks balance.    13        
Richard Baudains: A bit narrow and green on the nose, dry and aggressive on the palate with lots of oak.    15        
Rosemary George MW: Light colour. Cherry.     17.5        
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.tenutadisesta.it
        
Le Ragnaie, Ragnaie V.V., Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Good red - Hint of vanilla - oak on the nose which rather overburdens the fruit.  Too much oak and too much toasty vanilla.  What fruit and character there was is spoiled. Could be worth waiting for - time will tell.    16            
Richard Baudains: Big, deep, very alcoholic, savoury, difficult    14        
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour. Firm closed nose. Cherry fruit. Hollow.     16            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2014-2017    
Price: £55    
Stockists: Justerini & Brooks
        
Tenuta La Fuga, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Good red.  Very synthetic, fruit gums type of fruit - not very Brunello di Montalcino.  Thin wine with little depth of character.  Very astringent tannins.    13        
Richard Baudains: Straightforward, oak aged Sangiovese nose, a bit under stated, a little over ripe. Palate dry and full but short in the finish.     16            
Rosemary George MW: Young colour. Slightly green nose. Lean, cherry tart. Hollow.     16            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.tenutefolonari.com
    
Voliero, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red. A rather jammy type of fruit on the nose - and not very typical either of Sangiovese or of Brunello. Has a sweet and rather cooked flavour - not nice!14
Richard Baudains: Very closed on the nose. Intense fruit and tannin palate, with austere finish and lots of lean Sangiovese character.    16.5            
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour. Firm sturdy nose. Needs age.     16.5            
Alc: 15%
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.casato1.it

La Mannella I Poggiarelli, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Good red colour - spicy and succulent fruit with good sweet/sour, savoury Sangiovese typicity. Robust weight and pretty tannic wine but OK. Not a great wine but certainly a good wine.    15.5            
Richard Baudains: Modern oak but over extracted for the fruit.    13        
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour. Coconut. Modern style.     17            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.lamannella.it
        
Baricci, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Red with significant signs of maturity, lighter dried rose petal style of fruit, a bit lean on the palate and with a bitter finish.    14.5            
Richard Baudains: Faded brick shade. Dried fig nose. Round, sweet entry but follow through uneven. Finishes lean and simple.    16            
Rosemary George MW: Quite developed colour - quite an elegant rounded nose - a hint of cherries.  Elegant palate - cherry fruit - not a lot of depth but quite stylish - elegant smoky cherries balanced with tannin.    17
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: £32    
Stockists: Raeburn Fine Wines
 
Cava d'Onice, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy         
Jane Hunt MW: Rich colour. smoky, dusty nose, ripe savoury fruit below. Very classic and slightly old fashioned style. Austere.  Needs time.    18            
Richard Baudains: Very extracted appearance, nose of boiled fruit with some vegetal edges and a touch of spice. Very big fleshy tannic palate, with dry finish of bitter herbs.    16        
Rosemary George MW: Quite deep colour - firm rather hard nose - quite solid and bit raisiny - quite a firm solid tannic palate - youthful - not a lot of fruit.  Quite hard and sturdy - clumsy.    15            
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.cavadonice.it
        
Vini Italiani da Sogno, Carillon, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Rich deep red. Quite vegetal nose, very astringent tannins.  A big wine but without charm.     16.5    Richard Baudains: Deep colour, oaky chocolate and dried fruit nose. Hollow, slightly lifeless palate, hard finish.     14            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour -  a hint of perfumed cherry.  Medium weight.  Quite elegant but a hint hollow - a little cherry fruit balanced with tannin. 16.5            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: 0039 (0)6 68803000
        
Pennoni Giovanni, Baccinetti, Saporoia, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Red with some maturity. Earthy Bovril nose, a bit sweaty. Fruit is very mean. Leathery flavours and finish. 16            
Richard Baudains: Mid-depth of colour, brick red rims, classic mature Sangiovese nose, dates, Autumn leaves, white pepper. Smoothed out tannins, long juicy finish very good fruit concentration. Good prospects.  18
Rosemary George MW: Quite a developed colour.  Rather dry slightly nutty nose - a bit earthy - Bovril - old oak - better palate - more fruit - quite rounded with a tannic streak. More flesh. 16            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: 0039  (05)77 847178
        
Tenuta Carlina La Togata, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Shows some maturity in the colour. Very firm, austere style with astringent, aggressive tannins.  Lacks sufficient fruit.    15.8        
Richard Baudains: Aggressive oak nose, sugary fruit, simple texture on the palate, a bit tired and lacklustre. Drying out in the finish. 14.5            
Rosemary George MW: Medium  colour - quite a firm sturdy smoky dry cherry nose. Quite rounded quite ripe with a firm tannic streak. Youthful dry smoky -quite long. 17            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2015
Price: N/A        
Stockists: www.brunellolatogata.com
        
Mocali, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW:  Red showing maturity. Vegetal, leathery aromas but shows much better on the palate with chocolate and dried figs.  Lovely, tangy, spicy character.  Velvety finish. 18    
Richard Baudains: Messy nose. Very rustic palate. 11            
Rosemary George MW: Quite developed colour.  Quite perfumed cherry fruit.  Lovely elegant smoky cherry palate.  With some dry cedary notes - balanced tannins - harmonious - long. 18            
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: 0039 (0)577 849485
      
Armilla, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Some maturity showing.  Strong sweet/sour, savoury character. Lush fruit but in a old fashioned style.  Long, lingering finish. 18            
Richard Baudains: Dense viscous look. Sweet oaky nose, very dry tannic overload on the palate, short leafy finish. 13            
Rosemary George MW: Quite deep colour - a touch of age - quite firm cedary notes  - quite rich firm fleshy cedary - quite firm tannins - nice balance - good depth. 18        
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.armillawine.com
        
Ridolfi, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW:  Red with hint of maturity. Lightly medicinal nose with some vanilla. Rather high acidity.  Tingly. Some greenness in the fruit.  Not very exciting. 14.8            
Richard Baudains: Intense toasty oak nose, with plum jam  and nutmeg. Good length and freshness on the palate, with nice grip at the finish, well handled oak.    17.5            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour.  A tawny rim - quite a rich nose - some vegetal notes.  Quite ripe and rounded - good fruit - good tannic balance - more supple than some.  Quite ripe. Quite balanced. 17            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: 0039 (0)577 849250
        
Vitanza, Tradizione, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Deep red.  Rustic, mineral and leathery. Very tannic and not very approachable. 13
Richard Baudains: Slightly faded, oxidised nose, meaty. Big full-bodied palate with depth of tannin and long liquorice and black cherry finish. 16            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour. A little development. Firm tight closed nose - dry cedar. Rather tight firm fruit. Structured and tight knit - a hint cedar. 16            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2013-2015    
Price: £20-29    
Stockists: Phoenix Wine Agencies
        
Tenimenti Angelini, Val di Suga, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Maturity in the colour. Sweet-savoury fruit on the nose.  Quite a delicate, light style but with noticeably higher acidity. Moderate tannins.  Pleasing but not a keeper.    16.5    
Richard Baudains: Very authentic, mature shade. Closed on the nose, delicate traditional earthy-mineral aromas, with underlying red berry fruit. Slightly austere but lovely rich texture on the palate with long fruit and tannin finish. Excellent grip. Real thing.     18.5            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour. Some developed. Quite elegant cedary nose. Quite a dry palate.  Some cedary notes but quite an austere finish - drying out - or will it develop? 14            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: £33.5    
Stockists: Bancroft Wines
        
La Gerla, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy      
     
Jane Hunt MW: Vibrant red and fullness of colour. Obvious use of new oak. Velvety fruit.  Chewy style with perhaps too much oak dominance.  A classy wine but lacks some elegance. 16.9
Richard Baudains: Mature, controlled oxidation nose, very traditional, leathery with baked fruit. Round, sweet attack on the palate, follow through a little uneven, hollow middle, spiky acid finish. 15            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour.  Orange rim.  Dry earthy Bovril notes.  Quite firm earthy palate. A little fruit but drying on finish. 15            
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: £32    
Stockists: Mille Gusti
        
Franci Franca, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red with some maturity.  Ripe bananas. Firm, spicy fruit on the palate with a lush juicy character.  Firm tannins and reasonable finish. Pleasing but don't like the banana nose. 16            
Richard Baudains: Very mature nose, with more oak than fruit, low key. Palate with some punch and sweet alcohol/fruit finish. A little soft and undefined. 14.5            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour.  Quite rounded. Lightly cedary nose and on palate.  Cedary fruit. Nice tannins.  Good balance, quite elegant with a sturdy finish. 17            
Alc: 15%
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.tassimontalcino.com
        
Canalicchio di Sopra, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Rich red colour. A rather neutral nose with just a touch of light savouriness. Firm chewy tannins.  Very inexpressive wine. 16            
Richard Baudains: Very good intensity of colour. Modern, sweet berry nose with a touch of white chocolate. Intense, juicy palate with possibly a little too much oak tannins. A bit simple in the finish. 15.5            
Rosemary George MW: Quite deep colour. With an orange rim.  Firm dry nose. Quite firm sturdy fruit. Quite tight knit and tannic. An elegant finish but a bit lean. 16            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: £28.27    
Stockists: Fine & Rare
      
Sesti, Castello di Argiano, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy 
       
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red with maturity showing.  Mineral, quite old fashioned style of fruit with high-ish acidity and rather short finish.  Almost a bit thin. 15            
Richard Baudains: Toasty-leathery oak nose, with perfumed fruit coming from the back. Sweet ripe juicy fruit entry, mid-weight tannins, firm structure. Very well made wine for drinking now.  17
Rosemary George MW: Quite developed colour. Quite sweet vanilla oak. Rather a flabby palate. And lacks fruit. Dry rather earthy.  Not very balanced. 15            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: £48    
Stockists: Armit, Tanners
        
Il Marroneto di Mori Alessandro, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Rich colour. Very powerful rather alcoholic nose. A big wine yet without much Sangiovese character or identifiable fruit character. Firm tannins.  Maybe it needs time to open out and show some character but at present seems rather ordinary.    16.5            
Richard Baudains: Good freshness of colour, discrete nose, with Autumn leaves and spices, all a bit closed, but interesting. Excellent volume and texture on the palate, very good wood integration, long fruit finish. Serious winemaking. 17            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour - young.  A hint of fresh cherry fruit on nose - and on palate.  Quite elegant fresh fruit. A tannic steak.  Mid-weight. 16.5            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.ilmarroneto.it
    
La Palazzetta, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Vibrant full red colour.  Peppermint on the nose and a touch of vanilla. Closed on the palate, some spiciness but overall rather neutral.  Moderate tannins seem to disguise whatever else the wine has. Seems rather dull. 16        
Richard Baudains: Sweet jammy nose with oaky background. Palate firm and dry and little too oaky in the finish. 16            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour - tawny rim.  Smells of mint - peppermint - vanilla. Quite a sweet oaky streak on palate. Plus firm tannins.  Rounded finish.  Modern style but is it classic? 16.5            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.fanti.beepworld.it
        
Il Marroneto di Mori Alessandro, Madonna delle Grazie, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        

Jane Hunt MW: Youthful red.  Quite a simple unstructured nose with very light fruit.  Firmer tannins and with some astringency. Astringency is too aggressive. 14            
Richard Baudains: Very bright, lively ruby shade. Fresh crunchy fruit with some oaky complexity at the back. Big, sweet, juicy berry fruit palate with perhaps a touch too much oak tannin and slightly hollow finish.  16.5            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour - young - quite rounded dry cherry fruit. Mid-weight - quite fresh ripe fruit - more like a Rosso? With a firm streak of tannin, quite a ripe finish. 16            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: £60    
Stockists: Premier Vinters
  
Lisini, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red with some maturity. Quite subtle fruit, very savoury and mellow. Perfumed fruit on the palate and a light body but with some elegance.  Smooth and not over tannic.  A very elegant drop of wine.    18            
Richard Baudains: Baked fruit, touch of metallic slightly smoky. Palate rugged tannins, very full-bodied, bit too coarse. 16        
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour - quite light - quite an elegant nose.  Quite a gentle palate - understated fruit - some tannins - quite harmonious - but lacks grip or depth. 16            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: £34-41    
Stockists: Fine & Rare, Red & White Wines, Yorkshire Vintners
        
Castello Romitorio, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Rich red with some maturity. Light vanilla notes.  Pleasing but a very ordinary wine. A little fruit, indeed a little of everything but lacks conviction. 15.6            
Richard Baudains: Savoury-herby nose, with notes of tar and leather. Full-bodied dry palate with glossy fruit finish. Unsubtle.  14.5            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour - a tawny rime quit firm cedary sour cherry nose. Some good fruit on palate - nice depth - cedary notes - surprisingly ready - nice balance - harmonious - long. 17                    
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: £33    
Stockists: O.W Loeb

Talenti, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Red with maturity showing. Meaty quite fleshy style of fruit, savoury Sangiovese style. Very typical in every way.  Balanced and correct but could do with a bit more complexity, otherwise a good classic example of Brunello di Montalcino.    16.9            
Richard Baudains: Smoky, slightly vegetal nose, with ripe fruit background. Palate very unready, with crude oak and short dry finish. Intense and concentrated, but development not guaranteed. 15
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour - quite firm tight knit with some cherry notes. Quite rounded ripe cherry fruit- quite fleshy - some depth - nicely balanced and rounded. 17.5                    
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2014-2020
Price: £30    
Stockists: Bibendium

La Mannella, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Deep red with hint of maturity.  Animal aromas, hint pine resin  and chocolate.  Very firm oak tannins but quite a lot of underlying fruit.  Needs some years yet.  Should develop well. Quite a classy wine. 18.2     Richard Baudains:: Baked fruit nose, with lots of oak influence. Palate hot and savoury, with glossy texture, very solid dry minty finish. Suspect over oaked. 16        
Rosemary George MW: Quite deep colour - orange rime - quite firm dry nose - a hint of coconut.  A slightly bitter note on the palate.  Quite lean and sturdy. 16    
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2015-2020    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.lamannella.it
            
Roberto Bellini & Patrizia Mazzi, Podere Brizio, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy    
Jane Hunt MW: Shows maturity in colour.  Nose a bit leathery, toffee, chocolate and old-fashioned. Chewy, robust wine with the higher acidity and leatheriness of the more old-fashioned style.  Would have been better if the fruit was more apparent. 15            
Richard Baudains: Tawny shade with orange rim. Beefy nose, with raisiny fruit background. Palate dense and concentrated with good Sangiovese cherry fruit and a grippy finish. Needs a little time, has promise.  16.5            
Rosemary George MW: Quite developed, colour - quite firm tight knit cedary nose. Quite firm dry palate.  Tannic streak with some cedary fruit. Quite good fruit and tannin balance - potential - hint of vanilla on finish. 17            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2014-2020    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.poderebrizio.it
        
La Poderina, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Deep red. Mellow fruit on the nose, soft and ripe. Quite a vegetable flavour with some green notes. Very tart acidity and dry, astringent tannins.  Coffee flavour too. Don't like! 13
Richard Baudains: Vanilla and berry fruit nose. Very fresh palate with good volume, a little alcoholic and undefined in the finish, but excellent grape and very pure varietal character.  18    
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour - a little developed.  Quite fresh cherry fruit on nose. Medium weight with quite a firm tannic streak.  Some fruit. Quite elegant - quite balanced but a hint hollow. 17            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: £26    
Stockists: Italian Continental Stores of Maidenhead

Scopone, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Good red colour. Nose shows some sweatiness and is also a bit jammy. Inelegant fruit overall. Robust texture with very dry tannins.  Questionable future. For me the tannins are too aggressive.  But it could come around. 15            
Richard Baudains: Dumb on the nose, all dry oak tannins on the palate. No aroma in the finish but very big alcohol/tannin kick. 15            
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour  - some development.  Firm, dry cedary notes - Bovril.  And on palate tight knit - drying on finish - goes austere-  firm finish . Lacks charm. 15        
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2013-2015    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.winescopone.com
        
Fattoria dei Barbi, Vigna del Fiore, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW:  Good colour. Ripe concentrated fruit, even a bit stewed.  Chewy, robust and a bit leathery on the palate.  Bitter finish. Tangy acidity.  Bitterness spoils this wine. 14.5    
Richard Baudains: Simple black cherry and oak nose, ditto on the palate, mid-weight, undistinguished, but correct.  14.5            
Rosemary George MW: Quite deep colour - with some orange on rim. Quite firm cedary nose - quite tight knit. Quite rounded palate. Quite cedary - mid-weight - quite harmonious.    17            
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: POA    
Stockists: Enotria
        
Fossacolle, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Rich colour. Vibrant, perfumed yet subtle fruit nose. Quite chewy on the palate but has a zingy fruit quality lifting it up. Somewhat acidic finish lets the wine down. Moderate tannins with some final astringency. 15        Richard Baudains: Boiled cabbage nose, green and stalky tannic palate, with hard acidity. Concentrated but unbalanced.     14            
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour - a tawny edge - firm cedary notes and a certain sweet oakiness on palate.  Some depth - cedary fruit - quite smoky - mid-weight - quite a firm dry finish - quite a modern style. 16            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: £35-43    
Stockists: Fine & Rare, Liberty Wines
       
San Polino, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Rich red. Strong, rich fruit on the nose but strangely fruit pastilles rather than classic Sangiovese.  Possibly a bit over-ripe.  Sweet, chewy flavours.  Pleasing but lacks any elegance. 15
Richard Baudains: Sweet fruit and cappuccino nose, with a hint of green herbs. Dry, tannic palate but good fruity finish with glossy alcohol at the end.  15.5            
Rosemary George MW: Quite a deep colour - a little development.  Some ripe vanilla fruit - going raisiny and vegetal. Quite supple - ripe - vegetal notes. Quite smooth - good fruit - modern style - quite soft  finish. 16            
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: £42    
Stockists: Dynamic Wines
        
Uccelliera, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy    
Jane Hunt MW: Rich red. Mellow, leafy, chocolatey nose - dried fruits.  Also a wine with some complexity.  Very fine balance of flavours.  Tangy acidity and slightly astringent tannins.  Fair length. 17            
Richard Baudains: Lightly oxidised toffee apple nose, with intense, dry, very nervy acid palate, green tannin finish.  14            
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour - quite young. Quite firm cedary notes on nose - and on palate. Quite elegant. Maturing cedary fruit - quite a dry finish. - a tannic streak. 17            
Alc: 15%    
Drink: 2013-2017    
Price: £50    
Stockists: Justerini & Brooks, Alliance Wine
        
Luca Brunelli, Martoccia, Brunelli, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy            
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red. Quite a fruity nose, generous in style. Very modern wine-making.  Can't fault this wine for clean style but lacks personality.  One dimensional. 16    
Richard Baudains: Raisins, figs and Turkish Delight on the nose, very dry nervy linear palate, with good underlying fruit, very tight but precise, long and authentic.  17        
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour - quite young - elegant cherry notes on nose.  Rather soft ripe cherry fruit. A nice drink, but more like a Rosso - easy fruit. 14            
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: £30    
Stockists: Alliance Wines
        
Villa Le Prata, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Red with some maturity showing. Fruit is slightly green but has some scented, dried rose petal style too. Robust texture and some rubbery notes. Astringent tannins. Very hot. 14.5    
Richard Baudains: Mature, leathery nose, with slightly oxidised fruit. Sweet tannins, juicy fruit underlay, very dry finish, with pepper and new leather. 14            
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour - orange rim.  Rounded cedary notes - some cedar on palate.  Elegant but also quite firm and structured.  Enough fruit?    17            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2013-2017
Price: POA    
Stockists: Jascots Winemerchants Ltd

Poggio San Polo, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy    
Jane Hunt MW: Deep red. Very clear and defined style even if a bit one dimensional. Well made but undistinguished.  Rather smoky/ashy tannins. 15
Richard Baudains: Jammy fruit and incense nose. Palate dry, closed, tight, tannic, very clean and linear, very young.  15            
Rosemary George MW: Quite developed colour.  Rather firm dry nose - some cedary notes - closed. Quite elegant cedary notes on palate - quite tannic, some fruit, quite a firm dry finish. 16            
Alc: 14.5%
Drink: 2014-2017
Price: £40-50    
Stockists: Fine & Rare, Liberty Wines
        
Tenuta Oliveto, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy  
     
Jane Hunt MW: Mid-red.  Vegetal fruit style, quite meaty and spicy.  Rich, robust flavours with similar meaty, spicy taste.  Moderate tannins in good balance with fruit.  Quite soft and supple. 17.3
Richard Baudains: Dumb nose, big, alcoholic, green astringent palate, dominated by oak.  12
Rosemary George MW: Quite deep colour - quite lean firm nose - dry cherries - mid-weight - ripe spicy fruit cherries - nice fruit and balance - supple  tannin. 17            
Alc: 14.5%    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.tenutaaoliveto.it
        
Mocali, Vigna delle Raunate, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        

Jane Hunt MW: Mid - deep red. Leafy, pot pourri aromas, subtle and classic Sangiovese.  Quite high in alcohol? Big, rich, ripe wine.  Not terribly classic for Brunello di Montalcino, but a nice wine nevertheless. 17            
Richard Baudains: Resiny nose, with sweet red cherry underneath. Tannic-alcoholic palate, medicinal herbs and cabbage soup.  14.5        
Rosemary George MW: Medium colour - elegant cedary nose - and on palate - quite firm cedary notes - quite structured - firm youthful - good fruit and balanced tannins  - cherries and alcohol. 17.5.
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: 0039 (0)577 849485
        
Luce della Vite, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Deep red.  An odd sort of fruit, baked apples, metallic and chocolate.  Very astringent tannins. Bitter finish. Unbalanced. 14    
Richard Baudains:: Very dark, dense shade. Cedar and newsprint nose. Warm, concentrated, highly extracted palate, with long intense tar leather and liquorice finish.  16.5
Rosemary George MW: Deep colour and a little development. Light elegant cedary nose but doesn't really have much to say on palate. Rather dry and rather hollow. Dry finish. 15
Alc: N/A    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: £80    
Stockists: Jeroboams
        
Le Chiuse, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Good red. Musky, high-tone character - hamster cages! Extremely tannic and astringent. Bitter fruit and not worth the name of Brunello di Montalcino. 13    
Richard Baudains: Good depth of colour, with some life. Complex, evolved nose with tar and savoury herbs. Intense, alcoholic palate, sweet fruit  glycerine finish.  15            
Rosemary George MW: Mid colour. Firm structured, cedary nose. Rounded supple palate with some structured tannins.  Beginning to evolve.  Quite rich - appealing  - elegantly understated.  18    
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2012-2015    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.lechiuse.com
        
Verbena, Montalcino, Sienna, 2007, Italy        
Jane Hunt MW: Good red with some hint of maturity. Slightly odd synthetic, sweaty style of fruit. Raspingly astringent tannins ruin this wine. Don't like. 15            
Richard Baudains: Green tea, leafy nose, with prunes and figs at the back. Round sweet fruit entry, big alcoholic follow through with slightly coarse tannins.  15        
Rosemary George MW: Quite deep colour - quite young. Firm young fruit on nose. Tight knot structured palate. Youthful and closed. Tight knit and not yet very expressive though quite elegant.  Potential? 16.5        
Alc: 14%    
Drink: 2012-2017    
Price: N/A UK    
Stockists: www.aziendaverbena.it