Ah, the beautiful country of Italy: We adore your architecture, history, and landscapes. Oh yes, and of course your food and wine. However, not today.
Now when you make a bold statement, we also realize that you must back it up with cold hard facts.
Fact No. 1: According to Kerin O’Keefe, wine writer for Wine Enthusiast Magazine “My tasting of the 2009 vintage revealed that it was another challenging year in Montalcino, and the main problem was the weather. Scorching summer temperatures and a lack of rain dominated crucial phases of the growing season. As a result, most wines are prematurely evolved…” which leads in to our second point
Fact No. 2: Bad grapes🍇 = Bad wine.😡
In the opinion of Michel Rolland, Oenologist from Bordeaux “A great wine is the sum of a number of factors, the most important being the terroir, which gives the wine its character….” As we know terroir is much more than simply the ground upon which grapes are planted. The wine we drink is a culmination of weather, altitude, rainfall, nutrients, man made interventions, and soil composition to name a few elements. However, 2009 was not kind to Montalcino, which is reflective in their wine.
Initial Impressions: color is a medium tawny which is a characteristic of an aged Sangiovese. On the nose there are notes of dried hay, dried figs, and tobacco. When you first take a sip you quickly realize that this wine was probably at its peak a year or two ago. Medium tannins, bitter on the palate. To be fair, the cork was dry so we can’t really speak to how well it was stored. c’est la vie. Wish we could report back with a more favorable review but, unfortunately this wine just isn’t performing well. Save your money and check out a different vintage such as a 2007, if Brunellos are a wine you enjoy.
Amanda and Christina