Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Medium garnet. Black pepper, black currant, dry fruits, old leather, clove, chocolate, vegetable, green pepper hint, hazelnut, and light caramel (increasing). After breathing, caramel flavor and vegetable nose dominates, and some crowndaisy chrysanthemum (茼蒿) and seasoned fried dried green onion (油蔥) which make me think of Hakka savory rice ball soup (客家鹹湯圓).
Medium body, medium+ acidity, and young medium tannin. Black berry, chocolate, green pepper, white pepper, light raspberry note, and cinnamon.
Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura 2004
Medium+ garnet. Vanilla, caramel, traditional Taiwanese black tea (古早味紅茶), buttery cake.
Medium+ body. Flower bouquet, black pepper, black berry, chocolate, and creamy note. Sweet an floral.
Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all’Oro 1995
Poggio means “knoll”.
Medium-deep garnet. Mushroom, stewed pork pot with mandarin medicine and soy sauce, light black pepper, chocolate, smoky, dry longan shell, pickled squash.
Palate is also complex. Truffle, soy sauce, black berry, chocolate, licorice. With tangerine note acidity.
Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Pian means “plain”, vigne means “vineyard”.
Medium+ garnet. Dry lemon, bouquet, black berry, black pepper, chocolate, incense, wood, tea leaves, light caramel, jammy grass.
Medium body. Medium-high acidity. Black berry, orange note acidity, licorice. Not as complex as the nose.
La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 2003
Fiorita means “flower”.
Medium+ garnet. Chocolate, smoky leather, prune, black currant, caramel (increasing, like caramel macchiato), wood, green pepper, and bouquet (increasing).
Palate has chocolate, caramel and plum. Quite wild and energetic.
La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003
Medium garnet. Black berry, black pepper, light vanilla, light caramel, light bouquet (increasing), incense (increasing and then decreasing), grass jam, pomegranate, light mint, light gravel.
Palate has floral honey, black berry, black pepper and chocolate. Elegant style.