read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
This is practically a goodbye from Antonio Galloni who will continue his career as a taster on his blog and leaves the sceptre as super taster for the most influential wine magazine in the world – Wine Advocate belonging to Robert Parker – to Monica Larner. Monica will bring to the ratings a touch of feminine taste, a market in expansion. She is clever and tireless. She knows Italian wines very well and has always shown a great interest for the identifying traits and for autochthonous varieties which clearly is favourable for Italian wines made in thousands of ways.
Let’s see Antonio Galloni tasting for Brunello 2008 and riserva 2007.
205 Brunello tasted, less than half those produced. Already from this we can understand that there has been a very rigid selection in fact Antonio Galloni is well known for being a very strict judge. His ratings on Brunello are good but not cosmic.
My riserva 2007 has been awarded 92/100. In his comment I read flattering
words <<Cinelli Colombini did very well with her Brunello di Montalcino 2007 riserva, a wine that retains significant freshness and Energy. Black cherries, game liquorice, tar and smoke al take shape in the potent, intense wine. Some slightly rustic notes develop in the glass but there is more than enough fruit to provide balance. Firm tannins support the finish.>>
The Brunello 2008 Prime Donne obtains respectful 90/100. A rating that Antonio Galloni has given to few bottles but that associates my wine to Brunello Poggio di Sotto, Poggio Antico as well as the riserva 2007 “Vigna Ferrovia” by Antinori. I think that by Brunello is in good company!