Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2018
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino|
The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino takes some coaxing to come together in the glass, dusty yet floral, with crushed ashen stones and a core of plum followed by savory herbs and black currant beneath it all. This is elegance personified, casting velvety textural waves of ripe red and blue berries across the palate, all lifted by brisk acidity, and with a flourish of lavender that lights up the senses. A coating of fine tannins lingers, yet the mouth is left watering for more, as nuances of licorice and blackberry slowly fade. The 2018 is a classy rendition of the vintage, elevated by a slightly higher declassification of juice that went into the Rosso di Montalcino. I'd give it another two to three years of cellaring to come fully together.
A lean red, with a mix of earth, Tuscan scrub, cherry, plum and iron flavors aligned to a firm structure, ending with a lightly astringent feel. Best from 2024 through 2035. 1,300 cases made, 320 cases imported.