Podere Brizio 2013 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tuscany Italy
94 pts Wine Enthusiast - Heady aromas suggesting pipe tobacco, leather, licorice and balsamic notes abound on this full-bodied red. The savory polished palate offers juicy Marasca cherry, cranberry and star anise alongside firm fine-grained tannins. A backbone of bright acidity lends balance and freshness.
92 pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate - Dievole (based in Chianti Classico) owns Podere Brizio. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a medium garnet appearance with dark ruby highlights. The nose is beautifully balanced and elegant, with delicate berry nuances that are successfully contrasted against spice, tar and licorice. It closes with a polished feel and lingering tones of dried mint and licorice. Overall, the wine is lightweight and streamlined, but it also delivers impressive elegance.
93 pts Wine Spectator - Plump and laced with cherry and currant flavors, this red delivers balance and energy. Floral, mineral and tobacco accents add depth, and this firms up nicely on the finish.
Bright red. Sweet spice, ripe red cherry, licorice and flowers on the nose and in the mouth. Smooth and bright, and though not exactly the last word in concentration or complexity, this is downright irresistible in its juicy, fruity appeal. Podere Brizio recently changed ownership and now belongs to Dievole, the Chianti Classico producer (Podere Brizio’s previous owner, Roberto Bellini, is the man who sold the Chiesa di Santa Restituta estate to Gaja, who renamed it Pieve di Santa Restituta).
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