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La Fiorita Brunello Riserva 2006

Posted By Joel on December 8, 2013

La Fiorita Brunello Riserva 2006

Note: La Fiorita Brunello Riserva 2006 was provided to me as a tasting sample. If interested, see Vintrospective policy about wine samples here.

la-fiorita-brunello-riserva-2006Between the wine world’s opposing forces of trendiness and typicity, there is often too little room left for originality.

But, every so often, good things happen in small spaces ;-)

La Fiorita Brunello Riserva 2006 asserts itself with originality and timeless style, a reflection of both yesterday and today.

Begun in 1992, La Fiorita started life as a project between owner Roberto Cipresso and friends. Cipresso carefully selected vineyard locations from land characterized by richness in soil and climate to align with the estate’s production philosophy.

La Fiorita Brunello Riserva 2006 is produced from 100% Sangiovese sourced from the estate’s Pian Bossolino vineyard. The vineyard, established during the second half of the 90’s, is planted at a density of 7K plants per hectare. The wine ages for 12 months in first and second passage French Tonneaux and 12 months in Slavonian oak.

Pian Bossolino

Pian Bossolino

Tasting Notes / Impressions:

A core of ripe berry fruit surrounded by notes of forest floor, leather, anise, eucalyptus, cedar and mint, join forces together in a massively focused nose. Structured, supple and muscular, the wine is utterly harmonious, a masterful demonstration of artistic restraint. The finish is all about the beauty of the wine’s powerful yet smooth tannic suite, dusted with hints of cocoa. Delicious now, this wine is one not to miss in five years from now. Decanted for one hour.

Food Pairing Suggestions:

This Brunello served with grilled, thick Porterhouse steaks was, for me, one of the year’s best pairings. Need I say more?

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About the author

Joel

Joel Mack has worked for a celebrated importer / distributor of Italian wines and continues to study the wines and winemaking of Italy. He has advised many restaurants in making their Italian wine list selections and has provided training to restaurant staff. Today, Joel conducts wine classes and leads specialized private and corporate tastings of Italian wines. Joel carried out his higher education at a highly regarded College of Music and continues to extend an artistic point of view to Italian wine, balanced with factual information about wine, its nature and identity. By day, he applies his time to collaborative software technology. Joel can be contacted at joel at vintrospective dot com.

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