- Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Product #28103 (In Stock)
Everyone – really, without dissent – agrees that 2006 is a great Brunello vintage characterized by dense, muscular, wines with deep minerality and powerful tannins that will need a decade to resolve. Well, this Brunello is certainly “great,” but otherwise not a very typical 2006. The fruit all comes from the original 3 small vineyards planted by Mairaluce Losappio in the early 1990s. Her daughter, Benedetta, loves elegance and purity more than dark, dusky, power, so they seem to crop a little higher than some neighbors to achieve ripeness without over-concentration. Winemaking is gentle and relaxed – 20 days fermentation in steel tank, 1 year aging in new and used French oak 500l barrels and then 1 year more in 30 hectoliter Slavonian oak cask.
The result is a Sophia Loren of a wine – certainly feminine, beautiful and even seductive, but with lacking nothing in character, substance or strength. There’s a captivating transparency to the flavors of ripe berry and cherry and accents of fresh leather and tobacco and – as with the Rosso – the palate length here is superior. The ripe, almost chalky, tannins don’t get in the way of the fruit flavors pumping out on the generous finish. Drink right now for the fruit or give it a while for the earthy, leather, notes to expand.
“Full of floral, raspberry, cherry and tobacco aromas and flavors, this red also shows savory and mineral elements. Sinewy and taut, offering a silky texture and firm tannins. This shows fine length, with a sweetness that lingers. Best from 2013 through 2025. 400 cases made.”Wine Spectator 94 points