A Tuscan Treasure
Only recently I had the chance to try a small bottle (0,375 liters) of the 2006 vintage from Tenute Loacker‘s Brunello di Montalcino. The wine is produced on the winery’s Corte Pavone estate which is located in Montalcino, Tuscany. Tenute Loacker produces a large variety of wines on a total of three different estates – two in Tuscany and one in South Tyrol. The overall quantity of bottles is very little though. The winery aims for quality wines and not for quantity. All their wines are from organic agriculture. Since Tenute Loacker is among my favorite wineries I’ve written some time ago a more detailed winery review about them which can be found here.
Next to Amarone and Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino is considered one of the greatest wines of Italy. Brunello di Montalcino was granted DOC status in 1966 along with 7 other wines. The wine was upgraded to DOCG in 1980. The majority of Brunello di Montalcino gets exported to the United States (20%) and to Germany (14%). The latest three vintages in the table of excellent Brunello di Montalcino DOCG vintages includes 2006, 2004 and 1997.
Knowing that the 2006 vintage received the rating excellent I was looking very much forward to finally try the wine. I’ve previously reviewed the 2001 vintage of Tenute Loacker’s Brunello di Montalcino.
Brunello di Montalcino Tasting Notes
The 2006 vintage is produced with 100% Sangiovese grapes. The wine aged over three years in french oak and in small barrique barrels. Tenute Loacker’s Brunello di Montalcino has the DOCG quality assurance.
Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for a bit over 2 hours.
In the glass this Brunello di Montalcino had a deep dark red color. The nose consists of ripe cherries, raspberry, tobacco and some spices. There were probably a few more aromas, too. The bouquet was incredible!
On the palate Tenute Loacker’s Brunello di Montalcino is soft with firm tannins. The wine has a full body and offers some fruits, too. I mostly tasted blueberry and some dark chocolate. Just the finish by itself would have been worth the money. It was incredibly long with a little bit of acidity.
In Munich the 0,375 liters bottle retailed for 17.50. A real steal! Amazon sells the regular 0,75 liters bottle for 42,70€ + shipping which is much more expensive! Wine searcher lists a bunch of UK and US retailers for the wine, too.
Reputable American wine critic James Suckling gave the 2006 vintage of Tenute Loacker’s Brunello di Montalcino 96/100 points. An outstanding rating. Wine Enthusiast rated it with 93/100 points. The wine won som awards from European wine competition as well. The Gambero Rosso has not rated the wine yet (they will probably in the next edition).
The wine goes very well with grilled meat. Tenute Loacker recommends the wine together with wild boar. Next time I’m having the wine (and there will be more than just one next time!) I’d like to try it together with wild boar. Probably not that easy to find that kind of meat at affordable prices though.
To tell the truth I’m not that big of a Brunello di Montalcino fan so to convince me a Brunello really needs to deliver. This one convinced me a lot and it is now also featured on my top 10 list. Have you tried this or any other vintage of Tenute Loacker’s Brunello di Montalcino? If so where you mind-blown like me?