The 2006 vintage in Tuscany has produced the best crop of Brunello di Montalcino that I have ever tasted and this wine is no exception. 

The 2006 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino is superb.  Dark garnet in the glass, with that distinctive copper iodine hue to the rim so typical of Brunello; it is a pleasure to look at.  Grand aromas lift from the glass: fresh crushed berries, black cherry, spice, sweet pipe tobacco and floral notes are all present in abundance.  In the mouth, the wine is massive with rich, full bodied, ripe fruit, yet it retains a freshness so typical of this great vintage.  Crushed berries, licorice, espresso and a sweetness to the fruit coat the palate.  Complex. The acidity keeps everything in balance and the ripe tannins assert themselves on the very finish.  Give this one 3-5 years in the cellar and it will be even more expressive.  Delicious and well worth the cost.  Reminds me of the 2006 Lisini I recently tasted. Very similar in richness and style and both wineries are located in the far Southeast corner of the Brunello production zone.   95 points, about $49.   

2006 Brunello di Montalcino

With this, we had panko encrusted, baked boneless pork chops accompanied by carmelized brussel sprouts with garlic, and potato gnocchi with shittake mushrooms, garlic and a touch of truffle butter.  People are always asking me for good side dishes to accompany their meals, so here are two simple preparations that are absolutely delicious. 

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Toasted Garlic

Potato Gnocchi with Truffle Butter & Shittake Mushrooms

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