Ciao tutti!
This past Saturday was my sweetheart’s birthday, so after a busy day of baseball and lacrosse tournaments we we able to wind down the day with a relaxing dinner at a local Trattoria. What’s more, it was a gorgeous night and we were able to dine al fresco. 
With various appetizers of crab cakes, sweet and spicy calamari,  zucchini fritti,  and rosemary focaccia we uncorked the 2001 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino.  What a gorgeous wine!   You are struck immediately by the richness of the nose, and the bottle sweet bouquet from cellaring.  The wine is dark garnet still, with ruby at the rim. Aromas of leather, dark cherry, dark chocolate, spices and flowers spring from the glass with intense precision.  The wine is rich and ripe in the mouth.  Persistent flavors of dark cherry, chocolate covered espresso bean, leather, warmed earth and flowers assault the palate in waves.  The tannins are still evident but ripe and contribute amazing structure.  Un utterly remarkable Brunello from a producer that is tops on my list.  Note:  Wine is throwing a large sediment.  98 points, about $45 on release. 
When the entrees came we began tasting the second wine, which had been opened along with the Lisini.  The 2006 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino was also compelling. Very different stylistically from the Lisini, apart from the difference in age, the wine displayed an intense perfume with asian spices, cinnamon, and clove to the briary, piney underbrush aroma of the berries.  In the mouth, the wine is delicious. While the Lisini was richer, this wine was more rustic.  Crushed wild berries, dried herbs, slight red licorice and an herbal infused earth component are framed wonderfully by zippy acidity. This wine was delicious with short ribs, seafood risotto, black linguine with crab, four cheese tortellini and gnocchi bolognese.  92 points, $39. 
Two great showings…….

Birthday Brunello
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