La Rasina is a tiny little in the Northeast corner of the Brunello zone.  They’re fully organic and self sustaining and were one of the first estates to gain the certification.
It’s been about a year since I last checked in on there 2006 Brunello and over two years since initially cracking one.  The development is nice to see and this example was toted to a local Trattoria and enjoyed with a variety of dishes including: Roasted summer corn ravioli, veal sorrentina, mushroom risotto and snapper livornese.
Initially I’m struck by the color of this wine.  It’s turned from a purplish color to a more typical Brunello profile – a deep blackish red, with ruby reflections and a copper rim. The aroma is still driven by the fruit, but complexities and nuance are starting to emerge. The core of cherry fruit is accented nicely by faint mushroom, leather, and spicy anise. On the palate that wine is medium to full bodied, an earlier maturing Brunello that is displaying saddle leather, dirt and red licorice alongside the warm, dusty cherry fruit.  I like this now, but I think it loses a little something without the exuberance of youth.  Not one to cellar much longer.  Still, you cannot deny the value here.  At $29, you don’t find Brunello this good.  90 points. 

La Rasina: Starting to develop some maturity
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