As I’ve written many times previously, the 2006 vintage in Tuscany was spectacular and the Brunello from Montalcino enjoyed particular success.  It also seemed, that given the great vintage weather, many producers began bottling single vineyard wines in addition to their normal bottlings. 

One such wine was the delightful 2006 Mocali Brunello Vigna Raunate.  As producers go, Mocali may not be in the upper tier with some of the greater names, but they succeeded with this wine.  The Vigna Raunate is dark crimson in color with classic copper and iodine hues toward the rim of the glass.  A noticeable, but not chunky, sediment was decanted off the wine prior to enjoying. 

The aromas of the wine are lovely.  Pretty flowers, crushed red cherries, slight red licorice and earth are wonderfully melded.  In the mouth, the wine is refined and elegant.  It’s balanced with a solid core of earthy berries, sweet tobacco and dried herbs.  The acidity is balanced and it’s medium to full bodied with ample, but not intrusive tannins. Delicious, but definitely not a 2006 that I would cellar long term.  Drink now, and over the next 5 years.  Paired very well with chicken stuffed with prosciutto and fontina in a wild mushroom demi-glace.  Refined.  91 points, about $45. 

2006 Mocali Brunello Vigna Delle Raunate

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