Until I saw this wine recently at a local merchant, I had never heard of it.  It intrigued me because the label was unlike Siro Pacenti’s Brunello normale.  After reviewing Siro Pacenti’s website, there is little to be gained.  They didn’t even address the wine, so it was inevitable that the cork get popped. 

The Siro Pacenti Pelagrilli Brunello, from the single vineyard of the same name, is a wonderful, subtle, complex Brunello.  While clearly not as intense as Pacenti’s regular bottling, it is nonetheless worth finding. 

In the glass, the wine is a clear, bright violet color.  The nose is slightly subdued, giving rise to the belief that it will be more exuberant in time, because the complexity is there.  Dried flowers, sage and tobacco balance the red fruit flavors nicely.  In the glass, the wine is less rich and also less forward than Pacenti’s regular bottling.  Red fruit flavors are framed by slight toast, wild flowers and spice. The perfume of the nose seemed to develop more with air.  Pacenti’s regular Brunello lands close to $75 depending upon where you are.  This wine is a solid value in Brunello at $38, but seems different from the general house style.  Paired well with assorted antipasti: soppresatta, buffalo mozzarella, cacio di roma, broccoli rabe, grilled sausage wheels…. 

91 points, about $38

2007 Siro Pacenti Brunello Pelagrilli

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