Last week  I began a series of tastings on the 2007 Brunello.  Part I, is located here:  2007 Brunello, Part I.
My initial impression of the vintage was that it would be an early charmer and not quite have the staying power that the 2006’s have.  After these early samples, that’s still not entirely clear, but what is certain is that the vintage produced fine wines, with wonderful perfumes and ripe juicy fruit.
The 2007 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino was the first wine tasted.  In the glass, the wine is dark blackish red, and the first thing that hits you is the color extraction.  The attractive nose is filled with cherries, newly turned earth, and some underbrush.  A bit more earth than I remember in the 2006.  In the mouth the fruit is ripe and persistent with good acid balance and a pleasing spice to the finish.  This isn’t nearly the massive wine the 2006 was and it’s not nearly as complex.  The quality of the vintage is evident as well as the ripeness of the fruit.  But when comparing these two,  the 2006 is the winner hands down.  91 points, about $42. 
2007 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
Next up was the 2007 Mocali Brunello di Montalcino.  This wine was almost identical to it’s 2006 counterpart, though I think this vintage actually displays fruit that is a bit riper than the 2006.  In the glass the wine is medium violet to cranberry in color.  The nose is very nice – with attractive flowers, fruit, cinnamon and dried herbs. The complexity to the nose doesn’t quite carry through to the palate.  Some cellar time might bring that out, however, I think the fruit, acids and tannins are in balance now, so I’m not sure how much cellaring this wine would benefit from. Still, it’s pretty tasty now and quite the bargain given the price. It shows that in vintages as good as 2006/2007 even producers that aren’t in the top tier of quality make outstanding wines.  91 points, about $28.

2007 Mocali Brunello di Montalcino

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