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2006 Tenuta Vitanza Firma Brunello di Montalcino Duo

Sangiovese • Italy • Tuscany • Montalcino • Red Wine

Sale expired on June 26, 2014
Modern Brunello by a Lot18-favorite Tuscan producer

Tastes like: Black cherry, raspberry
Pairs with: Grilled or roasted red meats, aged cheeses
Good for: Tasting a modern expression of a classic red
Drink this: Now through 2022
Alcohol: 14%

Tenuta Vitanza is one of my favorite Tuscan discoveries. In the past, I have offered two vintages of its Tradizione Brunello, its Rosso di Montalcino and its Chianti. Today I bring you its more modern-styled Brunello, the Firma. This wine combines the elegance and power of the winery's traditionally vinified and cask-aged version with modern oak character and concentration of dark fruit. The 2006 vintage is regarded as one of the three blockbuster, age-worthy vintages of the past decade.

—Nicole Niebisch

Nicole Niebisch has worked in the wine industry for the past decade. She started in New York restaurants as a sommelier and, prior to joining Lot18, spent five years working for Folio Fine Wine Partners, an importer and producer of wines from several of the world's top regions. Nicole holds certificates from the Society of Wine Educators and the American Sommelier Association, and the Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Read more about Nicole here, or follow her on Twitter.

2006 Tenuta Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino

Tasting Notes

The 2006 Firma Brunello di Montalcino captures aromas of black cherry, currants and plum, alongside tobacco leaf, earth, cocoa and a bit of nutmeg. On the palate, ripe black cherry and raspberry notes are balanced by racy acidity. The finish is earthy and lingers just like the 2006 Tradizione, but its tannins are broader, with a bit more traction. Drink this wine now or hold it through 2022. Decant this Brunello for an hour before serving. Pair it with grilled or roasted red meats, Black Angus burger or aged cheeses.

James Suckling

"A wine from cooler terroir with minerals, violets, blackberries and blueberries on the nose. Truffles and toffee, too. Full body, with plenty of fruit and round tannins. Hints of vanilla and cedar with cigar tobacco. Lovely wine. Best ever. Best after 2013."

Wine Spectator

"Lively and delicate, offering cherry, raspberry, floral and spice flavors, with touches of chocolate and mineral. Offers fine balance and harmony, but also well-structured, with a sweet, spicy finish. Best from 2013 through 2025. 3,300 cases made."
—Bruce Sanderson

Tenuta Vitanza Website


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