A few days ago I bought one bottle to try to see how much I would buy. Yesterday I opened it up. I tasted immediately and was overwhelmed by the tartness of this wine. I decanted the wine, then my wife and I tasted it over the next six hours.
I do not know how these professional raters rate all these Brunello's right at release. Many of them are very closed and nowhere near ready to enjoy. This wine never did open up and at this particular stage I couldn't score it more than an 80. Perhaps JS is rating the wine on potential, I don't know.
All I know is that I loved the 97 from release until about 6 months ago when I believe it went into it's "dumb" phase. I cannot imagine that this 99 is already in that stage, but it showed me absolutely nothing other than tartness and an occasional tobacco note. Seemed very thin and flat compared to the 97.
In 4-5 years this may be a fabulous wine, I'm not sure. But since I can still buy the 97 at the same price as the 99, I believe I'll be stocking up on more of the 97 instead of the 99.