- 1997 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
5th time I have had this. Decanted for about 2 hours before we tried it. This put pon substantial weight and depth with time. Some bricking in the color. Wonderful mouthfeel as always. Notes of licorice, fennel and black cherries. The most elegant of the 3 1997 Brunellos poured. Great match with the steaks. Approachable tannins. The depth in this wine is what set it apart. This wine is not fading. 95 points.
- 1997 Fattoria di Sant'Angelo (Lisini) Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
2nd time I've had this wine. Decanted for 2 hours. Brickish red color. It was the lightest in color of the 3 wines. This wine had wet earth and slate on the nose. Moderate tannins. This was also the fruitiest of the 3 Brunello's. Notes of cherry, wild berries and currants with some raw meat on the finish. Drinking well and still going strong. 92-93 points.
- 1997 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
This was opened by our friends. I have not had this wine since its release in 2002. Back then it was hugely tannic and probably the most powerful Brunello I had tried from the 1997 vintage. This was decanted for about 3 hours. It was the darkest in color of the 3 wines. A blackish red hue. Qualitatively it was right up there with the Ciacci. Full bodied with firm tannins. Notes of black pepper, chocolate, boysenberry and a floral aspect. Although I enjoyed this wine very much, in my opinion it could still use some time and there is room for improvement. 94-95 points.