A Brunello that Won’t Break the Bank
Life is returning to normal after the long holiday weekend. David Bloch kicks things off with a bottle of Brunello.
2001 La Poderina, Brunello di Montalcino
There are many, many producers of Brunello. Indeed, there has been an explosion of producers which may have “devalued” Brunello as a special wine. La Poderina is not a newcomer. I began to drink Brunello about 20 vintages ago. There have been some really poor vintages, and many good and some great ones. 2001 is widely regarded as a great vintage. Is this a great wine – no. But what La Poderina produces is a real value play in a region with some really overpriced wines. This 2001 provides all that one wants from an aged Brunello: notes of sweet fruit and tobacco on the nose; followed by tart sweet cherries, some smoke and leather in the mouth, with a persistent finish. At under $40 at release, this provides a very authentic Brunello experience. The wine is now entering its middle age and will easily hold in a cold cellar for another 5 years+.