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Siro Pacenti - Brunello di Montalcino
Opened for 2 hours prior to drinking; not decanted. Dark red color beginning to show some age at the rim. Not yielding much on the nose; even quite a bit of swirling only able to pull some faint red fruit and flower aromas. On the palate, this wine possesses good acidity, though the flavors are light at best; not much mid-palate as this wine lacks intensity and persistence. This bottle may be atypical, but based on this result, I'd begin to drink remaining 2001s soon. Decanting may have improved aromas and flavors, but this bottle was a bit disappointing. Definitely didn't show nearly as well as bottle tried in 2011.
Casanova di Neri - Brunello di Montalcino
Opened 2 hours prior to drinking; not decanted. Dark red-black color. Aromas definitely no longer primary as decaying leaves, some mushroom, and stewed fruits dominate. On the palate, this wine has good structure - still good dollops of acid and tannin; also possesses a fairly long finish. This is a big Brunello; not for those looking for bight and juicy primary flavors.
Argiano - Solengo
Opened 2 hours prior to drinking; not decanted. Dark red-black color, starting to show a bit of orange/brown at the rim. Aromas of dark fruits with a good dose of oak. On the palate, flavors of dark fruits delivered in a medium-weight wine. Moderate finish. Don't think that this wine will improve, and probably should be drunk over next few years.
Pupille - Saffredi
Opened for 2 hours prior to drinking; not decanted. Dark red-black color. Aromas of black fruits and some chocolate and spicy oak. On the palate, rich flavors of dark fruits; good balance of acid and tannin. Moderate finish. Very enjoyable now, but probably many years still ahead for near-peak drinking.
Pierre Peters - Blanc de Blancs Cuvee de Reserve
Popped and poured; drank over 2 hours. Very pale yellow color with persistent bubbles. On the nose some citrus and apple with faint whiffs of yeast. On the palate, very racy citrus and green apple flavors. This is a very bright wine with strong acidity and minerality. A strong blanc de blancs.