A couple of nights ago I arrived at the Rome airport from England with my son Jack and we drove back to my house in Tuscany. We decided that a pizza was in order, so we picked one up just before arriving home and sprinted to get it on the kitchen table to eat warm. I ran down to the cellar and grabbed the first bottle just inside the cellar door. And ran back to the kitchen. When I saw it in the light that it was a 2001 Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino, I was a little surprised.
That's a serious red for pizza, I thought to myself, but I wasn’t about to let dinner go cold while I found a more suitable bottle. So, I drank a couple of glasses with dinner. And oh how good it was! The wine was so dense, yet balanced and fresh, with wonderfully refined tannins and layers of currant and berry fruit. It was powerful and big, yet all in harmony. 95 points, non-blind. It was enjoyable that night, but it had the structure for years of improvement in the cellar.
The 2001 vintage is really exceptional for Brunello. I wish I could say the same for 2002. I tasted about 10 Brunellos from 2002 the day after in a blind tasting in my office, and although I found a number of good ones, most were disappointing.
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