I ran into a group of Wine Spectator readers visiting Napa last week while dining at Oenotri, the new Italian restaurant in downtown Napa, a few blocks from our Napa office.
About midway through dinner, the sommelier said the visitors from Seattle wanted me to try one of their wines. It turned out to be a stunner, Valdicava’s 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva, a textural masterpiece, with deep, rich, riveting fruit that echoed blackberries, currants and exotic spices.
My friend and I returned the favor, sending them our decanter of 2007 Keplinger Grenache Red Slope from Knights Valley, a delightful wine dancing with vivid red berry flavors.
Even though I only had a sip or two of the Brunello, that was all I needed. This remains a brilliant wine from a great vintage, one that would satisfy any lover of great wine. This wine has years and likely decades ahead of it! 98 points, non-blind.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review and see the current auction price for Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva 2001 (100 points, $175 on release).
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