2005 Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino

Hello friends. This is a quick turnaround, even by our standards. I tasted this wine yesterday, and it’s getting delivered tomorrow (I have to place our final order tomorrow morning, but I’ll build in some buffer for latecomers).

Why the urgency?

1. This wine just saw a *huge* price drop.
2. I know I’m not the only account around town who tasted this yesterday.
3. It’s Brunello, eight years past vintage, from a solid producer. For $30.

How big a price drop, you ask? Well, you can see here that this wine is selling for $55 in Seattle, and the lowest price is $47 in Portland.

Why the price drop? I didn’t ask. Sometimes it’s best to say thank you, step slowly away, and run back to your computer. But it’s not for lack of a positive review:

Wine Enthusiast (Monica Larner): “($60); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

The wine is in a terrific place. It begins with a nose of smoky, peaty earth, black cherry, and maturing notes of mushroom and game and leather. The palate has a deeply earthy character, rounded out with black cherry, tarry notes, truffle, and a bit of floral lift. Loads of complexity, as this melds plenty of primary fruit and tertiary characteristics. The tannins are still big and rustic, and it picks up steam across the palate, rolling into a long, dusty/earthy finish. 100% Sangiovese Grosso, of course, with miles left in the tank.

First come first served up to 24 bottles, and the wine should arrive tomorrow, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.

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