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Brunello di Montalcino Casanovina Montosoli Le Ragnaie 2015 (750ML)
95+ points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: "Here is a new wine from Le Ragnaie with fruit coming exclusively from the celebrated Montosoli hill. Le Ragnaie's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Casanovina Montosoli veers toward graceful tones of wild cherry, pressed blueberries and those little bluebell violets that grow deep in the forest. The aromas here are more pungent and vertical in character with cola and medicinal tones that rise directly from the top. The mouthfeel is compact and lean, with long, medium-weight staying power that leaves a precise and sharply chiseled trail of fruit flavors. This Casanovina Montosoli expression is a real treat thanks to those lingering tones of crushed mineral and smoke. These are very encouraging results. Of these new releases from Le Ragnaie, my money is on this bottle for the best cellar-aging performance. It was bottled in April 2019 and will go to market in February 2020. Some 3,500 bottles were produced." 01/20
97 Points, Eric Guido Vinous:"Dark and brooding today, the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Casanovina Montosoli lifts from the glass with an alluring display of mineral-infused black cherry, complemented by hints of mint leaf, then given further depths, as dark soil tones and a hint of animal musk develops in the glass. The 2015 races across the palate with velvety textures, yet it is somehow lifted, as notes of strawberry and cedar give way to savory herbs and minerals with pretty inner florals. The finish is long, revealing a web of complex tannins upon the senses, as hints of wild berry fruit lingers with just enough residual acids to keep the expression fresh. The 2015 is just a baby today. It shows so much tension and density, with layers of unseen depth that could one day result in this being one of the best wines of the vintage. 04/20
95 points, James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com: "So much black-cherry and fresh-mushroom character with chocolate undertones. Full body and round, chewy tannins. Spicy and decadent undertones. New wine. Better after 2022, when the tannins have softened." 11/19
97 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator: "Offering complex aromas of rose, truffle, cherry, leather, iron and licorice, this keeps coming at you, delivering ripe flavors and depth. Shows terrific balance and a long, lively aftertaste of sweet cherry, berry, mineral and savory notes. Best from 2023 through 2045. 250 cases made, 100 cases imported." Web 2020
96 Points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast:" [Cellar Selection] "Earthy aromas of underbrush, scorched earth, leather and fragrant blue flower mingle with whiffs of exotic spice on this full-bodied red. It's chewy and delicious, doling out raspberry jam, baked plum, cocoa and licorice alongside enveloping velvety tannins. It closes on a hint of dried mint. Drink 2023-2035."05/20
International Wine Reviews
98 Points, Raffaele Vecchione, International Wine Report: "Open and well laid out in the sensorial profile, this Brunello combines precision of execution and wisdom in sweet extraction with gentle notes of rose petals, orange peel, pink grapefruit and thyme. The substrate dispenses a subtle perception in perfectly controlled reduction which increases its sensory quality. Delicious on the palate with velvety tannins at the entrance to the palate that slowly ignite and recover the desired progression. Better since 2022." 03/20.