The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino offers a classic interpretation of Sangiovese. The wine displays a dark crimson color with subtle ruby highlights. Dried berry, tobacco, pressed flower and pencil shavings are some of the principal components of the bouquet. You feel a pinch of tannic firmness and fresh acidity on the close. Villa le Prata makes 12,500 of this attractive base Brunello.
The Villa le Prata 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a smooth and steady red wine that emits clean pulses of dried cherry, wild berry,dark spice and savory tobacco. The wine does a good job of underlining those aromas that are so trou to Sangiovese. That sense of purity and generosity continues to the palate where the wine shows silky tannins and balanced acidity.
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino shows smooth lines and a curvaceous figure. Soft aromas of cherry, Spanish cedar, licorice, dried rosemary and roasted almond rise from the bouquet. I tried this wine during two phases, once shortly after the bottle was opened and second time 24 hours later. The evolution and softening of the wine was remarkable and is very encouraging in terms of its potential longevity. Yet, you never lose sight of that characteristic Sangiovese tartness and freshness. Drink this elegant Brunello after 2017.
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Massimo is a tight and polished red wine that offers both power and enduring sense of length. The wine opens to bright fruit tones with dark cherry and dried blueberry followed by spice, tilled earth and leather. Those savory aromas at the back help to give support and density. Villa le Prata has created a Sangiovese with impressive textural fiber that should help carry it forward over the next decade.