Bob Fyke

Brunello, and other Tuscan reds, are home base for me. I enjoy wines from many other regions as well, and love to organize,and participate in, wine themed dinners in NYC. Twitter @brunellobob Visit my blog at

Top Brunello

I am inclined toward the more rustic and elegant manifestations of Brunello, and believe these to be the greatest expression of the DOCG. This style has the lion's share on the list, with Soldera standing solidly above all others. Still, you will find wines on the list that have been labeled by some as  "New World" or "Modern". These are here for two reasons: 1- They are complex, well made wines that are just plain impressive. 2- They are built like a brick house, with all the components in place for long aging and great complexity when mature. The classic example of the latter is Valdicava. While prices are a bit varied, each is worth the price of admission. This list shows specific examples from producers that I would recommend in most vintages. Enjoy!

3. Antinori Pian Della Brunel 04 Sangiovese Italy (2004)

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I do not "gush" easily about a wine, but I am tempted to do so in the case of this beauty. I expected nice, but not THIS nice. Double decanted 4 hrs in advance. Dense reddish purple. A nice round nose of charbroiled meat, rich earth and a pleasant little dairy note. Solid. Medium to full bodied with good integration. Black cherry and blackberry with a mineral/earth/leather undertone. A very pleasant bite of acid followed by firm tannins and a long warm finish. Seems to be full of vigor for improvement in the next few years. I'll try to hold on to my last remaining bottle for a while, dispite my strong desire to pop it now. (10/18/2006)
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