Vigna Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2003
This fine restaurant-quality imported wine is not available at LCBO stores.
The Cerbaia vineyards are located on a breezy, northwest-facing slope in close proximity to the hilltop village of Montalcino. They thus enjoy a relatively cool microclimate, resulting in healthy, optimally ripened grapes. With meticulous adherence to best viticulture practices, Azienda Agricola Cerbaia specializes in limited production of high-quality Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.
Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese.
Origin: Montalcino DOCG.
Aging: 4 years in oak barrels, then at least 6 months in the bottle for refinement.
Tasting Notes: From the unusually warm 2003 Vintage, Dark garnet, turning pale mahogany at the rim. A deep and complex nose with ripe cherry, dried fruits, violets, tar, autumn forest and licorice. The medium bodied palate reveals layers of dried fruits, savoury notes with a round, silky mouth feel and a long, fruit driven finish. Serve with Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin, with Apple Chutney and Port Jus.
--Gary Stinson, sommelier (Dec 2014).
Food Pairing: This is a "huge" and complex wine, wonderful for sipping and enjoying on its own. Also excellent with aged cheeses and cold cuts, meaty main dishes, roasted meats and game.
Serving Temperature: 18-20°C is the optimal serving temperature for Brunello. It should be decanted (or at least uncorked) and allowed to "breathe" for a few hours before serving. This will bring out its complex flavours and soften its tannins for ultimate enjoyment.
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