Tenuta Corte Pavone
91 | Rosso di Montalcino 2017
Aromas of rose, crushed aromatic herb and wild berry mingle with whiffs of scorched earth. Made with organically farmed grapes, the savory, medium-bodied palate has surprising concentration, doling out juicy black plum, ripe Morello cherry and baking spice alongside rounded, well-integrated tannins. Drink through 2022. KERIN O’KEEFE.
91 | Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Made with organically farmed grapes, this opens with pretty aromas of crushed rose, violet, perfumed berry, leather, truffle and a balsamic note. The warm palate doles out fleshy wild cherry, stewed plum, cake spice, anisette and savory herb alongside velvety tannins. It closes on a licorice note and the heat of evident alcohol. Drink 2018–2025.
93 | Brunello di Montalcino 2008
From one of the most creative. quality-minded estates in Montacino, this beautiful Brunello opens with beautiful intensity and elegant aromas of cassis, espresso bean, licorice and cola. The fruit is organically farmed and there is a touch of cherry sweetness on the finish that distinguishes it.
96 | Brunello di Montalcino 2007
This dark Brunello opens with thick concentration and balsam notes of cola, humus and eucalyptus. Despite the thick extraction, the berry aromas are delicate, with lingering wild raspberry and forest fruit. The wine shows a nice juxtaposition between its bold, masculine side and an elegant feminine one. The mouthfeel is bold, plush and powerful.
93 | Brunello di Montalcino 2006
Here’s an austere and sophisticated wine with dark notes of carob, exotic spice, cardamom pod, mesquite smoke and blackberry. The wine is soft, plush and chewy with firm tannins (that could use more time to soften) and a playful touch of acidity on the close.
93 | Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Executed in a plush modern style, this opulent Brunello offers tones of black chocolate, espresso, toast, cherry and leather. The wine’s appearance is dense and dark and there’s power and determination on the close. It’s also slightly sweet and very succulent with enduring flavors of plump cherry. Drink after 2015.
95 | Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
Loacker/Corte Pavone is on a roll of late and is making some of the finest Brunello you will find. Organic farming practices have helped shape a truly tremendous wine with deep concentration and amazing intensity. The wine is rich and velvety and bursting with bright fruit nuances. Drink after 2015.
92 | Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Made according to organic and biodynamic principles, Corte Pavone offers thick and black concentration in a modern twist on Sangiovese Grosso. It has blockbuster appeal and aromas of black cherry, mesquite smoke and Indian spice. It’s chewy and succulent and delivers a long, satisfying finish.
92 | Brunello di Montalcino 2001
A dark wine with purplish pigmentation, excellent concentration and inten sity. Has cherry, leather and loads of toasted notes that do not overwhelm. Smooth, silky and spicy in the mouth, this textbook Brunello is almost too much of a good thing. Imported by Verdoni Imports.