BYOB Brunello

Dave and Alice Roggi were in on Friday, 7:45 p.m., table 30, and they brought a 1997 Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montallcino. I liked the way it was drinking. It had great secondary aromas and flavors — almost syrah-like on the nose — and the body and tannins had developed into that delicious old wine softness. Dennis and the Roggis thought it had lost some of its fruit, but after 11 years, what do you expect?

I visited Tuscany in the spring of 2008, when all anyone was talking about was the vintage of the century. I am unfamiliar with this producer and whether he was one of those who was discovered blending in unauthorized grapes, which caused the Brunello scandal earlier in the summer.

Parker gave it an 87 in 2002. Here’s the review:

An elegant, modern-styled offering, Nardi’s 1997 Brunello displays notions of espresso roast, sweet and sour cherries, dried herbs, and tobacco. Medium-bodied and open-knit, it’s a pretty but essentially short, compact effort. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.

I wish it were an 89, then I could put it on the 89project.


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