Packaged with a blue wax capsule and a chunky glass bottle, the Tenute Silvio Nardi 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Vigneto Manachiara opens to an inky dark appearance. The very first thing I noticed is the high alcohol content of the wine, measured here at 15.5%, which proves a distraction. The fruit is rich and concentrated, and there is a lot of oak spice and toast at the back. The tannins are dry
Holiday spice, lavender, crushed plums and worn leather can all be found as the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Vigneto Manachiara comes to life in the glass. This is pure elegance on the palate, silky-smooth and soothing with ripe red and hints of blue fruit, as fine-grained tannins slowly creep in toward the close. It leaves a youthfully tart concentration while finishing structured and classically dry, as pretty inner florals and hints of licorice slowly fade.
Polished and perfumed nose of hazelnuts, chocolate strawberries, sage, cherries and Spanish cedar. Firm and structured, with a full body enveloping just-ripe fruit and chocolate. All balanced by bright acidity. Refined. This would score even higher with a longer finish, but fantastic nonetheless.
Vanilla and toasty oak aromas and flavors are wrapped around a core of cherry, plum and tobacco in this stylish red. With air, the oak recedes and a mineral element emerges. Shows fine balance and a lingering finish.