Winexpert's Selection Italian Brunello with grape skins is a dark-cherry color with highlights of gorgeous ruby-garnet. Bold, yet supple, the big, smoky-earthy nose of ultra-ripe cherry and currant-like fruit gives way to a hint of tar and cracked black pepper, cedar, whiffs of licorice, leather, and also plums and black cherries, followed by a richly tannic, long, long finish. The super concentrated flavors are generous even in youth, but this sensational wine is sensational after six months to a year. Good acidity makes this a very food friendly wine: like many Italian reds, Brunello shines in the company of assertively flavored foods. Osso buco and veal piccata are splendid accompaniments, as are hard cheeses such as asiago and Pecorino Romano. Its firm backbone of acids and tannins make it work well with rich and spicy foods like Italian sausages or lasagna.
Ready in six weeks.
Oak - Medium
Body - Medium-Full
Sweetness - Dry
Alcohol by Volume 13.0-13.5%
The addition of a grape skin pack enhances not only the body, mouth-feel, tannin, and color of the wine, it does so without increasing the need for extra aging. These wines drink very well soon after bottling and will improve on the same scale as regular Selection International: 6 - 12 months to achieve a high peak of flavor and improvement for several years under good cellaring.
18 Liter Wine Kit. Makes 6 gallons or approximately 30 bottles.