I much admire that Mondo Imports and its Fratelli D’Anna label has Tuscany as its focus. “The wines under Fratelli D’Anna represent what I like and expect out of a great variety and region. It was an idea that came about by reading Kermit Lynch’s Adventures on the Wine Route who on visiting vineyards and wineries that he imported (or liked) made offers to buy selected barrels to be finished off to his specifications. When I think of this, it takes the notion of importing wine from a region that you love, one step further.” So said Anthony D’Anna. It says it all really. Appropriately, the wine comes adorned with a label design that is just exactly right.
This wine establishes its credentials from the outset – its handshake is ever-so-firm – but once it has your attention it then entrances with delicate perfumes and soils and blossomy fruit flavours. It’s a beauty. Leathery but deep, floral, substantial, almost salty and bitter but not quite either, and with a cloth of tannin wrapped tight about it all. The sensuous side of seriousness. It’s a treat to have it bottled like this. No amelioration, no real adornment; the authority of Tuscany and of Brunello captured between pincers. Alcohol : 14%; Price : $79.99; Closure : Cork; Drink : 2015 - 2025; Rated : 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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