Breaking the Brunello Code
Post by Chuck Hayward | February 11th, 2011
Kicking it into high gear, the JJ Buckley wine staff just booked tickets to Europe for a slew of spring tastings. The plan is to delve into the 2009 vintage in Burgundy, followed by our annual visit to Bordeaux for en primeurs where we will get our first look at the 2010 vintage. Directly after, a few of the staff will jet over to Verona to attend VinItaly and take an extensive look at the newly released 2006 Brunelli.
Important tastings are also being scheduled here in the States. The Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino recently arranged for about 40 wineries to showcase their ’06s at an event in New York. In addition to the introduction of the new wines, there were an assortment of other new releases— Rossos and a smattering of riservas. The first opportunity for many Italian wine buyers to immerse themselves in the new vintage before the official release event in Italy, my co-worker Jeff Loo and I seized the opportunity and hopped a plane to the Big Apple.