Vinous – 96
Gianfranco Soldera’s 2006 Sangiovese is the last cask released during a tumultuous period for the estate that saw six vintages of wine in oak destroyed by a disgruntles former employee. Soldera first released his 2006 as Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, but became so infuriated with his colleague producers in the aftermath of the loss of his wine that he left the appellation and decided to bottle all of his future wines as simply Sangiovese. In the glass, the 2006 Sangiovese is exquisitely perfumed and lifted, with subtle layers of flavour that develop over time, and superb balance. Today, the 2006 is pure finesse.