Wine Spectator #4: Lowest Price in the Nation

Posted by Ian McFadden

One of the Best of 2011...
2006 Campogiovanni
Brunello di Montalcino
Wine Spectator #4 - Lowest Price in the Nation

"I think 2006 is THE greatest modern vintage for Sangiovese..." -James Suckling

In between our diatribes on Burgundy, our revelations in obscurity (Jura, Sherry, Savoie, etc) and our never-ending obsession with German and Austrian Riesling, we are more than happy to indulge in good ole hedonism, when the opportunity presents itself.

Campogiovanni's 2006 Brunello is the Wine Spectator's #4 "Wine of the Year" for 2011 and today we are bringing a small parcel to the table at the lowest price in the nation.

It's cold out there - feel free to indulge.

This is Sangiovese that is plush and opulent, rich saturating dark fruit, herbs, spices. This is a "wow" Brunello, plain and simple... and it comes with a very, very reasonable tariff given the acclaim. (Ignore the $90 prices out there - those are admittedly crazy... still, $45 a bottle is about as low as you'll ever see this.)

Whether this vintage is the greatest or just one of the greatest, there is no denying the 2006s. These are powerful Brunellos with elegance, depth with finesse and seriously, if you are a Brunello fan this is about as good as it'll ever be.

Frankly, this is for more than just Brunello collectors: If you are a fan of the Southern Rhone, of Chateauneuf-du-Pape or the serious reds of California, this is worth a try.

The best of the 2006 Brunellos are wines with a fun duality: pop and pour now and you will be overwhelmed... a decant will help, for sure, but there is already no denying the enveloping aromatics. On the palate the 2006 Campogiovanni flaunts beautiful, layered dark fruit that runs the gamut from black cherry to raspberry, finely woven with smoke and spice with great detail... great integration.

On the other hand, Campogiovanni's Brunellos age very well - we've had a number of bottles from the late 1980s and early 1990s that have been beautiful; more lithe in mouthfeel but every bit as complex and layered and nuanced. Especially in 2006, this is a wine that should easily see its 20th birthday, if cellared properly.

This is a blockbuster Brunello and a righteous deal. Quantities are limited and they'll go quickly so all orders are subject to confirmation today. Give us your maximum order and we'll do our best.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2006 San Felice
Brunello di Montalcino Campogiovanni