The 2006 Capanna, Brunello di Montalcino is an excellent brunello for consumption shortly after the release.
After a month of unsuccessful escapes (due to rain) into the countryside for the first day of riding this 2012 season, finally tuesday presented a promising forecast. I took a later train in from Grand Central Station and arrived just in time for a classic NY Strip steak dinner at Big Franks. In a rush (baked potatoes in oven) I had to run into the local wineshop for a reliable classic from their selection. spotted the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino from Capanna, and having tasted the 2004 and 2005, the new 2006 release sounded like a go.
The 2004 was delicious but bigger and slightly closed (will obviously benefit from bottle age) when I tasted it open release. The 2005 was a bit leaner, easy drinking and not super complex. I could have gotten a lucky day with the 2006 but it was drinking gorgeous. There was a delicious gameyness and aromatics that I didnt find in either of the other two vintages. Capanna from northern Montalcino (Montosoli) practices longer maceration (about 25 days) and ages 3 years in Slavonian Oak casks. For $45 a bottle its pretty reasonable and a great expression of approachable, traditional Sangiovese Grosso from Montalcino.
The next day followed with warmth and sun, and many turns on soft snow. Above, A view from the top of Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA. A textbook ''Ice Coast'' landscape.