94 Points Wine Advocate: The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino presents an alluring, seductive bouquet of sweet herbs, licorice, crushed flowers, mint and minerals. This mid-weight, graceful Brunello needs time in the glass to show off its pedigree, but it is a classic, understated wine graced with exquisite finesse. The wine puts on weight with air, filling out its frame very nicely, with waves of fruit that caress the palate all the way through to the harmonious, resonant finish. This substantial, firm Brunello will require patience, but its potential is amply evident, even today.
Overall, 2006 stands out in terms of quality and elegance. This is not an overblown or overpowering vintage. Instead, as a group, the wines show balanced acidity, tight tannins (that in most cases will require from 5 to 10 years of cellar aging to soften) and beautiful aromas that speak highly of Sangiovese Grosso (the clone of Sangiovese used to make Brunello). Those nuances include fresh wild berries, cassis, dark cherry, almond, moist earth, tobacco and pressed blue flowers.
94 Points Wine Enthusiast: Opulent and plush with rich blueberry flavors backed by cherry, chocolate and soft sweet exotic spice.