Should all ‘young’ Brunellos be tannic? – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Should all ‘young’ Brunellos be tannic?

I bought a 'cheaper' bottle of 2014 Brunello (about $50 in Quebec, whereas the majority of them go for around $100. At the time, I thought this was a standard price for Brunello – i wasn't looking for a 'cheap' one). Anyway, it was quite nice but was very light and fruity, with a medium red colour. However most of the information about Brunello is that it's dark and tannic (hence the need to age it for a few decades).

It didn't taste like a 'cheap' wine, but i'm wondering if the lack of deep colour and tannins indicate that i bought a lower-quality Brunello, or can a Brunello/Sangiovese-based wine also be lighter and fruitier?

thanks, and Santé!


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