International Wine Report: 93pts
A dark, powerful wine, the 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia shows the more virile, potent side of Brunello. Smoke, tar, licorice, incense and generous dark-fleshed fruit notes flesh out as this ample, large-scaled Brunello shows off its distinctive personality. The 2009 can be enjoyed now, but it will be even better in another few years, once the tannins have softened a bit further. Even with time, the 2009 will be a wine that speaks to power more than finesse. Still, the Ugolaia is one of the better wines for what was a very challenging year in Montalcino.