Dominik Mueller

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2006 Crociani Rosso di Montepulciano

Tasting note

2006 Crociani Rosso di Montepulciano

Purple-red in the centre with a brick-red rim. Still red fruits on the nose. Cherry, dried red plum. Dried herbs, also a touch balsamic. Vanilla and wood sweetness tell of the maturation in barrel. In addition to the not so intense fruit flavours, I find tertiary notes of autumn leaves. Juicy on the palate with a medium body, silky tannins and medium acidity. Sour cherry and raspberry flavours. Somewhat thin and short on the finish, a little blood orange. Still very enjoyable, but on the decline. Drink up soon.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Wednesday, 6 March 2024.


89Wines with a DM87 to DM89 rating are very good wines, more or less above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They have no flaw whatsoever. Moreover, they have a good balance, elegant tannin structure and a well-integrated acidity. These are wines that I will happily drink up and buy for my own cellar. Then what keeps them from getting a rating in the 90s? While above average and good in practically every way, wines in the DM87 to DM89 range may still not be exceptional in a way that they make you pause and think 'What a wonderful wine this is!' In WSET terms, wines with a DM89 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 2.5 WSET score.
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2.5Wines with a 2.5 WSET rating are 'good' or 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.5 usually get around 89 to 90 DM points.
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3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2006
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Sangiovese
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Appellation:Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
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