“The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino blends richness, ripeness and refinement to create a model of total balance. At first, it’s dark, earthy and herbal; yet with time in the glass, a massive wave of black cherry, raspberry, sage and a grounding note of undergrowth comes forward. In the mouth, it coats all that it touches in silky, cool-toned textures, giving way to ripe red/black fruits complemented by spiced citrus, as nuances of lavender and tobacco form. While this feels round and pliant throughout, fine-grain tannins slowly saturate, sneaking up and reminding you of just how young the 2016 really is today. Hints of baker’s chocolate, licorice and a twang of tart blackberry resonate - wow, does it ever end? Drink: 2026-2040. 96+ points.” –Eric Guido, Vinous, Nov. 2020
VARIETY: 100% Sangiovese selected from Montalcino.
PRODUCTION AREA: Vineyards in Castelnuovo dell'Abate, at elevations of 150-350 metres on well-exposed hillslopes south-east of Montalcino.
ORGANOLEPTIC CHARACTERISTICS: Elegant and well balanced, powerful, but clean and smooth and a dynamic rising finale.
AGEING: Maturation in Slavonian and French oak barrels for a minimum of 24 months, in special vintages up to 36 months
AFFINAGE: Bottle ageing for a minimum of 6 months before released for sale.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Roast and stewed red meats, game, aged cheeses.
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