Brunello di Montalcino 2017, the mastery of the producers comes out in a difficult year.

Not everything that shines is gold just as the wine production in 2017 is surely not to be forgotten.

Montalcino yet again shows itself to be the master of management during an anomalous year in Italy and produced harmonic, balanced wines of great workmanship.

The best consultant enologists are here, as are many of the most charismatic producers in the country and the pedoclimatic conditions are envied around the world. A perfect mix of factors which can overcome any climatic or epidemic adversary.

The 2017 vintage has been highly criticised due to the various difficulties it suffered starting with the bad frosts in April, very late and totally unexpected, then the prolonged drought (some areas didn’t get any rain for over nine months) and for the really high temperatures during July and August.

Not a perfect or easy year above all for the drastic decrease in yield with losses of up to 35-40% of the volume produced in the winery. Worse still was that during the tastings the wines made by a good part of the producers didn’t mirror the qualitative standards they are used to, so therefore less single varieties, less selections and obviously less bottles overall were produced.

In the chaos of that vintage however there’s one thing that constantly repeats itself every year: the great producers will do anything to make great wines and will adopt any lawful and ethical method possible to do so.

The 2017 vintage will be on the market from January 2022.

For the first time the previews of the Brunello di Montalcino Consortium were brought forward in order to give the Italian and international journalists the opportunity to taste the vintage before it was released on the market, a trend that was started some years ago by the international wine critic gurus. Actually this makes a lot of sense and we are happy about this choice. The key is to try to bottle as early as possible in order to arrive at this date in the best form. Of course the wine cannot be forced and if it isn’t ready the producer can choose not to present their wines in the allotted time window.

The 2017 vintage is warm and generous; enveloping wines with good material which is well reflected in the matrices. The production of wines with dry or herbaceous tannins was strictly avoided, the major part of the producers hit the spot with the harvest and the shortened maceration times has allowed for the correct extraction of the poliphenolic components.

Overall the average quality is high, even more so than in more emblazoned years because it was impossible for the producers to experiment or try new things. This difficult year took no prisoners, it wasn’t forgiving.

For this reason the macerations were more or less similar on all sides, the barrels used were primarily used ones and the attention dedicated to the production was very high. Isn’t it true of all of us that we relax a little in easy times but give it our all in times of difficulty?

The wines produced are well dosed with strength, freshness and tannicity, the perception of the last being lower than usual and without doubt will make a large part of the national and international consumers happy.

Two wines impressed us for their precision of execution and brilliance of fruit during our tastings at the end of October. Simply beautiful, they had everything in the right place and confirmed that in the most difficult years the small productions and very careful selection of the grapes, grown on lands that are predisposed to hold water, can certainly create strong emotions with the production of wines over brief or medium-long periods.

La Magia Brunello di Montalcino Ciliegio and Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie are the two best wines produced in Montalcino in the 2017 vintage.

Il Ciliegio is a single vineyeard at 450 metres a.s.l. Harvested much earlier than usual, about two weeks earlier than the normal date and matured for three years in French oak barrels. For the first time the blend used one tonneau of 500 litres and another with wider ribs of 600 litres. A tiny production of 1100 bottles.

Madonna delle Grazie is the great wine produced by Il Marroneto. From a North facing vineyard of 1.68 hectares situated at 400 metres a.s.l. it produces a very elegant and decidedly complex wine. The vinification in Allier oak barrels and the high alcoholic fermentation temperature characterise the first phase of production of this label. The refinement for around 41 months in 25hl oak barrels and the next 10 months in the bottle is the second phase, producing a territorial expression of extraordinary workmanship.

Equally impressive are the wines produced by Padelletti, Tassi, Cortonesi and Cava d’Onice following on from the commendable work done by previous producers, to which we can add the ever consistent Fuligni, Giodo and La Rasina.

Great growth from Padelletti, a big change is finally paying off after some static years for this little producer from the Northern slopes of Montalcino. Il Colombaio di Tassi is a very precise wine, rich in identity, we can’t wait to get to know it better close up. Cortonesi consolidates the level of quality of their production, taking a step ahead of what we were used to. We are still in the Northern area (following Il Marroneto and Padelletti) and here young Tommaso has done everything in the best possible way both in the vineyard and in the cellar.

Cava d’Onice as we know is one of the big ones in the denomination, confirming the ground-breaking work started in 2015 and showing everyone that it’s not just a shooting star but will continue to shine in the constellation of galactic wines in Montalcino from now on.

Wines to drink now, wines to drink over a qualitative apex of between 4-6 years, without doubt wines that will drink well after 8 or more years.

Thirty years ago the grapes didn’t mature and now we want to say that the year is too hot and dry?

I would definitely say no, let’s talk about the beauty of every single year and taste a lot of wines before we give risky judgements. Our sincere thanks for all the great work done at Montalcino by all the producers.

Following are the scores and notes for all the 2017 vintage wines tasted at Montalcino:


Red Wines

Producer Denomination Wine Vintage Score Type
La Magia Brunello di Montalcino Ciliegio 2017 97 Red

Decidedly elegant in the sensory profile alternating the beauty of wilted red flowers with notes of green mandarin, mixed tea leaves, incense and calendula. Medium to full bodied, very fine grain tannins perfectly integrated in the matrix and a finale that gives the quality of a select few. The difficult year didn’t even remotely touch the matrix of this wine which is destined to age in the best of ways. Incredible. Better from 2022.

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie 2017 97 Red

Sweet and persuasive in the glass this young Brunello smacks of precision of execution with notes of rose petals, grapefruit juice, linden blossom, mandarin rind and green mandarin. Full bodied, perfectly mature, integrated tannins and a warm, enveloping finale, precise and very elegant. One of the best Brunello in the tasting. Impossible to resist from the start but better from 2022.

Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino 2017 96 Red

Fascinating and decidedly complex showing notes of black prunes, fondant chocolate, Indian spices and burnt mandarin rind. Full bodied, admirably polymerized tannins and a finale of incredible drinkability, exciting quality in the tertiary profile and progressive. A small but great masterpiece from Montalcino in a decidedly difficult year. Better from 2022.

La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2017 96 Red

Deep and decidedly spicy in the primary profile showing notes of black prunes, liquorice, black pepper, wild blackberries and sour cherries. Full bodied, very fine grain tannins decidedly noble in quality and in the polymerization and a solid, compact finale that shows strength and distension. A true joy. Better from 2022.

Tassi Brunello di Montalcino Colombaio 2017 96 Red

Incredibly lively and genuine in the primary profile showing notes of cherries, sour cherries, strawberries, mixed red flowers and vanilla. Full bodied, very fine grain velvety tannins and a finale of extraordinary workmanship that shows all its depth in a very smooth manner. Better from 2023.

Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino 2017 96 Red

Profound and extremely complex showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, salted caramel, black tea leaves, camphor, mandarin rind, chinotto and Indian spices. Full bodied, fine grain, rounded tannins and a juicy, fluid finale that closes both smooth and dynamic. It closes elegant and modern and shows great workmanship in a difficult year. Better from 2022.

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2017 96 Red

Elegant and decidedly distended in the sensory profile alternating the sweet notes of delicate lavender flowers, hibiscus, hawthorn, rose petals, magnolia and gardenias with hints of dried cherries and linden. Medium to full bodied, clustered tannins and a finale of remarkable progression that describes beauty with every return to the glass. Better from 2022.

Cava d’Onice Brunello di Montalcino Sensis 2017 96 Red

Eclectic and decidedly fresh and balsamic showing elegant notes of hibiscus, lavender, wild violet, peppermint and eucalyptus. Full bodied, perfectly mature, integrated tannins and a finale of notable beauty and precision of execution. A Brunello 2017 with character and tension. Better from 2023.

Pietroso Brunello di Montalcino 2017 95 Red

Fascinating and decidedly elegant in the floral profile alternating hints of camphor, magnolia, hawthorn, agapanthus and linden. The crushed stone blends with notes of geraniums and red prunes and augments the sensory workmanship. Full bodied, biting tannins, juicy and fine grained and a finale that closes slightly bitter but will extend over time. Better from 2023.

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2017 95 Red

Intact and with a decisive character showing notes of black prunes, chinotto, black tea leaves and cardamom. Medium to full bodied, light tannins of good workmanship and a luminous finale that will continue to lengthen over time. Better from 2022.

Giodo Brunello di Montalcino 2017 95 Red

Elegant and noble showing a complex sensory profile reminiscent of sour cherries, red prunes, agapanthus flowers, mandarin rind and cumin. Full bodied, light tannins and a finale in the classic mold showing quality in each important sip and a great desire to return to the glass. Better from 2022.

Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Piero 2017 95 Red

A lot of red berried fruits dominate the primary scene and blend with hints of lime, chamomile and mandarin rind. There’s more with the beauty of bergamot and linden blossom which set the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied, fine grain light tannins and a decidedly pleasurable, distended finale. Better from 2022.

San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Podernovi 2017 95 Red

Shining and bright in the primary matrix showing notes of red prunes, strawberries, camphor, mixed white wilted flowers and peppermint. Full bodied, incredibly fine tannins, precise in the extraction and a radiant, essential finale that make authenticity and balance its main weapons. Better from 2023.

Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2017 95 Red

Intriguing and sensual in the multifaceted matrix showing notes of hibiscus, agapanthus, hawthorn, cherries, lemon blossom, magnolia and crushed stone. Medium bodied, tannins velvety in their attack on the palate and a decidedly smooth, performing finale of remarkable beauty. Splendid. Better from 2022.

Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 95 Red

Incandescent, showing a complex, intriguing nose which is thrilling. The geraniums blend with cloves, un-ripe sour cherries, lime rind and hot crushed stone. Full bodied, velvety tannins of commendable beauty on the palate and a long, noble finale which closes in great form with smoothness and character. Better from 2022.

Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto 2017 95 Red

Shining and extremely captivating in the primary matrix alternating notes of cherries, prunes, strawberries, sandalwood, lemon rind and wild thyme. Medium to full bodied, fine grain light tannins and a smooth, iconic finale, unsettling in its drinkability and complexity. Better from 2023.

Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino 2017 95 Red

Very concentrated in the primary profile showing notes of raspberries, blackcurrants, cherries, pomegranate lavender in flower and agapanthus. Fresh and vibrant on the nose showing a medium to full body, perfectly mature, integrated tannins and a finale of super-fine beauty and elegance. Better from 2022.

Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino La Mannella 2017 95 Red

Sensual and decidedly floral showing notes of lavender, hibiscus, grapefruit, rose petals and rosemary. The elegance of the matrix is highlighted and confirmed in the notes of mandarin juice and the white flowers of magnolia and hawthorne. Medium to full bodied, tannins light and incredibly graceful in the sip and a sinuous, distended finale which makes enjoyability its primary weapon. Better from 2022.

Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino Poggiarelli 2017 95 Red

Mature and decidedly pleasurable in the sensory bouquet alternating notes of raspberries, blackcurrants, geraniums, cherries, mandarin blossom and black prunes. Chinotto and black tea leaves describe the secondary profile. Full bodied, fine grain soft tannins and a spicy, complex finale that closes harmonically and with medium persistency. Spicy and hot in the closure showing strength and character. Better from 2023.

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia 2017 95 Red

Noble and very elegant showing mixed floral and fruit notes reminiscent of geraniums, hibiscus, red prunes, burnt orange rind, cinchona and wet earth. Full bodied, perfectly mature tannins integrated in the matrix and an iconic finale. A reference point for the denomination in a difficult year. Better from 2023.

Cava d’Onice Brunello di Montalcino Colombaio 2017 95 Red

Incandescent on the nose showing notes of white pepper, crushed stone, chalk, talcum, mandarin blossom, lime rind and wilted linden. The background shines thanks to the beauty of wild thyme and citronella. Medium to full bodied, soft tannins of notable beauty and a finale which will come out over time. Better from 2023.

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2017 95 Red

Graphite, talcum and chalk are the primary scents of remarkable beauty and rarity which describe the primary profile of this young Brunello. In the secondary matrix notes of salted caramel, chopped almonds and mixed white flowers which suggest magnolia, hawthorn and jasmine slowly emerge. Full bodied, fine grain soft tannins and a juicy, biting finale which motivates a return to the glass. Professionals in a difficult year. Better from 2023.

Celestino Pecci Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Carro 2017 94 Red

Very mature and concentrated offering notes of wet geraniums, slightly dried red prunes, withered hibiscus flowers, cut cedar and rose petals. In the background Indian spices envelop the primary profile making it more complex with hints of coriander, cumin and white pepper. Full bodied, soft and enveloping, closing strong and decidedly spicy. Impossible to resist! Better from 2023.

La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino La Pieve 2017 94 Red

Balsamic on the first impact showing hints of mixed white flowers, peppermint, eucalyptus leaves, bergamot and green mandarin. Medium to full bodied, juicy and fulfilling in the sip showing commendably polymerized tannins and a really progressive finale. How lovely. Better from 2022.

Verbena Brunello di Montalcino Le Pope 2017 94 Red

Very sweet on the nose showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, cinnamon powder and icing sugar. Full bodied, biting tannins of a rustic character and a tense, vibrant finale. It doesn’t accept compromises in respect to the previous year, it works hard towards the search for elegance and depth as opposed to horizontality and opulence. Better from 2023.

Fanti Brunello di Montalcino Vallocchio 2017 94 Red

Incandescent on the nose in the best meaning of the term, alternating notes of sandalwood, incense, black prunes, blackberries and wet wood. The background is spicy recording notes of bread crust, cumin and black pepper. Full bodied, fine grain soft tannins and a noble, elegant finale, thrilling in every sip. Beautiful now but better from 2022.

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Marrucheto 2017 94 Red

Deep and dark in the primary profile showing notes of bleck prunes, incense, dates, sweet caramel and roasted hazelnuts. Full bodied, incredibly refined soft tannins and a finale that gives beauty in every sip and demands a return to the glass. Splendid now but better from 2023.

Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Warm and deep in the sensory profile showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, wild myrtle, salted caramel and burnt mandarin rind. Full bodied, soft tannins perfectly integrated in the matrix and a sincere, genuine finale which uses persistency on the palate as its main weapon. Better from 2022.

Tassi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Precise and essential in the primary profile showing notes of red prunes, cherries, camphor and mandarin blossom. Medium bodied, well matured, light tannins and the finale to the closure elegant and composed. Delicious now but it will be better from 2023 onwards.

La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Very mature and concentrated in the primary profile showing notes of sour cherries, fondant chocolate, sweet caramel, dates and black tea leaves. Full bodied, soft tannins of notable beauty and a hot, spicy finale which closes erect and with vertical progression. Better from 2022.

La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino Persante 2017 94 Red

Extremely captivating in the primary profile showing notes of black prunes, cloves, coriander, fondant chocolate and bay. Full bodied, biting tannins with vibrant character and a finale of a horizontal and opulent nature, commendably interpreted. Better from 2022.

Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

This young, arrogant Brunello vibrates with red notes which tell of raspberries, blackcurrants, cherries and lemon rind. Medium bodied, light tannins and a juicy finale of great quality. How lovely. It needs time in the bottle. Better from 2023.

Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino Paesaggio Inatteso 2017 94 Red

Giving beauty in the mixed floral and fruit scents reminiscent of lavender, rose petals, violets and ripe strawberries. Full bodied, precise tannins, extremely velvety in the tasting and a warm, enveloping finale whose character and personality will be enjoyed by everybody. Better from 2022.

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Slightly shy on first impact showing notes of mandarin juice, geraniums, magnolia and elderflowers. Delicate and persuasive with a medium body, light tannins and a genuine finale, only a little retouched that asks for a return to the glass. Very subtle alcoholic perception in the after-tasting, without that it would be one of the best from 2017 without a shadow of doubt. Better from 2022.

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2017 94 Red

Fascinating and decidedly complex in the sensory profile showing notes of black prunes, cumin, coriander, juniper berries, black tea leaves and fondant chocolate. In the background nuances of bergamot and green mandarin dominate the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied, light tannins of great workmanship and a warm, enveloping finale, decidedly spicy in the after-tasting. Better from 2023.

San Lorenzo Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Intriguing and decidedly brilliant in the primary matrix showing notes of cherries, red prunes, lemon blossom, linden, wild thyme and toasted hazelnuts. A very subtle presence of new wood which reveals itself slowly in the glass. Full bodied, incredibly gentle and refined tannins and a finale of commendable beauty. A wine which is a point of reference for the denomination and a winemaker who was able to interpret the vintage in the best possible manner. Better from 2022.

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2017 94 Red

Very open in the primary profile showing notes of black prunes, black tea leaves, camphor, burnt mandarin rind and marjoram. Full bodied, light tannins of pleasant workmanship and a finale in the radiant, essential mold. Better from 2023.

Renieri Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Open and decidedly noble in the primary profile showing notes of red prunes, strawberries, mandarin rind, red flowers and crushed chalk. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a warm, enveloping finale, splendid drinkability and a precise character. Better from 2022.

Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Powerful and mature showing a centred, solid character with scents of black prunes, blackberries, wild myrtle leaves, salted caramel, green olives and incense. The white pepper and orange juice dominate the secondary scene and add to the complexity. Full bodied, fine grain soft tannins and a decidedly vibrant, savoury finale. Better from 2022.

Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta 2017 94 Red

Sensual and very feminine in the primary character alternating notes of hibiscus, geranium, wolted linden, rose petals, dog rose and cumin. In the background the notes of sandalwood and salted caramel fill up the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied, admirably mature tannins and a finale of harmonic distension which closes hot and spicy in the after-tasting. Better from 2022.

Castello Tricerchi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Open and very elegant in the primary profile showing notes of wilted lavender, wild violet, hibiscus, hawthorn and mandarin rind. In the background the notes of green mandarin and white pepper give quality to the matrix. Full bodied, biting tannins which show character and energy and a tight, vibrant finale which shows what the Northern slopes are made of even in a difficult year. Better from 2023.

Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Warm and enveloping in the sensory profile showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, wet leaves and dates. Full bodied, biting tannins of an astringent nature and a finale of notable progression that needs time in the bottle to lengthen. Better from 2024.

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Decisive and rich in character showing mixed floral and fruit notes reminiscent of hibiscus flowers, geraniums, passionflower, chopped almonds and sweet caramel. Medium to full bodied, soft tannins of pleasantly fine grain and a juicy, balsamic finale of remarkable beauty. Better from 2022.

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Sweet and fulfilling in the sensory profile showing notes of red prunes, sweet caramel, white almonds, magnolia and gardenia flowers. Full bodied, softly structured and enveloping it hides strength and precision of execution. A finale of medium length that will come out over time. In 2017 Cerretalto wasn’t produced so all the grapes went into this white label. Better from 2023.

Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Warm and enveloping in its mature profile showing mixed notes reminiscent of red prunes, camphor, mandarin rind, hawthorn, chamomile and bergamot. Full bodied, fine grain tannins of incredible workmanship and a voluminous finale, admirably projected in its length and distension. Better from 2022.

Andretta Vitanza Winery Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Fresh and fragrant showing mixed notes of red flowers, prunes, strawberries, agapanthus flowers, mandarin peel, cut cedar and calendula. Medium to full bodied, a soft, enveloping, well distended structure and a precise finale of laudable beauty. A lot of acidity that is perfectly controlled and tamed. Better from 2022.

Celestino Pecci Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Deep and decidedly spicy showing notes of chinotto, black prunes, liquorice, wet flowers and coriander. Full bodied, soft tannins of notable beauty and a finale in the classic mould, admirably smoothed and of remarkable beauty. Very elegant. Better from 2022.

Molino della Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Shiny and vibrant in the primary profile showing notes of linden, camphor, geraniums, magnolia and passionflower. The delicate presence of dried cherries in the background dominate the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied, tannins light, kind and pleasurable in the sip and a compact finale, really drinkable showing elegance and precision of execution. Splendid from a difficult year. Drink now.

La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Warm and enveloping in the primary profile showing notes of bergamot, lime, cut cedar and mixed white flowers. A lot of hints reminiscent of blackcurrants and un-ripe raspberries in the secondary profile. Full bodied, soft tannins commendably polymerized and a finale of laudable beauty. Better from 2022.

Ventolaio Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Terse and engaging showing notes of mixed yellow flowers, turmeric and helichrysum flowers. There’s more in the background in the notes of chamomile, hawthorn and acacia well blended with apricots and yellow peaches. Medium to full bodied, well extracted slightly rigid tannins and a finale that will come out over time. Better from 2023.

Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Serious and complex alternating notes of undergrowth with hints of slightly dried prunes, camphor, dates and chopped mushrooms. Full bodied, velvety tannins and a luminous finale of incredible pleasantness. Better from 2022.

Poggio Nardone Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

A lot of pressed red flowers open the sensory scene and blend with notes of chamomile, helichrysum, wet earth and cut cedar. A slight reduction in the secondary scene that will protect the matrix from oxygenization. Full bodied, soft tannins of good workmanship and a composed finale, decidedly rich in material. Well made. Better from 2022.

Mocali Brunello di Montalcino Le Raunate 2017 93 Red

Elegant and rich in fresh red flowers, alternating cherries with hints of lemon rind, wild thyme and citronella. Medium to full bodied, fine grain soft tannins and a composed finale, decidedly tasty and savoury in the closing. Drink now.

Mocali Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Extremely fascinating in the primary profile showing notes of red prunes, sour cherries, white pepper and talcum. Full bodied, well integrated soft tannins and a finale in the classic mold making drinkability its primary weapon. Better from 2022.

Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino Pomona 2017 93 Red

A lot of energy in the glass with this young Brunello which shows notes of mixed red flowers, camphor, jasmine and withered linden. A lot of sour cherries dominate the secondary scene. Full bodied, tannins decidedly extracted and slightly dusty at the moment and a finale of medium to long persistency. Better from 2023.

Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2017 93 Red

Good energy in the glass with notes of geraniums, jasmine, acacia flowers, mandarin blossom and bergamot rind. Medium bodied, defined tannins and a juicy, luminous finale. Better from 2022.

San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Vignavecchia 2017 93 Red

Classic and delicate in the sensory profile showing notes of geraniums, caramel, wet earth and chinotto. The sensory matrix is extremely deep with hints of cumin and marjoram. Full bodied, smooth tannins of optimum workmanship and a finale that shows length and distension. Better from 2023.

Molino Sant’Antimo Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Intriguing and well structured in the primary matrix showing notes of linden, chamomile, mixed red flowers and bay. Medium to full bodied, slim and well flattened in the sip, closing juicy and tight. A beautiful expression from a difficult year. Better from 2022.

Lazzeretti Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Decidedly floral in the primary profile showing notes of linden, hawthorn, jasmine, camphor and rose petals. Medium to full bodied, biting tannins of good quality which conceal character and a hot finale which needs time to distend. Better from 2023.

Podere la Vigna Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Pleasant in the primary structure showing notes of calendula, chamomile, linden, geraniums and dried cherries. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a composed, decidedly essential finale, precise in the closure. Noble and elegant in a difficult year. Drink now.

Castello Giulio Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Open and decidedly juicy in the primary character showing notes of cherries, red prunes, strawberries, gardenia flowers and green tea leaves. Medium to full bodied, distended tannins of a splendidly rounded form and an iconic, radiant finale. Laudable for the smoothness and depth. Better from 2023.

Fornacina Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

The sensory profile of this young red is terse and vibrant showing notes of raspberries, blackcurrants, pomegranate, linden blossom and a lot of lemon rind. Full bodied, admirably mature soft tannins and a harmonic, balanced finale. Very pleasant juiciness in the fruit. Better from 2022.

Pian delle Querci Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Very lively on the nose and precise in the primary setup alternating notes of red prunes, camphor, mandarin blossom, cedar and crushed white stone. Full bodied, high quality soft tannins and a smooth, flowing finale giving pleasure both in the distension and the genuine lengthening. Better from 2022.

Podere del Visciolo Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Decisive and of pleasant sensory workmanship showing notes of cherries, lemon rind, rosemary, calendula and wilted linden. Medium bodied, fine grain tannins and a smooth finale, splendid sip after sip. Better from 2023.

Máté Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Very luminous in the glass showing notes of prunes, cherries, lemon rind and linden flowers. A lot of energy in the background with hints of green tea leaves and wild thyme. Full bodied, extremely refined tannins well integrated in the matrix and a precise, essential finale. Really well made. Better from 2022.

Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli 2017 93 Red

The fruit intact and well distended in the sensory profile alternating notes of wild strawberries, mandarin rind and wet flowers. Medium bodied, light tannins and a warm, enveloping finale, a correct and tasty sip. Better from 2023.

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Dark in the primary matrix showing notes of black prunes, wet flowers, hot asphalt, rhubarb and liquorice. Medium to full bodied, tannins well worked with knowledge and wisdom and a warm, enveloping finale. Better from 2022.

Voliero Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Open and fragrant showing notes of morello cherries, lemon rind, mixed white flowers and coriander. Medium to full bodied, fine grain light tannins and a harmonic, distended finale which makes simplicity of execution and the brightness of the sip its main weapons. Better from 2022.

Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2017 93 Red

Intriguing and chameleon like showing notes of black prunes, mixed tea leaves, roasted coffee and wet geraniums. Medium to full bodied, lightly extracted soft tannins and a warm finale of a radiant nature. Shows great quality in the well matured polyphenolic material. Better from 2023.

Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago 2017 93 Red

Shiny and decidedly vinbrant in the primary matrix showing notes of cherries, sour cherries, liquorice, blackberries and sandalwood. The secondary profile is decidedly spicy with notes of juniper and cumin. Full bodied, light tannins of optimum workmanship and an erect, composed finale which distends in length. Needs time to show the best of its form. Better from 2023.

Le Gode Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Montosoli 2017 93 Red

Classic and radiant in the glass showing energy and character in the dark notes reminiscent of black prunes, blackberries, sour cherries, wild myrtle and sweet liquorice. Full bodied, soft tannins of good workmanship and a strongly muscled finale. Better from 2023.

Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino PianRed 2017 93 Red

Extremely briiliant and mature in the glass showing notes of raspberries, currants, ripe cherries, red flowers, calendula, hawthorn and linden. A lot of citrus dominates the secondary scene and blend with hints of tobacco in this young Brunello. Full bodied, silky tannins and a warm, enveloping finale that gives pleasure in every sip. Slightly hot and spicy showing a subtle alcoholic perception in the aftertaste. Better from 2022.

Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Open and decisive showing complex notes of red prunes, cherries, cut cedar, mixed flowers and powdered cinnamon. Full bodied, soft tannins whic hide a pawing profile and a finale of medium distension which needs time to come out. Better from 2022.

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Pleasing and elegant in the primary profile showing notes of red prunes, mandarin rind and a subtle presence of bread crust. Full bodied, soft and juicy on the palate closing harmonically and balanced showing a good quality of fruit in the after-tasting. Drink now.

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa 2017 92 Red

Delicate in the sensory profile showing notes of raspberries, blackcurrants, cherries and lemon blossom. Medium bodied, tannins a little extracted and light and a juicy finale of good drinkability. Drink now.

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Loaded in the sensory profile showing notes of black prunes, wild blackberries, bergamot and quinine. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a warm finale of medium depth. Better from 2022.

Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Warm and deep in the primary profile showing notes of chamomile flowers, geraniums, hibiscus flowers, red prunes and dates. Full bodied, fine grain soft tannins and a pleasant, essential finale which draws you in straight away. Well made. Better from 2022.

Il Colle del Fante Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Villa I Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Composed and decidedly captivating in the primary matrix showing notes of jasmine, linden, wild strawberries and marjoram. Medium to full bodied, fine grain soft tannins and a balanced, well distended finale that demands a return to the glass. Better from 2022.

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura 2017 92 Red

Intriguing on the nose showing green hints reminiscent of tea leaves, nepetella, cintronella and wild thyme. Medium to full bodied, well distended tannins and a classic finale, radiant and essential. Better from 2022.

Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Genuine and rich in mixed red flowers in the primary profile showing notes of chamomile, helichrysum, geranium and yellow peaches. Medium bodied, light tannins decidedly polymerized and sweet in the sip and a finale which marries flow and persistency. Drink now.

San Polo Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Large and dark in the sensory profile showing notes of black tea leaves, blackberries, powdered cinnamon and leather. Medium to full bodied, defined tannins of pleasurable workmanship and a classic finale of medium length. Better from 2022.

Geografico Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Terse and captivating showing notes of cherries, lemon blossom, gardenias and linden. A lot of floral hints set the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied, soft tannins of notable beauty and a classic finale, pleasurable in its distension and drinkability. Drink now.

Poggiotondo Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Precise and likeable in the primary profile showing notes of cherries, red prunes, mandarin blossom and chopped almonds. Medium bodied, light tannins lightly extracted and a clear, luminous finale. Beautiful now but better from 2022.

Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Very open on the nose showing notes of red flowers, sour cherries, mandarin peel and cloves. Medium bodied, tannins a little biting and a juicy, savoury, very smooth finale. Better from 2023.

Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Very mature and spicy in the sensory profile showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, cinnamon powder and wilted red flowers. Full bodied, soft and enveloping on the palate showing an ordered poliphenolic profile and admirably fused in the matrix. Beautiful from the start but better from 2022.

Castelli Martinozzi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Shining and decidedly sweet in the primary matrix alternating notes of pressed red flowers, de-hydrated cherries, red prunes, salted caramel and leather. Full bodied, soft tannins decidedly elegant in the sip and a finale of a vertical nature that needs time to give the best of itself. Better from 2022.

Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

It shines in the glass and dispenses notes of red prunes, sour cherries, agapanthus flowers, liquorice, bergamot, blackcurrants and wet geraniums. Full bodied, biting tannins, well extracted in the matrix and a tight, vibrant finale. Better from 2023.

Armilla Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Classic in style showing notes of cherries, red prunes, strawberries, wild thyme and citronella. Medium to full bodied, lightly extracted soft tannins and a warm finale which needs time to lengthen. Better from 2023.

Tiezzi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Soccorso 2017 92 Red

Very warm in the sensory profile showing notes of dried prunes, cherries, crushed stone, orange juice and wilted red flowers. Medium to full bodied, fine grain light tannins and a finale which needs time to distend. Better from 2023.

Poggio Landi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Mature and classic in the primary matrix showing notes of agapanthus flowers, sour cherries, plums, cut cedar and grapefruit juice. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a finale in the essential mold, well projected in the distension. Better from 2022.

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Open and essential in the primary profile showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, fondant chocolate, peppermint and mixed red flowers. Medium to full bodied, light tannins of good workmanship and a well projected, authentic finale. Better from 2022.

Paradiso di Cacuci Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Open in the primary profile showing notes of dried black prunes, cinchona and Indian spices. Medium to full bodied, light tannins of good workmanship and a persuasive, refined finale giving drinkability and a pleasurable persistency in the after-tasting. Better from 2022.

Le Gode Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

A lot of energy in the glass which shows itself with notes of red prunes, camphor, mandarin blossom, ginseng root and wilted linden flowers. Medium to full bodied, light tannins of good workmanship and a warm, enveloping finale. Better from 2022.

Poggio dell’Aquila Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Balsamic, fresh and green by nature with scents of eucalyptus leaves, green tea leaves, green mandarin and linden and citronella flowers. Medium to full bodied, slightly astringent tannins which will soften over time and a precise, essential finale which is searching for an extension. Better from 2023.

La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Open and very radiant in the glass showing notes of currants, raspberries, lemon, incense and sandalwood. The precise background is balsamic which adds to the complexity of the matrix. Medium bodied, light tannins and a harmonic, balanced finale of remarkable grace. Delicious now but better from 2022.

Campaperi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Very mature and decidedly fascinating in the primary matrix showing notes of raspberries, currants, pomegranates, lemon and lime zest, white pepper and chopped almonds. A lot of flowers dominate the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied, light tannins, decidedly well rounded and seamless and a noble, juicy, pleasurable finale. How lovely. Better from 2022.

Andretta Vitanza Winery Brunello di Montalcino Tradizione 2017 92 Red

A lot of energy in the glass which reveals itself with notes of red prunes, sour cherries, orange juice, chamomile, gorse and lemon rind. Full bodied, warm in the sip showing a pleasant horizontal structure and a finale with broad shoulders. Drink now.

Casalino Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

Mature and radiant in the primary profile showing notes of cherries, sour cherries, lemon blossom and gardenias. Medium to full bodied, tannins soft and rounded and a fresh, juicy finale. Well made. Drink now.

Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

Warm and well matured in the sensory profile showing notes of black prunes, salted caramel, chopped mushrooms and wet earth. Full bodied, tannins soft and well distended in the matrix and a broad character with horizontal character. Well made. Drink now.

Podere Scopetone Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

Broad in the primary bouquet showing notes of camphor, linden, hawthorn, cut cedar and red prunes. A modest quantity of small berries red fruits describes the secondary profile. Medium bodied, light tannins, well refined and lightly extracted and a decisive, elegant finale which grows in progression from the centre palate onwards. Better from 2022.

Verbena Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

Slightly raw and reductive on the first impact showing notes of black prunes, wet liquorice and cloves. Medium to full bodied, slightly dry tannins and a finale of good progression and depth. Better from 2022.

Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

Iconic in the sensory profile showing notes of red and white mixed flowers, peppermint, citronella and fondant chocolate. Full bodied, tannins velvety on the attack and a slightly dry finale which will lengthen over time. Better from 2023.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

Open and distended in the sensory profile showing notes of strawberries, talcum, coriander, grapefruit juice and wilted linden. Medium to full bodied, light, pleasant tannins and an intact, juicy finale. Better from 2022.

I Palazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

Decisive and slightly alcoholic in the primary profile showing notes of jasmine flowers, gardenias, linden, mandarin rind and pink grapefruit. Medium bodied, fine grain light tannins and a finale with good sweetness and progression. Better from 2022.

Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Vigneto Poggio Doria 2017 91 Red

Open and decided in the primary profile showing notes of sweet caramel, wet red flowers and de-hydrated prunes. Medium to full bodied, well polymerized tannins and a compact finale that needs time to distend. Very good quality of fruit. Better from 2022.

La Torre Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

Broad and really radiant in the primary profile showing notes of cherries, raspberries, pomegranate and pink grapefruit. Medium bodied, light pleasurable tannins and a harmonic, well distended finale. The beauty of essence. Better from 2022.

Patrizia Cencioni Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

It is kind and precise in the essential matrix and reveals complexity in the alternation between rose petals, geraniums, hawthorn, linden, grapefruit juice and dried cherries. Medium to full bodied, soft tannins and a finale with a pleasant closure, slightly hot and sweet in the after-tasting. Better from 2023.

La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

Fresh and balsamic showing notes of geraniums, eucalyptus, peppermint and walnut shells. Medium to full bodied, tannins light and of good workmanship and a precise, essential finale that needs time to distend itself. Better from 2022.

La Palazzetta Brunello di Montalcino 2017 91 Red

Roses and geraniums set the fresh and fragrant primary scene. In the background the hints of lime peel and white almonds describe the secondary profile and augment the complexity. Medium to full bodied, light tannins of good workmanship and a finale which needs time in the bottle to distend. Better from 2023.

Molino del Piano Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Elegant and persuasive showing notes of dried cherries, sweet caramel, linden and mixed wilted white flowers. Medium to full bodied, fine grain light tannins and a juicy, balanced finale. Drink now.

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Castello Banfi 2017 90 Red

Intriguing and decidedly structured in the primary profile showing notes of red flowers, mandarin peel and green tea leaves. Medium bodied, a simple structure, lightly extracted tannins and a finale which lacks a bit of balance at the moment. Better from 2022.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne 2017 90 Red

Defined and of notable sensory beauty showing notes of geraniums, dried cherries, linden and chamomile. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a finale of medium persistency. Drink now.

Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Precise and slightly oxidative in the primary character showing notes of wet geraniums, hydrangeas, salted caramel and wilted jasmine. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a finale sweet by nature with an almondy aftertaste. Drink now.

Tenuta Friggiali Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Warm and lively in the primary profile showing notes of sour cherries, cherries, red prunes, linden blossom and almonds. Medium to full bodied, well extracted light tannins and a classic finale of medium persistency. Better from 2022.

Terre del Palio Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Open and decisive in its red character showing alternating notes of raspberries, red flowers and lime rind. Medium to full bodied, soft, lightly extracted tannins and an essential finale of pleasant drinkability. Better from 2022.

Terre Nere Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Warm and enveloping in the primary profile showing notes of dried prunes, chamomile, helichrysum and withered geraniums. Medium bodied, not very extracted light tannins and a warm finale of medium length. Better from 2022.

Querce Bettina Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Deep and intense in the sensory profile showing notes of black prunes, dates, figs, wild myrtle and black tea leaves. Medium to full bodied, lightly extracted soft tannins and a slightly astringent finale. Better from 2023.

Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Warm and enveloping in the primary profile showing notes of calendula, chamomile, wilted linden and cut cedar. Medium bodied, soft tannins and a compact finale which needs time to distend. Better from 2022.

Luciani Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Open and slightly agitated in the primary profile showing notes of red prunes, cherries, sour cherries and wet mixed red flowers. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a finale of simple workmanship, slightly alcoholic. Better from 2022.

Martoccia di Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Extremely shiny and captivating showing mixed floral and fruit notes of lavender, wild violets, plums, wild strawberries and mandarin juice. Full bodied, solid and compact in the sip showing elegance and length and a very pleasurable finale. Better from 2023.

Casisano Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Mature and terse in the primary matrix showing notes of red prunes, salted caramel, mixed red flowers, cinnamon powder and cream cheese. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a finale of good workmanship, slightly slim. Better from 2022.

Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Radiant and shiny showing notes of sour cherries, red prunes, cloves, juniper berries and black tea leaves. Medium bodied, lightly extracted soft tannins and a finale that needs time to lengthen. Better from 2023.

Caprili Brunello di Montalcino 2017 90 Red

Decidedly spicy in the primary profile showing notes of black prunes, coriander, leather and wet earth. Medium bodied, well extracted light tannins and a finale of medium distension. Better from 2022.

Bonacchi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 89 Red

Spicy and slightly cloudy in the primary profile showing notes of black prunes, black tea leaves, chinotto and wet liquorice. Medium bodied, slightly dry tannins and a finale of medium distension. Better from 2023.

Sasso di Sole Brunello di Montalcino 2017 89 Red

Essential and decidedly luminous showing notes of dried cherries, mandarin blossom, linden, hawthorn and chopped almonds. Medium bodied, light tannins and a juicy finale of medium distension. Better from 2022.

Campo alle Noci Brunello di Montalcino 2017 88 Red

Dusty on the first impact showing notes of red prunes, salted caramel, cloves, wet geraniums and crushed stone. Medium bodied, light tannins little extracted and a savoury finale, slightly weak in the closure. Drink now.

Baccinetti Brunello di Montalcino Saporoia 2017 88 Red

Very open on the nose showing notes of sour cherries, wet red flowers, linden blossom, cumin and white pepper. Medium bodied, tannins with little bite and a flowing finale that lacks a bit of grip. Drink now.

Santa Giulia Brunello di Montalcino 2017 88 Red

Open and very luminous in the glass showing notes of black prunes, wet leaves and sweet caramel. Full bodied, light tannins not very extracted and a finale to the closing warm and slightly alcoholic. Drink now.

Poggio il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino 2017 88 Red

Opaque in the primary matrix showing notes of sour cherries, black prunes, blackberries and wild myrtle. Bay dominates the secondary scene. Full bodied, soft tannins and a simple finale, slightly alcoholic in the closure.

La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino 2017 85 Red

Decidedly herbaceous in the sensory profile with notes of split vine and ginseng root. Medium to full bodied, herbaceous tannins and a finale in search of balance.

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