Brunello di Montalcino 2018, the thin vintage will grow over time. Rosso di Montalcino 2020 is fragrant and modern

The 2018 vintage in Montalcino was, without doubt, a year which will grow over time

The vintage put most of our winemakers to the test, it was certainly difficult for the Montalcino producers who took on the beloved Big Sangiovese.

The vintage was characterised by a mild and rainy winter followed by a rainy spring. After years of fairly balanced and dry and arid weather 2018 had a lot of rain which created generous, full bunches of grapes.

At the end of February a cold spell arrived from Northern Europe which brought the temperatures down to minus 8 or lower in the wine production areas.

The budding was in line with the weather conditions and didn’t cause any particular problems.

From the end of March there was no more risk of frost which allowed vegetative growth in the vines.

As forecast Spring was decidedly wet which consequently created problems in the management of the foliage and fungal infections in the vineyards.

Many treatments were needed and steps were taken in order to ward off the advancing mildew. The hard word didn’t bother the true wine-makers who love their land and will do anything to defend the fruits it provides.

Summer was splendid from the meteorological point of view; the hot, sunny Mediterranean month of July brought a breath of positivity to the more sceptical producers who were under a lot of pressure after the previous years’ vintage.

Also August was Mediterranean and quite regular with peak temperatures which weren’t worrying and which, in fact, allowed a regular trend with the phenological maturation of the vines.

September saw big thermal changes, by no means a negligible phenomenon for any self respecting vintage.

A little rain in the second half of September obviously couldn’t be missed, the final bugbear that no producers ever wants but which is always so well managed by the producers in Montalcino.

This definitely divided the producers in the different time windows of the harvest. Some plots were harvested slightly early around the fifteenth to the twentieth of September, others were harvested at the end of September or in the first two weeks of October in order to achieve the technological and phenological maturity required.

The 2018 vintage is however a fairly rare vintage in the panorama of Italian viticulture.

A year which is remembered for the balanced temperatures and the uncertain seasonal trends, often rainy, typical of the 90’s; years during which great wines were produced that we may still enjoy today.

After the great frost of 2017 the plants have come back in the best possible way producing not only great quantities with generous bunches, rich in material but also optimum analytical value when they enter the winery.

The regular climatic trend was surprising and very positive during the year, a phenomenon which we are sadly seeing less often these days.

The wines tend to be slender by nature but present good aromatic thickness, extremely elegant on the palate giving immediate pleasure.

Above all the challenge will be to see how they age, we have no doubt at all that wines that have been interpreted in the best manner can still be fun after ten years and more than equal to other more widely spoken about vintages.

Among those whom we reward this year for interpretation of the vintage and precision of execution there are two wines from the same producer: Siro Pacenti extracts the most nobility it’s possible to extract from his wines producing Pelagrilli and Vecchie Vigne 2018, both of which are extremely exciting.

Piero is in second place with the single vineyard Talenti (a perfect wine in the 2015 vintage) and in 2018 a perfect marriage between freshness and crunchiness, decidedly Mediterranean and savoury.

The hegemony continues with Casanova di Neri, Tenuta Nuova, amazing, always dynamic and juicy, often with traces of graphite which veer towards hot and spicy sensations.

The territorial expression which is extremely noble is from a young debutante, the Giovanni Neri label, a wine Giovanni has long wished for, directed in the cellar at Casanova di Neri, it shows the personality of only a select few.

Filippo Chia shows the richness of the soil in North Montalcino Area.

Filo di Seta from Castello Romitorio is a sure thing. The use of wood in this winery is absolutely unique. The work behind it is of an emotional, exciting nature. The care of the vineyards and the richness of the ecosystem on the Northern slopes of Montalcino is an added advantage.

Fuligni is in the Top 10 for the fifth consecutive year. Obviously not by chance. A centred wine which blends a fruity character with wide, spicy aromas in the best possible manner.

Huge applause goes to two producers who have appeared in our Top 10 for the last three years; Cortonesi and Cava d’Onice. They produce exciting wines and we are sure we haven’t yet seen the best from these wineries who have been brought into vogue by two young, talented chaps; Tommaso Cortonesi and Simone Nannetti.

During the tastings in our office at the Osteria dell’Oca Satolla we also took an indepth look into the 2020 vintage by tasting around 50 Rosso di Montalcino wines.

Rosso di Montalcino 2020.

The vintage is close to the 2018 in terms of juiciness and harmony in the matrices but could have a slightly superior potential in its refinement thanks to the crunchiness and the enormous territorial expressiveness which immediately shows itself in a wine with great personality. Not least our vision of an absolutely atypical vintage, the year that brought everybody to a halt with the forced lockdown. The World stopped, the producers could manage their vineyards without commercial engagements, the world could breathe again with factories and industries closed, and this certainly added an appreciable value to the genuinity and harmony of the wines produced.

A new reference in the category stands out, produced by Castello Romitorio: Colto is a Rosso di Montalcino that shows muscle and power yet shows an impressive precision of execution which takes it to the next level. Iacopo, the Rosso di Montalcino produced by Il Marroneto confirms its place as a leader in the category and shows off a gracefulness and impressive length through to a winning closure.

Great work by many producers who have raised the bar in terms of the quality of Rosso di Montalcino quite significantly. Participating in this change are; Talenti, Pietroso, Cortonesi, Fattoi, Poggio Antico and La Palazzetta.

Marco Mantengoli tell us more about the philosophy of La Rasina Winery in North East side of Montalcino.

Between the 2017 Riserva wines tasted two particularly stood out; Mercatale Riserva produced by Ridolfi and Anemone al Sole Riserva 2017 produced by Corte Pavone. The ‘late release’ 2016 Il Divasco from La Rasina is worth a note, it has elegance to sell, also the Riserva Diecianni from Le Chuise which is out on the market with the 2013 vintage.

Following are all the notes on the wines tasted:


Red Wines

Producer Denomination Wine Vintage Score Type
Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli 2018 98 Red

Elegant and decidedly noble in the primary profile showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, sweet caramel, sandalwood, juniper berries and pink pepper. Complex and structured showing a secondary profile rich in wild blueberries and fondant chocolate. Full bodied, pefectly matured tannins and a finale that needs time to come out but shows the stuff of champions right from the start. Simply amazing. Impossible to resist. Better from 2025.

Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Piero 2018 97 Red

Fruits of the forest such as currants, raspberries and strawberry grapes describe the primary scene of this very elegant Brunello. In the secondary profile helichrysum flowers, chamomile and aromatic herbs like marjoram and thyme augment the sensory workmanship. Medium to full bodied on the palate, velvety tannins and a tasty, persuasive finale which demands a return to the glass. Better from 2023.

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2018 97 Red

Decisive, fascinating and pronounced showing a sensory superiority in the intriguing notes of amaretto, mixed red flowers, coriander, jasmine, vetiver grass, sandalwood and white musk. The secondary scene admirably blends the notes of lime with hints of pressed blueberries and nutmeg. Full bodied, biting tannins of very fine grain and a delicious finale which exalts from the central palate onwards. Better from 2024.

Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta 2018 97 Red

Resplendent with a thousand different colours this regal glass of Brunello alternates notes of lemon, face powder, sandalwood, white pepper, linden, rose petals, pink grapefruit and guaranà. In the background the notes of green tea leaves and peppermint give a notable freshness to the matrix. Medium bodied, perfectly mature tannins of a silky character and a very fine finale which exalts from the centre palate onwards to the dynamic, smooth closure. Better from 2024.

Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2018 97 Red

Polyhedric and decidedly ‘wild’ in the mixed floral and fruity profile showing notes of lavender, hibiscus, hyacinth, plums, pressed blueberries, white pepper, crushed chalk, guaranà, pink grapefruit and pomegranate. Medium to full bodied, concentrated and harmonic closing by tightening from the centre palate onwards in search of a notable persistency. Better from 2024.

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2018 96 Red

Yellow peaches, red prunes and crunchy strawberries inebriate the glass setting the primary scene of this solid, centred Brunello. In the secondary scene perfumes of hazelnuts and fresh almonds blend with chamomile flowers and linden. Medium to full bodied, smooth tannins and a composed, intriguing finale, it’s feminine salinity makes it a joy to return to the glass. Better from 2024.

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Giovanni Neri 2018 96 Red

Radiant and essential in the glass alternating notes of rose petals, guaranà, white pepper, passionflower, flowering wisteria and green mandarins. In the background the delicate, captivating nuances of vetiver and white musk give quality to the secondary scene. Medium bodied, silky tannins of splendid workmanship and a finale of commendable beauty, enchanting from the first sip. An extraordinary debut which has been decidedly well managed by a contemporary label. Better from 2023.

Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino La Mannella 2018 96 Red

Genuine and refined in the primary profile showing notes of rose petals, grapefruit, mandarin juice and guaranà. A lot of linden describes the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied, perfectly matured tannins, biting and lively at the moment and a finale which lengthens in progression from the central palate onwards. Better from 2025. The savoury closure really gives something extra to the product.

Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino Mercatale Riserva 2017 96 Red

Mature with a joyful character showing notes of currants, raspberries, mandarin juice, lime, citronella and eucalyptus. Medium bodied, tannins perfectly matured of splendid quality and a finale of extreme beauty. It is inevitable to lose oneself in this perfectly raised and refined grape juice. Better from 2025.

La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino Il Divasco Riserva 2016 96 Red

Precise with optimum sensory workmanship showing notes of plums, pressed blueberries, meadow flowers, lemon peel and agapanthus. The complex, structured matrix comes out in the secondary profile which alternates juniper berries and wild myrtle with hints of camphor and gardenias. Full bodied, perfectly smoothed tannins and a finale of admirable beauty which distends in search of harmony and warmth. Splendid from the start but better from 2024.

Tassi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Colombaiolo 2018 96 Red

Intact and decisive in the sensory profile showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, coriander, wild myrtle and wild strawberries. Medium bodied, great acidity in the sip creating notable salivation and a finale which takes no prisoners. Quality in the polyphenolic material, expression of the terroir and oenology which touches perfection. Outstanding. Better from 2024.

Giodo Brunello di Montalcino 2018 95 Red

Opalescent on the nose, reminiscent of blue fruits such as blackberries, wild blueberries but also black prunes and currants. In the background fondent Modica chocolate, wild herbs like dandelion and cool mint. Medium to full bodied on the palate, well polymerized tannins and a fresh, juicy finale. Better from 2024.

Cava d’Onice Brunello di Montalcino Colombaio 2018 95 Red

Clean on the nose bringing to mind memories of white peaches, strawberries and summer cherries. In the background there’s citrus with lemon peel and blood oranges but also Mediterranean herbs such as rosemary and burnt sage. Full bodied on the palate, well polymerized tannins and a full, engaging finale. Optimum distension and progression for a thoroughbred who will continue to grow over time. Better from 2023.

Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2018 95 Red

Extremely captivating showing energy and character that shows itself in the notes of blood orange, lemon rind, black pepper, juniper berries and green tea leaves. Full bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a finale which is commendably beautiful for it’s juiciness and distension. Slendid from the start.

Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2018 95 Red

Black prunes, wild blueberries and raspberries are the dark scents in this young Brunello. In the background wisteria, English lavender and violets but also spices such as black pepper corns and cardamom. Medium to full bodied on the palate, biting tannins and a strong finale of intense length. A great classic, projected to age in the best possible manner, solid and concentrated with great precision. Better from 2024.

Tenuta Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 2018 95 Red

Extremely fascinating and polehydric in the primary profile alternating notes of red prunes, currants, coriander, white pepper, bergamot and green mandarin. A lot of lime describes the very fresh secondary scene. Medium bodied, perfectly extracted tannins and a finale with a graceful, subtle closure. Wow!

Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2018 95 Red

Graceful and decidedly dynamic in the primary profile alternating notes of rose petals, red flowers, cherries, elderfowers, gunshot powder and white pepper. In the background the crunchiness of pomegranate blends with grapefruit and gives bite and brilliance. Full bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a finale of commendable beauty. Amazing from the start with class and balance. Better from 2023.

Pietroso Brunello di Montalcino 2018 95 Red

Chameleonic with a Bohemian nature alternating notes of lavender, hibiscus, plums, agapanthus flowers, sandalwood and gardenias. There’s more in the background in the hints of bergamot, blood orange and nipitella. Full bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a finale of remarkable grace and character. Better from 2025.

Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Mulino 2018 95 Red

Open and lengthened in the glass offering notes of strawberries, cherries, red prunes, linden and camphor. A lot of lime and mixed white flowers describe the secondary scene. Rich and decidedly engaging on the centre palate showing a full body, very fine grain tannins and an harmonic, balanced finale which shows the stuff of champions. Better from 2024.

Renieri Brunello di Montalcino 2018 95 Red

Juicy and linear showing notes of red flowers, prunes, lemon peel, linden, jasmine and lime. Medium bodied, light tannins of fine grain and a finale of medium distension. There’s a lot of class in this young Brunello which will continue to grow during refinement. Better from 2025.

Le Gode Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Montosoli 2018 95 Red

Mature and decisive in the sensory profile showing notes of cherries, sour cherries, strawberries, lemon peel, peppermint and chocolate. Full bodied, potent and decidedly fascinating in the sip showing muscle and precise distension. Really beautiful from the start. Better from 2024.

Tenuta Luce Brunello di Montalcino Luce 2018 95 Red

Elegant and decidedly noble in the sensory profile showing notes of sour cherries, red prunes, sweet caramel, sandalwood, roast coffee, bergamot, quinine and pressed red flowers. Medium bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a finale of incredible harmony. Class to sell!

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie 2018 95 Red

Profound and complex in the primary profile alternating notes of black prunes, blackberries, liquorice, sandalwood, juniper berries and sour cherries. In the background the Mediterranean energy creates the hoped for three-dimensionality in the notes of marjoram, sage, bay and rue leaves. Full bodied, velvety tannins and a balanced, harmonic finale. Better from 2025.

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2018 95 Red

Crunchy, vibrant, energetic, dynamic, this expression Made in Montalcino is lively and passionate showing itself with notes of blood orange, lemon peel, jasmine, lime, cumin, gardenias and elderflowers. The very subtle cherries in the background light up the secondary scene imprinting character. Medium bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a remarkably classic finale. Better from 2024.

La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino 2018 95 Red

Black prunes, cloves, liquorice, incense and Mediterranean hints describe the sensory profile of this enveloping Brunello di Montalcino that has a wild character. Full bodied, well refined, soft tannins, slightly astringent at the moment and a finale which shows character and personality. Better from 2025.

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino Diecianni Riserva 2013 95 Red

Noble and decidedly vibrant in the sensory profile alternating notes of red prunes, cherries, raspberries, wild strawberries, green tea leaves, white musk, camphor, lemon blossom and gardenias. Full bodied, elegant with a Bohemian nature showing a very subtle sip which hits hard from the start and demands a return to the glass. Drink now or hold.

Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino Anemone al Sole Riserva 2017 95 Red

Intriguing and decidedly persuasive in the primary profile showing notes of red flowers, sandalwood, jasmine, lemon peel, gardenias and magnolias. Full bodied, extremely refined tannins and a finale that is exciting in its precision and delicate power. True grape juice in the glass which shows balance and personality.

Castello Romitorio Rosso di Montalcino Colto 2020 94 Red

Fruits of the forest such as wild strawberries and currants invade the primary scene. In the background yellow flowers like gorse, toasted sweetcorn and pumpkin. Full bodied on the palate, crunchy tannins and a flavourful, intriguing finale. It has the complexity of a select few in it’s compact sip, sinuous distension and graceful closure. Drink now or hold.

Il Marroneto Rosso di Montalcino Iacopo 2020 94 Red

White peaches, ripe strawberries and summer cherries inebriate the primary profile. In the background savoury hints of oysters, hot asphalt and helichrysum flowers. Medium to full bodied on the palate, light tannins and a decisive, intense finale. Extraordinary workmanship and a masterful interpretation of this Rosso Jacopo which has impressive length and a winning closure. Drink now or hold.

Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Vigneto Manachiara 2018 94 Red

White peaches, yellow prunes and pomegranate are the primary scents in this young Brunello. In the background mango, guaranà and chewy liquorice. Medium bodied on the palate, light, enveloping tannins and a fresh finale of pleasing length. Solid and compact on the centre palate showing remarkable progression which is always most appreciated. Better from 2024.

Cava d’Onice Brunello di Montalcino Sensis 2018 94 Red

Opalescent on the nose showing notes of black prunes and wild blueberries. Secondarily liquorice sticks, star of anice and spices such as black pepper and cloves fill the glass giving pleasant, controlled opulence. Full bodied, biting tannins and a rustic yet well trained finale. Better from 2024.

Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 2018 94 Red

Precious on the nose showing notes of crunchy red apples, red fruits such as currants, pomegranate seeds and wild raspberries. In the secondary profile there are macadamia nuts, green Sicilian almonds and guaranà. Full bodied on the palate, silky, juicy tannins and a graceful finale of pleasurable savouriness. Slightly compressed at the moment it will truly show it’s stuff from 2025 onwards.

Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 94 Red

Intriguing and very decisive in the glass alternating notes of black prunes, blackberries, peppermint, bergamot and guaranà. Full bodied, extremely delicate tannins of fine grain and a graceful finale, decidedly tasty and enjoyable. Better from 2023.

Maestro di Castelli Toscani Brunello di Montalcino 2018 94 Red

Intriguing and at times spicy alternating notes of red prunes with hints of coriander, mixed citrus fruits and quinine. Full bodied, concentrated and harmonic in the sip with a horizontal closure yet decidedly vibrant and juicy. Better from 2023.

Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino Fiore del Vento 2018 94 Red

Fresh and dynamic in the primary profile showing notes of hibiscus, geraniums, green mandarins, jasmine, magnolia, linden and guaranà. In the background the hints of chalk and talcum give purity to the sensory matrix. Full bodied, velvety tannins and a finale of commendable beauty. Graceful and juicy. Better from 2023.

Bellaria Brunello di Montalcino 2018 94 Red

Solid and compact in the primary matrix slowly revealing itself with notes of red prunes, pink grapefruit, white flowers and guaranà. Full bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a juicy, essential finale, perfectly balanced with an elegant closure. Better from 2023.

Bellaria Brunello di Montalcino Assunto 2018 94 Red

Profound and complex in the primary matrix alternating notes of black prunes, blackberries, coriander, black prunes and dates. Wet wood and black tea leaves describe the secondary scene of this centred and decidedly elegant Brunello. Full bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a solid finale of a horizontal nature. Better from 2024.

Villa I Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino Zebras 2018 94 Red

Great class, an open expression, rich in energy showing itself with notes of rose petals, grapefruit, guaranà, hibiscus and sandalwood. Full bodied, perfectly matured tannins, notably polymerized and a finale with a splendidly graceful closure. Better from 2023.

Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino Poggiarelli 2018 94 Red

Solid and pronounced in the sensory profile showing notes of rhubarb, quinine, incense, strawberries, dates and cherries. A lot of lemon peel describes the secondary scene. Medium bodied, rounded tannins and a finale of pleasing workmanship and linearity. Juicy and tasty. Better from 2024.

San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Vignavecchia 2018 94 Red

Decisive and spicy showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, sweet caramel and guaranà. In the background the matrix is filled with citronella, green tea leaves and basil. Medium to full bodied, velvety tannins of optimum workmanship and a juicy, radiant finale. Better from 2024.

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Suolo 2018 94 Red

Intriguing and complex in the glass alternating notes of red prunes with hints of blood orange, chinotto, cherry, helichrysum flowers, chamomile, linden and guaranà. A lot of green mandarin dominates the secondary scene. Full bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a finale in the classic mold, delicate and persuasive. Better from 2024.

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura 2018 94 Red

Strawberries, red prunes, mixed mandarins, red flowers, white flowers and sweet almonds describe the primary scene of this solid, muscular Brunello. Full bodied, velvety tannins of optimum workmanship and a structured finale which articulates itself from the central palate onwards in search of a notable lengthening. Better from 2024.

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Marrucheto 2018 94 Red

Dynamic and spicy showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, cinnamon powder, vetiver, white musk, linden, incense and guaranà. A lot of Mediterranean hints describe the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied, velvety tannins of optimum workmanship and a graceful, captivating finale which demands a return to the glass. Better from 2024.

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2018 94 Red

Three dimensional and decidedly complex in the primary profile alternating notes of black prunes, chinotto, blood orange, green mandarin, medicinal herbs, gorse, cardamom and green tea leaves. Full bodied, elegant in the sip with a refined, decidedly captivating closure. Better from 2023.

Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino 2018 94 Red

Balsamic and decidedly modern alternating notes of red flowers with hints of lime, grapefruit, white pepper, crushed chalk, gunshot powder, guaranà, cut cedar and coriander. Medium to full bodied, very soft, rounded tannins and a juicy, harmonic finale of pleasurable luminosity. Better from 2025.

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino 2017 94 Red

Warm on the nose showing red fruits such as fruits of the forest but also red prunes and pomegranate. In the background there’s coriander, cardamom and pine needles. Medium to full bodied on the palate, delicate tannins and an intense, vibrant finale. What style! Better from 2023.

La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino Persante 2018 94 Red

Engaging with notable sensory complexity alternating notes of sandalwood, incense, elderflowers, vanilla, cloves and dried prunes. Full bodied, perfectly polymerized tannins and a finale of remarkable grace. Better from 2025.

Santa Giulia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 94 Red

Chameleonic and decidedly refined in the sensory profile showing notes of raspberries, currants, pomegranate, camphor, gardenias, lemon juice, mandarin juice, vetiver and white pepper. Full bodied, velvety tannins of commendable beauty and a noble finale of splendid workmanship. Better from 2024.

Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino Duelecci Ovest Riserva 2017 94 Red

Classic in the sensory profile alternating notes of pressed red flowers, lemon peel, withered linden, rose petals, pink pepper and lime. Medium bodied, perfectly matured tannins of a velvety character and a linear, progressive finale. Better from 2024.

Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 94 Red

Structured with pleasing ‘red’ energy showing notes of currants, raspberries, passionflower and plums. Medium bodied, light tannins and a savoury finale of medium volume. It grows from the centre palate onwards showing precision. Better from 2025.

La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino La Pieve 2018 94 Red

Radiant and essential in the glass alternating notes of raspberries, currants, red flowers and lemon peel. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale of medium length. Elegant and decidedly balanced, immediately hitting home for its precision of execution. Better from 2024.

Tassi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 94 Red

Elegant and well pronounced in the glass alternating notes of raspberries, currants, lemon peel, vetiver, sandalwood and incense. Medium bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a finale of unsettling gracefulness. How beautiful. Better from 2024.

La Magia Brunello di Montalcino Ciliegio 2018 94 Red

Graceful and decidedly regal in the primary matrix alterntating notes of white flowers with hints of lime, bergamot, face powder, sandalwood, vetiver and blasamic nuances. Full bodied, perfectly matured and polymerized tannins and a luminous, dynamic finale. Better from 2024.

Pietroso Rosso di Montalcino 2020 93 Red

Blue fruits such as blueberries and black berries but also juicy black prunes are in the primary profile. In the background violets, Russian sage and wild fennel. Medium to full bodied on the palate, silky tannins and a finale with pleasant acidity. Drink now or hold.

Cortonesi Rosso di Montalcino La Mannella 2020 93 Red

The dark purple notes of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, camphor, incense and fresh hazelnuts invade the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied, delicate, rounded tannins and a classic finale of remarkable elegance and progression. Decisive with delicate power. Better from 2024.

Fattoi Rosso di Montalcino 2021 93 Red

Citrusy memories of blood orange, late mandarins and lime peel. In the background there’s sandalwood, patchouli and white incense. Medium to full bodied on the palate, smoothed tannins and a really tasty finale. Drink now or hold.

Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2021 93 Red

Crunchy red fruits like currants, raspberries and ripe strawberries. In the secondary profile spices such as cinnamon sticks, cloves and cumin. Medium to full bodied on the palate, soft, juicy tannins and a captivating finale with pleasing progression. Drink now or hold.

Poggio Antico Rosso di Montalcino 2020 93 Red

Crunchy red fruits such as currants, raspberries and wild strawberries arise from the glass. In the secondary profile hibiscus flowers, the perfume of red rose petals and Sicilian oranges. Medium to full bodied, well polymerized tannins and a powerful, incisive finale. It’s got class to sell. Drink now or hold.

La Palazzetta Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Delicate memories of citrus such a lemon, lime peel and red oranges. In the secondary profile white chocolate, Chantilly cream and pomegranate seeds. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rounded tannins and an engaging, elegant finale. Drink now or hold.

Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Intriguing and vibrant with a ”wild” aspect showing notes of red prunes, salted caramel, coriander, wilted lime blossom and camphor. Medium to full bodied, savoury on the centre palate, a harmonic closure with pleasing luminosity. Better from 2023.

Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino Fior di Meliloto 2018 93 Red

Slightly herbaceous in the primary profile alternating notes of red prunes, cut grass, vetiver and coriander. Medium bodied, slightly rustic tannins and a finale of engaging drinkability. Better from 2024.

Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino Campo Marzio 2018 93 Red

Slightly veiled in the primary profile alternating notes of black prunes, blackberries, camphor, dates, toasted hazelnuts and black tea leaves. Medium to full bodied, slightly compressed tannins and a finale which needs time to distend. Better from 2024.

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Very elegant in the sensory profile showing sweet notes of flowering geraniums, almonds, cut grass, cumin, medicinal herbs and amaretto. Medium bodied, biting tannins of optimum workmanship and a rich, tasty finale which asks for a return to the glass. Better from 2024.

Castello Finoto Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Intriguing and decisive in the sensory profile alternating notes of red prunes, currants, raspberries, cut cedar and grapefruit with citrusy hints of lime and bergamot. Full bodied, very soft tannins and a finale in the classic mold, well made. Drink now.

Podere Scopetone Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Vey mature on the nose showing notes of red prunes, raspberries, currants, strawberries and mixed white flowers. Medium bodied, soft tannins of a pleasantly rounded form and a finale in the classic style. Better from 2023.

SassodiSole Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Slightly reductive at the beginning, needs time in the glass to come out. The scents of ripe red prunes are well blended with hints of strawberries, cinnamon powder and fondant chocolate. Medium bodied, soft tannins and a finale in the classic mold, linear and very precise. What taste! Better from 2023.

La Torre Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Fresh memories of summer strawberries and crunchy cherries invade the primary scene. In the background there’s talcum, face powder and Mediterranean herbs such as thyme and marjoram. Medium to full bodied on the palate, light tannins and a really tasty, savoury finale. Better from 2024.

Abbadia Ardenga Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Piaggia 2018 93 Red

Open and decisive in the sensory profile giving pleasure in the notes of red prunes, currants, white pepper, cut cedar and mandarin juice. A lot of face powder and talcum dominate the secondary scene giving pleasurably complex sensations. Full bodied, rounded and enveloping in the agile sip with a precise and elegant closure. How lovely! Better from 2023.

Poggio dell’Aquila Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Citrus fruits such as Sicilian oranges, late mandarins and lemons inebriate the glass. In the secondary profile pink rose petals, wisteria and cipria, furthermore there are menthol scents such as eucalyptus and cool mint which close the scene. Medium to full bodied, well trained tannins and a tasty, savoury finale. Better from 2024.

La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino No 2018 93 Red

Bloody reminiscences of oranges, cut red apples and pomegranate. In the background there’s copper, chamomile flowers and medicinal herbs such as dandelion and linden. Medium to full bodied on the palate, well polymerized tannins and a linear finale. Better from 2024.

La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Opalescent notes of black prunes, strawberry grapes and roasted chestnuts. Secondarily wet wood, mushrooms and undergrowth but also pressed red flowers and blood orange. Medium to full bodied on the palate, soft tannins and a soft, rounded finale. Better from 2023.

Mocali Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Very hot and mature, the primary sensations of this young Brunello shows notes of strawberries, camphor, sour cherries, orange juice, face powder and cream cheese. A lot of withered rose petals describe the secondary scene giving pleasantness and character to the matrix. Full bodied, very soft tannins and a radiant, essential finale. Better from 2023.

Poggio Nardone Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Noble and decidedly balsamic in the primary profile alternating notes of peppermint, eucalyptus, green tea leaves and guaranà. A lot of very delicate dried cherries are housed in the background giving brilliance and crunchiness. Medium bodied, well extracted mature tannins and a finale which squeezes from the centre palate onwards. Better from 2025.

Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Very concentrated in the sensory profile alternating notes of black prunes, blackberries, powdered cinnamon, dates, chopped mushrooms and wet earth. Medium bodied, soft tannins and a finale with splendid harmony. Better from 2024.

Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Intrusive on the nose showing notes of pomegranate, Annurche apples and red oranges. In the background sour cherries describe the secondary scene blending with hints of bay and juniper. Full bodied on the palate, biting tannins and a slim, decidedly tasty finale. Better from 2024.

Luciani Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Very mature on the nose showing notes of red prunes, strawberries, currants, raspberries, lemon peel, coriander, cumin and guaranà. A lot of green mandarin dominates the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied, rounded and tasty with a very elegant, splendidly lively closure. Beautiful from the start.

San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Podernovi 2018 93 Red

Mature and structured showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, black tea leaves, crumbled tobacco and powdered cinnamon. In the background medicinal herbs desribe the secondary scene. Full bodied, velvety tannins of great quality and a finale of splendid workmanship. Better from 2024.

Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2018 93 Red

Mature and refined showing notes of red prunes, sweet caramel, white pepper, cut cedar and lemon juice. A lot of medicinal herbs describe the secondary scene. Medium bodied, biting tannins and a finale that needs time to come out. Better from 2025.

Terre Nere Campigli Vallone Brunello di Montalcino Capriolo 2018 93 Red

Compact with good sensory precision showing notes of hibiscus, jasmine, green olives, rocket pesto, sandalwood and white musk. Medium bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a finale with splendid energy and juiciness. Better from 2024.

Patrizia Cencioni Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Engaging in the sensory profile showing notes of red prunes, flowering geraniums, cut cedar, hot asphalt and bergamot. Full bodied, juicy and intact in the sip with a harmonic, balanced closure. Perfectly balanced in its modern matrix. Better from 2023.

Marchesi Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo Vigna Ripe al Convento Riserva 2017 93 Red

Elegant in its subtle sensory profile showing notes of currants, raspberries, linden, lemon peel, citronella and vetiver. Medium bodied, perfectly matured and polymerized tannins and a finale of laudable beauty. Better from 2024.

Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Juicy in the sensory profile showing notes of cherries, red prunes, mandarin peel, salted caramel, dates and coriander. Full bodied, well matured tannins and a finale with good dynamicity. Narrow and vertical showing tension and character. Better from 2025.

Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Sincere and decidedly well projected for the 2018 vintage this Brunello shows notes of black prunes, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, peppermint, talcum, crushed stone and ginger. Medium bodied, light, fine grain tannins and a finale of remarkable beauty. Better from 2024.

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura Riserva 2017 93 Red

Open and decidedly intriguing in the primary profile alternating notes of raspberries, currants, wild myrtle, guaranà, withered linden blossom, lemon juice, pomegranate, white pepper and cut grass. Full bodied, well polymerized tannins and a finale that lengthens gracefully although a little slim. Better from 2025.

Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 93 Red

Mature and very concentrated in the primary profile showing notes of red prunes, currants, raspberries, dates, split vines, fondant chocolate and peppermint. Full bodied, biting tannins and a lively finale of a dynamic nature. Better from 2025.

Poggio dell’Aquila Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 93 Red

Lively and sunny showing notes of red prunes, raspberries, currants, cherries, sweet almonds and green mandarin peel. Full bodied, perfectly polymerized tannins and a juicy, intriguing finale. Better from 2024.

Poggio Nardone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 93 Red

Rich and very slender in the sensory profile alternating notes of black prunes, blackberries, sandalwood, incense, camphor, withered white flowers and vetiver. Hints of woodland undergrowth animate the secondary scene giving it a dark character. Full bodied, soft tannins and a solidly performing finale. Better from 2024.

Sesti Brunello di Montalcino Phenomena Riserva 2017 93 Red

Rasperries, currants, wild strawberries, lemon peel, geraniums and pink pepper describe the primary scene. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale of harmonic workmanship and great luminosity. Better from 2024.

Tassi Brunello di Montalcino Franci 2018 93 Red

Slightly opaque in the primary profile showing notes of black tea leaves, sage, cardamom, roast meat and guaranà. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale with luminous persistency. Slim but decidedly elegant. Better from 2023.

La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2018 93 Red

Polyhedric and decidedly structured in the sensory profile alternating notes of currants, wild myrtle, guaranà, hibiscus, camphor, lemon blossom and mandarin blossom. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale of laudable beauty. Better from 2024.

Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Tradizione 2018 93 Red

Banfi Rosso di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura 2020 92 Red

Summer strawberries, woodland raspberries and Sicilian oranges intoxicate the glass. In the secondary profile rose petals, talcum and face powder. Medium to full bodied on the palate, soft tannins and a juicy, cohesive finale. Drink now or hold.

Sesti Rosso di Montalcino 2020 92 Red

Red apples, currants and orange peel emerge from the glass, burnt sage, white pepper and chocolate are the secondary scents. Full bodied, not very well polymerized tannins and a finale of a horizontal nature. Distended and enveloping. Drink now or hold.

Capanna Rosso di Montalcino 2020 92 Red

Crunchy scents of red grapes, wild blueberries and currants. In the background there are Mediterranean hints of sage, rosemary and marjoram but also spices like cumin and black pepper. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rounded, feminine tannins and a juicy finale which asks for a return to the glass. The beauty of a classic Made in Montalcino.

Tenuta Fanti Rosso di Montalcino 2020 92 Red

Pomegranate juice, red prunes and Sicilian oranges inebriate the glass. In the background violets and lavender but also Mediterranean herbs such as sage and rosemary. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rounded tannins and a delicate yet decisive finale. Drink now.

Patrizia Cencioni Rosso di Montalcino 2020 92 Red

Blackberries, cassis and black prunes inebriate the glass. In the secondary profile there’s chewy liquorice, helichrysum flowers and toasted almonds. Medium to full bodied, slightly bitter tannins and a sincere, blunt finale. Essential beauty. Drink now.

Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2020 92 Red

A dark profile for this Red with particular attention paid to dried prunes and wild blueberries. In the background hints of croissant and confectioners cream but also spices such as black pepper and cumin. Full bodied, energetic tannins and a radiant, essential finale. Better from 2023.

Il Marroneto Rosso di Montalcino Ignaccio 2020 92 Red

Very delicate perfumes of wild strawberries, pomegranate seeds and white currants. In the secondary profile sandalwood, patchouli, dog rose and camphor but also face powder and talcum. Medium to full bodied on the palate, smoothed tannins and a juicy finale with a pleasant closure. Taste and identity blend in a splendid creation Made in Marroneto. Slightly sweet in the closure. Drink now or hold.

Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino 2020 92 Red

Dynamic and decisive in the primary profile alternating notes of red flowers, red prunes, lemon juice and lime. Guaranà and coriander describe the secondary scene. Medium bodied, velvety tannins of optimum workmanship and a finale in the classic mold, decidedly pleasurable and enjoyable from the start. Drink now.

Ridolfi Rosso di Montalcino 2020 92 Red

Black prunes, blackberries and wild blueberries are the primary scents in this wine. In the background dog rose, face powder and camphor invade the scene. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rounded tannins and a juicy, radiant finale. Lovely from the start.

Renieri Rosso di Montalcino 2020 92 Red

The crunchy red fruit of currants, pomegranate seeds and raspberries invade the primary profile. In the secondary profile there’s orange peel, burnt wood and fondant Modica chocolate. Medium to full bodied, lively tannins and a fresh, fun finale with pleasurable salinity. Drink now.

Podere Scopetone Sangiovese Toscana 2021 92 Red

Fresh with the inviting perfumes of strawberries and cherries, pomegranate seeds and red blood oranges. In the background yellow flowers such as flowering gorse, helichrysum flowers and chamomile but also balsamic notes of eucalyptus and cool mint. Medium to full bodied on the palate, well controlled tannins and a juicy, savoury finale. Drink now or hold.

Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Slightly cloudy on the nose with notes of sour cherries and ripe cherries. In the background pressed red flowers, spices such as cumin, sweet paprika and rue. Medium to full bodied on the palate, well polymerized tannins and a finale of moderate length but still pleasurable. An enjoyable, juicy closure. Better from 2023.

La Palazzetta Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Slightly cloudy in the primary profile showing notes of black prunes, dates, wet wood, cloves and nutmeg. Medium bodied, rounded tannins and a finale of medium length. Better from 2023.

Lazzeretti Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Luminous and decidedly fresh in the primary profile alternating notes of lemon blossom, gardenias, guaranà, bergamot, green mandarin and white pepper. Medium bodied, rounded tannins and a likeably juicy but slightly slim finale. Better from 2023.

Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Precise and decidedly floral in the primary matrix alternating notes of lavender, wild violets, hibiscus flowers and agapanthus. Medium bodied, light tannins and a luminous finale with a captivating closure. Better from 2024.

Mocali Brunello di Montalcino Le Raunate 2018 92 Red

Slightly agitated in the primary profile showing notes of red prunes, orange juice, green tea leaves, cut grass and pressed red flowers. Medium bodied, well matured tannins and a finale with a pleasurably biting closure. Better from 2023.

Rabissi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Inebriating on the nose showing itself with notes of white peaches, summer strawberries and juicy apricots. In the background pure vanilla, acacia flowers, flowering gardenias and Sicilian almonds. Medium to full bodied on the palate, soft tannins and a finale with an enjoyable, creamy lengthening. Better from 2024.

Campaperi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Red fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and crunchy currants inebriate the primary scene. In the secondary scene there’s dog rose, lime peel and cardamom. Medium to full bodied on the palate, soft tannins and a juicy, savoury finale. Better from 2024.

Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino Paesaggio Inatteso 2018 92 Red

Citrusy nuances of orange, lime and lemon. In the background there are Mediterranean herbs like burnt sage, rosemary and marjoram. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a finale with marked acidity. Better from 2023.

Sesti Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Luminous and essential in the primary profile alternating notes of red prunes, cherries, currants, rhubarb, cloves and vetiver. Medium bodied, compressed tannins of a rustic nature and a slim finale with a progressive closure. Better from 2025.

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa 2018 92 Red

Scents of citrus fruits such as blood orange and mandarin show themselves in the primary profile. In the background there are sugar coated almonds and the white flowers of jasmine and wallflowers. Medium to full bodied, silky tannins and an enveloping finale of natural sweetness. Better from 2025.

Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Currants, raspberries and pomegranate seeds inebriate the glass. In the secondary profile there are spices like cinnamon and star of anice but also smoked chestnuts and linden blossom. Medium to full bodied on the palate, soft tannins and a finale with a pleasurable closure. Better from 2023.

Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino Pomona 2018 92 Red

Classic and decisive in the sensory profile alternating notes of raspberries, currants, cherries, linden and lemon peel. Green mandarins and amaretto describe the secondary scene. Medium bodied, well polymerized, soft tannins and a tense finale which needs time to lengthen. Better from 2024.

Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Open on the nose showing notes of strawberries, dried prunes, wet earth, dates and chopped mushrooms. Medium bodied, rounded tannins and a finale of pleasurable drinkability. Better from 2024.

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Raspberries, currants, lemon blossom, mandarin peel, wild thyme and marjoram. Medium to full bodied, well extracted, biting tannins and a tight finale which needs time to come out. Better from 2024.

Bonacchi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Open and decidedly vibrant in the sensory profile alternating notes of currants, raspberries, lemon peel, marjoram and green mandarins. Medium bodied, rounded tannins of pleasurable quality and a lively, structured finale. Better from 2024.

Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Solid and centred in the primary matrix showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, bergamot, citronella, vetiver, juniper berries and guaranà. Medium bodied, light tannins of pleasurably fine grain and a linear, well distended finale. Better from 2024.

Cantina di Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Profound in the primary profile showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, currants, fondant chocolate, peppermint, guaranà and wild strawberries. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale which is really enthusiastic in terms of luminosity and juiciness. Better from 2024.

Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Sweet and enveloping on the nose showing notes of cherries, strawberries, red prunes, lemon peel, white pepper and crushed chalk. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale of pleasurable linearity.

Tutela Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Raspberries, redcurrants and blood orange invade the primary scene. Secondarily burnt wood, chestnuts, hot asphalt, cloves and star of anice. Medium to full bodied on the palate, well smoothed tannins and a finale of pleasurable length and juiciness. Better from 2024.

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Orange, papaya and cantaloupe melon emerge from the primary analysis. In the background Chinese mandarins, yellow tomatoes from Vesuvius and eucalyptus. Medium to full bodied on the palate, tannins without much bite and a simple finale with good juiciness. Better from 2024.

Patrizia Cencioni Brunello di Montalcino Etichetta Blu 2018 92 Red

Very sweet on the nose showing notes of red prunes, cherries, grapefruit juice, pomegranate and a lot of powdered vanilla. Medium bodied, well integrated, rounded tannins and a flowing finale, slightly spicy in the closure. Better from 2025.

Marchesi Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo 2018 92 Red

Deep and decidedly dark in the primary profile alternating notes of black prunes, blackberries, cinnamon powder, camphor and withered geraniums. Medium bodied, biting tannins and a pleasurably rustic finale. Better from 2025.

Voliero Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Slightly cloudy on the nose showing notes of red prunes, linden, withered geraniums, green mandarins, wet wood, sandalwood and patchouli. Medium bodied, fine grain tannins and a finale of medium length. Better from 2023.

Podere la Vigna Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Black prunes, blackberries, camphor, juniper berries, roasted coffee, sage and Indian spices describe the primary and secondary scenes of this intriguing Brunello. Medium bodied, sweet in the sip with a balanced, harmonic closure. Better from 2023.

Patrizia Cencioni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 92 Red

Engaging and sunny showing notes of red prunes, currants, raspberries, lemon peel, cut vines and vetiver. Full bodied, rounded in the sip showing well extracted tannins and a truly incisive finale. Better from 2025.

Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 92 Red

A lot of ‘red’ energy in the glass giving itself with notes of currants, raspberries, cherries, lemon peel, almonds, peppermint and chopped parsley. Medium bodied, rounded tannins and a finale with enjoyable juiciness. Better from 2024.

Bonacchi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 92 Red

Lively with a floral nature alternating notes of lavender, hibiscus, plums and hyacinth. The secondary profile is fresh with peppermint and eucalyptus. Medium bodied, perfectly matured tannins with great structure and an elegant closure. Better from 2024.

Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 92 Red

Structured and well projected alternating notes of black prunes, blackberries, liquorice, crushed stone and bread crust. Full bodied, slightly rigid tannins and a finale which needs time to come out to its full. Better from 2025.

Tony Sasa Brunello di Montalcino 2017 92 Red

Cherries, raspberries, strawberries, black pepper, wild myrtle and guaranà. Medium bodied, well polymerized tannins and a tasty, savoury finale. Better from 2024.

Colsereno Brunello di Montalcino 2016 92 Red

Classic and essential in the sensory profile showing notes of lavender, magnolia flowers, gardenias, currants and lemon juice. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale with enjoyable linearity. Better from 2023.

Luciani Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 92 Red

Solid and centred in the primary profile showing notes of strawberries, red prunes, sandalwood, camphor, mandarin blossom and geraniums. There’s more in the background in the splendid citrus hints of cut cedar and mandarin peel. Medium bodied, soft tannins and a juicy finale which shows precision of execution. Better from 2024.

Mocali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 92 Red

Classic in the open style showing notes of red prunes, cherries, raspberries, wild strawberries and pressed red flowers. Shining Mediterannean energy in the secondary scene with hints of myrtle, bergamot and wild thyme. Full bodied, soft tannins and a savoury finale of good workmanship. Better from 2024.

Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino Le Due Sorelle Riserva 2017 92 Red

Wow! On the nose its solid and centred offering a thousand sensory hints. The citrusy notes blend well with floral notes and Indian spices. Medium bodied, soft tannins and a linear finale with pleasing harmony. Better from 2024.

Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Open on the nose showing notes of pressed red flowers, camphor, lemon peel, sandalwood and vetiver. Over time in the glass we can appreciate the intriguing Mediterranean hints of lime, marjoram and lemon juice. Medium bodied, light tannins and a slender finale of pleasurable drinkability. Better from 2023.

Castello Tricerchi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Very mature with good sensory energy alternating notes of strawberries, red prunes, dates, mandarin peel and cut cedar. Medium bodied, rounded tannins of good workmanship and a pleasurably juicy finale. Better from 2024.

La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Classic in the sensory profile alternating notes of strawberries, red prunes, sandalwood, orange peel and coriander. Medium bodied, light tannins and a harmonic, balanced finale of tasty workmanship. Better from 2024.

Geografico Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Absolutely alive and engaging this Brunello shows notes of mixed red flowers, mandarin peel, lemon peel, vetiver and coriander. Full bodied, perfectly matured and velvety tannins and a finale with a splendid, unsettling harmony. A little jewel from the 2018 vintage. Better from 2024.

Piccini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 92 Red

Refined and decidedly subtle in the primary scents alternating notes of lemon peel, red flowers, guaranà, linden, green tea leaves and eucalyptus. Medium bodied, tannins slightly dry and a compact finale which needs time to mature. Better from 2024.

Le Macioche Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Solid and compact showing notes of raspberries, currants, pomegranate, strawberries, mandarin peel, vetiver and cut grass. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a finale of pleasurable length. Better from 2024.

Andretta Brunello di Montalcino 2018 92 Red

Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Firma Riserva 2017 92 Red

Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2020 91 Red

Red prunes and juicy red apples are the primary scents of this young Rosso di Montalcino. Pressed red flowers, cloves and blood orange in the background. Full bodied on the palate, tannins still need taming and a long, persistent finale Drink now or hold.

Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona Rosso di Montalcino 2020 91 Red

Strawberries and wild strawberries, raspberries and currants are the primary scents of this wine. Red flowers, dog rose and spices such as black and white pepper in the secondary profile. Full bodied, well polymerized tannins and a soft, persuasive finale. Drink now or hold.

San Polo Rosso di Montalcino 2020 91 Red

Raspberries, currants and red prunes in the primary profile. In the background hibiscus flowers, lavender flowers and chewy liquorice descibe the secondary scene. Medium to full bodied on the palate, juicy tannins and a finale of contained persistency. Slightly staid. Drink now or hold.

Innocenti Rosso di Montalcino 2020 91 Red

Blackberries, black prunes and black grapes are the primary scents in this wine. In the background liquorice sticks, burnt wood, acacia flowers and chestnut honey. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rustic tannins and a slightly bitter yet luminous finale. Drink now or hold.

Mocali Rosso di Montalcino 2020 91 Red

Blackberries, blueberries and black prunes are the dark scents of this red. In the background there’s burnt wood, liquorice and helichrysum flowers. Medium to full bodied on the palate, juicy tannins and a finale of pleasing length. Drink now.

Fattoi Rosso di Montalcino 2020 91 Red

Pomegranate seeds, red plums and medlar intoxicate the glass. Hibiscus flowers, lime peel and blood orange in the secondary profile. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rounded tannins and a composed finale with pleasurable luminosity. Drink now.

Poggio Nardone Rosso di Montalcino 2020 91 Red

Crunchy red fruits such as wild strawberries, raspberries and currants. Rose petals, hibiscus flowers and face powder in the background. Medium to full bodied on the palate, fine, elegants tannins and a terse, juicy finale. Drink now or hold.

Podere Scopetone Rosso di Montalcino 2021 91 Red

Blue fruits such as blueberries and wild blackberries but also black prunes invade the primary scene. However in the secondary profile we find liquorice sticks, helichrysum flowers and malt. Medium to full bodied on the palate, smoothed tannins and a soft, inviting finale. Drink now or hold.

La Palazzetta Rosso di Montalcino 2021 91 Red

Scents of white peaches, pomegranate seeds and raspberries. In the background caramelized hazelnuts and almonds, macademia nuts and the balsamic hints of peppermint and eucalyptus. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rounded tannins and a juicy, delicate finale. Drink now.

Poggio dell’Aquila Rosso di Montalcino 2021 91 Red

Warm and feminine on the nose showing notes of Sicilian oranges and Chinese mandarins. Gardenia flowers, jasmine and lemon blossom in the secondary profile. Medium to full bodied on the palate, graceful, velvety tannins and an intriguing finale which demands a return to the glass. Drink now or hold.

Podere la Vigna Rosso di Montalcino 2020 91 Red

Black prunes, summer strawberries and blackberries are the primary scents of this red. Wild strawberry jam and caramelized orange peel in the background. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rustic tannins and a simple yet well defined finale. Great precision of execution here. Drink now.

Martoccia di Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino 2020 91 Red

Scents of blood orange, strawberry grape and yellow peaches. Gorse flowers, helichrysum and spices such as juniper and camphor in the background. Medium to full bodied, light tannins and a clean, delicate finale. Drink now or hold.

Terre Nere Campigli Vallone Rosso di Montalcino 2020 91 Red

Blackberries, wild blueberries and black prunes are the primary scents of this young red. Cinnamon stick, cloves and chamomile flowers in the background. Medium to full bodied on the palate, light tannins and a full, engaging finale. Drink now or hold.

Santa Giulia Brunello di Montalcino 2018 91 Red

Camphor, withered red flowers, geraniums, cloves and nutmeg are the primary scents which desribe this Brunello di Montalcino with its mixed sensory profile. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale of medium persistency. Enjoyable. Essential beauty.

Villa I Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 91 Red

Very mature on the nose showing notes of strawberries, sour cherries and cherry liqueur. Citrusy hints describe the secondary profile. Medium bodied, slightly rustic tannins and a tense finale which needs time to come out. Better from 2025.

Molino Sant’Antimo Brunello di Montalcino 2018 91 Red

Harmonic and balanced in the primary matrix alternating floral notes of hibiscus, rose petals, lavender, jasmine and magnolia. Medium bodied, soft tannins of pleasurably rounded form and a juicy, well balanced finale. Better from 2024.

Casisano Brunello di Montalcino 2018 91 Red

Clean and concrete on the nose showing itself with the crunchy scents of fruits of the forest such as currants, blueberries and wild strawberries. Chestnut honey, guaranà and macadamia nuts in the secondary profile. Medium to full bodied on the palate, tannins only a little polymerized and a rounded, enveloping finale. Better from 2023.

Innocenti Brunello di Montalcino 2018 91 Red

Solid and compact in the primary matrix alternating notes of red prunes, currants, raspberries, cut cedar, mandarin juice and green tea leaves. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale of medium length. Better from 2024.

San Polo Brunello di Montalcino 2018 91 Red

Black olives, capers, prunes, blackberries, incense and wet earth describe the primary profile of this dark Brunello. Medium bodied, rounded tannins and a finale of luminous workmanship. Better from 2023.

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2018 91 Red

Raspberries, currants, lemon peel and ginger describe the primary profile of this young Brunello. Medium bodied, rounded tannins and a savoury, enjoyable finale. Better from 2023.

I Palazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 91 Red

Raspberries, currants, cherries, wild strawberries, white musk and green mandarin peel. Medium bodied, biting tannins and a finale of optimum workmanship, graceful and luminous. Drink now.

Terre Nere Campigli Vallone Brunello di Montalcino 2018 91 Red

Elegant and distended in the primary profile alternating notes of lemon peel, elderflowers, camphor, grapefruit juice, gardenias, linden and rose petals. Medium bodied, rounded tannins and a juicy, linear finale. Better from 2024.

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 91 Red

Slightly cloudy on the nose alternating notes of pressed red flowers, burnt mandarin peel, bergamot, fondant chocolate, guaranà and linden. Medium bodied, rounded tannins and a finale of medium length. Better from 2024.

Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2014 91 Red

Red flowers, raspberries, lemon peel, guaranà, hibiscus and calendula. Medium bodied, light tannins and a finale of medium persistency. Drink now.

Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Colombaiolo Riserva 2017 91 Red

Elegant and well researched in the sensory profile alternating notes of currants, raspberries, wild strawberries, cassis and boxwood. Medium bodied, light tannins, not very extracted and a finale of medium persistency. Drink now.

Piccini Brunello di Montalcino 2018 91 Red

Intriguing and decidedly noble in the primary scents alternating notes of raspberries, currants, dried cherries, lemon peel and gardenia flowers. Medium bodied, light tannins and a luminous, intact finale with a fruity return. Better from 2023.

Fornacina Rosso di Montalcino 2020 90 Red

Intriguing on the nose, shyly showing itself with balsamic notes of peppermint and cool mint but also berries such as white grapes and white currants. Hints of wet earth dominate the secondary scene. Medium bodied, delicate tannins and a finale with a glycerine creaminess in the sweet closure. Drink now.

Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino 2020 90 Red

Nectarines, apricots and red plums are the immediate scents of this red. Dog rose, face powder and talcum in the background. Medium to full bodied on the palate, tannins which are accompanied by a marked acidity and a juicy finale. Drink now or hold.

Padelletti Rosso di Montalcino 2020 90 Red

Perfumes of red blood orange, gooseberry and wild strawberry. Gorse flowers, red roses and spices such as cumin and camphor in the background. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rounded tannins and a long, persistent finale. Drink now or hold.

Castelli Martinozzi Rosso di Montalcino 2021 90 Red

Juicy red apples, white peaches and pomegranate are the scents which emerge from the glass. In the background red rose petals, hibiscus and sweet almonds blend with a lot of bread crust. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rounded tannins and a simple but well made finale. Drink now.

Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 90 Red

Black prunes and wild blueberries show themselves in the glass. Wild violets, lavender and Russian sage in the background. Medium to full bodied, well smoothed tannins and a slightly bitter finale which will distend over time. Better from 2024.

SassodiSole Brunello di Montalcino Sasso di Luna 2018 90 Red

Citrusy notes of red orange, late mandarins but also red fruits such as currants and pomegranate seeds. In the background red flowers like hibiscus and red roses but also Indian spices such as cardamom and turmeric. Medium to full bodied on the palate, green tannins and a simple, slightly staid finale. Better from 2024.

Fornacina Brunello di Montalcino 2018 90 Red

Slightly cloudy on the nose showing notes of black prunes, blackberries, black pepper, juniper berries and cumin. Medium bodied, juicy in the sip with a luminous closure of a rather slim nature. Better from 2024.

Dino Ciacci Brunello di Montalcino 2018 90 Red

Structured and decidedly composed alternating notes of elderflowers, citronella, lemon peel, linden and guaranà. Medium bodied, rounded tannins and a linear, slightly staid finale. Better from 2024.

Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2018 90 Red

Apricot and peach juice emerge from the glass. In the secondary profile notes of undergrowth and mushrooms. Medium to full bodied on the palate, rustic tannins and a finale of notable acidity. Better from 2023.

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2018 90 Red

Blackberries, wild blueberries and black prunes intoxicate the glass in the primary profile. Lavender flowers, violets and spices such as cardamom and turmeric in the secondary profile. Medium to full bodied on the palate, flat tannins and a finale of marked acidity. Better from 2023.

Terre del Palio Brunello di Montalcino 2018 90 Red

Precise with good sensory complexity alternating notes of red prunes, strawberries, cherries, face powder, talcum and green mandarins. Medium bodied, biting tannins and a finale with pleasurable tension. Better from 2024.

Le Gode Brunello di Montalcino 2018 90 Red

Mature and compact in the sensory profile showing notes of sour cherries, cherries, crushed blueberries and grape juice. Medium to full bodied, fine grain tannins and a creamy finale with good luminosity. Drink now.

Colsereno Brunello di Montalcino 2015 90 Red

Very open on the nose showing notes of red prunes, ripe strawberries, sandalwood, incense and dates. Medium bodied, light tannins, not very extracted and a linear finale of medium stretch. Drink now.

Casisano Rosso di Montalcino 2020 89 Red

Silvio Nardi Rosso di Montalcino 2020 89 Red

Bellaria Rosso di Montalcino 2020 89 Red

La Torre Rosso di Montalcino 2020 89 Red

Le Gode Rosso di Montalcino 2020 89 Red

Tenuta La Fuga Rosso di Montalcino 2020 89 Red

Aisna Rosso di Montalcino 2019 89 Red

SassodiSole Sangiovese Orcia Sasso di Luna 2019 89 Red

Abbadia Ardenga Brunello di Montalcino 2018 89 Red

Il Valentà­ano Brunello di Montalcino Campo di Marzo 2018 89 Red

Campo alle Noci Brunello di Montalcino 2018 89 Red

Poggio il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino 2018 89 Red

Martoccia di Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018 89 Red

Aisna Brunello di Montalcino Camponovo 2018 89 Red

Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2017 89 Red

Aisna Brunello di Montalcino 2017 89 Red

Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Molino al Vento Riserva 2017 89 Red

Castello Tricerchi Rosso di Montalcino 2021 89 Red

Colsereno Rosso di Montalcino 2020 88 Red

Cantina di Montalcino Rosso di Montalcino 2021 88 Red

Castelli Martinozzi Brunello di Montalcino 2018 88 Red

Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino 2018 88 Red

Villa al Cortile Rosso di Montalcino 2020 88 Red

La Fiorita Rosso di Montalcino 2020 87 Red

Corte Pavone Rosso di Montalcino 2020 87 Red

Poggio il Castellare Rosso di Montalcino 2020 87 Red

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