The Top 100 in 2021. Tuscany shines with 80 labels in the rankings.

The 2021 tastings end with 4483 Italian labels reviewed.

Tuscany shines with 80 labels in the Top100 thanks to two extraordinary vintages in Montalcino, 2015 and 2016.

Infact 2021 was the year that the Brunello di Montalcino 2016 and the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 were sold on the market.

There’s much more however in this single region of central Italy; the most famous and envied region in the world.

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione and Bolgheri Superiore released principally the 2018 vintage on the market. Very hard to manage, this elegant vintage divided the national and international press but won many awards in the end thanks to the harmony and dynanism of the matrices produced.

Valdarno di Sopra and Super Tuscan presented primarily however the 2019 vintage to the press, exceptional quality and optimum production levels left everyone really enthusiastic about the work done during that year.

The podium is entirely Tuscan.

Best Italian Wines according in 2021

For the first place goes to Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015, a perfect wine, beautiful to drink now but will continue to grow and give pleasure over time. The hot, generous year allowed the poliphenolic components to mature perfectly making the wine pleasant from the start uniting material and persistence in every sip.

In second place on the podium another perfect Tuscan wine is San Giusto a Rentennano Toscana La Ricolma 2018. La Ricolma is a pure Merlot from a single vineyard of about one hectare. The incredible work of Luca Martini di Cigala produced an exciting wine during an incredibly difficult year due to the fungal diseases in the vines from April until July.

In third place a wine which continues to write the history of Italian enology, Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2018 is a wine which touches perfection of execution in it’s linearity and pleasantness. One of the coolest seasons of the last ten years in Bolgheri produced a very elegant wine which blends Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

If Fuligni Riserva 2015 and La Ricolma 2018 are symbols of Itallian craftsmanship – small productions, inspired and territorial – Sassicaia is equally so, producing very high quality wine thanks to the work of a close-knit team and hundreds of tastings throughout the year. Different tonnellerie, woods of different seasons and different ages are cared for like a tiny production.

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Suolo 2016 is the wine that has grown most over the last years in Montalcino. We find it in fourth place after winning a really important award a few days ago from Gambero Rosso naming it red wine of the year.

Becoming a Brunello di Montalcino in 2015, in the past the grapes destined for its production ended up in the Brunello vintage and the IGT.

On a South-west facing slope, 320 metres a.s.l and between 50 to 70 years old the Vigna del Suolo is matured in Taransaud barrels and has energy and character to sell. It only took a couple of years to get noticed thanks to the intuition of the director and enologist of Argiano Bernardino Sani and his team.

Ceniprimo Gran Selezione is the best Chianti Classico ever produced by Barone Ricasoli, coming from the great work done in 2016 with a dizzying vibrant acidity. The invisible line takes us back again to Gaiole in Chianti, a territory that is happy to produce Sangiovese and Merlot and is at the top of our classifications.

Giodo produces it’s best Brunello di Montalcino. Yet again the South-westerly slope exalts in the balanced, mediterranean year. Great work by Bianca Ferrini, a figure with a great personality and farsightedness, admirably able to fully manage the winery, from the vineyard to the cellar.

Another Brunello in seventh position in our Top100 : Vecchie Vigne di Siro Pacenti. A wine that shows impeccable enology, the fruit of knowledge and wisdom. A very powerful, modern wine that we need to wait a while to be able to appreciate it at its full potential. A wine which is certainly not afraid of aging.

Oreno 2019 is the best Super Tuscan produced, finding strength and elegance from the balanced and decidedly favourable vintage in Valdarno. Giuseppe Caviola, directing the Aretine winery since 2010 as consultant enologist, has perfected the vision and works the vineyards used for the blend in the best possible manner, much to the joy of the Moretti family. (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot).

Stefano Amerighi produces the best Syrah di Cortona, in ninth place we find Maialino 2016, an intriguing wine, modern, smooth and decidedly complex with an open and direct character.

Closing the Top 10 a splendid Cerretalto, possibly the most famous vineyard in Montalcino, produced by Casanova di Neri it has character and power from the hot, rich year in Montalcino.

Vieris is the best white in Italy, dropping down to fifteenth position we find this Sauvignon Blanc which would be difficult to replicate and has gustatory persistency, it is produced by Vie di Romans in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

A few positions down theFiorduva by Marisa Cuomo, according to is the best ever.

Francesco Poli, a new discovery in the Trentino terroir produces the best sweet wine in Italy. Vino Santo Trentino Nobles 2005 is something more unique than simply rare.

Montepulciano brings three labels to the Top 100 for the first time : Poliziano Le Caggiole 2016, Contucci Pietra Rossa 2016 and La Ciarliana Vigna ‘Scianello 2016 are the best expressions of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Quintodecimo produces the best Taurasi in Italy. Vigna Grande Cerzito 2016 is an extraordinary wine in terms of enological precision and the silkiness in the matrix. Taming the Aglianico in Mirabella Eclano is certainly difficult but Professor Luigi Moio and his family manage it very well.

The S’Amfora 2019 is a revelation, a pure Petit Verdot (which is already a suprise) produced in Gavorrano in the province of Grosseto, refined under the sea at a depth of around 10 metres for 9 months. A very limited production but it isn’t only a marketing gadget, the wine produced is truly more unique than simply rare. And Podere San Cristoforo the producer tasted during the wonderful visit to the winery in Maremma Toscana this summer. Lorenzo Zonin owner and enologist gracefully touches the Petit Verdot and Sangiovese and enhances their characteristics.

We could go on forever but to synthesize Galatrona is the best wine produced from the Valdarno di Sopra territory, il Sasso from Piaggia the best wine produced in Carmignano.

Terre di Leone produces the best Amarone della Valpolicella with the 2011 Riserva, a dignified adversary to accompany it in the rankings is, without doubt, Ansari, the label produced by the Tedeschi family, on the market with the 2016 vintage.

Only one wine from Etna in the rankings this year, the best expression without a shadow of doubt is again produced from the fascinating 2016 vintage : Feudo Cavaliere Etna Bianco Millemetri 2016.

The Barolo denomination pays the price of a difficult year and brings only 4 labels into the classification : Bricco Fiasco from Azelia, Percristina from Domenico Clerico, Mosconi from Pio Cesare and the Cannubi Riserva 1752 fromDamilano.

Always consistent La Spinetta with the only Barbaresco in the rankings: Valeirano 2018.

We close a year of tasting that was rich and decidedly complex to manage, and we can’t wait to start tasting again in February 2022.

Our Top 100 in 2021:

# Producer Denomination Wine Vintage Score Type
1 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 100 Red
Extremely complex on the nose giving notes of wet geranium, black tea leaves, juniper berries, cardamom and fondant chocolate in the primary profile. In the background hot asphalt dominates the secondary scene merging pleasurably with notes of cumin, white pepper, cedar chippings and orange blossom. Full bodied, refined tannins which are slightly raw in nature create the skeleton of this young and dynamic Riserva. The finale is of impressive length and remains juicy and fresh in the climax which is excitingly extended. Better from 2022. A divine wine.
2 San Giusto a Rentennano Toscana La Ricolma 2018 100 Red
Sexy and decidedly brilliant and modern in the sensory profile, alternating with gentle notes of lavender, hyacinth, wild violet, plums, crushed bluenerries, sour cherries, juniper berries and white pepper. Full bodied, silky, fine grain tannins, precise and prefectly blended in the matrix and a juicy, concentrated finale which lights up every sip and makes it alive and extremely pleasant. A gentle caress that is impossible to resist. 22 months refinement in French oak of which about 35% is new. Better from 2023. A perfect wine, a divine wine.
3 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2018 99 Red
Extremely captivating in the sensory profile, profound and slightly austere the Sassicaia 2018 shows complexity and tension in its aromatic mediterranean picture, the son of a splendid vintage in Bolgheri-Sassicaia. The scents of linden blend with notes of elderflower and coriander setting the primary scene, solid and performing. With the passing of the seconds in the glass the wine evolves showing the beauty of only a few thoroughbreds in its elegant vivacity and slightly snobbish scents of walnut husks, green tea leaves and cracked walnuts. The intriguing frame that makes up the tertiary soul of the layered wine alternates the opalescence of the perfectly controlled reduction with mediterranean herbs with notes of marjoram, origano and parsley. On the palate the wine is delicate and persuasive showing a perfect extraction of the poliphenolic components. The tannins are silky and companiable, fused with the natural acidity of the wine. The progressive sip closes without shyness or uncertainty with brilliance and concentration. It is precise and juicy with the grace of a young bordolese blend made up of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Extraordinary now but the Sassicaia 2018 will be better from 2024 onwards.
4 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Suolo 2016 99 Red
Egocentric, rich in imposingly graceful personality and precision of execution, touching points of an unnatural beauty. Delicate and performing at the same time, showing floral notes of camphor, hibiscus, geraniums, acacia and elderflower. In the background the primary performance comes from the strength of mandarin juice well blended with notes of salted caramel and chopped parsley. Medium to full bodied, incredibly silky tannins at the front of the palate and a juicy and fresh finish which vibrates on the centre palate until the closing which is savoury and juicy. What style! From a vineyard of 4.4 hectares with east-west exposure. Better from 2021.
5 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Ceniprimo Gran Selezione 2018 99 Red
Energy to sell and a purity of soul opens the way to a remarkable quantity of notes which are reminiscent of hibiscus flowers, wet geranuims, calendula, pressed lavander and wild violet. There’s more in the dark profile in the background, swinging between wild blackberries, black plums and fondant chocolate. Medium to full bodied, juicy and vibrant on the centre palate and onwards in the search for an impressive vertical lenthening, pure synergy between the acidic and polyphenolic parts. Only 6000 bottles produced. Better from 2023.
6 Giodo Brunello di Montalcino   2016 99 Red
Delicate and juicy in the primary profile the Giodo 2016 exciting from the start with its subtle and shy presentation which hides the intoxicating complexity hoped for. The mixed floral and fruit scents turn in different directions melting into notes of dried chamomile, withered hibiscus and elderflower. The main core is rich in raspberries, blackcurrants and pomegranate joined with fresh ginger, almond and cedar chippings. Full bodied, graceful, rich silky tannins and a centred finish. Perfectly in line with the producer’s vision of elegance. Better from 2022.
7 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2016 99 Red
Precision of execution and futuristic vision of an essential beauty make this incandescently pleasurable on the nose. The scents of red prunes blend with notes of hibiscus, geraniums and salted caramel. There is more in the background with notes of lavender and blueberries blended into the three-dimensional matrix which recollects hints of balsamic. Full bodied, tannins incredibly blended into the matrix which caress the palate and describe a growing parable of luminous essence. The finale is rich in pulp and juicy, centred and perfectly balanced. Better from 2022.
8 Tenuta Sette Ponti Toscana Oreno 2019 98 Red
Dense and deep in the glass l’Oreno 2019 on its’ 20th birthday is captivating and decided, remaining noble and giving with alternating floral scents in the primary profile. The notable beauty of rose petals, hibiscus flowers, calendula, wisteria and linden well fused between themselves to which nuances of chamomile and mandarin rind are added. In the background the complexity emerges in the grace of the mediterranean profile rich in rosemary, wild thyme and marjoram. Full bodied, silky tannins of admirable quality and perfect integration and a dense, enveloping finale that gives emotion in every sip. Refined for around 16 months in barriques of first or second usage. A blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. Better from 2023.
9 Stefano Amerighi Syrah Cortona Maialino 2016 98 Red
Expressive and rich in personality, in the 2016 vintage Maialino shows a profile of a rebel nature that highlights a mixed floral traces of herbaceous notes, elegant and noble. The scents of lavender blend with notes of hyacinth, wild myrtle, thyme and calendula. The secondary matrix shines brightly and true in the pleasurable and well contained presence of green tea leaves and split vine. Medium bodied, perfectly mature, well polymerized tannins and a finale with the pure essence of a modern, elegant vision that expresses the territory without overdoing it. Maialino 2016 is an incredible wine that gives emotion in every sip. 100% whole bunch fermentation. Drink now.
10 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2015 99 Red
It is centred and gives a profile rich in tension made up of notes which are reminiscent of black prunes, myrtle leaves, juniper berries, sandalwood, incense, wet earth and red orange juice. It slowly develops complex and unusual hints of graphite, gunshot powder and hot chocolate that only a select few can offer in the matrix. Full bodied, slightly rigid in the main structure showing soft and powdery tannins and a finale which ignites the centre palate and also afterwards in the search for an impressive length. The combination of horizontal power and vertical depth is masterful. A Masterpiece of Montalcino which deserves eternal glory. From a vineyard of 4 hectares with easterly exposure. Better from 2022.
11 Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina d’oro Riserva 2015 99 Red
Mature and complex giving notes of wet geraniums, incense, sandalwood and drops of bergamot. In the background the energetic citrus gives feeling to sour orange merged with lime and orange blossom. Full bodied, juicy and centred showing a strong and true core. Tannins of remarkable workmanship round and well extracted in the matrix and an elegant final closure. Better from 2022.
12 Argiano Toscana Solengo 2019 98 Red
Incredibly strong and dense in the glass it moves in a graceful, dynamic way showing a top-player profile in the sensory richness that touches various spheres. The scents of plums meet black prunes, wild blackberries and crushed blueberries. In the background hints of cedar, calendula and marjoram animate the secondary scene. Full bodied, velvety tannins of incredible workmanship and a solid, compact finale which closes savoury and juicy generating a great temptation to return to the glass immediately. A milestone of Italian enology it exalts in the sunny, strong vintage of the extraordinary year of 2019 in Tuscany. Better from 2024.
13 Orma Toscana   2019 98 Red
Rich and decidedly intriguing in the initial setting alternating notes of hibiscus, turmeric, sweet paprika, yellow bell peppers and saffron. Complex and decidedly spicy giving notes of sandalwood and crushed stone in the background. Full bodied, mature tannins, perfectly smoothed and integrated and a compact finale of solid setup really hard to scratch. Refined for 18 months in primarily new French oak barrels. A blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc. Better from 2024.
14 Ceralti Bolgheri Superiore Sonoro 2019 98 Red
Rich in energy and character offering a mixed profile of violets, black prunes, plums, white amonds and crumbled amaretto. The toasted hazelnuts in the background give pleasantness and a record of knowledgeably used wood. Medium to full bodied, an elegant structure, slim entering the palate and uni-directional in its progressive momentum. The perfectly matured tannins are integrated in the matrix and make up the skeleton of this wine. Only 6 tonneau produced and 3300 bottles available from January 2022. Better from 2023.
15 Vie di Romans Sauvignon Blanc Friuli Isonzo Vieris 2019 98 White
Elegant and decidedly snobbish in the primary profile, alternating notes of cut grass, green bell peppers, white musk, boxwood and flint. There’s more in the subtle presence of citronella and wild thyme which dominate the secondary scene. The riductive beginning in the matrix asks to be waited for and augments the expectation in the sip. Full bodied, a dense and perfectly linear structure and progressive emotions from the start with the perfection of execution and the capacity to transport you to its true essence, direct and simply unique. Vieris 2019 is the best Sauvignon Blanc in Italy. Drink now or hold.
16 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 98 Red
Rich in ripe fruit this Riserva denotes quality in every centimetre of the glass thanks to the pleasantness of strawberries blended with notes of pomegranate, grapefruit juice, red plums and crushed blueberry leaves. The secondary scene is tinged with black with the hint of cinchona and bergamot drops. Medium to full bodied, tannins soft on the attack on the palate which, however, hide bite and character on the centre palate onwards, then they thicken and blend in a finale of notable tension, long and sharp. Better from 2022.
17 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Roncicone Gran Selezione 2018 98 Red
The essential style is betrayed by the contact with the fine lees generating a complex and multiformed wine on the nose from the extraordinary 2018 Chianti Classico vintage, particularly from Gaiole. The elegance of crushed blueberries gives background to the gentle notes of geranuims, hibiscus flowers and magnolia. Alternating in the background are nuances of cedar and salted caramel with cocoa powder. Medium to full bodied, perfectly integrated tannins and a savoury, uni-directional finale, extremely modern with the beauty of the fruit and the drinkability of a great Sangiovese. Only 6000 bottles produced. Drink now or hold.
18 Petrolo Valdarno di Sopra Galatrona 2019 98 Red
Precise and extremely elegant in the primary profile, alternating notes of black plums, blackberries, liquorice, strawberries, camphor and orange blossom. In the background the hints of cedar and lychee fill the secondary scene and give character to the matrix. Full bodied, soft tannins of good workmanship and a balanced finale, decidedly pleasurable in the sip. Drink now or hold.
19 Marisa Cuomo Costa d’Amalfi Fiorduva 2019 98 White
The Fiorduva 2019 shines like gold and has the most bold and intense sensory indicator possible. The scents of broom and helichrysum blends with white hints of slightly wilted flowers such as acacia, jasmine and gardenias. The alternating scents of wild thyme and rosemary in the background create dynanism in the captivating matrix on unique workmanship. Full bodied, perfectly linear structure with no vibrations or agitations and a silky finale that gives grace to every sip. A masterpiece made in Costa d’Amafi, the best expression ever. Drink now or hold.
20 Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino Fiore del Vento 2016 98 Red
Full and enveloping in the primary profile it gives the beauty of wild violet, jasmine flowers, wild strawberries and white chocolate. The background with a slight reduction gives a complexity that stands out. Full bodied, dense and compact on the palate showing a power which would be difficult to replicate and a beautiful final manifestation. An expression of Brunello far from classic but of un-doubtable quality and an exciting closure. Better from 2023.
21 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie 2016 98 Red
Decadent and bohemian lending nobility to a definitive tertiary profile. Red prunes unite with notes of black cherries, dried cherries, powdered cinnamon and star of anise. The background of equal intensity gives a synchronous sweetness blending icing sugar, chinotto and wild thyme. It is complex in its Mediterranean profile giving marjoram and burnt sage, the perfect frame for a picture made with care and dedication. Full bodied, perfectly polymerized fine grained tannins in the matrix and a tight and vibrant finish on the centre palate it then inflames in the search for a tight persistent closing. Better from 2022.
22 Quintodecimo Taurasi Vigna Grande Cerzito Riserva 2016 98 Red
Fascinating and decidedly noble in the primary profile showing floral and spicy notes in the sensory bouquet. The matrix alternates scents of black tea leaves, ginseng root, wild myrtle and a lot of medicinal herbs. In the background it gives its guarantee with alternating notes of cumin and coriander which create intrigue and high expectations in the tasting. Full bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a long, large finale that perfectly joins the opulence of the attack with the closure that tightens on the centre palate reaching an extension of remarkable persistency. Never has such elegance been seen before in Campania. Better from 2023.
23 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino PS Riserva 2015 98 Red
Imperial and progressive showing a beautifully indomitable sensory profile and decisively intriguing. The elegance of pressed red flowers blends with dark notes of mature black cherries, lavender, wild violets, lime trees and juniper berries. The elegance of the secondary profile comes from the beauty of orange juice and dog rose. Full bodied, the incredibly silky tannins change attack in both form and structure in the centre palate, then thickening and creating a tightness few can attain in the world of Sangiovese. The finale is enveloping and vertical, lasting on the palate for almost a minute. Better from 2023.
24 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino   2016 98 Red
Radiant and essential in the glass it presents itself with a brilliant and unloaded body with shades of cherry and intoxicating perfumes reminiscent of hibiscus, mandarin flowers, calendula, chamomile and wild thyme. In the background citronella merges into shades of lemon and lime skin giving richness and complexity to the matrix. Medium bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a finish of incredible drinkability. Love at first sight. Drink now or age.
25 Cantina Terlan Alto Adige Grande Cuvée Terlaner Primo 2018 98 White
Deep and thrilling, the delicately decisive character of this young white made in Alto Adige sees a blend that is intriguing and interesting, blending well in notes of magnolia, elderflower, jasmine, split vines, bay, burnt sage and cut grass. It is incisive and performing on the nose and multiformed in the way it continually evolves in the glass. Medium to full bodied, silky on the palate showing pleasantness and harmony in the effervescence and vibrations it reveals sip after sip. The juicy and decidedly savoury finale completes the picture of impressive quality which will come out over time and hold up well in aging. One of the best Italian whites is produced from vineyards with an average age of over 50 years. Only 3000 bottles. A blend of 70 Pinot Bianco, 27% Chardonnay and 3% Sauvignon Blanc. Better from 2022.
26 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 98 Red
Rich with dried cherries and grapefruit juice which give soul to the primary scene in a brilliant and dynamic way. The scents of mandarin rind, lime trees and crushed rock give the hoped for complexity in the background. Full bodied, tannins which are incredibly silky on the palate are blended into the matrix and confirm the skills of one of the most stable producers in Montalcino. Drink now or age.
27 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Piero 2016 98 Red
Slightly cloudy on the nose slowly revealing scents of pressed red flowers, cracked walnuts, dried chamomile and sweet cherries. In the background the noble spirit reveals the beauty of withered marjoram, oregano and coriander. Medium to full bodied, gently extracted sweet tannins and a remarkable sweetness of finish which enchants from the first sip. Better from 2022.
28 Renieri Brunello di Montalcino   2016 98 Red
Elegant and bohemian showing floral traces of hibiscus, walnut husks, chinotto, juniper berries and burnt mandarin skin. In the background small hints of sandalwood increase the grace of the matrix. Full bodied, velvety, succulent tannins perfectly extracted from the matrix and a finale which shows a graceful and bright closure. Better from 2021.
29 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino   2016 98 Red
This young Brunello has an incandescent and decidedly exciting regal spirit which gives scents of pressed acacia, incense, white pepper, wet leaves, wild myrtle and salted caramel. The floral background animates the secondary scene, sweetening the spices and the main character. Medium to full bodied, perfectly smoothed and integrated fine grained tannins, a graceful finish and elegant in the delicate and essential closing. Better from 2021.
30 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 98 Red
Mature and meaty offering a complex picture to the senses, full of black prunes, fondant chocolate, wet liquorice and flowering geraniums. The complexity shows in the background with a swing between wild myrtle and cloves united with white pepper. Full bodied, delicate and graceful on the palate showing creamy tannins of excellent quality and an enveloping finish of pure beauty. A eulogy to the beauty of sublime purity. Drink now or age.
31 Pietroso Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 98 Red
An intoxicatingly rich and pronounced personality, a multifaceted Brunello that captures with the impressive sweetness of red prunes blended with scents of walnut shells, green tea leaves, chinotto, icing sugar and cinnamon. The Mediterranean spiced framework describes the beauty of wild thyme, citronella and lime trees. Full bodied, incredibly velvety tannins and a sold and centred finish which show a grace and creaminess difficult to replicate. Better from 2022.
32 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino   2016 97 Red
It is solid and centred and offers a captivating mix of red and black hibiscus notes, pressed violet, wet geraniums, juniper berries and black pepper. Medium to full bodied, long and ample showing sweet tannins and a final classic mark in the finale which is difficult to resist. It is complex and authentic with an exciting climax sip after sip. Drink now or age.
33 Tua Rita Toscana Redigaffi 2018 97 Red
The Redigraffi 2018 shows elegance and the shy presence of black and red small berried fruits. The complexity in the glass comes out over time in the scents of morello, wet geraniums, linden blossom, fig leaves, rose petals, lychee and rhubarb. Full bodied, perfectly mature and sincere in the fruit showing perfectly mature silky tannins and a finale of elegant progression, constant and perfectly linear. Smooth and dynamic showing the best profile of a cultivation that exalted in a cooler year. Better from 2022.
34 Mazzei Chianti Classico Badiòla Gran Selezione 2018 97 Red
Eccentric and vibrant in its dynamic and luminous sensory profile giving a myriad of scents reminiscent of cherries, orange blossom, lemon rind, lime flowers and jasmine. In the background calendula and crushed stalks give depth and sensory harmony. Full bodied, refined tannins and an extremely beautiful finale. Best from 2023.
35 Podere Sapaio Toscana Sapaio 2018 97 Red
Bewitching with a solid, impenetrable profile that concedes a floral reading of a modern, elegant mold. The lavender blends with hints of violets, plums, hyacinth and rose petals. The secondary picture is a sweet caress of the white flowers of magnolia, linden and jasmine. Full bodied, tight and vibrant on the palate offering a dynamic progression, the daughter of knowledge and great workmanship. A delicately potent finale that hits you immediately. Better from 2023.
36 Fattoria Le Pupille Toscana Saffredi 2018 97 Red
Extremely elegant giving a sensory picture of solid thickness and performance, alternating the mature scents of black prunes, blackberries, wild myrtle and origano with hints of mandarin juice, juniper berries and black pepper. Full bodied, perfectly mature tannins which show a regal silkiness and a perfectly linear, distended finale, rich in juiciness and character. One of the best expressions of Saffredi in terms of the protection of the fruit and search for beauty in the tasting. Refined in new French oak barrels for around 60%. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Better from 2023.
37 Tenuta Sette Ponti Sangiovese Valdarno di Sopra Vigna dell’Impero 2018 97 Red
Fascinating and rich in sex appeal the Sangiovese Vigna dell’Impero 2018 shows a subtle elegance made up of the delicate floral notes of rose petals, hibiscus in flower, magnolia, camphor and lemon blossom. The sensory complexity reveals itself in the background however thanks to the alternation between white musk, rosemary and crushed bay. Full bodied, tannins rounded and perfectly polymerized, slightly scratchy for the type of vine and a slim, performing finale with a modern, sharp closure. An exceptional expression of rare beauty from the splendid mediterranean vintage in Valdarno di Sopra. Pure Sangiovese, only 6600 bottles produced. Two years refinement in large 30hl barrels. Drink now or hold.
38 Petrolo Toscana Bòggina B 2019 97 White
Extremely complex, alternating floral and fruity notes which are thrilling in their hints of chamomile, helichrysum, yellow peaches, turmeric, ginger, roasted hazelnuts and rosemary. Full bodied, a perfectly linear structure which lights up the centre palate in search of an impressive extension. A masterpiece in Valdarno. Drink now or hold.
39 Francesco Poli Vino Santo Trentino Nobles 2005 97 Sweet
Serious and multiform, alternating notes of apricots, white peaches, dates, persimmon, salted caramel, Bourbon vanilla and wilted yellow flowers. Full bodied, elegant and decisively complex in the sip, perfect play between volume and depth giving immediate pleasure and tension, to which we can add the mouthwatering induced by the freshness and right amount of acidity content. Only 12000 bottles produced. One of the best sweet wines in Italy. Drink now or hold.
40 Mazzei Toscana Siepi 2018 97 Red
Iconic and regal showing a floral beauty that alternates lavender with scents of hibiscus, wet geraniums, hot asphalt and juniper berries. A frame of citrusy nuances describes itself with notes of pink grapefruit juice, pink pepper, cinnamon powder and sweet caramel. Full bodied, slightly rigid tannins well blended into a matrix rich in material and a finale that goes vertical from the centre palate and onwards. A blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Merlot. Better from 2023.
41 Stefano Amerighi Syrah Cortona Apice 2016 97 Red
Wild and savage showing energy and sensory vivacity in the authentic complexity of a Syrah who is the daughter of territory and wisdom. The scents of lavender and hibiscus blend with notes of hawthorne, acacia and lemon blossom. The secondary scene is tinged with blue notes of prunes and crushed blueberries. The presence of rose petals is impressive and give it the bohemian beauty which characterises the great winemakers. Medium to full bodied, juicy and vibrant on the palate showing a rounded tannic profile that is well presented and a finale of incredible workmanship, smooth with incredible progression. 60% fermentation with the entire bunch. Drink now or hold.
42 Le Macchiole Toscana Paleo 2018 97 Red
Extremely captivating on the nose showing an incredible complexity made with alternating floral and sharp, decisive fruit scents. The scents of lavender, hibiscus and hyacinth blend with notes of plums, hard cherries, magnolia and passion-flower. A lot of unripe cherry dominates the secondary scene and frames a picture of rare beauty. Full bodied, light and fragrant on entering the palate giving a delicate progression which is smooth yet dynamic. The tannins are silky and the finale is a sweet road that takes us back to the glass. Delicious now but will be better from 2023. A perfect wine, a divine wine.
43 Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino   2016 97 Red
Expressive and rich in character showing mixed floral and fruit notes which play perfectly with the subtle reduction that gives complexity. The scents of red prunes, black prunes, hot pebble, hibiscus flowers and withered geraniums are the primary perfumes. Wet asphalt and sour orange fill the secondary scene. Medium bodied, sweet, rounded tannins well integrated into the matrix and a tight and lovely finish that imposes its beauty over the delicate progression. Better from 2022.
44 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio Gran Selezione 2018 97 Red
A genuine expression of full, enveloping fruit giving pleasure with notes of cherry, mandarin rind, rose petals, dog rose and mulberry. In the background nuances of wisteria and sea salt give complexity to the matrix. Full bodied, silky, fine grain tannins that follow a pleasurable direction to the summit of the sip and a thin tense finale, typical of the great Sangiovese grown at altitude. Better from 2023.
45 Le Macchiole Toscana Messorio 2018 97 Red
Incredibly delicate and sensual in the primary profile showing notes of cherries, hard cherries, white peaches, magnolia and jasmine. The noble and elegant profile manifests itself in the secondary profile which gives hints of talcum, chalk and crumbled stone. Full bodied, a compact structure without opulence, velvety tannins and a finale of incredible balance and beauty. A pure Merlot that has been exciting for years and in the 2018 vintage finds its precision of execution and vital momentum. It is through the difficulties that arise that truly great winemakers are seen. Better from 2023.
46 Terre di Leone Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2011 97 Red
Terse and decidedly captivating, alternating notes of strawberries, sour cherries, eucalyptus, green tea leaves, wet earth, acacia flowers and linden. A lot of jasmine and hydrangeas dominate the secondary scene giving an important genetic imprint, fresh and shining in the matrix ten years after the harvest. Full bodied, perfectly matured tannins and a finale of incredible workmanship that is thrilling from the start. A vintage for Terre di Leone that will go down in history. One of the best Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva ever tasted. Only 7400 bottles produced. Drink now or hold.
47 Podere San Cristoforo Petit Verdot Toscana S’Amfora 2019 97 Red
Intriguing and extremely complex, a multi-form wine that alternates hints of black tea leaves with incense, lychee and rhubarb. A mediterranean wave invades the background with nuances of thyme, marjoram and origano. Full bodied, enveloping with a pleasurable distention offering perfectly mature tannins and a finale of incredible drinkability. Only 600 bottles, bottled in small amphora and left at the bottom of the sea for 9 months. Incredible new discovery. Drink now or hold.
48 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Marrucheto 2016 97 Red
Wild and wanton in the primary profile showing a herbaceous structure that reveals scents of broken stalks, cut grass, celery and thyme. In the background the sensory complexity gives traces of unripe red prunes and white peaches. Medium to full bodied, vibrant and tight on the palate showing soft and well smoothed tannins and a hot finale which is persistent on the palate. Remarkable from the start but will be better from 2022.
49 Vie di Romans Sauvignon Blanc Friuli Isonzo Piere 2019 97 White
Extremely wild and direct showing a slightly arrogant and bold profile that time will tame. The scents of boxwood, grapefruit rind and split vines dominate the primary scene blending with notes of cumin, pressed white flowers and white pepper. Full bodied, enveloping and rich in character closing in a delicately progressive manner and a persistence on the stagewhich can be managed by only a select few. Slightly sweet in the closing thanks to the sweetess in the matrix and the perfect interpretation of the vintage. Drink now.
50 Ventolaio Brunello di Montalcino   2016 97 Red
Exciting and difficult to replicate the sensory profile of this Brunello whose main weapon is elegance. The swing of the senses offers a captivating matrix, rich in raspberry, blackcurrant, pomegranate, flowering geraniums, lemon rind and mandarin juice. In the background the Mediterranean beauty is signed by wild thyme, citronella and wild musk. It is incandescent on the palate showing a silkiness which very few can thanks to the perfectly polymerized tannins integrated in the matrix and a finale which is graceful and dynamic that closes in a tight, vertical manner whilst remaining mature and enveloping during its progression. The greatness of the vintage shows itself to the full in this young wine which still has a lot to be discovered. Better from 2022.
51 Fontodi Colli della Toscana Centrale Flaccianello della Pieve 2018 97 Red
Chameleon like and decidedly visionary showing notes of wet geraniums, hibiscus, cut cedar, coriander and a lot of medicinal herbs. In the background the nuances of mandarin and pomelo describe the juicy, direct secondary matrix. Medium to full bodied, fine grain tannins perfectly blended and polymerized and a finale in the classic mold, wide and smooth. An exciting expression made in Panzano. Better from 2023.
52 Tua Rita Toscana Giusto di Notri 2018 97 Red
Mature and incisive in the primary scene alternating notes of black prunes, wild blackberries, powdered cinnamon, chalk and sandalwood. In the background the notes of rosemary, marjoram, wild thyme and origano give beauty to the secondary picture. Full bodied, perfectly mature tannins which show fine grain and a distended, profound finale which closes with the beauty of an impressively progressive sip. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot. One of the best Giusto dei Notri ever. Better from 2023.
53 Valiano Toscana Pècchero 2018 97 Red
Extremely precise and rich in identity and character, this pure Cabernet Franc gives pure beauty in the alternation between floral and fruity. The scents of violets, hibiscus, chamomile, geraniums, hygrangeas and gardenias set the primary scene. The background shines thanks to the nuances of magnolia, cherries, orange blossom, lime rind and drops of bergamot. Full bodied, extremely graceful, perfectly matured fine grain tannins and a smooth finale of unique workmanship giving a noble, genuine sip with no frills. A phenomenon at the debut. Fermented in new barrels and refined in used ones. Only 600 bottles produced. Better from 2022.
54 La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino Il Divasco Riserva 2015 97 Red
Extremely captivating and noble in the primary matrix giving mixed floral and fruity notes of strawberries, sour cherries, lemon blossom, Barbour vanilla and orange juice. In the background the hints of jasmine and camphor describe the secondary soul. Full bodied, tannins soft and silky of impressive quality and a harmonic, enveloping finale that is thrilling in every sip. A Riserva in the classic style that in a very smooth manner shows all the elegance of the slopes of North-East Montalcino. Drink now or hold.
55 Campo alla Sughera Bolgheri Superiore Arnione 2018 97 Red
Well projected alternating red flowers with notes of blue plums, blueberry juice and pressed lavender. Lovely and of superb quality the background rich in grace alternating magnolia, linden and acacia. Full bodied, silky tannins of incredible workmanship and a wild, intriguing finale that closes gentle and harmonic with notable progression. Better from 2023.
56 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta 2016 97 Red
It is delicate yet at the same time solid in the sensory profile, rich in sweet notes of black cherries, sour cherries, agapanthus flowers and wild violets. In the background its noble nature manifests itself with hints of chocolate and wet asphalt. Full bodied, velvety tannins and a compact, delicious finale. Opulent and muscular staying graceful and fresh. Better from 2022.
57 La Magia Brunello di Montalcino   2016 97 Red
Elegant and complex at times showing a gentle floral setting which gives hints of rose petals, lavender in flower, hot cracked stone, dried cherries and lemon peel. In the background grapefruit juice dominates the secondary scene. Full bodied, fine grained tannins perfectly integrated into the matrix and an incredibly juicy finale which surprises from the start. Better from 2021.
58 Duemani Cabernet Franc Costa Toscana Duemani 2018 97 Red
The Cabernet Franc 2018 from Duemani is very powerful and slender, it doesn’t accept compromise and shows a mature profile that is decidedly brilliant and enveloping, kidnapping the reader. The scents of lychee and rhubarb open the sensory scene and blend with notes of blueberries, green tea leaves, bell peppers, hot stone and white pepper. Full bodied, fine tannins of very pleasurable workmanship and a long, sincere finale whose juiciness and harmony in the sip are its main weapon.
59 Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Strada al Sasso Gran Selezione 2018 97 Red
The impressive sensory quality imposes a deep matrix, rich in identity with mixed floral and fruity scents of lavander, violet, agapanthus, magnolia, orange blossom, blue plums, crushed blueberries and hot white stone. Full bodied, silky tannins, enveloping but not bullying they distend with a pleasurable bite over the centre palate creating length and persistency. A phenominum. Impossible to resist but better from 2023.
60 Tenuta La Massa Toscana Giorgio Primo 2018 97 Red
Profound and intense in the primary profile offering notes of black plums, blackberries, wild myrtle, juniper berries, cumin, sage and coriander. The character of the secondary matrix is balsamic and gentle attracting attention in the nuances of cut cedar, peppermint and basil. Full bodied, fine grain tannins perfectly integrated into the matrix, velvety on the palate and a sliding finale that closes with grace and gustatory balance. Drink now or hold.
61 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Le Macchiarelle Riserva 2015 97 Red
The rebel spirit o f this fresh and fragrant Riserva is concentrated and vibrant. The sensory quality immediately gives the preciseness of raspberries blended with blackcurrants, pomegranate, unripe cherries and wild strawberries. In the background the energy of lemon flowers meets lime skin which together animate the second scene. Full bodied, balanced and silky on the palate showing enveloping fine grained tannins and a finale with good progression. Elegance has never been so modern. Better from 2022.
62 San Giusto a Rentennano Toscana Percarlo 2017 97 Red
Pure magic in the glass with the kind, persuasive and extremely delicate notes of linden flowers and magnolia well blended with violets, lavender, hyacinth, white pepper, talcum and dried cherries. More floral than fruity showing a medium to strong body, biting, rigid tannins that are searching for the extension and an extremely sincere finale which has always characterised the wines from San Giusto a Rentennano. Better from 2024.
63 Cava d’Onice Brunello di Montalcino Sensis 2016 97 Red
The intact fruit seems impossible to scratch in a solid and centred way guaranteeing a joyous sensory picture rich in black prunes, red prunes, chopped myrtle leaves, cloves and pressed lime. Full bodied, graceful tannins, perfectly matured and like velvet on the palate and a finale of indomitable beauty. Better from 2021.
64 Andretta Vitanza Winery Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 97 Red
Succulent and fragrant offering scents of flowering geraniums, grapefruit juice and blue prunes. In the background the grace of mandarin juice lends vivacity and brilliance. Full bodied, woven tannins perfectly integrated and a noble finale of radiant beauty. Drink now or age.
65 Terre Nere Brunello di Montalcino   2016 97 Red
Fresh and balsamic showing a profile rich in identity which doesn’t go unnoticed. Hibiscus flowers and magnolia blend with notes of crumbled rock, white pepper and eucalyptus leaves. Full bodied, perfectly integrated and polymerized silky tannins, an impressively drinkable, light finale. A highly pleasurable pronounced after tasting in the closure. Better from 2021.
66 Duemani Syrah Costa Toscana Suisassi 2018 97 Red
Shining brightly and decidedly terse showing notes of lavender, cherries, sage, citronella and wet hibiscus. Medium to full bodied, light, fine grain tannins and a linear, enveloping finale that closes elegantly in a decidedly modern way. Splendid now, an overwhelming and passionate Syrah.
67 La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino Persante 2016 97 Red
Profound and intense in the sensory profile with a light reduction which irradiates the mixed scents of black prunes, sandalwood, incense and juniper berries. Succulent and centred the secondary background is characterised by burnt citrus. Full bodied, silky tannins which need time to lengthen and a tight modern finish that ignites the centre palate and onwards. Better from 2022.
68 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto 2016 97 Red
Ethereal and noble, manifesting an amazing sensory quality that leaves you dumbfounded. The alternation between pressed red flowers and dried cherries creates dynamism and gives an incandescent bouquet. In the background the grapefruit rind, cedar, white rose petals and chamomile flowers set the frame of the secondary scene which makes space with equal intensity for the principle matrix. Full bodied, perfectly polymerized fine grain tannins and a finale which really shines with light and reminds us of the essence of this territory that is unique in the world. Better from 2022.
69 Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 97 Red
Radiant and essential offering scents of raspberries, dried cherries, green tea leaves and crushed rosemary. The elegant and centred secondary profile reveals a solid precision of execution and impressive integrity of the fruit. Medium bodied, silky tannins well extracted and integrated in the matrix, a distended finale with a long tight closing that is slightly bitter. Modern and visionary it will give more over time. Better from 2022.
70 Molino Sant’Antimo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 97 Red
This strongly muscled, opulent Brunello shows sensorial depth in the hints of black prunes, blackberries, wild myrtle leaves, juniper berries and ginseng. Full bodied, slightly rigid tannins which create the main skeleton of this Brunello that challenges immortality. A graceful, tight finish that paws the centre palate imposing an impressive centred verticality and long lasting. A Riserva of delicate power that excites from the start but will come out over the next ten years. Better from 2022.
71 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura 2016 97 Red
One of its kind showing off a noble energy made up of hints both wild and attractive which are reminiscent of blackcurrants, raspberries, pomegranate, acacia flowers, and rhubarb. Ginseng roots meet in the background with notes of wild myrtle and camphor. Medium to full bodied, slightly rigid tannins at the moment which give birth to energy and structure, a tight and vibrant finale. Better from 2022.
72 Tenuta Buon Tempo Brunello di Montalcino Oliveto p.56 Riserva 2015 97 Red
Succulent and delicious in the fragrant profile offering scents of hibiscus, almond, wisteria and agapanthus. The citrusy background typical of the nature ‘made in Montalcino’. Full bodied, perfectly relaxed tannins well integrated in the matrix and a finish of impressive Italian beauty. Drink now or age.
73 Podere Le Ripi Brunello di Montalcino Amore e Magia 2016 97 Red
It is decisive and essential in the mature profile but well drawn out with mixed scents of raspberries, blackcurrants, pomegranate, rose petals, hibiscus flowers, shelled almonds and dried cherries. In the background the Mediterranean spirit gives hints of green mandarin and lime skin. Full bodied, incredibly silky tannins on the palate and an eclectic finale that charms at first sight. Better from 2021.
74 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino   2016 97 Red
It is precise, expressive and shows itself full of energy in the scents of black prunes, black tea leaves, roasted coffee and walnut liqueur. Full bodied, tannins creamy and perfectly integrated and a finale that excellently unites the voluminous profile with the subtle austerity of vibrant acidity. Exciting, will be better from 2022.
75 Celestino Pecci Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Carro 2016 97 Red
Noble and rich in maturity showing a bohemian profile telling of notes of black prunes, sour cherries, blackberries, hot asphalt, sandalwood and camphor. In the background the bergamot and chopped lime give freshness and bite to the matrix. Full bodied, incredibly silky tannins and a finale intact with a balsamic and enveloping closure. Better from 2021.
76 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino   2016 97 Red
Concentrated and vivacious offering scents of black prunes, blackberries, basil leaves, melted cheese and bread crust. In the background there id the potency of the secondary matrix which give spicy hints of cloves and nutmeg. Full bodied, fine grain tannins, slightly rigid at the moment and a finale projecting towards an important lengthening aftertaste. Better from 2022.
77 Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2017 96 Red
Decided and rich in personality this young Barolo shows a delicate power that describes in the most elegant manner the vision of one of the greatest Barolo produced in the Langa. Bricco Fiasco is a vineyard of 1.5 hectares, the average age of the vines is 85 years old and in the 2017 vintage they give the bite and juiciness of raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries and cassis. Full bodied, creamy and dense on the palate offering incredible power in a thrilling and fulfilling sip. Better from 2023.
78 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Le Caggiole 2018 96 Red
Fascinating in its terse, sensual character showing complexity in the alternating floral notes of rose petals, linden, hawthorne, hibiscus, orange blossom and mandarin juice. There’s more in the elegant background with notes of wild thyme, grapefruit and pink pepper. Medium to full bodied, juicy and vibrant entering the palate, showing perfectly mature, kind tannins of a velvety nature and a perfectly projected intact finale. The best Le Caggiole ever after its return to production in 2015. Drink now or hold.
79 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione 2018 96 Red
Elegant and refined offering a deep profile rich with lavender, agapanthus flowers, mediterranean bush, myrtle, cassis and wild violets. Full bodied, well smoothed, very fine grained tannins and an incredibly graceful, solid finale. Fantastic. Drink now or hold.
80 Cantina Terlan Alto Adige Rarity 2008 96 White
Very mature on the nose, captivating and multifaceted, impossible to resist. Attracting like a magnet in a typically tropical way with notes of white peaches, yellow peaches, Barbour vanilla, sliced pineapple, banana, cut cedar, marjoram, origano and white pepper. In the background there’s more in the rare, beautiful notes of sea salt and bergamot. Full bodied, acidic and vibrant on the palate showing lively emotions, slightly un-balanced in the first part of the tasting. The finale is pungent and with a remarkably sharp freshness. A blend of 85% Pino Bianco, 10% Chardonnay, 5% Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now.
81 Brancaia Toscana Ilatraia 2018 96 Red
Mature and full in the primary profile, staying fresh thanks to the hints of eucalyptus and green tea leaves. The primary core sees the alterntation of prunes, blackberries and wild myrtle. Full bodied, fine grain soft tannins and a balanced finale of optimum distention, juicy and pleasant. One of the best expressions made in Maremma in terms of elegance and modern vision. Drink now or hold.
82 Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 2011 96 Red
It is profound and complex with a dark profile that alternates the imposing fullness of black prunes, blackberries, burnt sage, fondant chocolate and red orange juice. In the background the earthy secondary matrix reveals the territorial character with the beauty of chopped mushrooms, wet earth, pine and sandalwood. Balsamic and fresh in a difficult year in Barolo blending the tertiary scents of roasted coffee and juniper berries. Medium to full bodied, creamy tannins admirably fused in the matrix and a delicate, performing finale, thrilling in every sip. Intriguing and complex giving pleasure and softness in the sip that closes flowing and uni-directional. Five years refinement in the barrel and five in the bottle before being released on the market. Drink now or hold.
83 Podere 414 Aleatico Toscana Passito   96 Sweet
Extremely complex and deep in the sensory expression alternating notes of black prunes, blackberries, sandalwood and salted caramel. There’s more in the background with hints of bergamot and wild myrtle. Medium to full bodied, juicy and harmonic showing a sweetness that doesn’t tire and a linearity of only a select few. 100% Aleatico. Only 500 bottles produced. Drink now or hold.
84 La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano 2018 96 Red
Complex and profound offering a layered sensory matrix that is immediately exciting. The light reduction creates the primary scaffolding from which emerge the scents of chamomile, calendula, helichrysum and wet geraniums. There’s more in the solid presence in the distance of cut cedar, Chinese mandarin rind and cumin. Medium to full bodied, creamy tannins well fused into the matrix and a radiant, essential finale. Better from 2022.
85 Contucci Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Pietra Rossa 2016 96 Red
Warm and enveloping offering a sensory profile rich in pressed red flowers, turmeric, sandalwood, incense and ripe strawberries. Intriguing and decidedly open in the primary setting, giving immediately to the taster. Full bodied, loveable and refined in the extension of the tannins showing the grace of a select few in every sip. Wow, what class and elegance in one glass of wine. Drink now or hold.
86 Pio Cesare Barolo Mosconi 2017 96 Red
Incredible fullness and sensorial enveloping characterise the profile of the powerful, persuasive Barolo that has feminine features. The red orange blends with notes of cedar, camphor, mandarin juice, juniper and talcum. In the background the balsamic traces give freshness and tension making this beautiful expression of Mosconi 2017 absolutely captivating. Full bodied, silky tannins, incredibly mature and distended and an extremely drinkable, thrilling finale that couldn’t give more. Exceptional expression of the vintage. Better from 2022.
87 Meroi Sauvignon Friuli Colli Orientali Zitelle Barchetta 2019 96 White
Wow, class and determination describe the primary profile of this Sauvignon which is rich and decidedly complex. The scents of cut grass blend with hints of hawthorne blossom, acacia and mandarin. The subtle presence of wood that comes out in the background with precise notes of icing sugar and vanilla is not at all annoying. Full bodied, soft and enveloping on the palate giving harmony in every sip and a hot, spicy closure which it is impossible to resist. Out of this world. Better from 2022.
88 Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi Vigna Cinque Querce 2011 96 Red
Kidnapping in its intriguing, extremely classic profile that alternates notes of wilted red flowers with hints of blackcurrants, camphor, orange blossom, chopped walnuts, almonds and wet earth. Medium to full bodied, perfectly mature tannins and a sliding, balsamic sip in the final closing. Smooth and elegant, they probably produce the finest and most vibrant Taurasi of the denomination at Montemarano. Drink now or hold.
89 Gagliole Colli della Toscana Centrale Pecchia 2016 96 Red
Extremely fascinating in the primary profile showing notes of lavender, hibiscus flowers, pink grapefruit, dog rose, rose petals, wild strawberries and ripe cherries. There’s more in the secondary matrix which alternates the beauty of mandarin rind with hints of wild thyme and citronella. Medium bodied, fine grain, velvety tannins and a very elegant finale and a flowing closure, decidedly long and persistent. Better from 2023.
90 Colli Di Castelfranci Taurasi Alta Valle 2016 96 Red
Extremely potent and brilliant on the nose, exciting in the mixed floral and fruity scents of plums, wet lavender, blueberry juice, green tea leaves, white pepper, cipria, sandalwood and white chocolate. Full bodied, velvety tannins of impressive quality and a smooth, decidedly vertical finale. A masterpiece from Castelfranci. Better from 2023.
91 Petrolo Sangiovese Valdarno di Sopra Bòggina C Riserva 2019 96 Red
Precise and radiant alternating notes of raspberries, wild strawberries, wild blackberries, red orange juice and salted caramel. Full bodied, juicy and intact in the sip giving grace and fluidity thenks to the perfectly mature tannins and a progressive finale that lights up the centre palate and onwards remaining smooth with an exuberant character. Drink now or hold.
92 Piaggia Carmignano Il Sasso 2019 96 Red
Genuine and arrogant offering a sensory profile of devastating beauty that exites from the first impact. The density in the matrix slowly gives nuances of strawberries, red plums, magnolia flowers, lime tree, geraniums, blueberry juice and wild violets. It is sweet and perfectly mature in the primary character, showing the right amount of tension. Full bodied, distended and harmonic in the sip showing a grace and elegance hard to replicate and a finale of amazing beauty. Drink now or hold.
93 Il Carnasciale Toscana Il Caberlot 2018 96 Red
Wild and fascinating by nature with alternating notes of blueberry juice, plums, camphor, mandarin blossom and white pepper. In the background the energy of sweet black cherries blend with notes of green bell peppers and tea leaves. Full bodied, perfectly matured and polymerized tannins and an incandescent finale that closes nobly and elegantly with an imposing persistence. Better from 2023.
94 La Ciarliana Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Vigna ‘Scianello 2016 96 Red
Potent and fascinating showing deep, intense notes of wild violet, cherry liqueur, sugared almonds and fondant chocolate. Powerful and structured showing the energy of a select few. Full bodied, biting tannins of notable workmanship and a vibrant finale, rich in tension. Wow, a masterpiece from Montepulciano. Better from 2024.
95 Damilano Barolo Cannubi Riserva 1752 2013 96 Red
Extremely captivating and three dimensional in the glass revealing hints of red plums, blackcurrants, raspberries, pomegranate, ripe strawberries, crumbled stone and sandalwood. In the background the notes of cut cedar and orange juice give character. Full bodied, perfectly matured tannins, biting and rich in character and a tense, vibrant finale showing the right amount of extension. Drink now or hold.
96 Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Ansari 2016 96 Red
Thrilling and showing a prevailing quality in the glass with mixed notes alternating between wild violets, wild blueberries, mediterranean bush, juniper berries and black pepper. A lot of chocolate and un-ripe small berried red fruits dominate the secondary scene. Full bodied, sof and enveloping on the palate showing perfectly mature tannins and a hot finale, spicy and slightly alcoholic in the closure. Drink now or hold.
97 Feudo Cavaliere Etna Bianco Millemetri 2016 96 White
Elegant and refined showing notes of ginger, pressed white flowers, mandarin rind, lime, bergamot, linden, geraniums and magnolia. In the background the nuances of confectioners’ cream and vanilla, kind and minimally invasive, describe the secondary scene in a warm, harmonic way. Full bodied, a soft and enveloping structure which caresses the palate in a silky manner and a finale of extraordinary workmanship that is exciting in its complexity, amiability, genuineness and depth. A rare pearl that frames a unique year in Etna. Drink now or hold.
98 Gualdo del Re Merlot Costa Toscana Quintorè 2016 96 Red
Mature on the nose offering notes of raspberries, blackburrants, strawberries and pomegranate. A lot of tomato leaves give complexity to the background showing sensory fullness. Full bodied, fine grain soft tannins and a finale rich in grace and balance. Delicious now but will age in the best possible way. Precise and essential, intact and juicy. Only 4000 bottles produced. Drink now.
99 Luigi Maffini Fiano Cilento Pietraincatenata 2019 96 White
Decided and rich in personality showing notes of yellow peaches, helichrysum, broom, talcum, chalk, crushed stone and saffron. The secondary profile is intriguing and decidedly structured with hints of cedar and confectioners cream. Full bodied, precise and sartorial in the sip, true and with perfect harmony in the closure, showing knowledge and precision of execution. One of the best Pietraincatenata ever. Drink now or hold.
100 Fabrizio Dionisio Syrah Cortona Cuculaia 2016 95 Red
Boiling asphalt in the glass showing a devastating sensory power united with an impenetrable colour. The scents of black prunes blend with notes of blackberries, juniper berries, marjoram, liquorice, lavender in flower and wild violets. In the background the captivating sweetness of white chocolate enhances the secondary profile, augmenting the complexity. Full bodied, silky tannins that show a definitive tannic texture and well smoothed and a true finale, rich in personality. Better from 2022.

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