Brunello 2016 & 2015 Riservas

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“Brunello from 2016 and Brunello Riserva from 2015 are poised for long-term success, they will undoubtedly be remembered as important highlights on a long timeline of vintages. These are career-defining wines for many estates and for the appellation as a whole.”  Monica Larner

Brunello has captured the interest of wine lovers across the world.  The hillside vineyards around Montalcino give Tuscany's finest expressions of Sangiovese, and tick all the boxes:  character and complexity, pedigree, ageing potential - and prices that remain accessible.
 
2016 Entitled 'Radiance Personified' by Vinous, 2016 is a stunning follow-up to 2015.  Echoing Bordeaux in vintage styles with 2015 warmer with large-scaled voluptuous fruit, and 2016 a long summer with cool nights defining wines of expressive perfume, vibrancy and tantalising balance. 

“They are dark yet radiant, expressive, nearly explosive at times, yet pure, poised and structured. These are wines that capture your imagination; and no matter how youthfully tense they are today, you simply can’t help but revisit a glass over and over again; because in many cases, the aromatics alone are intoxicating.....I frankly cannot remember the last time I tasted young wines from Montalcino that possessed such symmetry from start to finish.”  Vinous on 2016

“If you ever wanted a Brunello di Montalcino for your cellar to age for decades, then buy the 2016 vintage when the wines come out in the market”  James Suckling

As the 2016 Brunellos start to be released, we are delighted to offer a wide selection, and the new on-the-market 2015 Riservas, rich and complete.  We will continue to add more producers as they become available.  
 
Please let us know if you would like to place an order or get in touch.



 
  

The Altesino estate was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, for its striking rugged natural beauty.  Traditionally styled Brunello, Altesino was the first in Brunello to produce a single vineyard wine with their Montosoli. 
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Altesino, Brunello di Montalcino 2016
£195 per 6x75cl IB. 
“Bold cherry, dried raspberry and myrtle add to the intensity and the brightness of the bouquet   The Altesino 2016 Brunello di Montalcino displays a lively and fruit-forward ensemble with an infectious and cheerful sense of energy.  This is a tonic and crisp expression of Sangiovese with lifted berry aromas backed by subtle spice, tar and liquorice gained over two years of barrel ageing... a good buy for Brunello".
95+ points - Wine Advocate, Monica Larner. (95 JS)
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Altesino, Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2016
£340 per 6x75cl IB. 
“A true beauty. The Wie reveals dark fruit intensity that comes fort as blackberry, plum and summer cherry.  In no time, those aromas shift to the savoury side of the spectrum with smoke, tar and tobacco.  The results are generous and altered offering the best of what the celebrated Montosoli cru can offer, especially in an ironic (sic) vintage such as this."
96 points - Wine Advocate, Monica Larner. (97 JS)


  

“exceptionally good, very classic Brunellos. I can think of very few wines in all of Italy that have improved more than Castiglion del Bosco’s over the last decade."  Vinous
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Castiglion del Bosco, Brunello di Montalcino 2016
£195 per 6x75cl IB
“The complexity and beauty to this is really something with cherry, walnut, tobacco and cigar-box character. Sweet cherries. It’s full-bodied and deep with super intensity and power. Layered and beautiful. Really refined tannins. Some whole-berry fermentation gives this added character. Goes on for minutes. Try after 2025."
99 points - James Suckling (95 Vin, 94 WA)
 

  

“Castello Banfi delivers one of the finest sets of wines that I have yet tasted from this American-owned benchmark estate. In addition to these new releases (from both 2015 and 2016), it's my pleasure to recommend a new wine, the single-vineyard Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Marrucheto that steals the show."  
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Banfi, Brunello di Montalcino 2016
£180 per 6x75cl IB
“The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino offers clean and pristine fruit and otherwise delivers a textbook interpretation of the vintage...This edition shows sharp and focused fruit with leather, potting soil and balsam herb. For a straight-up classic Brunello, this wine delivers the goods. Drink 2023-2040."   
94 points - Wine Advocate, Monica Larner. (95 JS, 89 Vin)

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Banfi, Brunello Poggio Alle Mura 2016
£270 per 6x75cl IB
“Cool and perfumed 2016 Brunello with black cherries, flowers and crushed stones. Medium to full body with firm, chewy tannins, yet polished and very silky. Mineral and seaweed undertones. Just a hint of bitterness. Drink after 2023."  
96 points - James Suckling(95+ WA, 92 Vin)

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Banfi, Brunello Vigna Marrucheto 2016
£315 per 6x75cl IB
This new wine shows depth and power, yet it holds back so as never to be overpowering. The dark fruit is most certainly characterized by darkness and savory concentration, and there are plentiful notes of leather, tar and aniseed. What stands out here is the balanced intensity of the fruit that feels pure, linear and direct. That intensity is taken down a notch in the palate, where the wine is given more opportunity to show a more elegant side. For its inaugural vintage, Vigna Marrucheto is born under that lucky 2016 star. Drink 2024-2044."  
96 points - Wine Advocate, Monica Larner.  (96 JS)
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Banfi, Brunello Riserva Poggio Alle Mura 2015
£440 per 6x75cl IB
“So opulent, plush and enticing with blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and walnut undertones. It’s full-bodied with balanced, refined and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Tannic and juicy. Better after 2024."  
97 points - James Suckling.  (95 WA, 89 Vin)
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Banfi, Brunello Riserva Poggio all’Oro 2015
£660 per 6x75cl IB
“The Castello Banfi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all'Oro is the top-shelf wine and shows careful integration and well-managed intensity. It opens to tart berry fruit, cassis and sour cherry. As it reveals itself in the glass, it begins to slowly deliver more spice, smoke and tar. All these various elements come together with balance and harmony, although these 2015 Riservas remain plumper and richer compared to their counterparts from 2016. Drink 2024-2045."  
96 points - Wine Advocate, Monica Larner.  (95 JS, 93 Vin)
  

  
Castello Romitorio

“While cool-climate in character, there’s a power and rugged feel to the wines of Romitorio, each demanding your attention but also your time. The lower elevations is where we find the vineyard which produces Filo di Seta, with thirty-five-year-old vines growing in limestone, shale, schist and clay."  Vinous
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Castello Romitorio, Brunello di Montalcino 2016
£255 per 6x75cl IB   /   £270 per 3x150cl IB
“a classic expression of the vintage, showing lots of ripe fruit, crushed mineral, herbal nuances and varietal-driven purity. This wine nails that sweet spot between elegance and power that is not easily achieved. It offers an expanded array of Sangiovese flavors with wild cherry, forest floor, crushed clove and medicinal herb, but it also shows plump density and a velvety texture. Drink 2024-2043."  
95 points - Wine Advocate, Monica Larner.   (95 Vin, 94 JS)

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Castello Romitorio, Brunello Filo di Seta 2016
£216 per 3x75cl IB
“a remarkably pretty and pure expression of the vintage. It impresses with a lifted yet stimulating display of bright red fruits and savory spice, framed by notes of crushed stone, animal musk and dusty florals. This boasts striking depth and elegant textures, all offset by a mix of tart wild berries and cool-toned acids, as salty minerals create an almost-crunchy feel toward the close. The tannins are firm yet rounded, displaying tremendous balance and length... the best is yet to come for this complex and age-worthy effort. Drink 2024-2038."
97 points - Vinous, Eric Guido.   (96 JS, 95+ WA)

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Castello Romitorio, Brunello Riserva 2015
£420 per 3x75cl IB
“Showing richness, dark fruit, bold cherry and blackberry, the Castello Romitorio 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (with exactly 7,456 bottles made) embraces the exuberant character of the vintage, its warmth and its sunshine. If you seek a time capsule of 2015, I suggest that you put this bottle somewhere safe. The tannins are polished and chiseled, and at its core the wine is overflowing with blackberry preserves, cherry confit and plum. Drink 2024-2045."   
96 points - Wine Advocate, Monica Larner.   (96 JS, 95+ Vin)
  


  
Caparzo
 
“Caparzo is my go-to producer when I'm looking for classic Brunello with a more accessible and immediate personality to pair with pasta or grilled steak."  WA
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Caparzo, Brunello di Montalcino 2016
£165 per 6x75cl IB   /   £185 per 3x150cl IB
“Plum, ripe-berry and floral aromas with hints of sandalwood and fresh mushrooms. It’s full-bodied with firm, ripe tannins and a fresh, crushed-stone finish. A little timid now. Give it another two or three years. Try after 2023."  
94 points - James Suckling.  (93 Vin)

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Caparzo, Brunello La Casa 2016
£275 per 6x75cl IB   /   £285 per 3x150cl IB
“Aromas of berry, toffee and chocolate with cherry undertones. It’s full-bodied with a tight, focused palate with ripe tannins and a flavorful finish. Tight and polished. Needs bottle age to open and show its true potential. Try after 2023."  
96 points - James Suckling.  (94 Vin)
 
 


  
Il Poggione

“Wines from Il Poggione consistently outperform most producers in the appellation. This historic estate has developed and fine-tuned a distinctive style over the years that prizes elegance and finesse."  Wine Advocate
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Il Poggione, Brunello di Montalcino 2016
£145 per 6x75cl IB
“The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is yet another stunning example. Depths of mineral-encased black cherries, sage, allspice, licorice, tobacco and crushed violets lift up from the glass. It’s seamlessly silky, even as the palate is peppered with tart red and black berries, nervous acids and savory exotic spices... It’s a classic in the making. Drink 2026-2040."
97 points - Vinous, Eric Guido (95 WA, 94 JS)

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Il Poggione, Brunello Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2015
£260 per 6x75cl IB   /   £102 per 1x150cl IB
This single-vineyard Riserva delivers a generous, abundant and determined personality. This is Brunello with a capital B. The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli benefits from a warm and sun-soaked microclimate that is shielded from cold winter winds. You can taste the good health of the grapes thanks to those very direct aromas of black cherry, plum, tar, campfire ash and chalky mineral. Drink 2024-2050."
97 points - Wine Advocate, Monica Larner (96 Vin, 96 JS)