Brunello di Montalcino 2019

Brunello di Montalcino / Potazzine

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Tasting Notes

Le Potazzine farms some of the highest vineyards in the appellation at 420 to 507 meters above sea level. As we know, high elevations are essential today for maintaining acidity and aromatic freshness, especially in the face of climate change. That has never been a problem for this estate, and the 2019 Brunello di Montalcino delivers all the goods. The bouquet opens to dried cranberry, redcurrant, rosemary flower and light spice. The palate is streamlined and elegant, concluding with powdery tannins. This is a 16,000-bottle release. Gigliola Giannetti made a commitment to high-elevation vineyards 30 years age, and that choice has proven essential for the quality of her wines today. In the distant past, Brunello vines at 500 meters above sea level may have had issues with ripening. But today, as the climate grows warmer, her deft farsightedness has proven to be an enormous competitive advantage.

Score: 96

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2025-2042 14 December 2023

Stunning from the first tilt of the glass, the 2019 Brunello di Montalcino is impossible to ignore. This blends an array of dried flowers with autumnal spices, cedar-tinged cherries and clove hints in a way that I find wildly appealing. It sweeps across the palate with textures of pure silk guided by bright acidity as depths of wild berry fruits and mineral tones saturate toward the close. The 2019 lingers impossibly long, leaving a staining of primary concentration to mingle with grippy tannins and licorice nuances, yet an airy freshness remains through it all. The combination of house style and vintage character here is otherworldly. It will take much willpower to keep our hands off of the 2019 long enough to watch it properly mature. Spellbinding.

Score: 98

Eric Guido, Maturity: 2026-2040 07 December 2023

Expressive red-fruit and floral notes, followed by cloves and a touch of fresh mint leaves. Medium-bodied with firm and sturdy tannins. Precise and compact on the palate. Give it more time to soften. Hold until 2027.

Score: 93

James Suckling, 13 September 2023