Brunello di Montalcino 2016

There has been talk for some time about 2016 being a highly attractive and promising vintage in Montalcino and from our recent tasing which included nearly 150 wines, this certainly looks to be the case. The 2016 vintage in Montalcino is graceful and vibrant, the wines are characterful, elegant and extremely well-made, offering an intriguing variety in the styles coming from the different sub-areas of the region.

The weather pattern was certainly regular in Montalcino. There was little rain during the winter, which was never particularly cold, with minimum temperatures never falling below - 6 degrees Celsius. A rainy spring ensured excellent growth of the vegetation during flowering and fruit set, though avoiding the harmful effects of coulure. The summer registered constant daytime temperatures averaging above 85° C, in-line with recent vintages, and good thermal excursion between day and night. There were just a few timid rain showers around the middle of what was generally a dry July, but they were essential for the vines and grapes to be in excellent shape in August. A small amount of rain in September and October allowed the producers to enjoy a calm and relaxed harvest, in line with the overall balance of the year.

The fruit from this vintage produced wines with extremely ripe and smooth tannins, in most cases and, together with the wines’ natural acidity, create the backbone that will give them excellent aging potential.

There weren’t any perfect wines in part 1 in the first flight of this tasting, but three different producers came remarkably close, making bottles that are hedonistic and immediately appealing.

Tasting Highlights:

Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino ‘Vecchie Vigne’ 2016 was the most powerful of the wines on the podium. Taut and muscular, it reveals quite a lot of oak that still has to become integrated and firm tannins that grip from the mid-palate onwards, leaving an impressively long, lively finish. This is a wine that needs more time to open up and reveal all its delicate potency, that vinous oxymoron we like so much.

On equal points, we find a more feminine, mellow expression of a 100% Sangiovese, produced by a world-famous winemaking consultant Carlo Ferrini, together with his daughter Bianca. The Giodo Brunello di Montalcino is the wine that comes closest to being perfectly crafted, with its aristocratic and even almost snobbish profile, which is impressively fresh on the palate. It is the beauty of its simplicity of execution that makes it extremely complex and fascinating. Everything is in the right place, making for its extremely appealing style. The silky tannins and juicy fruit are impressive and confirm what the nose had already suggested: real fruit juice on the palate, where the alcohol is perfectly masked by - and melds with - the wine’s other elements.

The 2016 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino ‘Vigna il Suolo’ is the Brunello that displays the most territorial identity. Extremely floral, it offers an excitingly complex bouquet and broad, juicy, and notably persistent fruit on the palate. In this case, too, the tannins are perfectly integrated, and the flavor’s appeal is all in the juiciness and richness of the fruit in the aftertaste. Its extremely clean style offers an immediate guarantee of its keeping qualities, and it will be a pleasure tasting it again with a couple more years’ bottle-age.

Renieri and Talenti are consistent as ever, producing wines of great ripeness and complexity.

Numerous other wines are of superb quality, among which we must mention a new entry from Banfi: Vigna Marrucheto.

La MagiaCava d'Onice and Mastrojanni can always be relied on for the precise style and character of the wines they produce. Sensis and Vigna Loreto are a bit tight at the moment and will open up in the next two years, but they display a quality of fruit that has few equals.

A major surprise and a definite improvement in quality for Celestino Pecci, Ventolaio and Terre Nere, which presented the most interesting wines from a value point of view.


Vintage Wine Name Color Rating
2016 SIRO PACENTI Brunello di Montalcino 'Vecchie Vigne' red dot 99
2016 GIODO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 99
2016 ARGIANO Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Suolo red dot 99
2016 CIACCI PICCOLOMINI Brunello di Montalcino 'Pianrosso' red dot 98
2016 RENIERI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 98
2016 TALENTI Brunello di Montalcino 'Piero' red dot 98
2016 LA MAGIA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 97
2016 BANFI Brunello di Montalcino 'Vigna Marrucheto' red dot 97
2016 TERRE NERE Brunello di Montalcino red dot 97
2016 POGGIO ANTICO Brunello di Montalcino 'Altero' red dot 97
2016 TENUTA DI SESTA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 97
2016 MASTROJANNI Brunello di Montalcino 'Vigna Loreto' red dot 97
2016 MASTROJANNI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 97
2016 BANFI Brunello di Montalcino Poggio 'Alle Mura' red dot 97
2016 VILLA POGGIO SALVI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 97
2016 VENTOLAIO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 97
2016 CASTELLO ROMITORIO Brunello di Montalcino 'Filo di Seta' red dot 97
2016 FANTI Brunello di Montalcino 'Vallocchio' red dot 97
2016 PODERE LE RIPI Brunello di Montalcino 'Amore e Magia' red dot 97
2016 LIVIO SASSETTI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 97
2016 LA RASINA Brunello di Montalcino 'Persante' red dot 97
2016 CAVA D’ONICE Brunello di Montalcino 'Sensis' red dot 97
2016 CELESTINO PECCI Brunello di Montalcino 'Poggio al Carro' red dot 97
2016 IL POGGIONE Brunello di Montalcino red dot 96
2016 LA MAGIA Brunello di Montalcino 'Ciliegio' red dot 96
2016 POGGIO ANTICO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 96
2016 CORTONESI Brunello di Montalcino 'La Mannella' red dot 96
2016 TIEZZI Brunello di Montalcino 'Vigna Soccorso' red dot 96
2016 COLOMBINI Brunello di Montalcino 'Prime Donne' red dot 96
2016 CIACCI PICCOLOMINI D’ARAGONA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 96
2016 TALENTI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 96
2016 ALTESINO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 96
2016 ALTESINO Brunello di Montalcino 'Montosoli' red dot 96
2016 SIRO PACENTI Brunello di Montalcino 'Pelagrilli' red dot 96
2016 VAL DI SUGA Brunello di Montalcino 'Vigna Spuntali' red dot 96
2016 VAL DI SUGA Brunello di Montalcino 'Vigna del Lago' red dot 96
2016 POGGIO RUBINO Brunello di Montalcino 'Riserva' red dot 96
2016 CAVA D’ONICE Brunello di Montalcino 'Colombaio' red dot 96
2016 VILLA POGGIO SALVI Brunello di Montalcino 'Pomona' red dot 96
2016 BANFI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 95
2016 SILVIO NARDI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 95
2016 CASA RAIA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 95
2016 VERBENA Brunello di Montalcino 'Le Pope' red dot 95
2016 CORTONESI Brunello di Montalcino 'Poggiarelli' red dot 95
2016 IL POGGIOLO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 95
2016 LAZZERETTI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 95
2016 PODERE LE RIPI Brunello di Montalcino 'Cielo d'Ulisse' red dot 95
2016 CASTELLO ROMITORIO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 95
2016 VAL DI SUGA Brunello di Montalcino 'Poggio al Granchio' red dot 95
2016 SAN POLO Brunello di Montalcino 'Podernovi' red dot 95
2016 SAN LORENZO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 95
2016 VITANZA Brunello di Montalcino 'Tradizione' red dot 95
2016 ANDRETTA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 95
2016 CORDELLA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 CAMIGLIANO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 CERBAIA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 ALBATRETI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 CASTELLI MARTINOZZI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 VILLA I CIPRESSI Brunello di Montalcino 'Zebras' red dot 94
2016 ARGIANO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 LE CHIUSE Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 CROCE DI MEZZO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 FATTOI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 SANTA GIULIA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 SCOPONE Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 CORTE DEI VENTI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 POGGIO NARDONE Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 BELLARIA Brunello di Montalcino Assunto red dot 94
2016 LA RASINA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 CAPARZO Brunello di Montalcino 'Vigna La Casa' red dot 94
2016 MARTOCCIA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 CAPARZO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 CELESTINO PECCI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 CAMIGLIANO Brunello di Montalcino 'Paesaggio Inatteso' red dot 94
2016 VISCONTI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 94
2016 POGGIO AL TORDO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 RIDOLFI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 VILLA I CIPRESSI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 SILVIO NARDI Brunello di Montalcino 'Vigneto Manachiara' red dot 93
2016 LE MACIOCHE Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 RODOLFO COSIMI Brunello di Montalcino 'Bramante Cosimi' red dot 93
2016 SILVIO NARDI Brunello di Montalcino 'Vigneto Poggio Doria' red dot 93
2016 LA TOGATA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 LA TORRE Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 TERRA ROSSA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 LUCIANI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 LA GERLA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 MOLINO SANT’ANTIMO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 LA COLOMBINA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 COLLEMATTONI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 COL D’ORCIA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 BELLARIA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 VAL DI SUGA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 POGGIO RUBINO Brunello di Montalcino 'Campo del Prete' red dot 93
2016 RIDOLFI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 CASTELLO TRICERCHI Brunello di Montalcino 'A.D. 1441' red dot 93
2016 CASTELLO TRICERCHI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 BELPOGGIO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 LA PALAZZETTA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 93
2016 DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 AMANTIS Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 IL COLLE DEL FANTE Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 VERBENA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 PADELLETTI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 CAPRILI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 GEOGRAFICO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 POGGIO LUCINA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 CAMPO ALLE NOCI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 MOCALI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 MOCALI Brunello di Montalcino 'Le Raunate' red dot 92
2016 MÁTÉ Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 CARPINETO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 PALAZZO Brunello di Montalcino 'Cosimo' red dot 92
2016 POGGIO RUBINO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 FRANCO PACENTI CANALICCHIO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 FANTI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 TIEZZI Brunello di Montalcino 'Poggio Cerrino' red dot 92
2016 MADONNA NERA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 92
2016 PODERE SCOPETONE Brunello di Montalcino red dot 91
2016 ABBADIA ARDENGA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 91
2016 PICCINI Brunello di Montalcino red dot 91
2016 ARMILLA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 91
2016 POGGIARELLINO Brunello di Montalcino red dot 90
2016 QUERCE BETTINA Brunello di Montalcino red dot 90
2016 VILLA AL CORTILE Brunello di Montalcino red dot 90
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