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  1. Tenuta Greppo Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2001
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    94 Points! Biondi-Santi's 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as terrific in bottle as it was when I tasted it from cask last year. A dark, translucent red, it reveals superb freshness in its aromatics, with notes of small red fruits, spices, flowers, mint and anise that you could get lost in. It is perhaps less rewarding on the palate today, but its class is amply evident in the purity of its fruit and silkiness of its tannins. This is a wine built for tertiary development that will occur over the following years and decades. Readers who appreciate classically built, age-worthy wines and have the time to wait will find much to admire. In the meantime, this Brunello is all about potential, and there is plenty of that here. It is a great effort. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media Learn More
  2. Tenuta Greppo Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino 2006
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    95 Points! One of the best Biondi-Santi's in years. This is really silky, with plum and chocolate and hints of cedar. Some citrus as well. Full body, with gorgeous fruit and a persistent finish. Give this another three to four years to open. - JamesSuckling.com Learn More
  3. Tenuta Greppo (Biondi-Santi) Brunello di Montalcino 2005
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    94+ Points! The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Annata opens with a fabulous, expressive bouquet of freshly cut roses, spices and raspberries, all of which carry through to the palate, where the wine reveals impeccable class and elegance, with just enough fruit to balance its angular, lean structure. Still, the 2005 is surprisingly round and harmonious for a young vintage of Biondi Santi, in fact, I had a hard time putting the glass down! Though medium in body, the wine offers gorgeous persistence and a long, exceptionally pure finish. I expect the 2005 Brunello to shut down in bottle, but readers who have an opportunity to taste the wine should not hesitate. Biondi-Santi did not produce a Riserva in 2005; instead the best of the fruit that is normally destined for the Riserva plus a selection of old vines near the heart of the estate were used for the 2005 Brunello. This is one of the unqualified successes of the vintage. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media Learn More
  4. Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2001
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    97 Points, Wine Spectator #1 Wine of the Year! Dark in color with intense blackberry, chocolate, and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied and ultra-velvety, with tannins that caress your palate. Vanilla, chocolate and berry. Goes on for minutes. Mind-blowing. - Wine Spectator Learn More
  5. Antinori Rosso Di Montalcino Pian Delle Vigne 2016
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    91 Points! Shows good intensity on the nose and no shortage of fruitiness in the form of glazed cherries. Dried herbs and some ash, too. Full-bodied and chewy with a streak of refreshing acidity and bright red fruit. - JamesSuckling.com Learn More
  6. Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 2012
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    96 Points! Beautiful clarity on the nose with lavender, raspberry and violet aromas. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, fresh and simply fantastic finish. Best ever. Better in 2021. - JamesSuckling.com Learn More
  7. Padelletti Rosso di Montalcino 2015
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    The Padelletti estate consists of 4 hectares of vineyards cultivated organically. The vines are all in one plot, called Rigaccini Secondo, located to the north of the town of Montalcino, at 430 meters above sea level (relatively high for the appellation). The soil here is medium-textured loam, rich in sandstone and alberese limestone with some galestro marl. They harvest manually, normally at some point between the 21st of September and the 20th of October, taking great care to choose only the best grapes in the vineyard to ensure wine quality. The average age of the vines is 15 years for the Rosso. The wines are made entirely of Sangiovese, and estate-bottled. In the cellar there is another selection for quality, with the grapes being allocated to different small cement tanks by their winemaker. Indigenous yeasts are used for fermentation; maceration time is about three weeks for the Rosso. After fermentation and maceration the wine is aged in large Slavonian and French barrels (‘botti’), the Rosso for twelve months. Learn More
  8. Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2013
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    95 Points!  Although this wine is not labeled as a riserva, it is released six years after the harvest as if it were one. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso opens to balanced fragrances that mix fruity elements with spice, crushed stone and smoke. This wine is linear and direct with firm tannic support at the back. Give it another few years to flesh out further with additional bottle aging. - Monica Larner, robertparker.com
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  9. Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2013
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    92 Points!  Full ruby-red. Aromas of red cherry, blackberry, licorice and minerals. Juicy and tightly wound but pliant, offering smooth black and red fruit flavors complicated by licorice and fresh herbs. Classically dry and long, finishing with supple but firm tannins and a bright floral element. It’s hard to argue with this entry-level Brunello’s quality. I find it to be slightly underrated in many vintages, as all the attention is focused on Gaja’s two top Brunellos, the Rennina and the Sugarille. But this non-cru Brunello offers lots of high-quality wine for the price.
     
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  10. Lisini Rosso di Montalcino 2016
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    As you have probably gathered if you have read enough of our rants, 2016 has been a generally very good vintage in Europe and ‘lights out’ in certain regions like Bordeaux and the southern Rhone.  Tuscany is definitely one of those ‘lights out’ areas as our tastings have shown.  We have had spectacular Chiantis and the market is anxiously awaiting the big dogs from Piedmont, Bolgheri, etc.   As an adjunct to the highly anticipated Brunellos coming two years down the road, we have come across the most remarkable crop of Rosso di Montalcinos we can recall from the 2016 vintage, and they are here now.
     
    Yeah, we are fully aware that we are fighting convention.  A lot of consumers don’t take Rossos seriously, like they are some unwanted stepchild or byproduct.  Believe what you want, we’ve had a number of Rossos in 2016 that are better than the Brunellos are most years, and ceretainly more appealing. 
     
    It is simply a function of the 2016 vintage.  In Tuscany, the reds have brighter profiles and more flesh, taking them quite literally to another level.  If you tried any of the Collosorbo Rosso 2016 we featured a while back, you already know what we are talking about.  Now our toughest decision is figuring out which ones to put one the floor out of the uncanny number of outstanding examples we have encountered.
     
    Even being as picky as we are being, Lisini is definitely one of the stars.  Lisini is a highly regarded house in the first place, and has been for a long time.   But while the scribes rush to present their opinions on all of the top-line Brunellos, the Rossos are largely ignored.  In 2016 that would be  a mistake.  This wine has all the trappings of a big time Brunello with a rich, layered fruit core, emerging aromatics of confectionary cherry, mineral and anise, and well integrated, ripe tannins.  You literally couldn't design them any better. 
     
    The texture is perhaps the most noticeable difference with the 2016 Rossos vis a vis other vintages of Rosso or even Brunello.  The wines are round and seamless from front to back, with surprisingly tender edges for their relative youth all as a function of this unique year where the wines are at once plush and light on their feet.  There are vineyards designated for Rosso at Lisini, all from the same missal material as the Brunello.  There can also be some declassified Brunello juice in the mix though, in such an exceptional vintage, we doubt much got selected out.
     
    It’s not like the Lisini Rosso di Montalcino 2016 needed more.  It’s pretty loaded, though it will differ from the ‘big dog’ by virtue of its accessibility.  We’ve never tasted Rossos like these.  They are friendlier than the 2010s and fresher than the 2007s, and in our minds perform a couple of notches higher than either.  Given the sourcing and vintage, this is a very classy wine for the modest fare of $24.98.  The only issue is that some of your friends may not be suitably impressed by something that says ‘rosso’ on it, until they taste it that is. 
     
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  11. Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino 2013
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    95 Points!  Beautiful aromas of black cherry and apricot. Full body, exotic and intense. A wealth of fruit yet remains vibrant and firm. Extremely focused. Long finish. Great follow up to the 2012. - JamesSuckling.com
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  12. Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2013
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    97 Points!  Luminous red. High-pitched aromas of sour red cherry, raspberry, rose, stainless steel, white pepper and minerals. Dense and silky in texture but displays great juiciness, clarity and floral lift; the lively but harmonious acidity really lifts and frames the bright red and mineral flavors. Totally saturates the palate and yet comes off as virtually weightless. This hauntingly beautiful wine showcases everything Brunello can be when made from an ultra-competent producer farming Sangiovese vines that grow in what is a real grand cru section of the much too large Brunello di Montalcino denomination. - Ian D'Agata, Vinous Media
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  13. La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 2013
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    94 Points!  The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is elegant, balanced and bright. The pretty luminosity of the wine's appearance helps to underline this positive impression. The bouquet is nuanced and layered with dried fruit aromas that segue to spice, tar and balsam herb. You get sassy aromas of licorice, tar and cola on the close. - Monica Larner, robertparker.com
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  14. Castello di Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2013
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    94 Points!  There's a purity and clarity of fruit in this young Brunello. Cherry and berry character follow through to full body, polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows depth and intensity.- JamesSuckling.com
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  15. Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
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    95 Points!  Good full ruby-red. Raspberry, dried violet, balsamic oils and sweet spices on the knockout, perfumed nose. Sweet, concentrated and spicy, possessing a deep core of ripe red fruits and tarry nuances that have terrific definition and lift. The ripe, very deep finishing flavors spread out to saturate the palate. Another magically well balanced wine from Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s portfolio of Brunellos released this year.
     
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  16. Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino 1998
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    91 Points! A firm, rich wine with dried-berry, Parmesan and cedar character. Shriveled berries. Full body, chewy and flavorful. Fascinating wine that shows the high quality of the 1998 vintage, overlooked thanks to the legendary 1997. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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  17. Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2013
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    96 Points! Fantastic aromas of orange peel and dark berry with plenty of plum and cherry. Sweet tobacco and mushrooms. Full body, juicy and fruity with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Complex and gorgeous. Fine and very long. Drink now. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
     
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  18. Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso di Montalcino 2016
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    90 Points! Scents of iron and tar lead off, featuring flavors of cherry, licorice, leather and earth. Vibrant and solidly built, with a lingering echo of cherry and earth. Drink now through 2024. - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator
     
     
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