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2016 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino

ITEM 8231951 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

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I8263507 1 $35 Jun 12, 2022
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95James Suckling

...dark cherry, plum and hints of milk chocolate on the nose and palate...full-bodied with layers of fruit and velvety tannins. Flavorful... Serious Brunello.

94+ The Wine Advocate

...comes roaring out with terrific intensity and balance...round and smooth, with layers of dark fruit, cherry and spice. These various aromas blend nicely, showing the right contrasts where necessary.

93Wine Spectator

...light on its feet...evokes plenty of cherry, wild thyme, eucalyptus and tar flavors. A vibrant acidity drives the finish, while mature tannins mesh nicely, echoing the cherry theme.

93Vinous / IWC

...sweetly spiced, hauntingly floral and seductive from the first tilt of the glass...bright cherries, candied orange, mint leaf and lavender...seamless and silky in the mouth, with a subtle twang of citrus and vibrant acids that energize the expression, ushering in ripe red hints of herbal-tinged black berries. Rounded tannins come forward through the close under an air of licorice and violets.

93Jeb Dunnuck

...aromatics of clove, orange zest, ripe cherry fruit and sweet floral aromatics. Subtle elegance characterizes the palate...with notes of black tea and cherry pit.

91Wine Enthusiast

Balsamic aromas of camphor and cedar mingle with new leather and forest floor on this full-bodied red. Firmly structured...palate offers licorice, tobacco and cassis...fine-grained tannins.

16Jancis Robinson

Intriguing, savoury-sweet spice nose... Fragrant, tangy and almost a little tart on the palate, while the finish shows a better balance between the fruit, the plentiful acidity and the coating tannins.



Fanti is a family-owned estate in Montalcino, Tuscany. It has been owned by the San Filippo family since the 18th century, and is today run by Sarrino Fanti, who in 2004 oversaw the construction of a new, state-of-the-art cellar built into a hillside. The 125-acres of vineyards are primarily planted to the Brunello clone of the Sangiovese grape, though the estate in recent years has also planted limited acreage of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Alicante and Trebbiano, which is used for the estate’s white wine. Fanti’s signature wine is its Brunello di Montalcino. The estate produces 200,000 bottles of wine annually.


Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.