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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.

1997 Marchesi Antinori Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne

WS  97   
RP  90   
ST  90   
JR  17.5   
WS  #7 of 2002   
2 available
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2012 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

WA  96   
JS  95   
WS  94   
VN  91+    
4 available
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2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

JS  99   
WA  97+    
VN  96   
JR  18+    
29 available
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1994 Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Case Basse Riserva

Light label condition issue

RP  90   

2006 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

JS  97   
WA  95   
WS  95   
3 available
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2006 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

JS  93   
6 available
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2007 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

WA  95+    
WS  92   
VN  91   
6 available
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1990 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Light label condition issue

WS  93   
WS  #49 of 1995   

2015 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

12 available
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2016 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Light label condition issue

JS  95   
WA  94   
WS  92   
WE  92   
JD  91   

1997 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura

Light capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; light signs of past seepage; very top shoulder fill

WS  96   
VN  95   

1988 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all'Oro Riserva

Very top shoulder fill

WS  90   

1990 Biondi-Santi Tenuta Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino

Light capsule condition issue; base neck fill; light label condition issue

4 available
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1997 Biondi-Santi Tenuta Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino

ST  93   
4 available
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2012 Biondi-Santi Tenuta Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino

WE  96   
VN  94   
WA  90   
JR  17   

2015 Biondi-Santi Tenuta Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino

WA  97+    
JD  97   
WS  95   
VN  95   
WE  94   
JR  17.5   
6 available
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2010 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino

Light label condition issue

WA  93   
WS  93   
VN  92   
4 available
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2010 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino

Light label condition issue

WA  93   
WS  93   
VN  92   

2004 Lazzeretti Brunello di Montalcino

WS  93   
7 available
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1997 Marchesi di Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino

Light label condition issue

WS  96   
VN  91   
WS  #8 of 2002   
3 available
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1997 Marchesi di Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino

WS  96   
VN  91   
WS  #8 of 2002   
3 available
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1997 Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Angelo Sassetti

Base neck fill; light label condition issue

2 available
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2011 Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Sassetti Livio

WA  92   
JS  92   
WS  91   
12 available
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2009 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino

Light label condition issue

WE  90   

2009 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino

WE  90