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Benvenuto Brunello 2021

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Brunello di Montalcino 2016 is undoubtedly an exceptional vintage as good, if not better, than any vintage in the past twenty years, with the possible exception of 2010.

Such a bold statement was easy to make, the reason being I have reviewed many of these incredible wines.


To explain this in taste terms, these wines aromatics are "off the charts”: balanced, fine fresh tannins and racy acidity, juicy, pure expression of fruit and clear cut nuances, coupled with the undeniable fact that nearly all wineries made a wine way above their average scoring. This is how one should measure a great vintage, rather than how many 100 point wines are on a list.

Additional explanation to underpin this fabulous vintage is the fact that most wines expressed the terroir of their region. Terroir is not just the soil, but the complete growing cycle and how various elements play significant roles in the development of the end product. Topography, microclimate, rootstock, vine maturity, planting habits and so on, all adding up to encompass a sense of place.


Last year I wrote about the 2015 vintage which was generally very good, overall not a great vintage, in my opinion. One of the reasons I suggested was the weather was just too good, too perfect, which did not encourage Sangiovese to give its best. These vines perform better when struggling a little.


The Montalcino weather in 2016 was not plain “sailing,” although it could quite literally have been, considering the vast amount of rain that fell!

Very heavy rainfall in January and February, bud break and cooler than average temperatures in mid March, rain again in April and May, average rainfall but cool temperatures in June, which slowed the growth in the vineyards, then more rain fall from July. Temperatures picked up in daytime but dropped below seasonal norm at night, giving the fruit the opportunity for even growth and maturation. Less green harvest also played a part.

Heavy storms in the middle of September made harvesting a tale of two parts: the warmer parts of the appellation were picked prior to these storms, the cooler parts of the appellation were picked after the storms, some as late as the third week of October.

A good and varied harvest was experienced by all.


With the introduction of many new Crus in 2015, the same labels generally did not perform as well in 2016. To keep quality levels stable for these single vineyard Crus, the Consorzio allowed a reduction of yields per hectare. I am sitting on the fence with regard to this issue, because my concern would be a reduction in the quality level of the straight Brunello. Only time will tell and a comparison with Chianti Classico Gran Selezione will no doubt pose a similar question to be answered in the future.


Another question that needs answering: is BdM 2015 a better vintage than BdM 2016? The answers would generally be no, BUT not in all cases (excuse non intentional pun!).

For instance Canalicchio di Sopra BdM La Casaccia and San Polo BdM Vignavecchia are outstanding in 2015 but fail to reach the same heights in 2016.

Whilst Casanova di Neri BdM Tenuta Nuova 2015 was good, the 2016 vintage is the best since 2001 and could even eclipse that iconic Brunello.

So, why the difference? Because one vineyard (or part vineyard) simply needs different 'terroir' to produce excellent results.


And just because we are talking about wine here, I will add another very important element into the mix...the winemaker!

That impossible vocation that requires making so many correct decisions during a growing season as to evoke exasperation, vexation, irritation and often disappointment.

But once in a while, the wine gods smile on such an individual (usually one who has excelled in his or hers chosen profession!). A couple of names come to mind:

Carlo Ferrini whose BdM Giodo 2015 and 2016 are near-perfect examples of Brunello; Alessandro Mori of Il Marroneto who produced BdM Madonna Delle Grazie, a wine of such sublime beauty both in 2015 and 2016 as to leave one almost bereft of speech.


In short, Brunello di Montalcino 2016 vintage gave the Montalcino winemakers the opportunity to produce some of the greatest terroir-led wines in existence. In one word…Extraordinary.


Finally, a word of caution, these wines need time to evolve, please be patient, 3/4 years of bottle time will repay the recipient “ten fold.”


Acknowledgement:

Due to C19 travel restrictions, my Review and Tasting notes of the 2021 Benvenuto Brunello latest releases could not have been published without the huge support offered by the Consorzio Del Vino Brunello di Montalcino and all the individual wineries in Montalcino who kindly arranged delivery of their wines to my office in Umbria.

The effort of Sofia Canapicci and Catherine Mittica under the direction of the Consorzio Director Michele Fontana has been invaluable and I hereby offer my gratitude.



Tasting Notes


Agostina Pieri BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Subtle floral aromatics blend with blackberries, blueberries, liquorice and damp earth. Mid palate shows great balance with integrated, fresh tannins and acidity. Shows finesse and poise.

Points 94 TW


Altesino BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Floral aromatics play with sweet red fruits. Damp forest floor. Balsamic notes, spice, cedar. Fine tannins with great acidic balance.

Points 95 TW


Altesino Montosoli BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Red cherry, blackberry, roast meat. Dusty tannins. Fresh acidity. Delicate floral aromas. White pepper, balsamic notes. Beautiful balance, graceful and subtle.

Points 97 TW

Altesino BdM Riserva 2015

Deep ruby red in colour. Fresh fruits at play. Notes of exotic wood. Orange peel. Soft curves. Ultra fine tannins. Long finish.

Points 94 TW


Argiano BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Red fruits vie with faint notes of liquorice, cigar box, mediterranean herbs and some citrus character. Tannins are dusty, youthful and compact. Needs time to show its true self.

Points 92-94+ TW


Argiano Vigna del Suolo BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Red cherry, wild strawberry, mint notes, tree bark, crushed stone. Zesty acidity. Layered but held tight in a structure. So much more to give in time.

Points 94-96 TW


Armilla BdM 2016

Deep garnet in colour. Raspberry, red cherry, blue florals, balsamic notes, sandalwood, sage, iron. Alluring soft curves on mid palate then tightens at the end. Very pleasing.

Points 95 TW

Beatesca BdM 2016

Dark ruby red in colour. Very ripe blueberries and blackberries. Heady aromas of blue flowers. Liquorice. Not in harmony or balance.

Points 88 TW


Bellaria BdM Rosso di Montalcino 2018

Ruby red in colour. Fresh black berries, liquorice, sage, faint citrus notes, white pepper. A puff of smoke descends on mid palate, holds firm to juicy finish.

Points 92 TW


Bellaria BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. A mixture of red and black fruits, pomegranate, faint Eastern spice. Earthy and savoury with a lightness that caresses the palate. Has a natural richness. Integrated tannins. Cool finish.

Points 93 TW


Bellaria BdM Assunto 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Black berries, blueberries, aromatics of exotic wood and sweet spice. Exuberant vivacity. Distinctive in its complex nature. A joy.

Point 97 TW


Bellaria BdM Assunto Riserva 2015

Deep ruby red in colour. Dazzling display of black fruit and floral aromas. Warm black cherries interplay with eastern spice, red rose and candied orange peel. Rich and creamy. Tannins melt into the wine. Elegant body.

Points 96 TW


Bonacchi BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour, red cherry, dried herbs, sandalwood, faint hint of liquorice, spicy on the back end. Restrained palate that will relax and release more nuances in time. Good showing.

Points 94 TW


Canalicchio di Sopra BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Blackberry, dark cherry , kirsch, cedar, wet leather and damp forest floor. Vivid acidity. Fine tannins. Graceful. Fresh clean with energy.

Points 95+ TW


Canalicchio di Sopra BdM La Casaccia 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Cherry, wild strawberry, grilled mediterranean herbs. Silky tannins. A new level of textural richness. Precise. Still keeping well within itself. Elegant.

Points 98+ TW


Canalicchio di Sopra BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Dark cherry, blackberry, pomegranate, black truffle, dried meat. Huge structure. Rises on the mid palate showing graceful power and layered intensity. Stays focused for a long finish.

Points 97 TW


Capanna BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, sweet spice, balsamic notes, sandalwood, clove and fresh mushroom. Totally approachable as the rich, soft texture allows. Minerality comes as crushed stone and terracotta.

Points 93 TW


Capanna BdM Riserva 2015

Bright ruby red in colour. Ripe cherry, pomegranate and citrus notes. Savoury, grilled meat. Youthful tannins still have plenty to say. The structure is solid.The freshness is a joint venture between fruit quality and zesty acidity. Needs plenty of time.

Points 95 TW


Caparzo BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Red cherry, red berry and pleasing floral aromatics. Mushroom, Faint hint of tobacco smoke. Crushed stone minerality. Has freshness and energy. Succulent with considerable appeal.

Points 95 TW


Caparzo BdM Vigna La Casa 2016

Ruby red in colour. Red and black berries, black cherry. Plush tannins. Savoury and earthy. Dense. Striking character. Superb intensity reminds me of the 1999 La Casa. Will need long cellar time - If you can wait!

Points 97 TW


Caparzo BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Ripe fruits abound. Blood orange, black tea, faint spice notes. Restrained palate.

Points 93 TW


Carpineto BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Red berry and cherry, dried herbs, damp earth, leather, dried tobacco leaf. Savoury. Vibrant. Dense and layered. Great textural richness. Persistent to a long finish.

Points 94 TW


Casanova di Neri BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Fresh red cherry, red and black berries, Mediterranean dried herbs. Lifted by sweet dark spices and sea pebble minerality. Savoury, Textured and sumptuous. Youthful tannins need time to soften. Excellent balance. Attractive wine.

Points 95 TW

Casanova di Neri BdM Tenuta Nuova 2016

Ruby red in colour. Aromatics of exotic wood and blue flowers, black fruits and Marasca cherry. Earth and black tea. A hair’s breadth off full bodied. Close knit tannins. Refreshing acidity. Finely sculptured. Purity of Sangiovese. Best since 2001 vintage!

Points 99 TW (second tasting)


Casanova di Neri BdM Cerretalto Riserva 2015

Intense ruby red with faint purple hue. Mixture of blackberries and rich, warm red cherry. Liquorice, faint spice notes. Rose petal. White truffle, white smoke. Tannins disappear into the wine but the structure still remains. Complex. Intense. Full bodied. Huge finesse.

Points 99 TW (second tasting)


Casisano BdM 2016

Pale garnet in colour. Sour cherry mixed with sweet berries, roast meat. Pleasant progression with fine tannins. Clean and fresh. Finish with soft edges.

Points 93 TW


Casisano BdM Riserva 2015

Bright ruby red in colour. Sweet red cherry, berries, orange peel, dried mediterranean herbs. Savoury. Tannins still alive and fresh. Would benefit from a little more acidity, in time the fruit will assist.

Points 92 TW


Castello Romitorio BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Blackberries mix with soft warm red cherry. Sea pebble minerality introduces a fresh floral expression of mint, Mediterranean herbs and violet petal. Savoury notes interplay with fresh citrus acidity that all hang on a structure of ripe tannins. Great energy. Super depth and volume. Needs plenty of aeration.

Points 95 TW


Castello Romitorio BdM Riserva 2015

Deep ruby red in colour. Mixture of black and red berries start this flirtatious encounter. Sandalwood, violet, rose petal and sweet spice add to the silky texture that beckons the mid palate to broaden allowing a second wave of black berries, kirsch and herbal nuances. The experience envelopes the palate. Just as the opera comes to a finale seashell minerality gives way to a long finish.

Points 97 TW


Castello Tricerchi BdM 2016

Ruby Red in colour. Sour red cherry, pomegranate, orange peel. Briny notes. Faint aroma of blue flowers. Range of spice notes. One for the back of the cellar.

Points 92 TW


Castello Tricerchi BdM AD1441 2016

Deep ruby red in colour. Black fruits, dry leather, sage, mushroom, violet florals with black tea. Potential to improve.

Points 93 + TW

Castiglion del Bosco BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour with mauve undertones. Red cherry and blackberry fruit held up with sea shell minerality. Notes of orange peel. Bright and chaste on mid palate, yet structure shows restrained depth and power. Sophisticated. At its heart is a solid core of primary flavours.

Points 98 TW


Castiglion del Bosco BdM Campo del Drago 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Blackberries, blue florals, dried mushroom and pipe tobacco. Savoury and earthy. Dense with textural richness. Considerable appeal.

Points 98 TW


Castiglion del Bosco BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, blood orange peel, kirsch. Exceptional finesse. Creamy tannins. Balanced. Layered freshness and energy. Persistently intense finish.

Points 97 TW

Cava d’Onice BdM Senses 2016

Ruby red in colour. Mixture of blackberry and red fruit, fresh mushroom, sage. Clean fresh mouthfeel. Finely grained youthful tannins. Vibrant.

Points 94 TW


Cava d’Onice BdM Colombaio 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Wonderful expression of floral aromatics. Cedar, mint, white truffle, balsamic notes. Plush and silky. Chewy tannins wrestle with juicy acidity. Harmonious with good length.

Points 95 TW


Cava d’Onice BdM Riserva 2015

Deep ruby red in colour. Blackberries, sweet black plums, chocolate, candied orange peel and cinnamon underpinned with sea shore minerality. Breadth of flavours expand on mid palate. Tannins tip toe through the liquid. Juicy yet elegant.

Points 96 TW

Col d’Orcia Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Red ruby in colour with mauve undertones. Medium bodied. Red cherries, grilled herbs, rose floral aromatics. Clean, fresh and vivid.

Points 92 TW


Col d’Orcia BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour, intense berry fruit floats on a fragrant layer of flower petals. The mid palate brings graceful and subtle notes of ultra fine tannins and zesty acidity. Good balance. Focused.

Points 94 TW


Collina di Lecci BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Mixture of blackberries and redberries resting on a bed of liquorice and spice. It’s all there but needs time to come together.

Points 92 TW


Collina di Lecci BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Red cherry and raspberry, redcurrant. Tight, dense, savoury and earthy. Tannic bite, lean and does not carry through. Briny notes.

Points 88 TW


Corte Pavone BdM Fiore del Vento 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Red cherry, pomegranate, kirsch, wet leather, saturate the palate with stunning depth and volume. Back end showing further nuances of blackberries and mocha. Such lasting presence. Ample and generous.

Points 96 TW

Corte Pavone BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Fresh red cherry, plum, eucalyptus notes, warm earth. Precise, fresh tannins. Juicy second wave of red berries held up with crushed stone minerality. Linear and balanced.

Points 95 TW

Corte Pavone BdM Campo Marzio 2016

Deep ruby red in colour. Black fruits mixed with sour cherries, blue florals. Savoury and earthy, Creamy and voluptuous. Huge structure where fresh ripe tannins and broad acidity hang. Full of character. Tons of energy.

Points 96 TW


Corte Pavone BdM Anemone al Sole Riserva 2015

Intense ruby red in colour. Red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, subtle spice, forest floor, all held up on a plateau with layered minerality. Considerable appeal. Has such clarity and precision. Still tight but so polished. The intensity of the fruit leads this wine.

Points 96+ TW


Elia Palazzesi BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Red berries, fruitcake spice. Vivid acidity assists in keeping a freshness throughout. Soft tannins. Comes across as a “hobbledehoy”.

Points 90 TW


Elia Palazzesi BdM Riserva 2015

Garnet in colour. A blend of sour cherry, wild strawberry, cinnamon and dried sage with black tea and clove notes. Fades quickly leaving the palate with a citrus, pipe tobacco after taste.

Points 87 TW


Fanti BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Sweet florals hit the senses followed by a distinctive spice profile then, sweet red cherries, cloves, blood orange and kirsch. Soft mouthfeel. The back end showing a heady mixture of liquorice, blueberries and bitter chocolate. Anything else you ask?…So expressive!

Points 95TW


Fanti Vallocchio BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Aromatic delineation is “off the charts”. Brooding and muscular. Superb intensity. Plenty to say for itself. Black fruits laden in spice. Structure spent time in Gold’s Gym. Do not come calling for years. - I love it!

Points 98 TW


Fanti Vigna le Macchiarelle BdM Riserva 2015

Dark berries waltz with stewed plums. Sweet Eastern spice. Candied orange peel in a potent, vibrant mixture, held in place with solid minerality. Bold but ripe tannins and rapier acidity. Creamy, voluptuous. The back end brings in eucalyptus and minty freshness.

Points 96 TW

Fattoi Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Red berries, currents, warm cherry. Soft yet holds itself together giving a fresh, dry palate feel. Has youthful elegance.

Points 91 TW


Fattoi BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Red fruits, dried herbs, orange peel, cedar, hint of balsamic notes. Has the house style of dry structure. Fades a touch at the finish.

Points 92 TW


Fattoi BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Red cherry with red berries. Faint floral aromas, spice, mocha. Nervous style, inward looking.

Points 89-91 TW


Fattoria Dei Barbi BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Ripe cherry. Red berries, minty freshness, sweet tobacco, rose petal aromatics. Broadens on mid palate. Purity of Sangiovese. Superb transparency. Tightens a little at the end with youthful tannins. Great showing.

Points 96 TW


Fattoria Dei Barbi BdM Vigna del Fiore 2016

Deep ruby red in colour. Cherry with a mixture of black and red berries. Essence of red rose, mocha, dry leather, dried sage. Tight and polished. Juicy and linear. Deceptively charming.

Points 95 TW

Fattoria Dei Barbi BdM Riserva 2015

Brilliant ruby red in colour. A rich compote of black fruits led by warm juicy blueberries and plum. Exotic woods play their part. Balsamic notes. Savoury. Has textural depth along with distinctive spice profile. Cool mid palate. Great structure of youthful tannins and acidity that is barely noticeable as the balance is so agile.

Points 96 TW


Franco Pacenti BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Dark cherry, blackberry, blood orange, nutshell. Ultra fine tannins. Tightens up a little on mid palate. Needs time to flush out nuances and relax.

Points 93+ TW


Franco Pacenti BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Warm red cherry, raspberry, soft liquorice, dried herbs, forest floor. Seamless and unwavering linearity. Good showing.

Points 95 TW


Frescobaldi Castel Giocondo BdM 2016

Deep ruby in colour. Rich dark cherry, blackberries, liquorice, smoke, sandalwood, citrus notes with minty freshness. Pleasant progressions with fine tannins. Good tension and poise.

Points 95 TW


Frescobaldi BdM Ripe al Convento di Castel Giocondo Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Wild cherry, pomegranate, forest fruit. Great structure and yet freshness that gives suppleness. Juicy. Great depth. Sea pebble minerality leads to a long finish.

Points 96 TW


Il Grappolo Sassocheto BdM 2016

Pale garnet in colour. Very ripe red fruits, slightly over extracted. Dried herbs. Green tannins. Back end showing liquorice and citrus notes.

Points 87 TW

Il Marroneto BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Firstly, floral aromatics are off the charts before sweet red cherry, wild strawberry and a distinctive, spice profile take over. Notes of liquorice, plush tannins and fresh acidity just add to its appeal. The long finish leaves the deepest impression.

Points 97 TW


Il Marroneto Madonna delle Grazie BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Utterly beguiling mixture of soft, sweet blackberries, plums and damsons. Wonderful aromatic delineation and nuances. Essence of blood orange peel. Mid palate is boisterous and super expressive showing energy and youthful tension.

The tannins structure just hangs in mid air coated with clean, fresh acidity.

Second wave of black and red fruit, mint, notes of violet and dried herbs. A wine of harmony, balance, seamless and unwavering linearity. All this in a Brunello so young!

Points 100 TW


Il Palazzone BdM 2016

Deep ruby red in colour. Dark cherry, blackberry, dried rose, balsamic, liquorice, aromatics of blue flowers, hints of eastern spice. Good structure with balance. Everything in the right place.

Points 93 TW


Innocenti BdM 2016

Pale garnet in colour, Sweet red cherry, orange peel, plum, spice. Youthful intensity. Tons of energy. Well crafted.

Points 94 TW


Innocenti BdM Riserva 2015

Mid garnet with translucent amber in colour. Intensity of red and black fruit, mocha, mint, clove. Lots going on here! Spreads across your mid palate. Finish seems endless.

Points 95 TW


La Fiorita BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Rich red cherry, plum, graphite, leather. Fine tannins. Zesty acidity.

Clean, fresh finish.

Points 93 TW

La Fiorita BdM Fiore di NO 2016

Ruby red in colour. Blackberry fruit, spice. Ample and generous. Tannins melt into the wine. Flamboyant.

Point 95 TW


La Fiorita BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Rich palette of florals and blackberries. Very elegant body. Fresh, clean and bright.

Points 94 TW

La Fortuna BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Fresh red cherries, raspberries, kirsch. Minty freshness. Youthful tannins. Zesty acidity. Liquorice infused blue florals. Seamless. Soft texture. Ready to go!

Points 93 TW


La Fortuna BdM Giobi 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Fresh ripe cherry, blueberries, liquorice, damp earth. Offers considerable charm. Smooth display of tannins and acidity. Suave and delicate.

Points 94 TW


La Fortuna BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Red and black fruits, surrounded by slightly dry tannins. Savoury, robust. A hint of alcohol warmth on the finale.

Points 92 TW


La Gerla BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Sweet red cherry. Blackberries. Faint spice notes, Superb transparency. Purity of Sangiovese. Refreshing acidity. Energy coming off the mid palate leads to a long finish. Stunning.

Points 96+ TW


La Gerla BdM Gli Angeli Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Warm red cherry, pomegranate, orange peel, dried meat, exotic wood and dried sage blend together to reveal a mesmerising, layered, intense offering. So vibrant. Exudes class.

Points 98 TW

La Lecciaia BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Red cherries, tar, leather, floral aromatics, forest floor. Tight and polished. Tannins need to integrate. Needs time.

Points 93 TW


La Lecciaia BdM Riserva 2015

Pale ruby red in colour. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, liquorice. Savoury. Structured with firm tannins. Shows focus. Persistent finish.

Points 93 TW


La Lecciaia Vigna Manapetra BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Warm fresh cherry, blood orange and exotic wood aromas interplay with blue flower blossom.Superb transparency. Close knit tannins. Unwavering linearity.

Points 96 TW

La Magia BdM 2016

Dark ruby red in colour. Sweet ripe black berries, fresh mushroom, roasted coffee beans, citrus notes, cigar box. Young tannins encircle fresh fruit. Hints of clove and liquorice on persistent, long finish.

Points 95 TW

La Magia BdM Ciliegio 2016

Ruby Red in colour. Black fruits, mocha. Savoury and earthy. Dense and sumptuous. Terrific persistence. Second wave of blueberry, cassis, liquorice and bitter mint chocolate. Tight and polished.

Points 96 TW


La Magia BdM Riserva 2015

Deep ruby red in colour. Black berries, sweet red plum, violet florals, faint hints of balsamic and liquorice. Stunning textural richness. Juicy. Needs time to soften. A little austere.

Points 94+ TW

La Palazzetta Sant’ Antimo Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Sour cherry, plum. Tight tannins. Warm palate. Soft curves. Falls away.

Points 86 TW


La Palazzetta Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Ruby red in colour. Soft red fruits. Nervous style. Lacks structure and balance.

Points 87 TW

La Palazzetta BdM 2016

Deep garnet in colour. Black fruits, eucalyptus, dried herbs. Structured, zesty acids with fine tannins. Dry forest floor and wet leather. Tight. Needs time.

Points 91 TW

La Poderina BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Sweet red cherry, raspberry and black current, underpinned with subtle minerality. Caressing tannins. Opulent and memorable.

Points 95 TW


La Poderina BdM Riserva 2015

Red ruby in colour. Red cherry, blackberry, cedar. Extra kick of mid palate depth. Layered intensity. Alluring.

Points 96 TW

La Rasina BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Blueberries, black currents dark chocolate. Creamy, voluptuous.

Silky tannins encircle the fresh fruit. Agile with great length.

Points 95 TW


La Rasina BdM Persante 2016

Bright Ruby red in colour. Fresh red cherry, pomegranate, grilled herbs, mushroom, tree bark and warm earth. Spectacular aromas. Youthful but so much energy in the glass.

Points 97 TW


Lazzeretti BdM 2016

Deep ruby red in colour. Sour red cherry, plum, liquorice, dried rosemary. Savoury, succulent. Chewy tannins. Compact yet approachable.

Points 94 TW


Le Chiuse BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. The purity of fruit stands out first, then florals of violet and rose petal. Mid palate is treated to soft sways of warm black berries. Faint hints of clove and liquorice. Vivid acidity and ripe tannins blend to show the palate that the balance is solid. Needs time to release its true potential. A wine showing its terroir. Stunning.

Points 98 + TW


Lisini BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Intensity of fruit consisting of cherry, blackberries, pomegranate and blood orange. Mediterranean herbs and eastern spice. Deceptively charming. Savoury, earthy and so juicy. Wonderful balance culminates to a long finish.

Points 95 TW


Lisini BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Sour cherry, wild strawberry, Eastern spice, blue florals. Tense yet supple. Solid core of fruit is the structure that all nuances hang from. Has a layered intensity.

Points 94 TW


Livio Sassetti BdM Pertimali 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Dark sweet cherry, blackberry, wild mushroom. Savoury and earthy. Striking character. Ample and generous, has clarity and precision. A very special wine.

Points 99 TW


Livio Sassetti BdM Riserva 2015

Intense ruby red in colour. At first this is all about the fruit, cherry, blackberry, citrus peel, then the spectacular cut spring flowers attack your senses. Bright and translucent. Elegance in a liquid form.

Points 98 TW

Martoccia BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Red cherry, plum, kirsch, dried tobacco. Refreshing acidity. Mid weight. Pleasing.

Points 93 TW


Martoccia BdM Riserva 2015

Bright ruby red in colour. Fresh soft red fruit, vanilla. Good balance. Plump and juicy. Soft contours.

Point 93 TW

Mastrojanni BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Reductive notes - tasted twice over 24 hrs period. Black fruits, mushroom, damp earth, black olive, dried meat. Very tight and sour notes on back end. Strange showing.

Points 88-90 TW

Mastrojanni BdM Vigna Loreto 2016

Ruby red in colour. A broad sword of nuances hit the senses. Dried cherry, dried herbs, graphite, Eastern spice, blood orange and violet. Caressing tannins. Zesty acidity. Remaining focused and saturates the palate. A little narrow and tight finale.

Points 95 TW


Molinari Carlo BdM Riserva 2015

Pale ruby red in colour. Fresh red cherry, blueberry, leather, mocha, sage. A touch rustic. Broad mid palate, long finish with a sharp mineral edge. Well structured.

Points 93 TW


Molino della Suga BdM 2016

Pale garnet in colour. Fresh red cherry, raspberry, savoury, grilled herbs. Tannins are dusty, fresh acidity. Intense, a little nervous. Needs bottle time.

Points 93 TW


Musico BdM 2016

Pale garnet in colour. Black fruit, mixed with citrus notes. Wet leather. Youthful tannins. Broadens on mid palate. Clean long finish.

Points 92 TW


Musico BdM Riserva 2015

Pale garnet in colour with amber undertones. Red fruits, grilled meat, dried herbs, rose petal, leather. A little subdued.

Points 92-94 TW


Padelletti BdM 2016

Pale garnet in colour. Spectacular aromas of flowers followed by sweet red cherries coats your mouth. Fine tannins with fresh acidity. Savoury. Distinctly racy personality.

Points 95 TW


Padelletti BdM Riserva 2015

Garnet in colour. A little closed and subdued. Thick but not aggressive tannins.

Points 92-94 TW

Palazzo BdM 2016

Pale garnet in colour. Sweet red cherry. Super expressive, dense and sumptuous.

Considerable appeal.

Points 96 TW


Palazzo BdM Riserva 2015

Deep garnet in colour. Soft red cherry, orange peel. Full bodied. Boisterous and super expressive. Terrific persistence. Layered and elegant.

Points 98 TW


Pian delle Quercie BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour with bright garnet undertones. Soft red cherry, raspberry, spice notes, eucalyptus. Good structure and balance.Tannins are a little tight but ripe. Saline infuse energy on finish.

Points 92 TW

Pian delle Quercie BdM Riserva 2015

Pale garnet in colour. Soft red fruit laced in Eastern spice. Tree bark, orange zest, crushed stone. Juicy. Ample. Fades a little on the back end.

Points 93 TW


Pietroso BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Ripe cherry, spice, mediterranean herbs, Fresh acidity. Fresh florals. Thick and green tannins cover up textural depth yet still shows energy.

Points 91 TW

Podere Brizio (Dievole) BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Dark cherry, black current, menthol, tar, rose aromatics. Tight yet polished. Deceptively charming.

Points 94 TW


Podere Brizio (Dievole) BdM Riserva 2015

Bright ruby red in colour. Warm fresh red fruit, violet florals. Spicy. Savoury. Great balance. A wine of harmony. Good length.

Points 95 TW


Podere Le Ripe BdM Cielo D’Ulisse 2016

Ruby red in colour with a translucent quality. Red and black berries infused in blood orange, beneath a fragrant canopy of dried spring florals. Muscular yet agile. Focused. Unwavering linearity.

Points 95 TW


Podere Le Ripe BdM Amore e Magia 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Black berries, cherry. Refined floral notes. Polished with great core of energy. Tight but will soften in time. Has terrific persistence. Ends on savoury notes of dried mushroom and sage. Layered minerality.

Points 94TW


Podere Le Ripe BdM Lupi e Sirene Riserva 2015

Bright ruby red in colour. Huge aromatic delineation and nuance. Soft black berries, stewed plums, citrus peel. Superb intensity. Mid palate brings forth violet aromas, black tea and black truffle. Seamless and polished.

Points 95 TW

Podere Scopetone BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Sour cherry, liquorice, forest floor, violet florals sitting on sea shell minerality. Back end showing faint citrus notes. Gives all round pleasure.

Points 94 TW


Poggio di Sotto BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Sweet red cherry, blackberries, raspberries, orange zest compete with violet and lavender nuances. Mid palate showed a breadth of flavours. Some citrus notes. Fresh acidity dances with youthful tannins. The whole experience is one of soft suppleness that just floats on the palate. All this held up with saline infused energy. A joy!

Points 98 + TW


Poggio Landi BdM 2016

Mid garnet in colour. Red fruit with black current and spring flower florals. Integrated tannins, fresh acidity. Clean long finish.

Points 92 TW


Poggio Landi BdM Riserva 2015

Bright garnet in colour. A mixture of cherry, plum and blackberry, cedar, nutshell. Great Floral aromatics, Linear. Finely sculpted.

Points 94 TW


Rabissi BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Delicate aromas of violet, vanilla and dark berries with liquorice and mocha. Opens up on mid palate. Silky tannins balanced with fresh acidity. Quaffable.

Points 93 TW


San Polino Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Dark cherry, raspberry and burnt orange peel. Fresh and juicy. Light spice notes mixed with fragrant oak. Broadens through to a savoury dried mushroom finale.

Points 93 TW


San Polino BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Black berries, cherry, pomegranate, forest floor, dried meats, saturate the palate with stunning depth and volume. Youthful tannins and fresh acidity give tension and energy. So polished. Points 97 TW


San Polino BdM Helichrysum 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Showing finesse and poise from the start. Black fruits, dried wild forest mushrooms, damp leather interplay with nuances of spice, violet and rose petal. An intense complex and layered expression. Exudes class. Hauntingly long finish.

Points 98 TW


San Polino BdM Riserva 2015

Deep ruby red in colour. Black fruits and berries abound under a fragrant canopy of violet florals. Juicy. Exceptionally elegant with soft finesse. Utterly beguiling. Balanced with sheer appeal. Mid palate has depth of clarity and precision.

Points 98 TW


Sasso di Luna BdM 2016

Pale garnet in colour. Raspberry, red cherry, violet, balsamic and citrus notes. Fresh but slightly lean in texture. Soft contours. Needs weight.

Points 89 TW


Sasso Di Sole BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Sour cherry, blackberry, soft black liquorice, cedar, crushed stone. Tight tannins showing youthful muscle. A little austere. It all happens on the mid palate then fades.

Points 90 TW


Sasso Di Sole BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Soft warm berries, spice, dried herbs and faint liquorice. An uncomfortable marriage of non ripe tannins and sharp minerality. There is a hint of alcohol warmth at the finish. Points 86 TW


Sesti BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Wild forest fruits, orange peel, dried herbs, blue florals. Pleasantly progressing with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Juicy. Translucent.

Points 94 TW

Sesti BdM Phenomena Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Red cherries in kirsch, vanilla, Eastern spice, zesty acidity. Ultra fine tannins. Rich texture coat your palate with primary flavours. Perhaps a little over extracted.

Points 91 TW


Siro Pacenti Pelagrilli BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Black current, black cherry, pomegranate, graphite and exotic tree bark on mid palate, slight tannic bite on the finish.

Points 95 TW


Siro Pacenti BdM Vecchie Vigne 2016

Garnet red in colour. Black fruit with explosive floral aromatics, focused, the purity of fruit is unwavering, floats on the palate, fine grained tannins, stunning energy.

Points 97 TW


Siro Pacenti BdM PS Riserva 2015

Deep garnet red in colour, a heady mixture of ripe fruit and violet aromatics, dark cherry, black berries, mushroom, earth, essence of orange blossom. Clean, pure, luscious and layered. Precise with fine tannins and vivid acidity. Great length.

Points 98 TW


Talenti BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Mixed black and red fruits, citrus notes, violet aromatics.

Textural depth. Savoury. Youthful tannins interplay with fresh acidity. Good balance. A joy.

Points 95 TW


Talenti BdM Piero 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Ripe cherry, blueberry and blackberry, liquorice, black tea, orange peel. Hints of cigar box aroma and rose petal notes. Striking character. Solid structure. Broadens on the mid palate, endless finale. Super attractive wine. Points 98+ TW


Talenti BdM Pian di Conte Riserva 2015

Deep ruby red in colour. Red fruits. Stewed plum, clove, balsamic notes. Rich texture. Finely meshed tannins and acidity. Sculpted. Fades slightly on the back end.

Points 95 TW


Tenuta di Sesta BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Red and black fruits laying in spice. Sweet tobacco, cedar, citrus notes. Tannins slightly dusty. Good fresh acidity. Needs time.

Points 93 TW


Tenuta di Sesta BdM Duelecci Ovest Riserva 2015

Deep garnet in colour. Ripe red cherry, cigar box, fruit cake spice, orange peel. Smooth tannins. Structured and balanced. Good energy with long finish.

Points 94 TW


Tenuta La Fuga BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour with pink undertones. Blackberries, plum, dried herbs, violet florals. Fresh acidity and silky tannins combine giving a richness of texture and tension.

Points 95 TW


Tenuta La Fuga BdM Le Due Sorelle Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Deep luscious fruit merge with sweet tobacco held together with a fine structure of youthful tannins and fresh acidity. Has great appeal. Needs time to give its best.

Points 95+ TW


Tenute Silvio Nardi BdM 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Blackberries, wet earth, graphite, cigar box, liquorice. Slight floral aromatics. Tannins nearly dissolved into the wine. Clean acidity gives energy. Hits the right notes.

Points 93 TW


Tornesi BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Red cherry, underbush. Medium bodied. Good balance. Fine fresh tannins. Rounded. Points 92 TW


Tornesi BdM Benducci 570 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Glorious floral aromas followed by red cherry, blood orange, herbs. All held up with crushed stone minerality. Structured yet elegant. Prodigious resonance.

Points 96 TW


Tornesi BdM Riserva 2015

Deep ruby red in colour. Dark fruits, muscular structure, tight and polished.

Layered and dense, needs time to work itself through.

Points 93-95 TW

Uccelliera Voliero 2016

I must confess to be a little confused, is this a Rosso or a Brunello?

Pale ruby red in colour with mauve undertones. Aromatic delineation of crushed rose petals and dried mediterranean herbs. Blackberries with faint notes of cigar box and black truffle expand on the mid palate introducing tannins that are youthful but soon melt into the wine. Overall, a clean and fresh mouthfeel.

Points 94 TW


Uccelliera BdM 2016

Deep ruby red in colour. Black cherry, raspberry, forest floor, fresh mushroom, sweet tobacco. Has tons of energy. Floats on the palate. Never stops opening up showing bitter chocolate, lavender and violet notes. Hauntingly endless finish.

Points 97 TW


Uccelliera BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Warm sweet red cherry, raspberry, orange peel, cinnamon, star anise. Notes of sandalwood drenched in balsamico. Plenty to say for itself upfront. Exotic. Shows a little tightness on the back end.

Points 94 TW


Ugolforte San Giorgio BdM 2016

Deep bright ruby red in colour. Red cherry with strawberry liquorice, grilled mediterranean herbs. Pleasant progression with ultra fine tannins. Notes of rose. Saturates the palate. Juicy, soft curves.

Points 95 TW


Val di Suga BdM 2016

Ruby red in colour. Black cherry, black current, black tea, pipe tobacco, spice notes, dried mushroom, violet. Focused energy. Tannins are dusty and compact balanced with clean acidity. Minty freshness on the end.

Points 94 TW

Val di Suga BdM Poggio al Granchio 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Coats your palate in red cherry, wild forest fruit and blood orange held up with layered minerality. Has great nuances and delineation. Agile. Great length.

Points 95 TW

Val di Suga BdM Vigna Spuntali 2016

Bright ruby red in colour with deep garnet undertones. Black cherry, currant, candied orange peel, dry forest floor, faint cedar notes. Solid core surrounded by integrated tannins and zesty acidity spread across your mid palate. Exotic beauty.

Points 97 TW


Val di Suga BdM Vigna del Lago 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Savoury notes abound: wild mushroom, black olive, dry leather, tea leaf. Silky tannins add to the finesse. Has a purity that runs through at glacial pace. Utterly beguiling. Fined sculpted.

Points 96 TW


Villa Al Cortile BdM 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Black cherry, kirsch, cedar. Slightly exotic, soft curves.

Points 92 TW


Villa Al Cortile BdM Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Fresh red cherries, wild strawberries, cedar. Good balance with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Focused with drive.

Points 94 TW</