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TONY

WOOD

ITALIAN

WINE

Benvenuto Brunello 2024

Updated: May 1

When a vintage with huge expectations arrives, it is nearly always guaranteed to fall below the hype. I am thrilled to announce that is NOT the case with the Brunello di Montalcino 2019 wines.



If you consider the previous two vintages 2017 and 2018 were not “show stealers,” the pre-release quality propaganda of BdM 2019 was to some degree, full of hyperbole by comparison.


The growing season in 2019 Montalcino was very equable: a wet winter, a humid early spring, warm summer months, with no peaks or troughs of temperature, During September and October, rain showers came and went without bringing hardly any concerns.


There has been plenty of discussion about which are the better placed vineyards in the denomination; North versus South, and other compass points. This argument was abandoned for the 2019 Vintage when every corner of the region produced exceptional wines.


One thing I feel is important to mention is the overall higher temperatures are giving the winemakers a new challenge: to control the alcohol strength of the wines, noticeable on the bouquet or the on palate.


Brunello di Montalcino 2019 wines show vibrancy, lifted aromatics, pulsing energy, freshness and terrific ageing potential almost across the board. However, the most important attribute was BALANCE resulting in a smoother ABV.


I am in the fortunate geographical position of living less than an hour’s drive from Montalcino, and having access to early barrel samples of new vintages coming down the line. The opportunity of monitoring the evolution of the wine year upon year until bottling, is a great advantage. I can usually ascertain my expectancy, and generally ignore the drum banging and marketing “puffery.”


Regarding the barrel tastings, an interesting thought occurred to me, one of the original rules by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino was NOT to release the new Brunello for 4 years following harvest and one extra year for the Riserva. This was mainly due to the harsh tannin content in Sangiovese. In Montalcino this issue has now dissolved by winemaking style and technique. Should the Consorzio consider reducing the wait time before release, these younger Brunello have become so very compelling with their youthful energy and lifted bouquet.

Of course, you could therefore end up with two vintages in the same release year: that’s not such a terrible thing to occur!


We will have to wait and see, remembering change in Italy is a very slow-moving process.


There is a tendency to compare one vintage to the other. However as we know, each vintage is totally unique. The three outstanding vintages this millennium so far are 2010, 2015 and 2016. Many have compared the present BdM 2019 to the 2015 vintage in style terms. I don’t quite go along with that, I feel the closest vintage is the 2004 BdM, often forgotten, but not by me!


Generally, the Brunello 2019 will be remembered for raising the overall quality of the wines produced, rather than a host of 100 point scores. Personally, I have never scored so many wines in the 93 to 98 points bracket! I would like to particularly applaud the following wineries:


Altesino

The Brunello di Montalcino 2019 Vigna Montosoli will become a classic wine of the future.


Argiano

Poetic wines.


Canalicchio di Sopra

Firmly placed in my top four in Montalcino.


Caparzo

Has restored Brunello di Montalcino La Casa to its former greatness.


Casanova di Neri

An institution in winemaking excellence in Montalcino.


Castello Romitorio

The Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta had me out of my chair.


Giodo

A place where the wine gods smile upon.


Il Marroneto

No words of mine can possibly pay homage enough.


Poggio di Sotto

Winemaking at its zenith.


Salvioni

The 2019 vintage could just be the best ever from here. Needs patience.


San Polino

The Brunello di Montalcino Helichrysum 2019 could eclipse the extraordinary 2010 vintage.


Siro Pacenti

States it all in the bottle.


Talenti

Brunello di Montalcino Piero 2019 is the finest wine I have tasted from here…and that’s not easily accomplished!


Acknowledgement

My Review and Tasting notes of the Brunello di Montalcino 2024 latest releases could not have been published without the huge support offered by the Consorzio Del Vino Brunello di Montalcino and by all the individual wineries in Montalcino who kindly arranged delivery of their wines to my office in Umbria.

I wish to offer my profound gratitude to you all.



Tasting Notes



Abbadia Ardenga

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Purple and blue florals dominate the bouquet. Red cherry, camphor, blood orange, spice, distant tobacco. Lightly textured, sour cherry, rapier acidity, tense tannins. Citrusy character. Medium bodied. Short on the close.

Points 87 TW


Abbadia Ardenga

Vigna Piaggia

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour.  Aromatics of fresh cut spring flowers, spice and saline mineral intensity. Dark cherry, sage, clove, kirsch, mocha. Light in texture, sharp edged acidity, lacks direction. Bitter notes on the close.

Points 86 TW


Abbadia Ardenga

BdM Riserva 2015

Aromas of humus, camphor, leather and small black berry fruits. Disjointed. Sour and bitter notes on entry. Not a great showing.

Points 85 TW



Agostina Pieri

BdM 2019

Pale purple in colour. Distant florals of pink rose petal and gardenia. Red cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, cedar, liquorice, tobacco, clove and mint notes. Smooth and inviting entry. Balanced. Fresh acidity. Compact and ripe tannins.Tapers from mid palate. Fresh. Medium length on the finish.

Points 90 TW



Albatreti

BdM 2019

Pale garnet in colour. Aromatics of violet, eucalyptus, exotic spice and white smoke. Dark cherry, blueberry, loganberry, liquorice, leather, grilled herbs and distant blackberry. Warm entry, lightly structured, chewy chalky tannins, showing tension, restrained palate. Savoury. Leaves palate tight and dry.

Points 88 TW





Altesino

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Delicate aromatics of violet, pale rose petal, camphor, mint, cedar bark and vanilla. Rainier cherry, plum, pomegranate, orange peel, exotic spice and white smoke. Silky smooth entry. Rich palate. Structured. Juicy. Crunchy tannins. Fresh acidity. Balanced. Complex minerality. Shows an ethereal quality. Medium length on finish.

Points 94 TW


Altesino

Vigna Montosoli

BdM 2019

Bright ruby red in colour. Violet, hyacinth and bluebell florals assisted with black fruits, liquorice and vanilla notes complete the aromatic profile.Dark cherry, blackberry, dewberry, damson, salty liquorice, blonde tobacco and Eastern spice.Palate is so polished with soft fresh tannins and integrated acidity. Perfect symmetry. Intense display of Sangiovese. Vibrant. So much to offer. Needs bottle time.

Points 97-99 TW



Argiano

BdM 2019

Bright ruby red in colour with pink undertones. Alluring aromas of pale pink rose petal, amber, wild strawberry, cranberry, plum, liquorice, dry leather and citrus peel. Warm rich entry, showing class from the start, finely sculpted body. Intensity of fruit makes the deepest impression. Focussed energy. Linear. Extra kick of mid palate depth. Succulent. Finish goes on and on.

Points 96 TW


Argiano

Vigna del Suolo

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Distinctive bouquet of sweet red and black berries, interlaced with pepper, Mediterranean herbs, metallic earth notes, floral underbrush, tobacco, citrus peel and exotic spice. Showing textural resonance. Layered intensity. Stunning energy. Just saturates the palate with depth and volume. A masterclass in Sangiovese from Montalcino.

Points 98 TW



Camigliano

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Lifted red rose petal, spice notes and small red berry fruit all act on the bouquet. Red cherry, raspberry, clove, vanilla, salty liquorice and toasted tobacco. Smooth cool entry, light in texture, layered minerality. Integrated acidity and tannins. Savoury. Sour and bitter nuances on the close.

Points 87 TW


Camigliano

Paesaggio Inatteso

BdM 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromatics of rose petal, violet and lavender florals and vanilla and grilled rosemary. Red cherry, loganberry, plum, pomegranate, mellow spice and orange peel. Silky entry showing good weight. Balanced. Fine tannins vie with fresh crisp acidity. Juicy. Linear. Lingers on the close.

Points 90 TW


Camigliano

Gualto

BdM Riserva 2018

Intense ruby red in colour. Blue florals interplay with Mediterranean herbal notes for the aromatics. Dark cherry, dewberry, plum, blueberry, liquorice, orange peel, tobacco and damp forest floor. Fresh vivid acidity sustains rich body. Ultra fine tannins. Pleasant articulated progression to the close.

Points 91 TW



Canalicchio di Sopra

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Intense aromas of blue florals including violet, hyacinth and bluebell, assisted with cedar shavings, liquorice and distant mocha notes. Wild cherry, strawberry, loganberry, blood orange, balsamic notes, complex layered minerality. The entry, can be described as “an iron hand in a velvet glove.” Secondary notes of warm plum and mellow spice. Beautifully extracted. Good weight yet refined and elegant. Light in texture. Impressive.

Points 95 TW


Canalicchio di Sopra

Vigna Montosoli

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet, hyacinth and distant gardenia. Wild cherry, loganberry, plum and citrus peel. Compact and crunchy tannins, tangy acidity, layered minerality. Secondary nuances of salty liquorice and dried Mediterranean herbs. Poised and polished yet tense and tight. Stunning wine that will greatly benefit from bottle age.

Points 97 TW


Canalicchio di Sopra

Vigna La Casaccia

BdM 2019

Bright ruby red in colour. Aromatics of blue florals, dried herbs and mellow spice. Small dark fruits abound, liquorice, blonde tobacco and distant cinnamon. Close knit fine tannins. Not an easy wine to fully appreciate at first, it has tremendous resonance, great structural integrity and soft textural curves. This wine is unique in as much it plays “hide and seek” with its interviewer. Personally I know it’s a stunning wine that needs time to relax and show all its fine character.

Points 98 TW



Cantine di Montalcino

Lorenzo Melani

BdM 2019

Pale purple in colour. Aromas of distant pale rose petal. Bing cherry, pomegranate, eucalyptus, liquorice, pipe tobacco and sage. Citrusy in character. Very lightly textured. Zingy acidity. Fine tannins. Juicy. Showing tension.Medium bodied. Medium length on the finish.

Points 89 TW


Cantine di Montalcino

BdM 2019

Pale and bright purple red in colour. Red and black small berry fruit. Very little body or structure to carry the wine. Inward looking. Medium to light bodied. Sour cherry notes on the close.

Points 86 TW


Cantine di Montalcino

Franco Ambrosino

BdM  Riserva 2018

Medium purple in colour. Aromas of violet florals and praline. Red cherry, blackcurrant, plum, liquorice, worn leather, mellow spice and citrus peel. Cool entry, sour notes, lean, no direction due to lack of body weight. Bitter notes following mid palate. Some length on the finish.

Points 86 TW



Capanna

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Lifted aromatics of violet, wisteria, bluebell and lavender. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, plum, camphor, salty liquorice, pipe tobacco, blood orange and mint. Silky warm entry, saturates the palate, saline infused minerality. Plump and juicy. Nicely balanced. Showing opulence on the long finish.

Points 95 TW


Capanna

BdM Riserva 2018

Intense ruby red in colour. Fragrant canopy of small ripe red and black berries, liquorice, violet and gardenia florals. Nuances of leather, floral underbrush, orange peel and scorched earth. Massy and fleshy. Powerful yet refined. Great length and balance. Vibrancy is tangible. Lingers on the close.

Points 96 TW


Capanna

Nicco

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour with garnet reflections. Heady aromas of violet, hyacinth and and gardenia. Bing cherry, plum, dewberry, blood orange, salty liquorice, vanilla and exotic spice.Rich palate, uncompromising and primary. Secondary nuances of roasted coffee beans and blonde tobacco. Compelling. Persistent. Length on the close.

Points 94 TW



Caparzo

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Delicate bouquet of pale rose petal, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and praline. Dark cherry, cranberry, redcurrant, blood orange, menthol infused Mediterranean herbs and salty liquorice. Coats the palate, rich and intense. Beguiling freshness about its character. Savoury. Juicy and agile. Long focused close.

Points 95 TW


Caparzo

La Casa

BdM 2019

Bright ruby red in colour. Heady bouquet of violet, hyacinth and, lavender, exotic spice and mint. Dark cherry, loganberry and rhubarb. Secondary nuances of mocha, forest floor and complex layered minerality. Rounded fine tannins vie with fresh vivid acidity. A wine of impact. Has a natural richness. Great structure and balance. Silky textures. Articulated finish.

Points 97 TW



Caprili

BdM 2019

Medium purple in colour. Aromas of rich dark fruits, warm earth, clove, liquorice and Mediterranean herbs. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, dewberry, dark Eastern spice, camphor and orange peel. Inviting rich entry, floats across the palate. Fine tannins fully engaged with zesty acidity and layered minerality. Pin point balance. Broad long close.

Points 95 TW


Caprili

AdAlberto

BdM Riserva 2018

Intense ruby red in colour with garnet red undertones. Aromatics of violet, bluebell and lavender florals. Wild cherry, boysenberry, damp forest floor, leather, salty liquorice, mocha, orange peel and pink pepper. Gives layers of pleasure. Compact and focused. Body finely sculpted. Shows energy and tension. Savoury. Midweight. Plump and juicy. Lingers on the close.

Points 96+ TW



Casanova di Neri

Tenuta Nuova

BdM 2019

Bright and intense ruby red in colour. Lifted aromatics of violet, bluebell, gardenia and floral underbrush. Blackcurrant, redcurrant, damson, plum and blood orange peel. Remarkable finesse yet dense and reticent. Natural richness. Elegant. Complex as 2016 vintage, yet delivers a different style and direction. A marriage of traditional winemaking and recent history of modern techniques in a beguiling act of gracious balance and delivery.

Points 98 TW


Casanova di Neri

Giovanni Neri

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour with dark terracotta coloured undertones. Aromatics of rose petal, violet, gardenia, dried cherry and distant camphor. A mix of wild cherry, black and red forest berries, plum, black tea, blood orange and mellow spice. On entry, plushness and silkiness prevail. Tannins so ripe and fine, they have started to disappear, having left an elegant structure for harmony with pitch perfect acidity and complex minerality. Still youthful and tight. Translucent enough to appreciate the poise and polish. Outstanding wine from an outstanding winery.

Points 98 TW


Casanova di Neri

Cerretalto

BdM 2018

Medium ruby red in colour with purple highlights. Pale and delicate florals of blue and pink rose petal are a flirtatious perfumed introduction to this exotic wine.Dark forest berries, loganberry, spice and nutshell. Medium to full bodied. Fresh vivid acidity vies with crunchy ripe forward tannins. Silky textures wrap around primary flavours.Youthful and hobbledehoy at present, almost shy but with underlying sophistication.

Points 97+ TW



Casisano

BdM 2019

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, violet and gardenia. Red cherry, raspberry, mint, blood orange, white pepper, lead pencil and grilled rosemary. Silky smooth entry, integrated fine tannins and tangy acidity. Fresh. Linear. Layered mineral notes and white smoke following mid palate. Midweight with tapered long close. Well put together.

Points 92 TW



Castlegiocondo

Frescobaldi

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Beguiling bouquet of red rose petal, violet and hibiscus florals. Blackberry, dark cherry, plum, damson, salty liquorice, grilled sage and rosemary with distant lavender notes. Delicate and juicy upon entry, totally immerses the palate in wave after wave of mineral infused liquid. Exotic and racy. Completely seduces the imbiber. Playful acidity and ultra fine fresh tannins assist white pepper nuances on the long articulated close.

Points 95+ TW


Castlegiocondo

Vigna Ripe al Convento

BdM Riserva 2018

Medium ruby red in colour with bright garnet undertones. Aromas of violet, bluebell, liquorice and ripe small black berry fruits all account for the aromatic profile. Dark cherry, cranberry, blueberry, plum, and raspberry. Silky and layered, fine textural awareness. Crunchy ripe tannins still in play with stringent acids. Agile. Fresh. Savoury. Finish is broad and lingers on the close.

Points 94 TW



Castello Banfi

BdM 2019

Bright ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Heady bouquet of rose petal, blue florals, dried cherry and baking spice. Bing cherry, boysenberry, pomegranate, blood orange, liquorice and grilled rosemary. On entry warm and creamy. Gracious and ample. Juicy. Ultra fine tannins vie with fresh acidity that together provide the core balance. Loiters on the close.

Points 95 TW


Castello Banfi

Vigna Marrucheto

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Lifted aromatic delineation and nuance. Red cherry, dark plum, damson and dewberry. Compact and crunchy tannins, fresh vivid acidity with menthol notes. Intense. Showing youthful tension. A touch under full bodied. Plenty of verve. Articulated close.

Points 95+ TW


Castello Banfi

Poggio alle Mura

BdM 2019

Intense pale ruby red in colour. Refined floral notes interplay with dried cherry, liquorice, herbal notes, clove and menthol infused tobacco notes complete the aromatic appraisal. Silky smooth entry paints the palate with light strokes. Balanced like a high wire act. Purity of fruit carries this wine.Tons of energy. Beguiling display of Sangiovese. Hauntingly long on the finish. Wow!

Points 97 TW


Castello Banfi

Poggio Alle Mura

BdM 2018

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Lifted florals of violet and hyacinth. Rainier cherry, dewberry, plum, liquorice and  white smoke. The zesty acidity prevalent in many 2018’s give a fresh lift to the entire palate. Fine grained tannins. Silky savoury red. Distant floral underbrush on the close.

Points 95 TW



Castello Romitorio

BdM 2019

Medium to deep ruby red in colour. Pale rose petal, violet and eastern spice complete the aromatic profile. Rainier cherry, loganberry, blackberry, leather and cedar nuances. Crushed stone minerality. Super textural depth. Forward tangy acidity gives lift and freshness to the mid palate. Crunchy tannins are relaxed. Tons of energy. Linear. Agile. Long broad finish.

Points 95 TW


Castello Romitorio

Filo di Seta

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Aromatics of blue florals including violet, lavender and hyacinth alongside dried cherry and plum. Red and black wild berry fruit interplay with vivid acidity and fine but tense tannin structure. Secondary nuances of cedar shavings and dark chocolate come and go across the palate. Elegance, agility and finesse prevail on the senses. Savoury.Juicy. Primary flavours abound. Needs bottle time. A total joy. Wow!

Points 98 TW



Castello Tricerchi

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Lifted bouquet of red rose petal, violet, bluebell, dried cherry and mint.Bing cherry, pomegranate, dewberry, orange peel, tree bark, tobacco and damp floral underbrush. Cool entry, floats across the palate, showing tangible freshness and suppleness. Compact tense tannins interplay with tangy acidity. Savoury. Medium bodied. Great energy and depth on the close.

Points 93 TW



Celestino Pecci

Poggio al Carro

BdM 2019

Medium garnet in colour. Aromas of cut grass, violet, iris and bluebell. Bing cherry, blackberry, blueberry, plum, mint, toasted tobacco, spiced orange peel, scorched earth and distant liquorice. Warm rich entry, coats the palate, harmonious, graceful and subtle. Precise. Linear. Savoury. Notes of crushed stone on the long close. A winner in my book.

Points 96 TW


Celestino Pecci

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromatics of pale rose petal, violet and gardenia. Red cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, leather, candied citrus peel and sage. Silky and warm entry, elegant body, deep but lightly textured. Pulsates energy. Beautifully balanced. Agile with great length. Rich and creamy.

Points 95 TW



Centolani

Donna Olga

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, peony, dried cherry, eucalyptus and liquorice. Red cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, blood orange, distant camphor, pipe tobacco and sage. Plump and juicy on entry, just coats the entire palate. Great depth and volume. Distinctive racy personality. Saline energy. Noticeable layered minerality on the long finish.

Points 94 TW



Cerbaia

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Distinctive aroma profile of violet, bluebell florals, humus, dark spice and medicinal herbs.Dark cherry, boysenberry, plum, roasted meat, asphalt and dark chocolate. Soft and rich entry, expands rapidly on the mid palate showing textural volume and gravitas. Juicy. Savoury and earthy. Intense mouthfeel of ripe fruit. Fine tannins and zesty fresh acidity. Great balance and presence.

Points 95 TW



Col d’ Orcia

BdM 2019

Pale purple in colour with ruby red highlights. Needs plenty of aeration. Lifted canopy of aromas including pale rose petal, violet, amber, cherry and warm spicy scent. Rainier cherry, pomegranate, redcurrant, liquorice, black pepper, cedar bark and spiced orange peel. Lightly textured on entry, tip toes across the palate, delicate, precise and inviting. Savoury. Translucent. Slight palate drying notes on the close.

Points 93 TW


Col d’ Orcia

Poggio Al Vento

BdM Riserva 2016

Intense ruby red in colour with garnet red reflections. Delicate fragrant aromas of violet, gardenia and pale rose petal, menthol and floral underbrush. Bing cherry, redcurrant, cranberry, dewberry, liquorice, leather and orange peel. On entry; dense and sumptuous. Boisterous and super expressive. Plump and juicy. Crunchy, fresh close knit tannins vie with fresh zesty acidity. Tons of energy. Very persistent finish.

Points 96+ TW



Corte Pavone

Fior di Meliloto

BdM 2017 (second tasting)

Medium purple in colour with ruby undertones. Bouquet of violet,  bluebell, hyacinth florals and dried cherry. Bing cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, blood orange, salty liquorice, dark exotic spice and mint. Rich warm entry, showing textural depth and volume. Great weight. Agile. Juicy. Striking character. Finish long and persistent. Has put on weight and flushed out since first tasted in February 2023.

Points 94 TW


Corte Pavone

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Heady floral canopy of red rose petal, peony, violet and Morello cherry. Loganberry, red cherry, spiced orange peel, salty liquorice, dark spice, cedar shavings, cigar box and distant camphor. Lightly textured, rich, secondary nuances of redcurrant and kirsch. Flamboyant. Plump and slightly exotic. Plenty to say for itself.

Points 94 TW


Corte Pavone

Fiore del Vento

BdM 2019

Medium purple in colour. Pale pink rose petal, gardenia and Mediterranean herbs account for the aromatics. Dark plum, damson, wild strawberry, blonde tobacco, liquorice, worn leather, spice, citrus peel, chalk and distant eucalyptus. Upon entry, soft curves, plush tannins, fresh vivid acidity. Vibrant. Showing energy and tension on the long finish.

Points 93 TW


Corte Pavone

Campo Marzio

BdM 2019

Medium purple in colour. Dark blue florals and grilled herbs attest to initial aroma profile with distant cedar notes. Blackcurrant, blueberry, plum, blood orange, white pepper, chocolate and orange peel. Showing a citrusy character on entry, fresh and vibrant. Layered intensity. Zesty acidity drives the energy. Close knit tannins. Broad shoulders. Juicy. Savoury. Long focused and youthful.

Points 94 TW


Corte Pavone

Anemone Al Sole

BdM Riserva 2018

Pale to medium ruby red in colour. Delicate aromatics of blue florals, cassis and cake spice. Red cherry, cranberry, redcurrant, salty liquorice, pomegranate and bitter orange peel. On entry, plump and juicy, sharp edged acidity with compact tannins. Concentrated. Dense. Tight and focused. Medium length on the finish.

Points 92 TW


Corte Pavone

Vigna Poggio Molino al Vento

BdM Riserva 2018

Medium to deep ruby red in colour. Distinctive bouquet of crushed red rose petal, camphor, sea shore pebble minerality and grilled herbs. Dark cherry, loganberry, plum, blood orange, salty liquorice, grilled meat, leather and forest leaf litter. Rich and warm on entry, showing good volume and textural awareness. Juicy. Rapier acidity still in evidence, compact but rounded tannins both assisting with the lift to the mid palate, bringing concentration and freshness. Lingers on the close.

Points 93 TW



Cortonesi

Poggiarelli

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with pale pink undertones. Delicate aromas of blue florals and gardenia, assisted by dried cherry notes, citrus peel and star anise. Bing cherry, plum, pomegranate, cedar nuances, blueberry, damson and new leather. Silky smooth entry, rounded tannins vie with spiky acids, showing good textural depth. Medium to full bodied.Great energy on the linear finish.

Points 95 TW


Cortonesi

La Mannella

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Subdued floral aromas of gardenia, buttercup and distant violet. Blueberry, dark plum, warm earth, chocolate, distant balsam with blonde tobacco. Warm rich entry, explodes on the mid palate showing ripe berry fruit, tons of energy, tingling acidity leads fine ripe tannins. Medium to full bodied. Balanced. Juicy. The palate does not reflect the shy aromatics! Great length on the close.

Points 95 TW



Elia Palazzesi

BdM 2019

Bright, pale ruby red in colour. Heady aromatics of red rose petal, peony, amber, dried cherry and distant camphor. Bing cherry, pomegranate, salty liquorice, blood orange and mocha. Full of poise and finesse on entry. Paints the palate with a light stroke. Savoury. Has considerable appeal. Fruit nuances carry all the way to the close.

Points 94 TW


Elia Palazzesi

BdM Riserva 2018

Palest ruby red in colour. Violet, hyacinth and, bluebell, dried cherry, dried herbs account for the aromatic profile. Wild cherry, redcurrant, plum, salty liquorice, tea tree and distant sandalwood. Silky tannins encircle fresh fruit. Delicate. Lightly textured. Creamy. Succulent. Articulated long finish.

Points 94 TW



Fanti

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Pale rose petal, crushed strawberry, mellow spice, sea shell minerality all account for the bouquet appraisal. Wild cherry, raspberry, mint, blood orange, blueberry, tanned leather and white pepper. On entry, stunning texture richness, ultra fine tannins, fresh acidity. Has clarity and precision. Notes of soy on the close.

Points 94 TW


Fanti

Vallocchio

BdM 2019

Pale purple in colour. Pale pink rose petal, violet, hyacinth, vanilla and mint account for the initial bouquet. Red cherry, redcurrant, baking spice, blood orange, fennel pollen and roasted almond. Shows exceptional finesse on entry. Savoury. Juicy and agile. Saline energy. Acidic heat that simmers deep. Compelling. Everything seams to have woven together. Expressive and consistent to the finish.

Points 96 TW



Fattoi

BdM 2019

Pale to medium ruby red in colour. Delicate florals of pale rose, violet and wisteria. Dark cherry, plum, damson and blueberry, liquorice, medicated herbal notes, leather and white smoke. Lightly textured, juicy, agile, fruit laden. Intense. Persistent. Polished. Has a natural richness.

Points 93 TW


Fattoi

BdM Riserva 2018

Pale purple in colour with ruby red undertones. Subtle bouquet of blue florals and dried cherry. Bing cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, boysenberry, orange peel, liquorice, distant clove and cinnamon. Juicy and compact on entry. A touch tight coming off mid palate with sour cherry notes and distant alcohol warmth. This will most probably ‘blow off’ given bottle age.

Points 92 TW



Fattoria dei Barbi

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Delicate aromas of violet, iris and pale rose petal. Red cherry, redcurrant, liquorice, worn leather, eucalyptus, orange peel and distant spice. on entry showing freshness and energy, light in texture. Savoury. Linear. Full of character. Memorable. Articulated finish.

Points 94 TW


Fattoria dei Barbi

Vigna del Fiore

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromatics of camphor, liquorice with notes of tobacco leaf and blue florals.  Wild red and black small berries, salty liquorice, blood orange and pomegranate. Silky entry, juicy and broad. Medium bodied. Distinctive spice profile. Zesty acidity carries the energy. Rounded tannins. Lingers on the close.

Points 94 TW



Fornacina

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of blue and purple florals and dried cherry. Raspberry, Bing cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, old leather, cedar, citrus peel, distant menthol and spice. Very elegant body, silky rich palate, totally balanced tannin and acidity engagement. Slight toasted aftertaste is appealing. Juicy and agile on the long finish.

Points 93 TW



Fossacolle

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Red rose petal, peony, floral underbrush account for the initial aromas.Rainier cherry, plum, orange peel, salty liquorice, cedar notes, distant pepper and grilled rosemary, white smoke. Light in texture, all elements not fully connected. Noticeable tension. Needs time to relax and come together, which I believe it will.

Points 91 TW



Fuligni

BdM 2019

Bright and medium ruby red in colour. Lifted floral expression consisting of violet, hyacinth, lavender, rose petal with cedar shavings.Wild cherry, loganberry, black berry fruits, salty liquorice and dried tobacco leaf. Announces itself with all pomp and ceremony. Classy from the start. Tannins are fresh and crunchy fully integrated with zesty acidity. Secondary nuances of camphor and dark spice come and go from mid palate. Delicate and feminine. Shows a shadow of youthful tension, this will disappear given a couple of years bottle age. This wine shows all the signs of a long life ahead. Hauntingly long close.

Points 98 TW



Giodo

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour, with purple highlights and garnet undertones. Lifted bouquet of violet, bluebell and distant lavender florals, in addition dried cherry and cedar shaving notes. Bing cherry, redcurrant, pipe tobacco, black tea, sage with crushed stone minerality. On entry, the textural depth and volume is capaciously. Rich, bright and translucent. Youthful fine tannins are giving the wine its structure and balance, while the acidity assists the energy. Standout wine. Needs bottle time.

Points 98+ TW



Il Grappolo

BdM 2019

Pale garnet in colour. Heady aromas of dried cherry, pale rose petal and distant patchouli. Red cherry, redcurrant, blood orange, mint, exotic spice, leather, distant clove, slate and sage. On entry, smooth but with a sharp acidic edge. Freshness gives agility. Fine tannins interact with citrus peel and crushed pebble minerality. Edgy, youthful and primary. Racy personality.

Points 91 TW



Il Marroneto

BdM 2019

Bright ruby red in colour. Aromatic profile contains rose petal, violet, lavender and hibiscus. Black fruits predominate, including blackberry, blackcurrant, dark plum, damson, orange peel and cedar notes. The sheer opulence of the wine spreads across the palate bringing spectacular nuances of textural depth, volume and primary flavours. Layered intensity. Juicy and agile. It’s all about balance, energy and focus. Utterly beguiling.

Points 97+ TW


Il Marroneto

Madonna delle Grazie

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Announces itself with all pomp and ceremony. A seductive bouquet of pale rose petal and blue florals that interplay with dried Mediterranean herbs, broom and red berry fruits. A compote of ripe black and red berries vie with crunchy fine and blended tannins, that are on the last tango with its acidic partner. Long and focused. Balanced to a micron. Masterpiece of refined elegance, poise and purity.

Points 99 TW



Il Palazzone

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Old English red rose petal, violet, floral underbrush and menthol, complete the aromatic introduction. Bing cherry, loganberry, plum, Eastern spice, lead pencil, distant mocha and powdered dark chocolate. Zesty acidity is interwoven with fine polished tannins. Great length and balance.

Points 94 TW


Il Palazzone

BdM Riserva 2018

Medium garnet red in colour. Lifted and delicate bouquet of blue florals such as violet, hyacinth and lavender. Dark berry fruit, red cherry, plum and damson. Secondary nuances of orange peel, floral underbrush, cigar leaf and salty liquorice. Elegant and yet slightly racy. Hovers on the close. Impressive.

Points 95+ TW



Innocenti

BdM 2019

Medium purple in colour. Aromas of dark red rose petal, blackcurrant jam, liquorice and cigar leaf. Black cherry, blackberry, dark plum, candied orange peel, grilled rosemary and distant eucalyptus. Rich vibrant entry, just coats the entire palate in ripe black fruit. Crunchy compact tannins interplay with acidity that sustains the rich body. Lingers on the close.

Points 93 TW



L M Lazzeretti

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of crushed red rose petal, amber, and dried cherry. Morello cherry, salty liquorice, pomegranate, mellow spice and damp forest floor and white pepper. Silky rich entry, dense in textural volume, expansive on the mid palate, pin point, fresh crisp acidity brings the energy. Tannins having done their work are just a shadow. Balanced. Polished. Persistent and compelling. Long broad finish.

Points 93 TW



La Casaccia di Franceschi

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour with pale purple undertones. Heady bouquet of wild red rose, violet and bluebell florals. Alongside dried cherry, leather and liquorice. Rainier cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, blood orange, camphor and blonde tobacco. Upon entry, rich and opulent, superabundance of textural depth, just saturates the palate in ripe fruit giving layers of pleasure. A wine with wide shoulders.Textbook tannins and acidic profile. Balanced like the scales of justice. Lingers on the finish.

Points 96 TW



La Cerbaiola

Salvioni

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Delicate aromatics of violet, rose petal, gardenia and cherry syrup. A little closed and inward looking. Dark cherry and liquorice. Massive but refined with an elegant body. Savoury. Focused and tight. Distant notes of white pepper and balsam. Compact ripe tannins vie with fresh acidity. A fabulous wine that needs time to relax and flush out its nuances. I would wager on its future greatness.

Points 97-99 TW



La Gerla

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with pink undertones. Cut spring flowers, dried cherry and salty liquorice account for the bouquet. Dark cherry, boysenberry, plum, tanned leather, medicated Mediterranean herbal notes, pink pepper and floral underbrush. Bold and inviting. Terrific tannin structure holds up vivid acidity. Finely etched minerality. Powerful yet refined. Juicy. Persistent. Long broad fruity finish.

Points 95 TW


La Gerla

La Pieve

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of gardenia, iris, hyacinth and lime leaves. On entry, a mixture of dark berry fruit, vivid acidity, dusty forward tannins: these will all play out in time. Medium in weight. Has a boisterous character today, but will integrate, relax and mature. Savoury. Long juicy finish.

Points 92-94 TW


La Gerla

Riserva gli Angeli

Bdm 2018

Intense ruby red in colour. Red and blue florals interplay with baking spices, fennel pollen and cherry notes. Massive but tight rich textural structure. Savoury and earthy. Nuances of new saddle leather, eucalyptus, damp leaf litter and cedar. Medium to full bodied. Full of primary flavours. This is a unique wine that needs time to play out.

Points 95-97 TW



La Magia

BdM 2019

Pale purple red in colour. Elegant bouquet of rose petal, cherry syrup, white pepper and eucalyptus. Silky red with sensual textures and exotic nuances. Balanced. Agile. Linear and broad. Secondary notes of tanned leather, soy and citrus peel. Vibrating acid profile. Fine grained tannins. Lingers on the finish.

Points 94 TW


La Magia

Ciliegio

BdM  2019

Intense medium garnet red in colour. A generous and evocative bouquet of black ripe berry fruit, violet and Karkadè tea with distant balsam notes. Wild forest berries, plum, liquorice, orange peel, frankincense and slate. Muscular and tightly wound. Plenty of verve. Much to offer. Interesting mix. Needs time.

Points 93-95 TW



La Palazzetta

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet, rose petal, grilled Mediterranean herbs, liquorice and dried cherry. Bing cherry, pomegranate, plum and  damp leaf litter. Cool silky entry, nuances of tobacco, dark chocolate and white smoke. Agile and plump. Juicy. Linear. Savoury. Mineral based citrus notes lift the freshness on the close.

Points 92 TW


La Palazzetta

BdM Riserva 2018

Pale purple red in colour. Aromas of dark blue florals, humus and pipe tobacco. Sour cherry, dewberry, liquorice, graphite, blood orange and exotic spice.Tightly wound. Distinctive character. Tangy acids. Touch wild and savoury. Medium length on the close.

Points 92 TW



La Poderina

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Delicate bouquet of pale rose petal, violet and lavender florals with nuances of camphor. Rainier cherry, salty liquorice, new leather, mocha, blood orange, dried Mediterranean herbs and mellow spice. Dark cherry, redcurrant, raspberry, toasted sweet tobacco, mint and orange peel. Cool entry, lightly textured, showing direction and weight. Juicy. Vibrant acidity that leads energy. Broadens from mid palate to a long articulated close.

Points 94 TW


La Poderina

Poggio Abate

BdM Riserva 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. Concentrated red rose petal, hibiscus, dried cherry and liquorice notes. Black cherry, blackcurrant, plum, pomegranate and praline. Silky entry, balanced and refined. Great expression of fresh acidity interwoven with finely grained tannins. Terrific energy. Fresh and juicy. Lingers on the close.

Points 93 TW



La Rasina

BdM 2019

Bright medium purple in colour. Distinctive aromatic profile, crushed red rose petal, cherry syrup, blackcurrant jam and dark spice. Bing cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, salty liquorice with medicated herbal notes. Candied orange peel. Cool on entry, light textural nature but showing a rich volume, with a sharp acidic edge. Agile. Savoury. Broadens after mid palate showing core primary fruit. Packed with energy.

Points 94+ TW


La Rasina

Persante

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet, bluebell, dried lavender and spring flowers. Red cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, almond and citrus peel. Secondary nuances of distant clove, cinnamon, graphite and floral underbrush. Floats across the palate, medium in textural resonance. Agile. Great breadth of flavour. Intense and layered. Just pulsates energy. Mid weight. Graceful and memorable with a lingering finish.

Points 96 TW



Lambardi

BdM 2019

Medium purple in colour. Distant aromas of blue florals, cherry and mellow spice. Red cherry, raspberry, redcurrant, blood orange, leather and warm earth. Delicate cool entry, distinctive berry character. Juicy. Tannins are dusty but ripe, vivid acidity captures the mid palate and promotes mouth freshness. Mineral nuances of crushed stone makes an appearance on the finish.

Points 92 TW



Le Chiuse

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Heady aromatics of red rose petal, gardenia and bluebell. Wild cherry, redcurrant, loganberry, liquorice, warm floral underbrush, orange peel and pomegranate juice. Soft elegant textures abound. A touch short off full bodied. Compact crunchy tannins, clean fresh acidic notes. Vibrancy is tangible. Long focused broad close.

Points 97+ TW



Le Gode

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Aromas of dark blue florals, black and red small berry fruits and dried Mediterranean herbs. Dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry, plum and chocolate. Silky smooth textures greet the sip. Zesty acidity vie with crunchy ripe forward tannins. Little tense but will relax in time. Medium bodied. Shows its potential from the start. Juicy and persistent on the finish.

Points 93-95 TW


Le Gode

Vigna Montosoli

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Beguiling bouquet featuring blue florals, underbrush, camphor and cake spice. Black plum, loganberry, damson, blackcurrant, salty liquorice, dark chocolate, mocha, pepper and linseed oil nuance. Shows juicy freshness on entry, slight tension on the tannins, but fresh ripe acidity is engaging. A wine of many levels and complexity that needs time to relax, adjust and fully open.

Points 94-96 TW



Madonna Nera

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Delicate bouquet of rose petal, violet and, hyacinth florals with dried cherry, cedar shavings and mint. Red cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, blood orange, distant clove and cinnamon. Secondary nuances of metallic earth, tobacco and star anise play a part on the back end. Silky smooth on entry, expands across the palate bringing rich textural curves, fresh acidity, youthful tannins. Juicy. Savoury. Linear. Medium length on the finish.

Points 93 TW



Martoccia

BdM 2019

Pale purple in colour. Heady aromatics of red rose, dark chocolate, cherry, liquorice and smoke. Dark cherry, blackberry, dark plum, citrus peel, medicated herbs, warm earth and sweet tobacco. On entry, noticeable freshness that gives suppleness. So juicy. Balanced. Vibrant fresh acidity vies with caressing tannins. Elegant body. Crushed stone minerality and black tea come and go on the way to the close. Memorable.

Points 93+ TW


Martoccia

BdM Riserva 2018

Aromas of red rose petal, amber, Morello cherry, leather and dark spice. Bing cherry, redcurrant, wild strawberry, blood orange, almond and grilled meat. Cool entry, juicy, light in texture, agile, citrusy character that lifts fresh mouthfeel. Fine ripe tannin structure and zesty acidity both in harmony. Great length.

Points 93 TW



Mastrojanni

BdM 2019

Pale to medium ruby red in colour. Delicate bouquet of pale rose petal, iris, hyacinth and lavender. Rainier cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, redcurrant, liquorice, mellow spice and tar. Silky entry, rich and inviting, spreads across the palate at bullet speed. Dark, exotic and racy. Pulsates with acidic energy, tanning structure is ripe but shows youthful tension. Tapers slightly on the long articulated finish.

Points 95 TW


Mastrojanni

Vigna Loreto

BdM 2019

Ruby red in colour with bright garnet red undertones. Interesting bouquet of dark blue and purple florals, dried cherry, tobacco leaf and distant camphor. Dark berry fruits, plum, boysenberry and roasted coffee bean and tanned leather. Ultra fine tannins still youthful vie with fresh acidity. A degree below full bodied. Elegant. Great weight and energy. Tight yet polished.Lingers on the close.

Points 96 TW



Mocali

BdM 2019

Pale garnet red in colour. Aromas of red florals, cherry and cedar notes. Blackberry, blueberry, loganberry, floral underbrush, eucalyptus, orange peel and dark spice. Inviting on entry, rich and agile. Rounded tannins interact with fresh vibrant acidity that gives direction and energy. Loiters on the finish.

Points 92 TW


Mocali

Vigna Delle Raunate

BdM 2019

Pale garnet red in colour. Heady floral aromatics of red rose petal, amber, violet, dried lavender and camphor. Dark cherry, blackberry, damson, citrus peel, cedar shavings with mint and exotic spice. Shows textural depth and volume. Plump and agile. Berry character. Savoury. Long broad finish.

Points 93 TW



Molino di Sant’Antimo

BdM 2019

Pale garnet red in colour with orange undertone. Aromas of pale pink rose petal, cherry in spirit, praline, violet and bluebell florals. Red and black small berry fruit, wild strawberry, cherry, orange zest and blonde tobacco. Concentrated and primary on entry, rich and supply. Tangy acidity with rounded fine tannins.Tense and tight on the back end. Needs a year or two.

Points 91-93 TW



Musico

BdM 2019

Pale garnet red in colour with bright pink highlights. Needs aeration. Aromatics of rose petal, dried cherry, fennel pollen and sage. Blackcurrant, plum, dewberry, salty liquorice, dark Eastern spice, tar, floral underbrush and essence of citrus. Cool entry, silky and juicy. Well weighted with fresh acidic notes with fine tannins.Tapers from mid palate with energetic long finish.

Points 92+ TW



Padelletti

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with bright pink undertones. Lifted aromatic profile consisting of rose petal, hibiscus dried cherry and rose hip tea. Rainier cherry, redcurrant, liquorice, sweet toasted tobacco, eucalyptus, candied orange peel with aromatic tree bark. Rich, warm and silky smooth on entry. Plush and mesmerising. Super attractive wine. Stunning textural richness. Intense. Creamy display of Sangiovese. Delivers beautifully.

Points 97 TW



Palazzo

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of blue florals including: bluebell, hyacinth and iris. Dark cherry, pomegranate, red plum, tobacco, balsam and spiced orange peel. Warm on entry, just coasts the palate with layers of pleasure. Fresh and fully charged. Saline infused on the back end. Lovely marriage of tannin strength and vivid acidity. Bright. Lingers on the close.

Points 94 TW


Palazzo

Cosimo

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Delicate blue florals with gardenia and mint notes. Wild black berries, dark cherry, nutshell, mellow spice, new leather, pipe tobacco smoke, dried mushroom and damp forest floor. Savoury and earthy. Close grained tannins. Zesty acidity. Needs time.

Points 94-96 TW


Palazzo

BdM Riserva 2018

Pale to medium ruby red in colour. Aromas consist of dried cherry, rose petal, cedar shavings and ground ginger. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, plum, dewberry, saddle leather, blonde tobacco and scorched earth. Savoury. Tight but polished. Very intense finish.

Points 92-94 TW



Patrizia Cencioni

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Crushed red rose petals, iodine, salty liquorice, grilled herbs and cherry syrup all combine on the aromatic profile. Dark cherry, blackberry, dark spice, cedar notes and damp forest floor. Richly textured that broadens out from mid palate showing plush tannins and pin point fresh acidity. Noticeable focused drive on the finish.

Points 92+ TW


Patrizia Cencioni

Ofelio

BdM 2019

Bright ruby red in colour. Heady aromatics of crushed red rose petal, peony, violet florals with forest floor. Dark cherry, raspberry jam, pomegranate, star anise, distant cinnamon and balsam. Medium bodied. Agile. Integrated. Vibrant. Very persistent. Great length with textural volume.

Points 95 TW


Patrizia Cencioni

123

BdM Riserva 2018

Intense ruby red in colour. Aromatics of dark blue and purple florals and sandalwood. Dark cherry, blackberry, plum, wild strawberry and salty liquorice. Juicy. Savoury. Poised and polished. Well rounded tannins and fresh acidity. All nuances collaborate to leave a fresh mouthfeel on the long finish.

Points 93 TW



Pietra

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Floral profile, is a mix of violet, hyacinth, gardenia and daffodil. Bing cherry, redcurrant, liquorice, leather, tobacco, blood orange and mellow spice. Cool entry, expands rapidly across the palate showing textural depth and pleasant progression with vivid acidity and ultra fine tannins. Medium bodied. Fresh and agile. A little tight on the back end, but this will relax in time.

Points 92 TW



Pietranera

BdM 2019

Pale garnet red in colour. Aromatics of red rose petal, peony, balsam, crushed redcurrant. Bing cherry, pomegranate, orange peel, clove, liquorice and cedar bark. Smooth entry, fresh and supple, with vivid acidity that supports the rich body. Juicy. Tapers a touch from mid palate to the medium length finish.

Points 91 TW


Pietranera

BdM Riserva 2018 ( no label )

Pale ruby red in colour with garnet red rim. Lifted aromas of wild berries, fresh cut spring flowers and eucalyptus. Blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, boysenberry, clove, liquorice, orange zest, blonde tobacco and new leather. Broad and inviting. Succulent. Showing great length. Pulses energy. Fine ripe tannins. Leaves a fresh mouthfeel.

Points 93 TW



Pietroso

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Delicate floral canopy, consisting pale rose, hyacinth, myrtle, violet and distant lavender. Dark cherry, prune, redcurrant, salty liquorice, blood orange, dark spice with mint and traces of cigar box. Warm inviting entry, coats the palate in rich deep layered textures. Vibrant acidity with rounded tannins. A degree or two below full bodied. Graceful. Pin point balance. Juicy. Good weight. All in total harmony. Persistent long finish.

Points 97+ TW



Podere Brizio

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. The bouquet is like walking through a wild meadow full of florals on a warm sunny day. Blackcurrant, blueberry, plum, dried cherry, pomegranate and liquorice. Silky rich red with broad shoulders, inviting and layered. Fresh. Agile.Tons of energy. Exotic. Loiters on the close.

Points 95 TW



Poggio di Sotto

BdM 2019

Bright ruby red in colour with pale garnet red rim. Delicate aromas of pale blue florals, rose petal, new leather, distant balsam, dried cherry and lime leaves. On entry complexity and balance rule the day, very elegant body, light in texture showing good depth and volume. Secondary nuances of mellow spice and noticeable star anise come and go. Completely unique in its clarity and classic precision of Sangiovese. Totally compelling.

Points 97 TW


Poggio di Sotto

BdM Riserva 2018

Intense ruby red in colour with garnet red reflections. Seductive and lifted aromatics, rose petal, dried Mediterranean herbs, cherry nuances and floral underbrush. Rainier cherry, boysenberry, tanned leather, wild strawberry, cedar notes and white smoke. Silky textures abound, compact and ripe tannins vie with fresh vivid acidity. Striking character: racy, juicy, exotic but above all complex. This wine takes a lot of understanding as to direction and value in flavour terms. Needs bottle age to fully appreciate.

Points 96-98 TW



Poggio Landi

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Subdued aromas of cherry fruit, rose petal, orange peel and menthol. Bing cherry, raspberry, plum, new leather, warm earth, dark chocolate and distant lavender. Cool entry, well extracted, agile with good length. Youthful and tense tannins interplay with vivid acidity. Medium bodied. Linear on the close.

Points 90 TW


Poggio Landi

BdM Riserva 2018

Aromatics of dried cherry, violet, bluebell and hyacinth. Red cherry, wild strawberry, mellow spice, blood orange and underbrush. Chalky tannins vie with a line of nervous acidity. These elements will play out given time. Edgy. Juicy. Showing linear intensity.

Points 90 TW



Poggio Nardone

BdM 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromas of red florals, red liquorice, exotic spice, saffron and floral underbrush. Dark cherry, plum, blackcurrant, candied orange peel, star anise, crushed stone and mint. Cool entry, showing broad shoulders and fine textural volume. Vibrating acidity drives the engine and direction. Compact ripe tannins. Medium bodied. Good length but tart notes on the finish.

Points 91 TW



Poggiotondo

BdM 2019

Medium garnet red in colour with pink undertones. Aromas of red florals, baked rhubarb and citrus peel. Morello cherry, cranberry, plum, strawberry with green top, salty liquorice and blood orange. Silky red on entry. Juicy. Fresh acidity and ripe tannins. Shows good weight and energy. Pleasant progression to long finish.

Points 92 TW



Ruffino

Greppone Mazzi

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Subdued aromas of rose petal, crushed raspberry, Morello cherry, liquorice and damp forest floor. Wild cherry, red and black small berry fruits, clove, star anise, blueberry and essence of citrus peel. Rich warm entry. Agile and juicy. Balanced with pulsing energy from mid palate to long close.

Points 92+ TW


Ruffino

Greppone Mazzi

BdM Riserva 2018

Intense ruby red in colour. Delicate aromas of red rose, dried Mediterranean herbs and wild berry fruits. Bing cherry, loganberry, blood orange, blonde tobacco with distant black pepper. Intense and tightly wound, needs bottle age to relax. Light in texture yet shows outline of bigger structure. No question this has pedigree…One for back of the cellar.

Points 92-94 TW



San Giorgio

Ugolforte

BdM 2019

Pale and bright ruby red in colour. Heady aromatic canopy consisting of crushed red rose petal, peony, amber, candied orange peel and mellow spice. Dark cherry, boysenberry, plum, salty liquorice, pomegranate, black pepper and white smoke. Silky entry, just coats the palate, relaxed progression, so juicy and agile. Layered complex minerality. Medium bodied. Just keeps on expanding, like the universe. Hits all the right notes.

Points 96 TW


San Giorgio

Ugolforte

BdM Riserva 2018

Pale to medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of red berries, fennel pollen, broom and violet florals. Bing cherry, redcurrant, sage and rosemary, mellow spice, metallic earth and white smoke notes. Warm translucent entry. Noticeable but not aggressive tannins plays alongside fresh vivid acidity. Medium bodied. No negative energy here. Persistent and fresh to the close.

Points 94 TW



San Guglielmo

BdM 2019

Pale pink in colour. Delicate florals of violet, bluebell, iris and hibiscus. Rainier cherry, cranberry, plum, pomegranate, flint, new leather and black tea. Stunning entry, shows class from the start. Electric textural resonance. Super intensity. Dense and sumptuous. Tannins and acidity totally interwoven. Balanced to a micron. Flamboyant character. An exotic beauty.

Points 96 TW



San Lorenzo

BdM 2019

Medium purple in colour. Dark blue and purple florals, including violet, iris and lavender with amber and blackcurrant jam. Blackberry, damson, blueberry, humus, salty liquorice and forest wood smoke. Delicate and feminine on entry. Agile and succulent. Silky tannins and fresh acidity encircle ripe fruit. Poised and persistent. Energy of a F1 motor engine.  Considerable appeal. Finish goes on tour!

Points 96 TW



San Polino

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Elegant aromatics of red rose, violet, peony with dried cherry. Bing cherry, wild strawberry, loganberry, mint, salty liquorice, Mediterranean herbs, exotic spice, lime leaves and orange peel. Silky and agile upon entry. Rich palate shows freshness and harmony. Berry character. Medium bodied. Interwoven ripe tannin structure, with fresh vivid acidity. Good length on the close

Points 96 TW


San Polino

Helichrysum

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour with bright pink undertones. Distinctive depth to aromatic profile, pale pink rose petal, bluebell, violet, praline, cedar notes and menthol infused herbs. Dark cherry, plum, kirsch, citrus peel, new leather and distant clove. Death defying act of balance, carrying vibrating acidity and finely grained tannins that are unconditionally intertwined. The flirtatious aromatics play hide and seek with primary fruit nuances, minerality and textural qualities from mid palate to the juicy long finish. Wow!

Points 98+ TW



San Polo

BdM 2019

Pale garnet red in colour. Elegant bouquet of wild meadow flowers, Morello cherry, liquorice  and cigar leaf. Dark cherry, red plum, loganberry, star anise, clove, white smoke, floral underbrush and distant eucalyptus. On entry, fresh citrus character with berry fruit, vibrant energy, not yet fully relaxed and integrated. Cedar shaving nuances on the back end. Articulated finish.

Points 94 TW


San Polo

Podernovi

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Heady bouquet of red rose, lavender, raspberry coulis and black tea. Small ripe black and red berries, pomegranate, orange peel and dark spice. Agile with great length. Medium bodied. Finely grained tannins and youthful zesty acidity lead into stunning textural richness showcasing clarity and precision. Mineral notes give vigor. Savoury. Linear persistent finish.

Points 97 TW



Sassetti Livio

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour with a translucent pink rim. Beguiling bouquet that cannot be mistaken for anything else than terroir Sassetti! Violet, dried lavender, hyacinth, bluebell, myrtle, blood orange and sea shell minerality. Rainier cherry, pomegranate, pipe tobacco, clove, essence of citrus peel with forest leaf litter. Rich palate. Textural depth and volume. Pulsates energy wave after wave. Super expressive, bordering on exotic. Wine has a lot to tell. Long articulated finish.

Points 97+ TW



Sasso di Sole

BdM 2019

Pale to medium garnet red in colour. Aromas of red rose florals, hibiscus and Morello cherry. Plum, pomegranate, dark cherry, fresh Mediterranean herbs, leather, mellow spice and blood orange. Rich and agile on entry. Sweet accents. Youthful ripe tannins interplay with mild acid notes. Secondary notes of sweet tobacco and salty liquorice. Succulent. Medium length on the finish.

Points 92 TW


Sasso di Luna

BdM 2019

Intense medium ruby red in colour. Lifted aromas of rose petal and dark blue florals. Black and red forest berries, cedar shavings, mellow dark spice, liquorice, white pepper, mocha and blonde tobacco. Smooth entry, juicy and relaxed. Fine tannins woven with fresh wry acidity. Fresh mouthfeel. Open and inviting. Savoury. Linear on the close.

Points 93 TW



Scopone

BdM 2019

Medium purple in colour. Needs plenty of aeration. Red florals and ripe black forest fruits with turmeric account for the forward aromatic profile. Bing cherry, blackberry, blueberry, plum, liquorice, pipe tobacco, orange zest and floral underbrush. Smooth cool entry, crunchy ripe tannins, fresh acidity, crushed rock minerality are all on show. Balance leans towards dry. Medium bodied. A mix of black tea and hibiscus notes follow the close.

Points 93+ TW



Sesti

BdM 2019

Pale to medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of floral underbrush, crushed raspberry, new leather and cedar notes. Black cherry, dewberry, prune, pomegranate, distant mellow spice. Light in texture. Medium to full bodied. Youthful tannins and acidity mix. Showing both energy and freshness on long finish.

Points 93 TW


Sesti

Phenomena

BdM Riserva 2018

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Lifted aromatics of violet, lavender and gardenia florals assisted by star anise and sweet tobacco. Dark cherry, liquorice, blueberry, dewberry, citrus peel, nutshell and distant white smoke. Secondary nuances of sandalwood and incense. Seamless with an ethereal quality. Great symmetry.  Good finish.

Points 94 TW



Siro Pacenti

Pelagrilli

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Absorbing display of aromas; blue florals abound assisted by amber, dried Mediterranean herbs and dark plum jam. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, damson, pomegranate, distant blonde tobacco and mellow spice. Youthful with buckets of residual tannin tension and zesty acidity, that will play out in time. A touch racy on entry, this vintage is approachable with a more forgiving palate. This wine always needs bottle age but it repays the patience with layers of liquid pleasure.

Points 96 TW


Siro Pacenti

Vecchie Vigne

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of dark berry fruits, metallic earth notes, grilled herbs and balsamic notes. Wild cherry, cranberry, boysenberry, pine needles, salty liquorice and black tea. Very rich and elegant body. Well extracted. Concentrated. Shows poise and polish. Fresh acidity sustains the rich body. Lingers on the close. One for the back of the cellar, so time can work its magic. Outstanding.

Points 98 TW



Talenti

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with garnet red reflections. Heady bouquet of red rose petal, hibiscus, pomegranate  juice, mint and sweet tobacco. Rainier cherry, redcurrant, blackcurrant, salty liquorice, dewberry, menthol infused herbs and orange peel. Elegant body. Rich deep textural resonance, floats on the palate. Savoury. Quietly persistent. Poised. Medium bodied. Carries harmony from start to finish.

Points 95 TW


Talenti

Piero

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Needing aeration. I tasted this wine three times over 24 hours. Celebratory bouquet of small black and red berry fruit, juniper, broom and wild cherry. Blackberry, boysenberry, plum, mint, clove and cedar notes, liquorice with a whiff of roasted coffee beans. Medium to full bodied. The palate reflects the bouquet. Balanced to a micron. Utterly compelling. Without doubt the finest wine I have ever tasted from Talenti.

Points 99 TW



Tenuta Buon Tempo

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Forward florals of rose petal, violet, hyacinth and lavender. Red cherry, redcurrant, plum, raspberry, pomegranate, orange peel, liquorice, sweet tobacco, clove and balsam. Silky entry expands immediately across the palate, so juicy and agile, showing medium textural depth. Savoury. Fresh acidity still commands the energy, fine rounded tannins have almost disappeared. Articulated close.

Points 93 TW





Tenuta di Sesta

BdM 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromas of rose petal, bluebell, patchouli, eucalyptus and mint. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, dark plum, blood orange, liquorice, blonde tobacco and lime leaves. Unique character shows up on mid palate, not so restrained as previous vintages. Showing ripe dark fruits surrounded by fine tannins, wry acidity, layered minerality and refined textural presence. Tapers slightly to a linear long conclusion.

Points 94 TW


Tenuta di Sesta

Costa di Monte

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour with bright purple undertones. Distinctive heady aromatics of dark blue florals including violet, bluebell, hyacinth and crushed red rose petal, damp forest leaf litter. Blackberry, blackcurrant, damson, mint, clove and cinnamon, blood orange, exotic spice and distant liquorice and cedar notes. Silky red on entry, huge depth and volume, fresh tingling acidity and compact but refined tannins. Pumps fresh fruit through its veins. Finishes with complex layered minerality and additional spice notes.

Points 95 TW


Tenuta di Sesta

Duelecci Est

BdM Riserva 2018

Pale to medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet, iris, gardenia and myrtle account for the florals. Dark cherry, damson, blackcurrant, blueberry, salty liquorice, grilled Mediterranean herbal notes, sweet tobacco, distant pomegranate and citrus peel. Sweet accents upon entry. Rich and polished. Agile. Integrated. Inviting and persistent. Open and translucent. Cherry and kirsch nuances appear on the long broad close.

Points 94 TW



Tenuta Friggiali

BdM 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Nose shows tingling spice, dried cherry and damp forest floor. Bing cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, liquorice, graphite, candied orange peel and distant balsam. Rich palate, layered minerality, great energy and purpose. Agile, juicy and focused.Touch racy, with broad shoulders. Finely balanced. Tannins and acidity in harmony. All is well here.

Points 93 TW



Tenuta La Fuga

BdM 2019

Bright ruby red in colour. The nose reminds me of walking through a pine forest. Tea tree notes interplay with wild strawberry, orange peel, mellow but sweet spice and dried cherry. Pomegranate, dewberry, red cherry, saffron, hibiscus and distant liquorice. Rich and smooth on entry, there is noticeable textural depth and volume. Fresh, racy and broad in flavour. So willing and able to please. Fascinating and enjoyable.

Points 94 TW


Tenuta La Fuga

Le due Sorelle

BdM Riserva 2018

Intense garnet red in colour. Aromas of violet, hyacinth, gardenia and distant rose petal with dried cherry. Bing cherry, wild strawberry, redcurrant, blood orange, liquorice and ginger. Fine and translucent on entry, juicy and agile. Has a poise and elegance about itself. Soft but dense textures. Persistent linearity is noticeable on the finish.

Points 93+ TW



Tenuta Luce

Frescobaldi

BdM 2019

Intense ruby red in colour with garnet red underglaze. Shy aromas of rose petal, bluebell florals, ripe red cherry, black tea and distant star anise. Blueberry, dark cherry, boysenberry, plum, salty liquorice, worn leather and mellow spice. Elegant on entry. Secondary notes of balsam, further spice and sweet toasted tobacco. Showing freshness and energy. A touch racy and broody this 2019. Superb intensity and persistent on the long conclusion.

Points 95+ TW



Tenute Silvio Nardi

BdM 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of rose petal, bluebell, lavender, liquorice and wild black berries. Sour cherry, redcurrant, balsam, orange peel, eucalyptus and cedar notes. Very rich and textured, spice with noticeable pepper notes fall upon the mid palate. Tingling freshness. Slight toasted aftertaste. Punchy!

Points 94 TW