2016 Brunello di Montalcino: a golden vintage

2016 is a stunning vintage in Montalcino, and many producers have crafted wines to rival their finest ever. Here's a selection of some of our favourites, alongside some delicious, and outstanding value, 2019 Rossos.


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2019 Rosso di Montalcino, Gianni Brunelli, Tuscany

Dry | Red | Still

Laura's wines are always wonderfully pretty, and this is no exception. Detailing on the palate, and a real sense of energy here makes this an utterly beguiling Rosso.

Ready: 2021 - 2027
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2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Le Potazzine, Gorelli, Tuscany

Dry | Red | Still

We’ve tasted the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino from Le Potazzine numerous times since it was harvested, and it’s blossomed into a simply stunning Brunello. On the nose, notes of wild flowers, fresh citrus fruits, and a core of morello cherries. The palate is structured and intense, with incredible poise and vibrant acidity. It’s a stunning wine, from one of our favourite producers.

Young: 2024 - 2039
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2019 Rosso di Montalcino, Tiezzi

Dry | Red | Still | 14%

From the Cerrino vineyard, this is a lovely Rosso from Enzo Tiezzi. There's a wildness and intensity here; already approachable, it will be even better in a few years.

Ready: 2021 - 2027

2019 Rosso di Montalcino, La Gerla, Tuscany

Dry | Red | Still

The 2019 Rosso from La Gerla is a juicy, fragrant Sangiovese from a brilliant estate. Notes of orange peel and wild flowers, and there's a chalky, savoury texture, too. Delicious.

Ready: 2021 - 2027

2019 Rosso di Montalcino, Mastrojanni

Dry | Red | Still

Mastrojanni's Rosso reflects their Brunello, in its opulent, ripe fruit, glossy mouthfeel, and pleasing, tonic-like finish. This is a delicious Rosso, with loads of energy: the perfect foil for so many dishes, a wine built for the table.

Ready: 2021 - 2027

2019 Rosso di Montalcino, Le Potazzine, Gorelli, Tuscany

Dry | Red | Still

One year in Botti grande. Nice nose, very delicate, and there’s plenty of creamy fruit. This is beautifully balanced, with such a sense of drive and length.

Ready: 2021 - 2027

2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Soccorso, Tiezzi, Tuscany

Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

The Vigna Soccorso is a single vineyard Brunello, from one of the most prized sites in the appellation. It’s powerful and intense, with notes of ripe morello cherries, blood orange, and a herbal lift. The palate is intense, with concentrated fruit and enveloping tannins. This will need time, but when it does, it will be a remarkable wine for the price. Not to be missed in 2016.

Young: 2026 - 2046

2016 Brunello di Montalcino, La Gerla, Tuscany

Dry | Red | Still

We love La Gerla's wines for their understated class, that becomes even more evident after a few extra years in the bottle. The rich core of fruit will soften here, and the wine will last decades: if you can keep your hands off it. A wine you'll want to have in your cellar.

Young: 2024 - 2037

2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Mastrojanni

Dry | Red | Still

This is a precise, focussed, impressive Brunello from Mastrojanni. Notes of plum and orange zest on the nose, while the palate is nicely rounded, but with grainy tannins, and a real energy on the finish. Very nicely put together, this.

Young: 2025 - 2039

2016 Rosso di Montalcino, Cupano

Dry | Red | Still

This is a Rosso that far outperforms most Brunellos you’ll taste. Notes of tapenade and wild berries, with hints of burnt leaf and wild violets. It’s the texture and length that really impress: with energy and purity in spades, this will last for decades.

Ready: 2020 - 2035

2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto, Mastrojanni

Dry | Red | Still

From a warmer site in front of the winery, the 2016 Loreto balances incredible energy and a plush, opulent mouthfeel, making it a truly beguiling Sangiovese. There's notes of tea and some grapefruit zest alongside the core of cherry fruit. Surprisingly ready to go, but with huge potential.

Young: 2025 - 2045

2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Cupano

Dry | Red | Still

Cupano's Brunello 2016 is a stunning wine. Notes of tapenade and baked earth swirl from the glass, with a core of deep fruit. The palate is structured but impeccably balanced, and there's a sense of energy on the finish. Detailed, long, and spellbounding, this is not to be missed.

Young: 2025 - 2045

2015 Brunello di Montalcino Schiena d'Asino, Mastrojanni

Dry | Red | Still

From a hot site running along a ridge, it's the balance here that's most remarkable. Notes of wild herbs and some blackcurrent dominate, but there's also a fine core of citrus fruit that keeps this lifted, alongside chalky tannins, and real salinity. This will need some time, but will be very very impressive.

Young: 2024 - 2040

2015 Brunello di Montalcino, Biondi-Santi Greppo, Tuscany

Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

The 2015 Brunello from Biondi-Santi shows this estate is back on form. This has the sunny demeanour of the vintage, but also the restraint and nobility that you'd expect from this address. Notes of sour cherry, tea leaves, and a citrus lift complete the picture on a refined, cerebral, profound Sangiovese.

Young: 2025 - 2050