2016 Brunello | Pre-Shipment Offer
As is so often the foundation for a great vintage, Montalcino had a very wet start to the 2016 season. Much needed after the heat of 2015 and helping to build good water reserves in the soil to see the vines through the warmer summer months ahead. A cool March slowed down the vines a little, checking their progress well. April was dry and fresh and May saw more rain. Thankfully, it remained coolish and there was good ventilation from quite steady winds too – this combination rather brilliantly saved many from the onset of mould or mildew in their vineyards at this crucial stage.
This slightly nerve-jangling first half of the season became the perfect intro for a long, warm – but never too hot – summer. Steady and although getting quite hot at times, there were no heat spikes and no sustained periods of high temperatures. The fruit was able to mature slowly and evenly. This long, steady hang-time for the grapes was crucial to set in place the wonderfully defined flavours that are already easy to sense in these latest releases. 2016 was also blessed with dramatic differences in temperatures between night and day. Conditions that are perfect for further intensifying the detail and diversity of flavours – slowing down the whole process of ripening and capturing so much more layered complexity.
The resulting 2016s are wines of sheer class. Intense, with depth, muscle and drive. Yet compared to the charming, richly satisfying 2015s – there is a very classic feel - a ‘stand-offish’ intrigue that draws you in. Complex and pure with great focus and perfect structure, the 2016 releases have a long life ahead and will richly reward those that are patient enough to wait.
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James Suckling – jamessuckling.com
‘If you ever wanted a Brunello di Montalcino for your cellar to age for decades, then buy the 2016 vintage when the wines come out in the market.’
‘The vintage seems to be a pivotal moment for the region’
Eric Guido – Vinous
‘2016 Brunello di Montalcino: Radiance Personified.’
Monica Larner – Wine Advocate
‘Brunello from 2016 and Brunello Riserva from 2015 are poised for long-term success, they will undoubtedly be remembered as important highlights on a long timeline of vintages. These are career-defining wines for many estates and for the appellation as a whole.’
This tiny, seven hectare, estate in San Angelo in Colle, on the warmer clay of the southern side of the hill of Montalcino is run by Marcello Bucci. A fantastic winemaker who studied oenology under Roberto Fuligni's aunt. He works organically and is making wonderfully good wines which keep increasing in both quality and international recognition.
In 2016 this zone benefitted more than most from the dramatically cool nights noted throughout Montalcino. The impact on this traditionally warm zone, of the cool nights has really impacted Marcello's wines. Floral and perfumed, this is a super release. His best since 2000 he thinks. This is a beautifully balanced, sleek and refined Brunello. It's a smooth, fruit-forward style - as is often the case on this warmer site - but Marcello always finds great definition to the complexity and ample freshness, all the more so in 2016.
As always Collemattoni is a great value Brunello, from a brilliant winemaker, in a standout vintage - we'd encourage you to grab this before word gets round!
2016 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Collemattoni
Lustrous mid ruby. Quite closed on the nose and not conveying a lot. Brooding cherry with a hint of pine. Open-knit cherry fruit palate with grainy tannins. Long and supple, with quite a bit ofLustrous mid ruby. Quite closed on the nose and not conveying a lot. Brooding cherry with a hint of pine. Open-knit cherry fruit palate with grainy tannins. Long and supple, with quite a bit of tannic grip on the finish, but can be approached already. Drinking range: 2027 - 2028 Rating: 16 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com (Mar 2021)
2015 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Vigna Fontelontano Riserva Collemattoni
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Fontelontano brings together notes of plum sauce and black cherries with exotic brown spice and cooling mint leaf. It’s deeply textural and medium inThe 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Fontelontano brings together notes of plum sauce and black cherries with exotic brown spice and cooling mint leaf. It’s deeply textural and medium in body but with a brilliant dose of acidity which brings the expression to life, giving way to sweet strawberry and licorice. Although tannic, there’s enough primary intensity and verve to keep the experience fully enjoyable right through its long finish. A few years of cellaring may bring out a bit more depth, at which point this should enjoy a long and open drinking window. Very nice. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 93 Eric Guido, www.vinous.com (Nov 2020)
Our relationship with Roberto goes back to the mid-nineties. We have always loved the wines here, which combine the concentration and elegance of the best of Brunello. They can be drunk more or less from release, and are so perfectly balanced that they age beautifully.Year after year Roberto and his team hit the highest heights of what is possible here. Truly classic Brunello is what they do best So fine, so poised with great tension and yet depth of fruit too - these are wines that make you think, stop you in your tracks and stun you in a way that very few producers can manage, The two current releases are nothing short of mesmerising.
Fuligni’s vineyards are some of the highest and coolest in the area, perched on the slopes to the east of Montalcino and this gives them enormous advantage, ensuring a finesse and elegance that others struggle to imitate.
Roberto’s wines are classically proportioned, with restraint and a poise that is astonishing - and both the 2015 Riserva ('Roberto made the wine of his life in 2015' James Suckling) and the sublime 2016 are huge successes. As Roberto himself says -
‘I am almost speechless when I try to talk about these two vintages.’.
2016 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Fuligni
The Fuligni family moved from Maremma to Montalcino early in the 20th century, establishing the estate in 1923. Maria Flora has been at the helm since 1971, with her nephew Roberto managing most ofThe Fuligni family moved from Maremma to Montalcino early in the 20th century, establishing the estate in 1923. Maria Flora has been at the helm since 1971, with her nephew Roberto managing most of the operations today. This historic property has released one of the most exquisite wines of 2016. Revealing its complexities gradually, it unfolds with a smoky flintiness, balsamic nuances and Mediterranean herbs. Seemingly endless in layers and depth, there is generosity but it never weighs the palate down. Powerful, sophisticated tannins are finely powdered, and piercing acidity radiates throughout. Hints of liquorice, violet, blood orange and iron eventually emerge. Lengthy and effortlessly commanding. Drinking range: 2024 - 2042 Rating: 99 Michaela Morris, Decanter (Apr 2021)
2015 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Riserva Fuligni
Fuligni gives us a truly special expression from this sunny and warm vintage. What I notice first in the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the elegance of the aromas and those dusty, almostFuligni gives us a truly special expression from this sunny and warm vintage. What I notice first in the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the elegance of the aromas and those dusty, almost salty mineral notes of crushed limestone that frame the delicate fruit packed tight within. There are other distinctive aromas here, such as balsam herb, dried mint and powdered licorice root that add more layers to the bouquet. That layering continues to the palate where the wine excels on all fronts—balanced concentration, structure and freshness. This is a unique creation and a very precious wine. It is one of the stand outs of the year. Drinking range: 2024 - 2050 Rating: 98 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Dec 2020)
The Padellettis are one of Montalcino's oldest families, and one with an illustrious past, stretching back into the 13th century at least. In 1529, Giovanni Padelletti, an architect, was given charge of a section of wall and two gates for the defence of the city against the Spanish invaders, and his descendants still own them. Under the Medicis they had to lie low, but by 1576 they are again listed as owning land and vineyards.
2016 is our second vintage working together and we could not be more thrilled. From their small vineyard holding on the north facing slopes of Montalcino the Padelletti family are making brilliant wines. They select less than a quarter of the grapes for Brunello, a production of just 7-8000 bottles. The wine is fermented in cement tanks and aged in large Slavonian oak casks.
Pure and fine - the wines are supremely elegant. In this super vintage they add a fabulous new dimension to the range we now have here in Montalcino. 'Old School' perhaps but so engaging and such beautiful, perfumed aromatics. This traditional estate is making a very smart and very sophisticated Brunello that deserves your attention. Despite the estate's history this 2016 gives a refreshing perspective on the wines from Montalcino a rare treat for its honest and pure feel.
From this six hectares they select less than a quarter of the grapes for Brunello, a production of 7-8000 bottles. The wine is fermented in cement tanks and aged in large Slavonian oak casks, in the original cellar in central Montalcino, in Via Guido e Dino Padelletti, under the family's historic house.
2016 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Padelletti
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is fresh with a perfume of rose petal, poppy red fruits, and Mediterranean herbs. Its energy is immediately apparent and follows through seamlessly with aThe 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is fresh with a perfume of rose petal, poppy red fruits, and Mediterranean herbs. Its energy is immediately apparent and follows through seamlessly with a tension-driven finish. I love this wine for its transparency, freshness, and lift. Drink 2022-2042. Drinking range: 2022 - 2042 Rating: 95 Audrey Frick, JebDunnuck.com (Mar 2021)
2015 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Riserva Padelletti
A selection of the estate's oldest vines averaging 35 to 40 years old, Padelletti’s Riserva is aged in a combination of French and Slavonian five-hectolitre oak casks. Intriguingly fragrant butA selection of the estate's oldest vines averaging 35 to 40 years old, Padelletti’s Riserva is aged in a combination of French and Slavonian five-hectolitre oak casks. Intriguingly fragrant but subtly so, this slowly reveals blood orange, dark plum, lavender and spice. Though richly fruited and generous, it shows breed and energy. It's a very textural Sangiovese, with layers of granular tannins and an equally thrilling lift. It's almost drinkable now but has plenty more to come. (Decanter Platinum) Drinking range: 2023 - 2038 Rating: 97 Michaela Morris, Decanter (Mar 2021)
Thirty years ago, Luigi Fabbro and Londoner Katia Nussbaum founded the 4 hectare San Polino – Montalcino’s first certified organic estate – in the northwest of the region. Luigi, a trained chemist and former computer scientist, brought his experiences mapping the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest to this corner of Tuscany, and the couple aim to “create wines as complete reflections of the biodiversity of the terroir”.
Blessed with an extraordinary range of soil types across their land – from ancient sea beds to volcanic minerals - they are self-proclaimed extremists when it comes to organic farming, using microorganisms in place of sulphur and copper in the vineyard. Their own compost is made from the stalks and skins from the grapes, and grasses and beans are regularly planted to add nutrients to the soil and increase biodiversity. The wines undergo spontaneous fermentation from indigenous yeasts, and see a 45-day maceration on skins, before being pressed and raised in large Slavonian and French oak for three years. 5% of the oak is new, for a hint of spice.
The philosophy of biodynamics, with its emphasis on harmony and balance, plus obsessive care in the winemaking, lends the wines a phenomenal amount of elegance and purity of fruit, with a finish that seems to go on forever. James Suckling is a follower of these wines, hailing the 2015 as “superb” – and the 2016 even better.
2016 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO San Polino
Attractive aromas of cherry, dark mushroom, bark and walnut follow through to a full body with lots of ripe cherry and berry character in the center palate. Firm, chewy tannins draw you down theAttractive aromas of cherry, dark mushroom, bark and walnut follow through to a full body with lots of ripe cherry and berry character in the center palate. Firm, chewy tannins draw you down the palate. Extremely long. From organically grown grapes. Better than the superb 2015? Drink after 2023 and onwards. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2020)
2016 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Helichrysum San Polino
Helichrysum comes from the southeast, in the area of Podernovi where high altitudes counter the warmth. The vines are pruned closely to give low-yields of grapes with thick skins and less juice. MoreHelichrysum comes from the southeast, in the area of Podernovi where high altitudes counter the warmth. The vines are pruned closely to give low-yields of grapes with thick skins and less juice. More powerfully structured than the estate Brunello, this is mouthfilling and expansive. Baked asphalt and iron lend intrigue to youthfully exuberant plum and wild strawberry. The tannins seem to grab at every part of the mouth with a sandy, grainy texture, and the persistent finish features clove and allspice. Tons of energy here. Drinking range: 2024 - 2039 Rating: 97 Michaela Morris, Decanter (Apr 2021)