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
Dried berry and cherry with flower and walnut undertones. Some stones and dry earth. Full-bodied with a chewy, intense palate, showing wonderful structure and depth. A serious 2015 Brunello. DrinkDried berry and cherry with flower and walnut undertones. Some stones and dry earth. Full-bodied with a chewy, intense palate, showing wonderful structure and depth. A serious 2015 Brunello. Drink after 2023. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 96 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Dec 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
A core of cherry and kirsch marks this vivid, linear red, packing strawberry, floral, sanguine, iron and tobacco notes into a slim frame. Balanced and structured, ends with a lingering impression ofA core of cherry and kirsch marks this vivid, linear red, packing strawberry, floral, sanguine, iron and tobacco notes into a slim frame. Balanced and structured, ends with a lingering impression of ripe fruit and savory elements. Best from 2024 through 2045. Drinking range: 2024 - 2045 Rating: 95 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2021)
2015 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Riserva Fuligni
It’s hard to put down a glass of the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. This youthfully restrained yet remarkably pretty wine trades power for undeniable elegance and refinement. It’s dark andIt’s hard to put down a glass of the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. This youthfully restrained yet remarkably pretty wine trades power for undeniable elegance and refinement. It’s dark and moody at times, bright and focused on radiant fruits at others. Layer after layer of crushed black cherry, woodland herbs, autumnal spice, mint leaf, cedar box and earth resonate in the glass. Its silky textures coat all that they touch in a mix of dark red berries and salty minerals, turning dry and structured toward the close under an air of inner florals and earth tones. It will be some time before the 2015 is ready, but I hope to be able to revisit this when it is. Tasted twice with consistent results. Drinking range: 2026 - 2038 Rating: 95 Eric Guido, www.vinous.com (Nov 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
Extremely opulent and intense aromas of flowers, cherries and plums with some walnut and cedar. Full-bodied and very tight with super refined, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Love theExtremely opulent and intense aromas of flowers, cherries and plums with some walnut and cedar. Full-bodied and very tight with super refined, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Love the berry, cherry and dried-flower undertones. Really classic style. Best ever. Drink after 2025. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2020)
2015 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO Riserva Padelletti
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva displays a classic bouquet of bright cherry and strawberry complemented by a dusting of sweet spice, cedar and flowery undergrowth. Its textures are silky andThe 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva displays a classic bouquet of bright cherry and strawberry complemented by a dusting of sweet spice, cedar and flowery undergrowth. Its textures are silky and soothing to the senses, as a cool-toned expression of red berry fruit and minerals create a tactile feel. The purity here is unreal, all kept lively and fresh through brisk acidity, as subtle tannins slowly take hold. While structured, the 2015 is more about balanced austerity rather than long-term aging potential. That said, it’s a truly enjoyable bottle of Brunello Riserva. Rating: 90 Eric Guido, www.vinous.com (Nov 2020)
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
Lustrous deep ruby. Huge depth on the nose, yet contained at the same time. Perfumed cherry with salty, minerally notes and a hint of damson. Lush, tangy and succulent on the palate with polishedLustrous deep ruby. Huge depth on the nose, yet contained at the same time. Perfumed cherry with salty, minerally notes and a hint of damson. Lush, tangy and succulent on the palate with polished tannins adding chew and a fine grip. Very long with lots of juice and fruit, but without going over the top. (WS) 14.5% Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 Rating: 18.5 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com (Mar 2021)