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In his article in Vinous
2016 Brunello di Montalcino: Radiance Personified
Eric Guido poses a number of questions, then answers them himself...

Is There Really Any Such Thing as a Perfect Vintage? Yes, it is 2016.

Do the 2016s live up to our expectations? Oh, yes; they certainly do.

And, after 2010, we were wondering when Montalcino would have their next great year? It is here; 2016.


In describing the wines from the 2016 vintage Eric Guido writes
" they are like a well-muscled black stallion in its prime. They are dark yet radiant, expressive, nearly explosive at times, yet pure, poised and structured. These are wines that capture your imagination; and no matter how youthfully tense they are today, you simply can’t help but revisit a glass over and over again; because in many cases, the aromatics alone are intoxicating. I frankly cannot remember the last time I tasted young wines from Montalcino that possessed such symmetry from start to finish. 

And no Tuscan offer would be complete without a little hype from 'JS' "Brunello's greatest vintages ever: 2016 and 2015" - James Suckling

 

Today we are offering six excellent examples that hit a sweet-spot for value. You simply cannot find a better food wine than a good Brunello. Every cellar should be stuffed full of them.

2016 Brunello di Montalcino

These latest acquisitions will arrive in June or July.


Castiglion del Bosco $59
99 points James Suckling
"The complexity and beauty to this is really something with cherry, walnut, tobacco and cigar-box character. Sweet cherries. It’s full-bodied and deep with super intensity and power. Layered and beautiful. Really refined tannins. Some whole-berry fermentation gives this added character. Goes on for minutes."


Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Pianrosso $79
98 points Wine Advocate
"The Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso is a single-vineyard expression that draws its fruit from an 11.7-hectare parcel with moderately thick galestro soils with ancient marine material. This special site, awash under the brilliant light of a big, open sky, does indeed deliver a more pronounced mineral signature, with wild berry, rose and rosemary essence. This is a beautiful wine, taut and silky, with elegant tannins that will endure ambitious bottle aging. Production is 37,000 bottles.."  Monica Larner


Val di Suga Poggio al Granchio $55
96 points Vinous
"Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Granchio Red) The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Granchio is a dark and rich expression of earth and black fruits, laced with crushed stone minerality and hints of sour citrus. There are depths of silky textures here yet also a lifted and cooling feel to the expression, giving way to zesty wild berries, savory spice, mint and inner florals. It’s classically structured and showing only a glimpse of what’s to come after time in the cellar, leaving an impression of poise and purity. The Poggio al Granchio is a gorgeous expression of the vintage, hailing from the Southeast of Montalcino and refined entirely in large Slavonian oak. Tasted twice with consistent results. (Drink between 2026-2038)"  Eric Guido


Casanova di Neri $55
95 points Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino has compelling aromatics of cherry liqueur, sweet licorice, cedar, and forested earth. The palate is crystalline and full-bodied, with red plum skin and warming spice. There is a lot to love here, as this wine casts a large net for its versatility. Enjoy some now and lay some down, this is a great value."  


Capanna $49
94 points Wine Advocate
"I tasted the Capanna 2016 Brunello di Montalcino side by side with the estate's 2015 Riserva and found that these two wines illustrate the vintage differences with clarity. This wine, the so-called "classic Brunello" from the slightly cooler vintage, is immediately more direct and expressive in terms of its bouquet. Aromas of cherry, earthy spice and rosemary essence are lifted and buoyant. However, the mouthfeel is surely more compact and tannic compared to the softer 2015 Riserva. What this wine lacks in texture, it delivers in terms of length and finish. It ages in Slavonian oak for 36 months and production is 42,000 bottles." 


Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo $50
95 points James Suckling
"Black-cherry and blackberry aromas with minerals and fresh flowers, following through to a full body with firm, silky tannins that are polished and intense. Lovely finesse and length."  


Six of the best?
If you like the idea of sampling the vintage?
Take a 5% discount on a mixed 6 pack;
one of each of the wines in this offer for $329

 

MICHAEL GLASBY | 415 350 3127
COURTIER | 510 926 6565
2266 Central Street #3
Richmond, CA 94801

michael.glasby@courtierwines.com
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