The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is in perfect form, slowly awakening in the glass with a delicate mix of savory spices, crushed flowers and dried strawberries. It’s round and supple on the palate with near-fleshy textures, yet also slow mounting grip, as tart wild berries and minerals penetrate deeply. Through it all, bright acidity maintains a wonderfully lifted feel, as a bitter twang of cherry pits and a hint of sour citrus add contrast through the lightly structured finale. The 2012 is delicate yet delicious, and just on the verge of its peak drinking window.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2028
Robert Parker 96
Made strictly according to the Sangiovese playbook, the Il Marroneto 2012 Brunello di Montalcino shows that exacting Sangiovese precision and personality. This is Alessandro Mori’s greatest talent. He takes this workhorse grape and gives it a platform to articulate its most hidden and intricate inner feelings and sentiments. This is a bright and very tight red wine that will benefit from more years to flesh out further. All those budding aromas of wild berry, licorice, cola, and blue flower are strategically in place and ready to explode in time. The wine opens to a luminous dark ruby color and a compact mouthfeel that is spicy and fresh on the close. This is an impressive annata wine that shows the personal evolution of a man and his estate.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Comune di Montalcino. Pale crimson. Rather refined, restrained nose. Sweet candified fruit and quite marked acidity. Even slightly skinny on the mid palate. Tannins notable for now. Perhaps because there is not much fruit weight.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029