My tastings of Brunello 2016 back in October 2020, confirmed that this was a fantastic vintage. The vibrancy and purity of the wines in general made them very appealing. Montalcino, however, doesn’t come without it’s disappointments so one has to buy carefully.

If I had to think of one way to universally describe the majority of wines from the 2016 vintage, I would offer that 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. The best part is that this success was widely spread throughout the region; and while there was a mix of the bad, the good and the otherworldly, finding a solidly performing bottle of 2016 Brunello di Montalcino won’t be difficult for any consumer.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous

 

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2016 Casanova di Neri, Brunello di Montalcino, Cerretalto 3x75cl

£900 / Case£300 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,088.04 / Case, £362.68 / BottleAvailability: Future Arrival ⋅ ETA to UK address: 4-8 weeks

2016 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti), Brunello di Montalcino 1x150cl

JS100
£100 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £125.35 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 1-2 days

2016 Gerla, Brunello di Montalcino 6x75cl

VM95
£195 / Case£32.50 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £250.07 / Case, £41.68 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 1-2 days