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 Lisini, Brunello di Montalcino, Ugolaia 6x75cl

RP94
£420 / Case£70 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £523.22 / Case, £87.20 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 1-2 days

2016 Col d’Orcia, Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio Vento Riserva 6x75cl

£375 / Case£62.50 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £469.22 / Case, £78.20 / BottleAvailability: Future Arrival ⋅ ETA to UK address: 4-8 weeks

2016 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona, Brunello di Montalcino 6x75cl

VM93
£225 / Case£37.50 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £293.04 / Case, £48.84 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 1-2 days

2016 Col d’Orcia, Brunello di Montalcino 6x75cl

JR17++VM95/100RP93
£180 / Case£30 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £235.22 / Case, £39.20 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 1-2 days

2016 Sesti, Brunello di Montalcino 12x75cl

JR18.5RP94
£570 / Case£47.50 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £722.45 / Case, £60.20 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 1-2 days