Tuscany

Montalcino

Tuscany covers an incredibly large area of Italian. Many kick-off with Chianti and Chianti Classico. Head a little further South and you’ll discover Montalcino home to Brunello di Montalcino.

Made from Sangiovese, specifically the Sangiovese Grosso Clone, Brunello can reach epic heights.

The Consorzio di Brunello di Montalcino classifies wines into 3 groups from bottom to top we have 1st Rosso di Montalcino, 2nd Brunello di Montalcino, and, last Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. The usual array of restrictions around yield, time in wood, and, total time ageing before release including time in bottle apply.

It’s most unusual in the determination of Rosso vs Brunello vs Riserva. Often the difference between a Rosso and a Brunello is bunch selection along a row of the same vineyard. From a Brunello to a Brunello Riserva it may simply be a barrel that looked better and was then aged for a further year.

The better producers tend to have specific sites for Rosso vs Brunello and are more likely to declassify Brunello into Rosso than the other way around.

An incredible proportion of the Montalcino can be classified as Brunello di Montalcino. Unfortunately, this is not simply for reasons of quality. There is an abundance of underperforming vineyards and wineries.

Hopefully, over time a more detailed classification with an emphasis on quality will be established.

Combining these two factors makes it even more important to know your producers!

This, too, has been the reason for some exceptional producers choosing not to maintain membership of the Consorzio, simply classifying their wines as IGT. One of the more basic classification.

Far and away the best example of this is Soldera make of one of the very best Sangiovese’s in Montalcino, in reality, one of the very best wines in the World! One of the most stunning incarnation of Sangiovese on the planet, you would be forgiven for thinking you were drinking an exceptionally good bottle of Grand Cru Burgundy!

Like many Italian regions use of oak can be a defining factor between success and meh! Those using large, often, older oak typically have a better chance of success.

The lesson here is the same one we preach for most regions, know your producers and know your sites!


2019 Brunello


Eric Guido on the 2019’s

The current releases from Montalcino are an embarrassment of riches for collectors and fans of the appellation. … classic 2019 Brunellos, the high-energy and fruit-forward 2021 Rossos.

…this is a year where the entire region excelled, from southwest to east and northeast to west. Frankly stated, finding a 2019 that doesn’t show remarkable balance, vivid fruit and freshness is a difficult task. In my opinion, this is always a mark of a great year. The highs are exceptionally high, and the lows are few and far between. 

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

Dusty and floral, the 2019 Brunello di Montalcino opens with a perfumed blend of dried roses, cherries, mint and lavender candies. It’s elegant and seamlessly silky on the palate, enveloping the senses with ripe red berry fruits contrasted by a bitter clove tinge. A core of brisk acidity maintains a lovely balance as a web of fine tannins saturates the palate, and a pleasantly chewy sensation remains. The 2019 is classic to the core. Eric Guido, Vinous 96 Points ML 96 KO 97
$271
$256ea in any 3+
$241ea in any 6+

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

Lustrous ruby. Concentrated fruit with minerally notes and grows increasingly complex in the glass. Full yet elegant on the palate with finely chiselled tannins. Breathtaking balance. Simply gorgeous, but far from ready. Montalcino nobility. Walter Speller, Jancis Robinson 18+ Points KO 100 DC 100 EG 96 ML 94
$285
$270ea in any 3+
$255ea in any 6+

Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino comes in a vast array of guises from the super bold structured ones with oak (not my cuppa), the dark rich yet mid-weight with a line of substantial yet refined tannins, & the perfumed, poised, delicate Brunellos with plush fine tannins. At this, Burgundian end, we see Poggio di Sotto and Soldera. Today we add one more to that list Gorelli. It's not yet in the league of it's two peers. Thankfully, neither is it's price. It's heading in the right direction, definitely o
$285
$270ea in any 3+
$255ea in any 6+
Lustrous ruby. Concentrated fruit with minerally notes and grows increasingly complex in the glass. Full yet elegant on the palate with finely chiselled tannins. Breathtaking balance. Simply gorgeous, but far from ready. Montalcino nobility. Walter Speller, Jancis Robinson 18+ Points KO 100 DC 100 EG 96 ML 94
$575
$555ea in any 3+
$535ea in any 6+

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino MAGNUM 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

Dusty and floral, the 2019 Brunello di Montalcino opens with a perfumed blend of dried roses, cherries, mint and lavender candies. It’s elegant and seamlessly silky on the palate, enveloping the senses with ripe red berry fruits contrasted by a bitter clove tinge. A core of brisk acidity maintains a lovely balance as a web of fine tannins saturates the palate, and a pleasantly chewy sensation remains. The 2019 is classic to the core. Eric Guido, Vinous 96 Points ML 96 KO 97
$575
$555ea in any 3+
$535ea in any 6+

Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2021

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

About Poggio di Sotto Established in 1989, Poggio di Sotto is known in Montalcino for its unique ecological niche of old Sangiovese vineyards (more than 50 years old). Together with the University of Florence 120 unique biotypes of Sangiovese were discovered. This biodiversity is the cornerstone of the unique brightness and complexity that is found […]
$283
$268ea in any 3+
$253ea in any 6+

Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

There is something here that takes Sangiovese to a special place, the perfume, the lovely linear shape of fruit, that deceptive depth and length that builds! Dusty roses, worn leather, dried strawberries and arid earth form a classic bouquet as the dynamic 2019 Brunello di Montalcino blossoms in the glass. This is feminine yet deep and textural, with ripe plums and black cherries motivated by brisk acidity. Violet inner florals and licorice hints form toward the close. The 2019 leaves a salty mi
$815
$795ea in any 3+
$775ea in any 6+

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

The Casanova di Neri 2019 Brunello di Montalcino shows thick fruit fabric with stitchings of underbrush, pressed rose, bright cherry, tobacco and balanced oak spice. This wine definitely has a special groove. It offers a ripe, round texture with good acidity followed by fine, chalky tannins. This is impressive quality for 109,600 bottles produced. In fact, this is one of the best village Brunellos from Giacomo Neri and his family made so far. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate 95 Points
$186
$176ea in any 3+
$166ea in any 6+
In my mind, this is the wine that best represents the Casanova di Neri house style. With 30 months of aging in tonneaux, it shows enormous richness and texture, and the stellar fruit quality appears with more primary elegance compared to the more expensive Cerretalto that is released with an extra year of aging. That dynamic is especially pronounced in a comparison of the 2019 and 2018 vintages. The 2019 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova has a dark vein of toasted spice, black fruit, ink, blac
Original price was: $330.Current price is: $300.
$285ea in any 3+
$270ea in any 6+

2019 Rosso di Montalcino


2019 Brunellos are just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to brush up on the vintage looking at a 2019 Rosso or 2.

Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

The perfect introduction Canalicchio known for producing elegant, fine, Burgundian Brunello. A Top 10 producer year in, year out! Looking good, lovely shape and mouthfeel. Red fruits fresh red sour cherry, of mid-body that sit with a pinch of baking spice and hard woody herbs. Flavour with a refreshing weightless feel. A little something dark along the licorice line. Plush long fine. A fantastic Rosso. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2019 Rosso di Montalcino is a balanced wine with pretty purity
$68
$65ea in any 3+
$62ea in any 6+
Rosso doing it right! Fuligni's 'Ginestreto' is beautifully poised. Ever so devourable this is classic Sangio! Excellent. True to the Fuligni style, perhaps with an extra bit of complexity for the wine at this stage of its life. A wonderful core of fruit. This is more in the mold of a baby Brunello than a playful Rosso. Plush, with fine tannins, generous mid-palate and great length. The build in complexity with layers of intrigue, from earthy almost truffled pops. Long delicious. Plump and vital
$95
$92ea in any 3+
$89ea in any 6+

Gorelli Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

Speller is on the money, this is still closed (April 2023). Builds with time in the glass, the fruit leans toward the fine Burgundian style. The tannins are just a little edgy, as with the Brunello, as the new Botti season future vintages should see further refinement to the texture.  This clearly sits in between the Rosso & Brunello level. I like the cranberry descriptor and would add a musk and rose top note. A few years in bottle should see the tannins resolve fully and mid-palate weight
$107
$102ea in any 3+
$97ea in any 6+
A True Baby Brunello!

Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

A pretty handy Rosso resting a small step away from heading into the next league. This needs time by the 4th and 5th day the full potential of this Baby Brunello was on full display. Dark cherry, fresh blackberry fruit with an earthy feel, a little dried orange peel, plush long tannins. Layered in spices rolling through, exceptional length and depth. There's been a bump in price here, if I were to taste it blind I would say it was excellent value. Comparative youth aside in a couple of years if
$118
$113ea in any 3+
$108ea in any 6+

Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Montalcino, Italy

Shavings of cedar, blood orange, crushed cherries, dried flowers and stone dust form a mesmerizing bouquet as the 2019 Rosso di Montalcino slowly opens in the glass. There are depths of ripe textural fruits here, offset by zesty spices and bright acidity that sweeten the expression while energizing it as well. A web of fine tannins coats the palate through the finish, coupled with a core of primary concentration and sweet inner florals that seem to never truly fade. What a glorious achievement f
$260
$245ea in any 3+
$230ea in any 6+

Poggio di Sotto


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Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2021

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

A staple on the Wine Decoded list! Another ripping Rosso from Talenti. Superb balance and texture. Plush with beautiful supple tannins, luscious fruit, juicy acid, and plenty of intrigue. Just like Talenti's Brunello this has to be one of the best value Rosso's year in year out. It too has great harmony and is delicious straight out of the gate.  It's like Dr Evil's Mini Me! All that red fruit, earthiness, baking spices, woody herbs, great energy and much, much more.  
$50
$47ea in any 3+
$44ea in any 6+

Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

The perfect introduction Canalicchio known for producing elegant, fine, Burgundian Brunello. A Top 10 producer year in, year out! Looking good, lovely shape and mouthfeel. Red fruits fresh red sour cherry, of mid-body that sit with a pinch of baking spice and hard woody herbs. Flavour with a refreshing weightless feel. A little something dark along the licorice line. Plush long fine. A fantastic Rosso. The Canalicchio di Sopra 2019 Rosso di Montalcino is a balanced wine with pretty purity
$68
$65ea in any 3+
$62ea in any 6+
Rosso doing it right! Fuligni's 'Ginestreto' is beautifully poised. Ever so devourable this is classic Sangio! Excellent. True to the Fuligni style, perhaps with an extra bit of complexity for the wine at this stage of its life. A wonderful core of fruit. This is more in the mold of a baby Brunello than a playful Rosso. Plush, with fine tannins, generous mid-palate and great length. The build in complexity with layers of intrigue, from earthy almost truffled pops. Long delicious. Plump and vital
$95
$92ea in any 3+
$89ea in any 6+

Gorelli Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

Speller is on the money, this is still closed (April 2023). Builds with time in the glass, the fruit leans toward the fine Burgundian style. The tannins are just a little edgy, as with the Brunello, as the new Botti season future vintages should see further refinement to the texture.  This clearly sits in between the Rosso & Brunello level. I like the cranberry descriptor and would add a musk and rose top note. A few years in bottle should see the tannins resolve fully and mid-palate weight
$107
$102ea in any 3+
$97ea in any 6+
A True Baby Brunello!

Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

A pretty handy Rosso resting a small step away from heading into the next league. This needs time by the 4th and 5th day the full potential of this Baby Brunello was on full display. Dark cherry, fresh blackberry fruit with an earthy feel, a little dried orange peel, plush long tannins. Layered in spices rolling through, exceptional length and depth. There's been a bump in price here, if I were to taste it blind I would say it was excellent value. Comparative youth aside in a couple of years if
$118
$113ea in any 3+
$108ea in any 6+

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

**First Shipment SOLD OUT - Second shipment due September 2024 order now to lock in an allocation** The 2019 is a vintage of balance, somewhere between 2016, 2013 and 2010. Sant'Angelo in Colle, which suffers in warmer vintages, performed very well and Il Poggione is a great example of the harmony of the area's wines in this vintage. Fruity at first sniff, it becomes more restrained later, with black cherry, violet, leather, graphite vibrancy and its typical nutty finish. The chalky tannins are
$157
$152ea in any 3+
$147ea in any 6+

Voliero Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

The sister to the Uccelliera brother, same winery, same maker, different fruit, and personality! Many who have tasted both the Uccelliera and Voliero Brunello over a number of years remark that they prefer the Uccelliera in the cooler years, and the Voliero in the bolder years. 2016 has somehow managed to make the choice a little harder. Give this just a little time to acclimatise to the world outside the bottle and you'll be great with welcoming arms. Voliero's 2016 Brunello has wonderful sh
$176
$169ea in any 3+
$162ea in any 6+

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

The Casanova di Neri 2019 Brunello di Montalcino shows thick fruit fabric with stitchings of underbrush, pressed rose, bright cherry, tobacco and balanced oak spice. This wine definitely has a special groove. It offers a ripe, round texture with good acidity followed by fine, chalky tannins. This is impressive quality for 109,600 bottles produced. In fact, this is one of the best village Brunellos from Giacomo Neri and his family made so far. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate 95 Points
$186
$176ea in any 3+
$166ea in any 6+

Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

Power & elegance from an unbeatable vintage! Another phenomenal vintage gives us an elegant and powerful Brunello with the promise of more to come; it's tense, brooding, waiting to explode. All of the elements but time are in place and ready to perform. Even after a short moment in the glass it starts to reveal where it is going as the fruit pokes its head out to play. What appears to be the hallmarks of Podere Brizio - freshness, beautifully weighted fruit and long, linear, layered tannins - ar
$188
$183ea in any 3+
$178ea in any 6+

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

When you hear of the estates Andrea has helped establish it makes sense that his own vineyards should kick out some tasty vino! When you hear of the estates Andrea has helped establish it makes sense that his own vineyards should kick out some tasty vino. The list: Poggio di Sotto, there’s La Torre, Poggio degli Ulivi, Mastrojanni, Tenuta di Sesta and Collosorbo, Sesta di Sopra, Podere Salicutti, and of course Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona. Tasting Andrea's Brunello for the first time saw
$190
$183ea in any 3+
$176ea in any 6+

Sassetti Livio Pertimali Brunello 2019

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

***PRE-ARRIVAL OFFER DUE JULY 2024*** “The 2019 Brunello di Montalcino is a spice box of a wine opening with a burst of camphor and dried flowers, giving way to crushed blackberries, sage and cloves. This is surprisingly energetic and racy in style. Vibrant acidity propels depths of dark red fruits and inner floral as salty minerals saturate. The 2019 finishes structured and long, yet still lively, leaving violet inner florals and hints of currant to taper off slowly. The combination of
$190
$183ea in any 3+
$176ea in any 6+

Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

This would have to be the single best value Brunello I've tried in the last few years. Well, well, here's something quite delicious. Straight out of the gate this is just beautiful. The harmony and complexity match a plush, fine mouthfeel of divine tannins. Generosity meets restraint in a beautiful place. Layered with red fruits, darker fruits, a little perfume over earthiness, baking spices, woody herbs, and much, much more. This would have to be the single best value Brunello I've tried in
$195
$190ea in any 3+
$185ea in any 6+

Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2018

Sangiovese | Montalcino, Italy

The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a perfumed and feminine effort, blossoming in the glass to show dusty roses and violets with bright cherry and strawberry fruits. Hints of cedar and flowery undergrowth come forward over time to complete the expression. It’s silky in feel and energetic with mineral-laced, ripe red berries, spice and inner florals motivated by juicy acids. Licorice and a sweet and sour twang of wild berries linger, along with a gentle coating of fine tannin that is only felt towa
$200
$190ea in any 3+
$180ea in any 6+

Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2020

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

About Poggio di Sotto Established in 1989, Poggio di Sotto is known in Montalcino for its unique ecological niche of old Sangiovese vineyards (more than 50 years old). Together with the University of Florence 120 unique biotypes of Sangiovese were discovered. This biodiversity is the cornerstone of the unique brightness and complexity that is found […]
$230
$215ea in any 3+
$200ea in any 6+

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2018

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is a spice box, bursting from the glass with a tour de force of cloves, cinnamon sticks, mint, lavender, dried strawberries and freshly sliced vanilla bean. For all of its extroverted character on the nose, this is a delicate beauty on the palate, cool-toned and finessed, with violet-tinged red berries and exotic spice motivated by brisk acidity. It conveys a pleasant staining of fine tannins that lingers long, yet the character is only lightly structured and tape
$240
$230ea in any 3+
$220ea in any 6+

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2018

Sangiovese | Tuscany, Italy

The Fuligni 2018 Brunello di Montalcino stands out for its smooth integration of aromas and the carefully balanced intensity achieved here, which shows momentum but also remains very fine and nuanced. There are many sides to the bouquet with wild fruit, cassis, crushed stone, candied orange and fresh herbs or rosemary. A floral note also appears that suggests rose or iris root. The tannins are very well managed and silky. You hardly feel them, yet the wine offers firm structure throughout. This
$240
$230ea in any 3+
$220ea in any 6+