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 Sangiove 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!


Costanti e Fuglini


The 2019 Baby Brunellos

Brother and Sister from the same camp
When you taste these you can understand why both of their 2016 Riservas have been awarded 💯

Fuligni ‘Ginestreto’ Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Rosso doing it right! Fuligni's 'Ginestreto' is beautifully poised. Ever so devourable this is classic Sangio!
$80
$77ea in any 3+
$74ea in any 6+
A True Baby Brunello!

Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2019

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
$108
$103ea in any 3+
$98ea in any 6+

The 2017 Brunellos

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2017

The Fuligni 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine, and it shines a much-deserved spotlight on one of the most consistent estates in Montalcino. It is bright and luminous with a dark ruby shine. The bouquet reveals deeply layered tones of red cherry, wild berry, rose, earth and candied violets. Give the wine an extra twirl or two, and you get some rosemary and lavender. Soft dusty mineral and limestone also appear. I'd definitely put this bottle on a short list of the most recommended b
$260
$250ea in any 3+
$240ea in any 6+
Intoxicating! 🌹

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2017

It just invites you in! This is what wine is about!
$260
$250ea in any 3+
$240ea in any 6+
Comes in Wooden Box

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino MAGNUM 2017

The Fuligni 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine, and it shines a much-deserved spotlight on one of the most consistent estates in Montalcino. It is bright and luminous with a dark ruby shine. The bouquet reveals deeply layered tones of red cherry, wild berry, rose, earth and candied violets. Give the wine an extra twirl or two, and you get some rosemary and lavender. Soft dusty mineral and limestone also appear. I'd definitely put this bottle on a short list of the most recommended b
$570
$550ea in any 3+
$530ea in any 6+
Comes in Wooden Box

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino MAGNUM 2017

It just invites you in! This is what wine is about!
$570
$550ea in any 3+
$530ea in any 6+

The 2016 Riservas

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Rieserva 2016

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva seduces the senses as it mixes savory and sweet, the dusty rose and crushed stone aromas giving way to wild strawberry and dried cherry. A velvety textural wave saturates the palate with salty minerals and tart raspberry fruits, lifted by stunning acidity and cooling herbal tones that create a cascading feel to the crunchy red fruits. While structured and dry, it's also incredibly long, crystalline in nature, and lingers on notes of salted licorice and sav
$495
$480ea in any 3+
$465ea in any 6+

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2016

It just invites you in! This is what wine is about!
$495
$480ea in any 3+
$465ea in any 6+

Il Marroneto - The Sangiovese Whisperer


Il Marroneto ‘Ignacio’ Rosso di Montalcino 2018

The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino Ignaccio is flat-out delicious with a woodland and almost-autumnal profile. Wild strawberries, blueberries, lavender and sage mix with hints of cinnamon and flowery undergrowth. It’s silky-smooth, almost velvety in feel yet perfectly balanced and full of life, displaying ripe wild berry fruit and inner violet florals. There’s enough structure here to carry the 2018 for a number of years in the cellar, but who can keep their hands off of it today? Alessandro Mori
$102
$97ea in any 3+
$92ea in any 6+

Il Marroneto ‘Ignacio’ Rosso di Montalcino 2019

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino Ignaccio is delicate yet deep and perfumed, with a hauntingly beautiful bouquet of rose hips, lavender and raspberries laced with nuances of sweet spice. There’s remarkable purity within, lifted and wonderfully refined, as juicy acidity further enlivens its vivid notes of ripe strawberry and plum. Just a hint of fine tannin lingers, allowing nuances of clove and liquorice to echo on. This lively and fresh Rosso will win a lot of hearts. Frankly, it’s hard to put
$110
$105ea in any 3+
$100ea in any 6+

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Il Marroneto's 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a delicate and heavenly, perfumed beauty. Roses mix with lilac and violets before giving way to a dusting of sweet spice, nuances of plum and white strawberries. It’s wonderfully pure, seeming almost weightless at times yet with gorgeous inner sweetness and a complex display of bright red fruits laced with minerals, hints of liquorice and building florality. The long and classically structured finish guarantees that no matter how enjoyable this ma
$205
$195ea in any 3+
$185ea in any 6+

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2017

The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino wafts up with vibrancy and spunk, showing woodland berries and herbs with crushed wet stone and undergrowth in an incredibly fresh and lively expression. It’s soft and pliant upon entry, enveloping with its saturating raspberry fruits and inner spice, as mineral tension builds, giving way to sweet, elegant tannins and inner florals. The 2017 shows a more slender yet well-muscled interpretation of the 2017 vintage, but it remains remarkably pretty and balanced th
$214
$207ea in any 3+
$200ea in any 6+

Il Marroneto ‘Madonna delle Grazie’ Brunello di Montalcino 2017

The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie lights up the senses from the very first moment. Its aromatics alone are worth the price of entry; an exotic, spicy bouquet blends lavender, blood orange and tart raspberries with mentholated herbs, smoke and crushed stone. The textures are unbelievably soft, like liquid velvet, enveloping with mineral-tinged ripe cherries and sweet, sweet spice. This is so pretty and expressive, yet also juicy and fresh. Fine tannins mount, though they are on
$710
$690ea in any 3+
$670ea in any 6+

3 x 2019 Rosso di Montalcinos


The Playful Ones

I say playful, there is plenty going on in both of these wines

Sassetti Livio Pertimali Rosso di Montalcino 2019

The 2019 Rosso from Pertimali has lifted a gear or three. The profile this year leans a little toward the Brunello with a darkness, density and more layered mouthfeel. Perhaps this is a shift to what looks a little closer to baby Brunello than it has in the past. Maybe simply a reflection of the year. It's more serious, developed and refined. Earthy, herbal notes fold in seamlessly to juicy fruit and a line of thirst-quenching acid. This is a very strong performace at the Rosso level for Pertima
$65
$62ea in any 3+
$59ea in any 6+

Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2019

The perfect introduction Canalicchio known for producing elegant, fine, Burgundian Brunello. A Top 10 producer year in, year out!
$68
$65ea in any 3+
$62ea in any 6+

A Bonus Rosso Bargain – Talenti are clearly going to be a staple on the Wine Decoded list!

Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Talenti are clearly going to be a staple on the Wine Decoded list!
$46
$43ea in any 3+
$40ea in any 6+

The Last of Canalicchio's 💯 Burgundian Brunellos!


The Brunellos

MAGNUMS!

Last Bottles!

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino MAGNUM 2015

Canalicchio is known for producing elegant, fine, Burgundian Brunello. A Top 10 producer year in, year out!
$360
$350ea in any 3+
$340ea in any 6+
Last Bottles!

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino MAGNUM 2016

Canalicchio is known for producing elegant, fine, Burgundian Brunello. A Top 10 producer year in, year out!
$387
$377ea in any 3+
$367ea in any 6+


Grab a 2016 Brunello!


Meet Voliero, Uccelliera’s Divine Sister

Voliero Brunello di Montalcino 2016

The sister to the Uccelliera brother, same winery, same maker, different fruit, and personality!
$135
$128ea in any 3+
$121ea in any 6+

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2016

When you hear of the estates Andrea has helped establish it makes sense that his own vineyards should kick out some tasty vino!
$163
$156ea in any 3+
$149ea in any 6+

A few sneaky ones! If you missed them first round be quick!

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016

They've only been around of for 440 years!
$109
$104ea in any 3+
$99ea in any 6+

Cerbaiona di Diego Molinari Rosso di Montalcino 2016

A Brunello in all but name ... and, a bloody good one at that!
$122
$117ea in any 3+
$112ea in any 6+

L’Aietta Brunello di Montalcino 2016

About L’Aietta – The Artist L’Aietta started in 2001, when I was still in high school. I discovered that the place where I had been going on Sundays with my family and friends to have picnics and barbecues,that had not only olive trees and a few vines, but these vines (more or less 1000 square […]
$157
$152ea in any 3+
$147ea in any 6+

Sassetti Livio Pertimali Brunello 2015

David's note below sums up the wine well. On first openning you wonder what you're in for. Everything seems natural, everything is there, just not at the right volumes and seemingly in the quite the right places. Turns out it's just holding it's breath and has gone a little blue in the face! As it opens the flowers come, the dusty tannins layer in and harmonise, the core of red fruit shows itself and you see the depth and length that separate Brunello from Rosso. Licks of woody herbs and a littl
$170
$163ea in any 3+
$156ea in any 6+

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Il Marroneto's 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a delicate and heavenly, perfumed beauty. Roses mix with lilac and violets before giving way to a dusting of sweet spice, nuances of plum and white strawberries. It’s wonderfully pure, seeming almost weightless at times yet with gorgeous inner sweetness and a complex display of bright red fruits laced with minerals, hints of liquorice and building florality. The long and classically structured finish guarantees that no matter how enjoyable this ma
$205
$195ea in any 3+
$185ea in any 6+

Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Power & elegance from an unbeatable vintage!
$157
$152ea in any 3+
$147ea in any 6+

Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino 2015

An excellent year for Montalcino and apparently Brizio too. Here the estate shows its style and influence of the vintage plus time in bottle. The 2015 has resolved and is coming out to play. The fruit is expressive and beautifully weighted. A sophisticated rendition with fine, long, layered tannins serving a perfect counterpoint to the perfume, red fruits and spice. Brunello can be over the top from the wrong sites and in the wrong hands. Not so here. This is a 2015 that quenches thirst and does
$157
$152ea in any 3+
$147ea in any 6+

Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2016

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!
$570
$550ea in any 3+
$530ea in any 6+

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Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Talenti are clearly going to be a staple on the Wine Decoded list!
$46
$43ea in any 3+
$40ea in any 6+

Podere Brizio Rosso di Montalcino 2018

An impressive Rosso. Showing plush, fine tannins - with a bit of weight to them - that provide a significant structural element without being over the top. The core of fruit is energetic and the acid line of Sangiovese at play. A darkness wraps bright, fresh red cherry fruit, with herbal hints, a little something savoury, and a pinch of baking spice. Excellent composure, serious effort going into making this. Rosso's fit in a number of different moulds from playful fun wines to an entrée to Bru
$65
$62ea in any 3+
$59ea in any 6+

Sassetti Livio Pertimali Rosso di Montalcino 2019

The 2019 Rosso from Pertimali has lifted a gear or three. The profile this year leans a little toward the Brunello with a darkness, density and more layered mouthfeel. Perhaps this is a shift to what looks a little closer to baby Brunello than it has in the past. Maybe simply a reflection of the year. It's more serious, developed and refined. Earthy, herbal notes fold in seamlessly to juicy fruit and a line of thirst-quenching acid. This is a very strong performace at the Rosso level for Pertima
$65
$62ea in any 3+
$59ea in any 6+
A True Baby Brunello!

Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2018

As you’d expect a little close by comparison with the 2017 and 2016. Plenty on offer. Here maraschino cherries with their zest come through. Again the site family genes are apparent. A quick decant worthwhile here to help it pop that fruit a silky tannin still evident
$68
$65ea in any 3+
$62ea in any 6+

Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2019

The perfect introduction Canalicchio known for producing elegant, fine, Burgundian Brunello. A Top 10 producer year in, year out!
$68
$65ea in any 3+
$62ea in any 6+
A True Baby Brunello!

Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2017

2017 is like the pretty sister to the 2016 that has loads of fight in her. You can see the family resemblance. The fruit is on the redder side compared to the 2016 with just a pinch more acid giving it a splash more energy. The secondary characters are just starting to emerge and I expect will be on full display in another 6-12 months is the 2016 is anything to go by. This really is a case of celebrating the difference and timing, that is timing of when you drink them.
$70
$67ea in any 3+
$64ea in any 6+

Fuligni ‘Ginestreto’ Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Rosso doing it right! Fuligni's 'Ginestreto' is beautifully poised. Ever so devourable this is classic Sangio!
$80
$77ea in any 3+
$74ea in any 6+

Il Marroneto ‘Ignacio’ Rosso di Montalcino 2018

The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino Ignaccio is flat-out delicious with a woodland and almost-autumnal profile. Wild strawberries, blueberries, lavender and sage mix with hints of cinnamon and flowery undergrowth. It’s silky-smooth, almost velvety in feel yet perfectly balanced and full of life, displaying ripe wild berry fruit and inner violet florals. There’s enough structure here to carry the 2018 for a number of years in the cellar, but who can keep their hands off of it today? Alessandro Mori
$102
$97ea in any 3+
$92ea in any 6+
A True Baby Brunello!

Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2019

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
$108
$103ea in any 3+
$98ea in any 6+

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016

They've only been around of for 440 years!
$109
$104ea in any 3+
$99ea in any 6+

Il Marroneto ‘Ignacio’ Rosso di Montalcino 2019

The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino Ignaccio is delicate yet deep and perfumed, with a hauntingly beautiful bouquet of rose hips, lavender and raspberries laced with nuances of sweet spice. There’s remarkable purity within, lifted and wonderfully refined, as juicy acidity further enlivens its vivid notes of ripe strawberry and plum. Just a hint of fine tannin lingers, allowing nuances of clove and liquorice to echo on. This lively and fresh Rosso will win a lot of hearts. Frankly, it’s hard to put
$110
$105ea in any 3+
$100ea in any 6+

Cerbaiona di Diego Molinari Rosso di Montalcino 2016

A Brunello in all but name ... and, a bloody good one at that!
$122
$117ea in any 3+
$112ea in any 6+

Voliero Brunello di Montalcino 2016

The sister to the Uccelliera brother, same winery, same maker, different fruit, and personality!
$135
$128ea in any 3+
$121ea in any 6+

L’Aietta Brunello di Montalcino 2016

About L’Aietta – The Artist L’Aietta started in 2001, when I was still in high school. I discovered that the place where I had been going on Sundays with my family and friends to have picnics and barbecues,that had not only olive trees and a few vines, but these vines (more or less 1000 square […]
$157
$152ea in any 3+
$147ea in any 6+

Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Power & elegance from an unbeatable vintage!
$157
$152ea in any 3+
$147ea in any 6+

Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino 2015

An excellent year for Montalcino and apparently Brizio too. Here the estate shows its style and influence of the vintage plus time in bottle. The 2015 has resolved and is coming out to play. The fruit is expressive and beautifully weighted. A sophisticated rendition with fine, long, layered tannins serving a perfect counterpoint to the perfume, red fruits and spice. Brunello can be over the top from the wrong sites and in the wrong hands. Not so here. This is a 2015 that quenches thirst and does
$157
$152ea in any 3+
$147ea in any 6+