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Report from : Benvenuto Brunello Anteprima 2020

17 Mar 2020

(February 2020) … The vintage on display: 2015 … as usual there’s a lot of wine on display, but thankfully (and this is from a tasters point of view) the previous vintage Riservas took the year off; with such a “disastrous” vintage (2014) and a relatively simple vintage (2013) it was hard to put them on display in front of media and claim them as “wonderful” or put a spin on them.

The Results:  2015 is a welcome return to excellent wines. For the most part, this was a pleasure to sip and sample with many wines showing both elegance and finesse along with drinkability and some even having the benefit of age-worthy-ness over others. The real gems will be next year when the 2016’s get released and the 2015 Riservas get kicked out to the market – then, I predict, there will be a plethora of good to great to excellent Brunellos to choose from as many winemakers are proclaiming 2016 “perfect” to “wonderful” to “incredible” – the accolades for that vintage come by the bucketful.

Now it’s time to grade these wines, not by scores but by what they might be in the coming years, and the ones worth picking up.  Below is a list of the wines based on their potential from a good-better-best standpoint … drink nows to cellar dwellers and everything in-between of being good or better to put in your cellar, or maybe even drink over the next 10 years. This year I even have a few in the “Best” category, which was sorely lacking last year.

Also, as in the past, I have broken down the Rosso and Riserva / Selezione into separate reports.

 

As with most Anteprima I grade on a Good / Better / Best scale – evaluations are below:

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Good …

Baricci 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Beatesca 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Cantina di Montalcino 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Capanna 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Capanne Ricci 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Castello Romitorio 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Castello Tricerchi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Collemattoni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Cupano 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Ferrero 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Il Marroneto 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Il Marrneto”
La Fortuna 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
La Togata 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “La Togata”
Le Ragnaie 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Mastrojanni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Mate 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Palagetto 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Pietroso 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Podere le Ripi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Amore e Magia”
Poggio Antico 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Salvioni – La Cer Baiola 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
San Polo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Sesti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Solaria – Patrizia Cencioni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Talenti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Tenuta La Fuga 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Uccelliera 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Voliero 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Val di Suga 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Val di Suga”
Villa Le Prata 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Villa Poggio Salvi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino


Better …

Aisna 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Aisna”
Albatreti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Altesino 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Argiano 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Bonacchi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Castiglion 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Celestino Pecci 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Corte dei Venti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Corte Pavone 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Corte Pavone”
Il Pino – Fattoria del Pino 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
La Colombina 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
La Fiorita 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
La Fornace 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
La Magia 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Le Chiuse 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Lisini 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Mocali 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Palazzo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Pian delle Querci 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Renieri 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Tenuta Buon Tempo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino


Best …

Col D’Orcia 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Fuligni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Sanlorenzo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Bramante”

 

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