Fossacolle Brunello Di Montalcino 2016
Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy. Intense ruby red color. On the nose, it shows the alluring aromas of ripe red berries and delicate spices. On the palate, the full body is gratifying and persistent, without standing minerality. Remarkable tannins, soft and creamy in texture, concentration, and aging potential to this wine.
| Critical Acclaim
James Suckling 97: Excellent ripeness of fruit here with glazed strawberries, blood oranges, red licorice, and dried spices. Superb density and focus to the center palate, which is layered, ornate, plush but balanced. The finish goes on and on with nutmeg, tar, and saffron. Wonderful length and intensity. Drink from 2024.
Robert Parker 93: The Fossacolle 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a prominent mineral note of crushed stone and talc powder. It becomes a fitting segue to more typical aromas of wild berry fruit and balsam herbs. There is some firmness or tannic bite on the close that suggests extra cellar aging is required. Even just a few years should be enough to shave it off. This wine is tightly coiled and inward-looking at this early stage in the game. The finish is structured and angular, but it just needs to open. Fruit comes from a 2.5-hectare vineyard with full southwest-facing exposures. Some 17,000 bottles will be released in February 2020.