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You've probably heard how sensational the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino vintage is in Italy. With so many releases receiving extremely high scores, it parallels the great 2007, 2012 vintage in Napa Valley and in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Below are excerpts from articles written by professional wine critics and publications regarding this benchmark vintage.


James Suckling, former Senior Editor of Wine Spectator Magazine, recently wrote a large article on the 2010 Brunello di Montalcinos after his visit there. He tasted and rated many different wines and summarized this phenomenal vintage as a whole:

"I tasted slightly more than 100 2010 Brunellos in a blind tasting in Tuscany a few months ago and I was amazed by the beauty, balance and intensity of the wines. They showed such energy and intensity yet were rich and deep on the palate. And most have a fascinating savory, almost salty character that makes them succulent and incredibly satisfying to taste. They are incredibly drinkable yet structured at the same time – a true sign of great wine. This is why I continually wrote "drink or hold" in tasting notes, meaning you can enjoy them now but they will age gracefully and improve for decades ahead. This is not a vintage to miss. It is as significant as the legendary 1997 vintage, not only for the great quality of the Brunellos made but for its historical greatness."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine rated this vintage very highly and had similar feedback:

"It’s challenging to generalize any vintage in Montalcino because of its diverse growing conditions. Vineyard altitudes range from 320 to 1,969 feet above sea level, and average summer temperatures and rainfall vary significantly from north to south.
Yet, according to producers in all corners of the denomination, 2010 was a remarkable year in terms of weather.
“It was a perfect growing season, relatively warm during the maturation phase, with pronounced day and night temperature changes that allowed us to wait for the best phenolic maturation ever attained at our estate,” says Francesco Ripaccioli of Canalicchio di Sopra and vice president of the consorzio. Ripaccioli even defines the vintage “historic.”

Thanks to these ideal growing conditions, there are some superb 2010 Brunellos that display rich fruit flavors, freshness and powerful tannins. The best have the structure to age for at least 15–20 years, yet their concentrated, juicy flavors will also make them approachable in a few years, once the tannins start to soften.
And while perfect weather conditions don’t guarantee vintage excellence across the board (although, it sure came close in Barolo), I was still surprised to find a number of wines—thankfully a minority but still more than expected—of uninspiring 2010 Brunellos.
Some of these underperformers are surprisingly evolved, already brick colored and displaying dried up fruit and astringent tannins. At the other end of the spectrum, are high-octane Brunellos displaying stewed fruit and the heat of evident alcohol, with many of the latter declaring 15% on the label. Given the half point of flexibility allowed on Italian labels, they are likely closer to 15.5%.

Top producers—those who make the best Brunellos every year—generally made fantastic 2010 Brunellos. Their expertise, especially in the vineyards—including canopy management, when to harvest and scrupulous grape selection—proved critical even in a near perfect year like 2010. Alongside these producers, most with well over twenty-five or thirty vintages under their belt, are newly established estates, many of which still lack essential hands-on experience.
Shaking up quality even more is the recent wave of outside bottling houses that buy Brunello in bulk from local producers and bottle it under their own labels. As can be expected, producers tend to keep their best quality wine and sell off the rest to the bottlers."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate has also recently posted an article that reports this vintage as a benchmark for Brunello:

For a complete report: Italy, Tuscany: Two Perfect Opposites - 2010 Brunello di Montalcino

"The 2010 vintage is iconic for Montalcino and the reason is, simply put, it shows the amazing versatility of the Sangiovese grape with a level of clarity that I have never encountered. This vintage restores my confidence in a grape variety that has been both overhyped and underappreciated, sometimes at the same time.

The New York Times recent article rated some 2010 Brunello's under $100

I believe that the best examples of Brunello di Montalcino are among the world’s greatest wines, a belief that was made even stronger by a recent tasting of some old vintages of Biondi-Santi, perhaps the greatest of all Brunello producers.

These were big wines, characterized by ripe fruit and opulence. Yet the most successful producers were able to balance and shape that fruit with tannins, acidity and earthiness, resulting in structured wines that will age for years but are still enjoyable young.

Our top wines showed the balance of fruit and flowers, freshness, purity and minerality that I have come to love in Brunello di Montalcino. Without that keen balance, some wines tipped over into dense fruitiness. Few wines, thankfully, were overtly oaky or seemed sweet.

Our top bottle came from Conti Costanti, which year after year makes gorgeous wines that manage to combine power, elegance and subtlety. The 2010 was a wine of great purity that captured the beauty of sangiovese from Montalcino, and which will improve for years.

To Read the Full Article: Brunello di Montalcino’s Balancing Act


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Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva "Poggio Doria" DOCG 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) - [AG 94] [WS 94] [WE 94] [RP 93]
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94 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigneto Poggio Doria offers a super-appealing combination of bold fruit intermingled with subtler elements that give the wine much of its classiness. Bright red cherry, chalk, white flowers and smoke are some of the many notes that add nuance throughout. Hints of slight overripeness appear on the finish, but they aren't entirely out of character for the house style. This is an especially forward Riserva, and, although, another year or two in bottle will help the tannins soften further, the 2010 is quite expressive today." - Antonio Galloni (February 2016)

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Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 100]
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100 Points - James Suckling:
"Complex aromas of walnut, dark fruit, stone, oyster shell, chalk and dried fruits. This shows fabulous intensity and balance with layer upon layer of fruit and polished tannins. Builds on the palate. It goes on for minutes. Better in 2019." - (December 1st, 2014)
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Lisini Brunello di Montalcino "Ugolaia" DOCG 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 97] [IWR 97]
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97 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This complex red shows a duality between the aromas of rose, strawberry and currant and the savory notes of earth, tobacco and mineral. The muscular structure is more allied to the latter, but this remains fresh, resonant and long. You could match this to a grilled steak now or let mellow for a few years. Best from 2019 through 2035. 700 cases made." – BS (12/7/16)

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Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino "Madonna del Piano" Riserva DOCG 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 100] [WS 96] [AG 93-96]
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100 Points & #27 Top 100 Wines of 2016 & #8 Top 100 Italian Wines of 2016 - James Suckling:
"A wine with superb finesse and depth. So subtle and understated yet powerful and long. The tannin intensity is amazing. It just builds like a massive wave. Superb. Give this time in the bottle. The length is endless. Better in 2018." - (November 9, 2016)


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Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 (Tuscany, Italy)
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91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2014 Vintage):
"The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a ripe and dark quality of fruit. These tones underline the slightly warmer growing conditions present on the southern side of the appellation where Col d'Orcia is located. That extra warmth is an important factor especially in a cool and soggy vintage such as 2014. This wine appears to have suffered less compared to its peers. The bouquet is layered with rich aromas of cured meat, spicy tobacco and moist potting soil that add to the weight and gravitas of the wine. This Brunello is compact and mid-weight in terms of texture. Some 200,000 bottles were produced." - Monica Larner (31st Jan 2019)

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91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2014 Vintage):
"The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a ripe and dark quality of fruit. These tones underline the slightly warmer growing conditions present on the southern side of the appellation where Col d'Orcia is located. That extra warmth is an important factor especially in a cool and soggy vintage such as 2014. This wine appears to have suffered less compared to its peers. The bouquet is layered with rich aromas of cured meat, spicy tobacco and moist potting soil that add to the weight and gravitas of the wine. This Brunello is compact and mid-weight in terms of texture. Some 200,000 bottles were produced." - Monica Larner (31st Jan 2019)

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Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 [3.0L DOUBLE MAGNUM] [PRE SALE] (Tuscany, Italy)
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91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2014 Vintage):
"The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a ripe and dark quality of fruit. These tones underline the slightly warmer growing conditions present on the southern side of the appellation where Col d'Orcia is located. That extra warmth is an important factor especially in a cool and soggy vintage such as 2014. This wine appears to have suffered less compared to its peers. The bouquet is layered with rich aromas of cured meat, spicy tobacco and moist potting soil that add to the weight and gravitas of the wine. This Brunello is compact and mid-weight in terms of texture. Some 200,000 bottles were produced." - Monica Larner (31st Jan 2019)

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Castello di Romitorio "Filo di Seta" Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 (Tuscany, Italy)
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96 Points - James Suckling:
"Extremely perfumed and pure on the nose with bright and vivid, crushed cherry and berry character. Full body. Tight and poised with rich yet polished tannins and an ever so long finish. Needs at least three or four years to come together. Better after 2021." - (7 Sep, 2019)
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Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino "Madonna del Piano" Riserva DOCG 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 100] [WS 96] [AG 93-96]
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100 Points & #27 Top 100 Wines of 2016 & #8 Top 100 Italian Wines of 2016 - James Suckling:
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Luca Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 93] [RP 92]
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92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a bold and tightly layered wine that delivers an impressive performance. The bouquet is firmly stitched together and seamless although it also shows a powerful rush of red cherry, blackberry, spice, tar, cola and grilled herbs. There is a modern touch of cinnamon and toasted espresso bean that gives the wine an added sense of depth and lasting importance. In the mouth, this Riserva reveals tight structure and tangy acidity. " - Monica Larner (Mar 2016)

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