Benvenuto Brunello 2016

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Any vintage that followed the perfect 2010 was bound to have the cards stacked against it.  However, 2011 – ranked a 4 star vintage by the Consorzio – portrays itself admirably.  With larger than imaginable shoes to fill,  the Brunello producers poured their 2011 wines for the first time in public last month.  Tuscan Vines […]

Caprili 2013: New Release Rosso

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~ Sunlight floods the “Madre” Vineyard on the Caprili Estate ~   The Caprili estate spreads over an area of 58 hectares in the southwest territory of Montalcino on hillsides that slope toward the Orcia and Ombrone rivers.  Founded only in 1965 by Alfo Bartolommei it’s become some of the best terroir in the zone. […]

Caprili – Forward & Back

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Giacomo Bartolommei represents the 4th generation of Bartolommei’s to make wine for the Caprili Estate.  The young, energetic winemaker is only 24 years of age,  but has honed his craft admirably and is producing wines of excellent caliber that regularly receive Tre Bicchieri awards from Gambero Rosso. It was back in 2012 that I first […]

Caprili Riserva 2008

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The Caprili estate spreads over an area of 58 hectares in the southwest corner of the Brunello DOCG on hillsides that slope toward the Orcia and Ombrone rivers.  Founded only in 1965 by Alfo Bartolommei it’s become some of the best terroir in the zone despite the relative youth of the estate.   This advantageous […]

Returning to Caprili….

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From tuscan Vines It’s been about 18 months sit I sat down with Giacomo Bartolommei of the Caprili estate. It’s been about the same length of time since I checked in on his 2006 Brunello.  Since I’m preparing to once again sit down with Giacomo to get an update on the happenings at Caprili, I figured […]

2006 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino

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From Tuscan Vines In the wake of the interview with Caprili winemaker Giacomo Bartolommei, I had been eager to try Caprili’s Brunello di Montalcino.  It took some time to locate it, but persistence paid off and I was finally able to enjoy the 2006 this weekend. At Giacomo’s advice, I did not decant the wine, but did […]

Wine Spectator on Brunello 2011 & Ad Alberto 2010

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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 Riserva Ad Alberto – 94/100 Leans toward the savory side, delivering leather, spice, earth and underbrush aromas and flavors. Persistent, with lively acidity and dusty tannins defining the long, tealike aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2035. 313 cases made. –BS Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 – 93/100 This is fragrant, […]

Reviews by Antonio Galloni on Brunello, Ad Alberto and Rosso

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Antonio Galloni’s reviews: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 Riserva Ad Alberto – 94/100 – Drink window: 2018-2028 Initially big and dramatic, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ad Alberto transforms into a much more refined, polished wine with aeration. Sweet tobacco, cedar, dried herbs, licorice and menthol add nuance, while primary fruit is pushed to […]