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 – 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 […]

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 […]