BRUNELLO’S GREATEST VINTAGES EVER: 2016 AND 2015

BRUNELLO’S GREATEST VINTAGES EVER: 2016 AND 2015

Posted by contact@armandcellar.com on Jun 14th 2021

Jame's Suckling writes,

If you ever wanted a Brunello di Montalcino for your cellar to age for decades, then buy the 2016 vintage when the wines come out in the market in January 2021. The 2016 vintage marks the second great year in a row for Brunello di Montalcino following the sensational 2015, which is currently on the market.

“These are wines for your cellar,” said Lamberto Frescobaldi, the head of the Florentine wine family that owns Castelgiocondo, a solid Brunello di Montalcino estate. “The tannins and structure are really special.”

Indeed, I tasted 212 Brunello di Montalcino 2016s in my tasting room in Hong Kong and the young sangioveses certainly do have a lot of tannins. In fact, I have never seen so much tannin in a young Brunello and I have been tasting young vintages from Montalcino since the early 1980s. I honestly wonder if the wines have much more tannin than 2015 or they just don’t have as much fruit to cover up their phenolic structure. But the 2016s are very impressive.

“The 2016 is different than 2015,” said Massimo Ferragamo of Castiglion del Bosco, which made its greatest Brunello ever in 2016. “It is a strong vintage. It has been a great combination of circumstances and after 2010 we have been working better and better every year. I had them side by side (2015 and 2016) but I think 2016 is better.”

Browse our Brunello section and pick up some our 2015 and 2016s!