Brunello di Montalcino 2010s is being heralded as the greatest Brunello vintage ever and demand has been feverish this month; James Suckling comments, ‘the market is apparently on fire. Wine lovers are rejoicing in the incredible high quality of the vintage, and rightly so. The 2010 vintage is a new benchmark for Tuscany’s iconic wine, producing reds with wonderful intensity, structure, and energy. I find the depth of fruit, flavor and savory, almost mineral undertone of the wines spellbinding.’ The 2010 Brunellos are reds that give fabulous enjoyment now, but will reward you for years in the future. Giacomo Neri, the owner of Casanova di Neri, a legendary Brunello producer says of the vintage; ‘It’s the best vintage I have experience in my winemaking career and I started making wine in the early 1980s.’
“A wine that sneaks up on you. It starts up slowly with dried-berry, chocolate and dried-lemon character. Full body, chewy tannins and a long, long finish. A wine that shows such layered, in-depth character. Tight and exciting. Give it three to four years more before drinking”.
James Suckling. (JamesSuckling.com December 2014) .
“The special vineyard selection 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura opens to brooding dark concentration and an impressive sense of depth. The aromas that characterize the wine are in a school of their own. Instead of the standard red cherry and rose, this expression of Sangiovese gives you rich layers of blackberry pie, Indian spice, cured meat, wet terra-cotta, tar and black licorice. Some 90% of the wine is aged in French barrique and the remaining portion sees large oak casks made with Slavonian oak. Dive further and you begin to sense chocolate and toasted espresso. The tannin management is excellent and there’s a distant point of textural firmness that will soften with a few more years of cellar aging. Brunello Poggio alle Mura is one of the biggest wines of the vintage, and you can’t knock the quality”.
Monica Larner. (The Wine Advocate. February 2015).