2016 Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino (750ml)15 5 0 0
"Padelletti is one of the oldest wine-making families in Montalcino, with roots going back to the 16th century. Their vineyard is located at one of the highest elevations (400 meters), northeast of the town of Montalcino. The wines show a depth of color that you’d never expect from Brunello, the result of their clay and calcium soils in the Rigaccini vineyard. To this day, the Padelletti family sells a large portion of the production, yet it continues to make throwback, traditional Brunello that speaks of terroir. This is no-frills winemaking at its best, with a conscious approach in the vineyards and practices in the cellar that remain true to their historical roots.
"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino comes to life in the glass, showcasing a classic bouquet of wild strawberries laced with smoky minerals and spice, before evolving further with notes of cedar box and dusty dried earth. It’s a model of purity, hosting soft textures over a feminine framework of brisk acids and salty minerals, with tart red fruits contrasted by sour citrus. Violet-tinged florals form along with a hint of plum and licorice, as fine tannins slowly dry out the expression. Readers in search of traditionally-styled yet wonderfully refined and age-worthy Brunello owe it to themselves to seek out the 2016 Padelletti." - Eric Guido (Vinous, November 2020)
"Tantalizing aromas of wild berry, rose, camphor and new leather lead the way in this fragrant wine. The medium-bodied palate is both firm and elegant, featuring juicy red cherry, cranberry and licorice before finishing on a coffee note. Tight, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity keep it fresh and balanced. Drink 2024–2036." 95 points / Cellar Selection - Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast, May 2021)
"Extremely opulent and intense aromas of flowers, cherries and plums with some walnut and cedar. Full-bodied and very tight with super refined, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Love the berry, cherry and dried-flower undertones. Really classic style. Best ever. Drink after 2025." 95 points - James Suckling (29 Oct, 2020)
"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is fresh with a perfume of rose petal, poppy red fruits, and Mediterranean herbs. Its energy is immediately apparent and follows through seamlessly with a tension-driven finish. I love this wine for its transparency, freshness, and lift. Drink 2022-2042." 95 points -Audrey Frick (jebdunnuck.com, March 2021)