Sweet Sixteen

Brunello di Montalcino’s 2016 vintage is the best in a generation

Sweet Sixteen
The Montosoli hill shined bright in 2016, yielding a quintet of classic Brunellos from some of Montalcino’s top estates. (Lorenzo Cotrozzi)
From the Jul 31, 2021, issue

Montalcino has been on a hot streak in recent years. With the exception of the difficult 2014 vintage, a string of outstanding to exceptional harvests since 2010 is capped by the best of the decade so far—the dream vintage of 2016. Simply put, the ’16s are the most compelling young examples from this Tuscan region since the 1990s—expressive wines with pure red fruits, augmented by floral, iron, tobacco, mineral and savory elements that bring complexity and detail. More than half of the 2016s tasted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson earned classic ratings of 95 to 100 points. Read his full report and get scores and tasting notes for the top-rated 2016, along with new-release riservas from the excellent 2015 vintage.

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