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Italy Tuscany/Brunello di Montalcino

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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2013
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A late start to the growing season led to a late harvest of mostly elegant, balanced Brunellos with vibrant structures
Description
A late start to the growing season led to a late harvest of mostly elegant, balanced Brunellos with vibrant structures
Vintage
2012
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A year of extreme weather, producing rich, concentrated wines with ripe fruit and freshness; the best have the structure to age
Description
A year of extreme weather, producing rich, concentrated wines with ripe fruit and freshness; the best have the structure to age
Vintage
2011
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A warm year with a heat spike in August, producing forward wines with ample fruit. The best are lively and balanced; ripe and dense in the south
Description
A warm year with a heat spike in August, producing forward wines with ample fruit. The best are lively and balanced; ripe and dense in the south
Vintage
2010
Score
98
Drink Window
Hold
Description
Perfect late summer weather resulted in ideal ripening for Sangiovese; wines are fresh, elegant, balanced and structured, with ample ripe fruit flavors. The best should age beautifully
Description
Perfect late summer weather resulted in ideal ripening for Sangiovese; wines are fresh, elegant, balanced and structured, with ample ripe fruit flavors. The best should age beautifully
Vintage
2009
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Warm summer gave elegant, fruity and balanced wines in the north; denser and more muscular in the south. Bright fruit, for early enjoyment
Description
Warm summer gave elegant, fruity and balanced wines in the north; denser and more muscular in the south. Bright fruit, for early enjoyment
Vintage
2008
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A cool growing season with rain at harvest; those who waited produced aromatic, balanced and elegant wines
Description
A cool growing season with rain at harvest; those who waited produced aromatic, balanced and elegant wines
Vintage
2007
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Hotter and riper than 2006; fruit-forward, rich and elegant, offering immediate charm and softer structures
Description
Hotter and riper than 2006; fruit-forward, rich and elegant, offering immediate charm and softer structures
Vintage
2006
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Complex and powerful wines that impress with ripe yet fresh fruit, firm, dense structures and fine balance
Description
Complex and powerful wines that impress with ripe yet fresh fruit, firm, dense structures and fine balance
Vintage
2005
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rains during the harvest damped what could have been an amazing year, but still a very good vintage. Many wines for early drinking
Description
Rains during the harvest damped what could have been an amazing year, but still a very good vintage. Many wines for early drinking
Vintage
2004
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Wonderfully perfumed, majestically refined Brunellos with an excellent balance of fruit and refined tannins. Reducing yields was key to quality
Description
Wonderfully perfumed, majestically refined Brunellos with an excellent balance of fruit and refined tannins. Reducing yields was key to quality
Vintage
2003
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rich, powerful and thick; some wines lack focus
Description
Rich, powerful and thick; some wines lack focus
Vintage
2002
Score
78
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
A wet growing season and harvest made mediocre wines
Description
A wet growing season and harvest made mediocre wines
Vintage
2001
Score
98
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Great wines with wonderful structure, focus and balance; better than from barrel
Description
Great wines with wonderful structure, focus and balance; better than from barrel
Vintage
2000
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Aromatic, soft; for early drinking
Description
Aromatic, soft; for early drinking
Vintage
1999
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Generous, tannic and fruity; velvety in texture
Description
Generous, tannic and fruity; velvety in texture
Vintage
1998
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Perfumed, harmonious and delicious
Description
Perfumed, harmonious and delicious
Vintage
1997
Score
99
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Extremely aromatic; structured and racy
Description
Extremely aromatic; structured and racy
Vintage
1996
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Fruity and aromatic, but slightly diluted
Description
Fruity and aromatic, but slightly diluted
Vintage
1995
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Structured and firm, yet fruity; very good indeed
Description
Structured and firm, yet fruity; very good indeed

Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended

A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed.

Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.

SOURCE: WINE SPECTATOR