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Tuscany/Brunello di Montalcino
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Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201394Drink or holdA late start to the growing season led to a late harvest of mostly elegant, balanced Brunellos with vibrant structures
201296Drink or holdA year of extreme weather, producing rich, concentrated wines with ripe fruit and freshness; the best have the structure to age
201191Drink or holdA 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
201098HoldPerfect 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
200989Drink or holdWarm summer gave elegant, fruity and balanced wines in the north; denser and more muscular in the south. Bright fruit, for early enjoyment
200891Drink or holdA cool growing season with rain at harvest; those who waited produced aromatic, balanced and elegant wines
200793Drink or holdHotter and riper than 2006; fruit-forward, rich and elegant, offering immediate charm and softer structures
200695Drink or holdComplex and powerful wines that impress with ripe yet fresh fruit, firm, dense structures and fine balance
200589DrinkRains during the harvest damped what could have been an amazing year, but still a very good vintage. Many wines for early drinking
200497Drink or holdWonderfully perfumed, majestically refined Brunellos with an excellent balance of fruit and refined tannins. Reducing yields was key to quality
200388DrinkRich, powerful and thick; some wines lack focus
200278Past peakA wet growing season and harvest made mediocre wines
200198DrinkGreat wines with wonderful structure, focus and balance; better than from barrel
200088DrinkAromatic, soft; for early drinking
199997DrinkGenerous, tannic and fruity; velvety in texture
199891DrinkPerfumed, harmonious and delicious
199799Drink or holdExtremely aromatic; structured and racy
199685DrinkFruity and aromatic, but slightly diluted
199592DrinkStructured 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.


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