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2016 Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 44.95 net
“Dusty earth gives way to dried roses, incense, hints of cedar, sage, currants and black cherries in a display that makes this wine a special experience. It’s nuanced and perfumed from start to finish, boasting silky textures contrasted by tart berries and minerals, but with sweet tannins that frame the expression perfectly. Its inner sweetness is balanced by bright acids, creating an almost-juicy sensation, right up until the moment you realize that your palate is aching with youthful tension. There’s so much going on and much more to come. The 2016 Col d’Orcia impresses on nearly every level.” — 95 points, Eric Guido, Vinous Media
(Note: Of the 2016 Brunellos listed in this email, the Col d’Orcia is the most forward of the group, and offers great insight into what the vintage is all about. Drink this beauty more early on, while letting the others develop a bit in the cellar.)

2016 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 49.95 net
“Sweet herbs and tobacco with hints of mocha and cedar spice box, silky in texture, coasting across a medium-bodied frame while giving way to tart red berries, with grippy tannins mounting toward the close. A cooling wave of minty herbs and licorice adds freshness, bringing the 2016 into balance throughout the youthfully structured finale, while it blossomed beautifully in the glass over time.” — 95 points, Eric Guido, Vinous Media
(Also, 94 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 97 points from James Suckling)

2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino ‘White Label’ 59.95 net
“A wine of pleasurable contrasts but also great structure. Ripe dark fruits and autumnal spices offset savory herbs. Silky, cooling and lifted, with a noticeable inner sweetness to its polished cherry/berry flavors, but it then sways more toward inner earth, minerals and grippy tannins. The 2016 urges you to take another sip, as there’s so much upfront appeal; yet each time you do, it reminds you once again that it’s a young Brunello in need of some cellaring. The potential here is incredibly high.” — 94 points, Eric Guido, Vinous Media



2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino ‘Tenuta Nuova’ 112.50 net
“It draws you in with a display of exotic brown spice, mint and cedar dust. Further coaxing unlocks depths of cherry, plum, hints of dark chocolate and roses. It coasts along a medium-bodied frame with velvety richness, complemented by polished red and black fruits while contrasted by brisk acids and hints of citrus. This coats the teeth while a layer of fine tannin slowly brings you back to earth. The Tenuta Nuova already has so much to give, yet it will be a while before it reaches its apex. Wow!” — 96 points, Eric Guido, Vinous Media
(Also, 97+ points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 99 points from James Suckling)

2016 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino ‘Vigna del Suolo’  Approximately 169.95 net
(We tasted this wine last week and it’s extraordinary. Extremely limited, price not finalized, not sure how much we will be able to get, send us your requests and we’ll do everything we can to make it happen.)
Argiano’s most refined expression of Brunello, 100% Sangiovese Grosso, 55 year-old vines. Crafted from their oldest vineyard and only in the best vintages.
“Minty freshness gives way to peppery herbs and florals. Cherry, hints of clove and licorice come forward over time. It is dense and textural, leaning toward black fruits, with a complex web of salty minerals and tannins that penetrate the senses. The 2016 Vigna del Suolo shows remarkable length. It’s a long-distance runner that is packed full of potential.” — 96+ points, Eric Guido, Vinous Media

2015 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino ‘Cerretalto’ 324.95 net
“Remarkably fresh and balanced despite its large-scale persona. Minty herbs give way to raspberry and cherry with exotic spices. It boasts depths of silky textures; yet remains juicy and full of energy, displaying ripe red and black fruits, laced with salty minerals, as hints of cinnamon and baker’s chocolate form toward the close. Fine tannins come forward on the finish, tugging at the cheeks, yet all under an air of sweet spice and violet florals. As young as this is today, it’s hard to put the glass down, and I can only imagine the depths that will be revealed with five or more years of cellaring.” — 95 points, Eric Guido, Vinous Media
(Also, 98+ points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 100 points from James Suckling)