4.3 Vivino Stars (260+ ratings)
This 2015 Brunello from one of Montalcino’s great estates is rocking the world of Tuscan reds. It’s a berry-driven beauty with a generous undertow of chocolate, and at six years of age, it’s drinking perfectly right now. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate noted “showcasing the purity of Sangiovese.”
When Flavio and Carla Fanti planted their first hectare of Sangiovese in 1988, they had no idea how important their wines would become. Yet now, barely more than three decades later, their family produces benchmark Brunello that often sets the tone for the entire region. The estate is now run by their son Luca, whose focus on environmentally responsible winegrowing has raised the wines’ reputation even higher. And this one, the 2015 La Palazzetta Brunello di Montalcino, punches so far above its weight for $31.99 that it’s hard to fathom.
La Palazzetta’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows dark fruit definition and medium-rich concentration. Showcasing the purity of Sangiovese (with fruit harvested from 30-year-old vines), thanks especially to its lingering nuances of crushed flower, earth and wild cherry. Sangiovese from the Montalcino area of southern Tuscany often offers notes of rusty nail or reddish clay brick, and you get both of those aromas here. Open this bottle a few hours early before serving it with a roast and potatoes au gratin. It takes a while, but this bouquet does openly nicely. Some 25,000 bottles were released. Fruit is organic and fermentation is completed with ambient yeasts.
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