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On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Report From : Brunello di Montalcino - Selezione

19 Mar 2020

(February 2020) … These are the “special” wines, the single vineyard selections from the 2015 vintage, which sees to be a very nice vintage at that – maybe not as nice as the much lauded (and now highly anticipated) 2016 vintage, but a beautiful stop gap until we reach those wines.

The Results:  2015 is a welcome return to better wines after two fairly dismal vintages (2013 & 2014). For the most part, this was a pleasure to sip and sample; some delicious wines from some unexpected sources showed what a delight this vintage truly was.Selezione Pouring

Time to put some grades to these wines, not by scores, but based on their potential from a good-better-best standpoint … from cellar dwellers to those meant for earlier consumption, many of these will benefit from time be it over the next 10 years or beyond. This year I even have a few in the “Best” category, which was definitely lacking last year.

Also, as in the past, I have broken down the Rosso and Brunello into separate reports.

 

My ranking using the Good / Better / Best format – evaluations are below:

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Good …

Aisna 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Camponovo”
Banfi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Poggio alle Mura”
Castiglion del Bosco 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Campo del Drago”
Corte Pavone 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Campo Marzio”
Cortonesi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “La Mannella””
Cortonesi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Poggiarelli”
La Fiorita 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “NO”
Mocali 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Selezione “Vigna delle Raunate”
Tenute Silvio Nardi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Vigneto Manachiara”
Poggio AnticoVal di Suga 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Vigne del Lago”
Val di Suga 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Vigna Spuntali”
Verbena 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Le Pope”


Better …

Argiano 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Vigna del Suolo”
Bellaria 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Selezione “Assunto”
Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “La Casaccia”
Casanova di Neri 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Tenuta Nuova”
Celestino Pecci 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Poggio al Carro”
Col D’Orcia 2013 Brunello di Montalcino “Poggio al Vento”
Fanti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Vallocchio”
Il Marroneto 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Selezione “Madonna delle Grazie”Altesino
La Togata 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Jacopus”
Le Ragnaie 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Fornace”
Mastrojanni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Vigna Loreto”
Poggio Antico 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Altero”
Solaria – Patrizia Cencioni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “30 Anni”


Best …

Altesino 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Montosoli”
Val di Suga 2015 Brunello di Montalcino “Poggio al Granchio”

 

Report from : Rosso di Montalcino Anteprima 2020

17 Mar 2020

(February 2020) ... The 2018 vintage wines coming out of Montalcino right now are the Rosso wines. The 2018 vintage wines are quite a quaffable lot, although a smaller list than last year. Good fruit and quaff-ability were the essential notes with these wines that I list below … I can’t recommend the vintage across the board – but the wones I tried and recommend below definitely delivered.

I have noticed with each passing year my standards are getting higher for recommendation – which is good for those who like those wines.

Below is a list of the wines based on their potential from a good-better-best standpoint … many are drink nows, some are cellar dwellers that you may be drinking over the next 10 years. This year I even have a few in the “Best” category, which was lacking last year.

Also, as in the past, I have broken down the Brunello and Selezione into separate reports.

 

My ranking using the Good / Better / Best format – evaluations are below:


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Good …

Altesino 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Banfi 2018 Rosso di Montalcino “Castello Banfi”
Capanna 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Castello Romitorio 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Cote dei Venti 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Rosso Pouring La Gerla 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Mocali 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Pian delle Vigne 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Poggio Antico 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
San Polino 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Tenute Silvio Nardi 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Uccelliera 2018 Rosso di Montalcino


Better …

Barbi 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Baricci 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Carpineto 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Col D’Orcia 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Cupano 2017 Rosso di MontalcinoMore Rosso
Fattoi 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Il Poggione 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Mastrojanni 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Palazzo 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Pian delle Querci 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Sesta di Sopra 2017 Rosso di Montalcino
Val di Suga 2018 Rosso di Montalcino


Best …

Banfi 2018 Rosso di Montalcino “Poggio alle Mura”
Salvioni – La Cer Baiola 2018 Rosso di Montalcino
Villa Poggio Salvi 2018 Rosso di Montalcino

 

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