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Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 14, 2017

94 Points “A bright, cherry-laced red, accented by iron, earth, tar and tobacco notes. Though lean and tight on the finish, this is lively, with a lingering aftertaste of cherry, tobacco and mineral. Best from 2019 through 2032.”

Wine Enthusiast - Kerin O'Keefe - April 01, 2017

91 Points “French oak, tobacco and exotic spice aromas emerge in the glass. The firm, full-bodied palate delivers dried black cherry, raspberry compote, vanilla and licorice flavors, framed by assertive but fine-grained tannins. Drink 2020–2027.”

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - February 28, 2017

92 Points “The Castiglion del Bosco 2012 Brunello di Montalcino exhibits classic lines and aromas that are faithfully characteristic of Tuscany's Sangiovese grape. There's a wild or untamed element with forest berry, underbrush, wild mushroom, lavender, tar and licorice. Balsam herbs also appear with cola and grilled rosemary. There's a lot to keep your attention. The mouthfeel is more streamlined and slightly shorter compared to previous vintages. This seems to be a common trait in 2012 Brunello but it does not make too much of a difference in this case.”

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - November 30, 2016

96 Points “This shows pure and fresh fruit that many others don't have. Also, there are plenty of linear tannins. Precise and beautiful. Medium to full body. Persistent finish. Better in 2019.”

Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 30, 2015

94 Points "Complex and elegant, with cherry, licorice, leather and incense flavors. The firm grip of tannins quickly takes over, but this is long, echoing leather and spice. Best from 2019 through 2035."

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - February 27, 2015

94 Points "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a ripe and fruit-forward expression that bursts with energy and red fruit intensity even at this young stage in the wine's life. Thick layers of cherry, blackberry, cassis, vanilla and cinnamon give the wine a bold, opulent personality. The tannins are super tame and docile, even for this more structured vintage. The wine boasts a medium build with bright garnet and ruby highlights. I think Castiglion del Bosco does a great job of executing and delivering this softer style of Brunello that works so well as a companion to the hearty, wintery foods we love most. You can drink it in the near or long term. It has that level of aging flexibility. The 2010 vintage is a great one to taste and buy."

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - February 19, 2015

91 Points "Castiglion del Bosco 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is expressive and beautifully layered in the glass. Crushed flowers, dried cherries, spices, mint and worn-in leather open up nicely in the glass. The flavors are dark and bold throughout, with plenty of mid-palate sweetness that gives the wines its upfront appeal and sense of immediacy. At the same, time, though, there is plenty of supporting structure. This is one of the more open 2010s readers will come across. As such, it is likely to offer its best drinking sooner rather than later. The creamy, textured finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal today."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - December 01, 2014

96 Points "Fabulous aromas of orange, peaches and mahogany follow through to a full body, with rich and chewy tannins and a long and flavorful finish. This is dense and tight and powerful. It is compressed and incredibly structured. Needs four to five years of bottle age to come out of it domancy."

Brunello di Montalcino 2009 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Ian D'Agata - July 31, 2014

90 Points "Medium red. Fresh red fruits, licorice, violet and minerals on the enticing nose. Broad and lush in the mouth...Boasts very good energy and inner-mouth perfume to its red berry and licorice flavors. Finishes with big but sweet tannins and excellent length."

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 30, 2014

90 Points "An aromatic red, offering cherry, floral and mushroom notes, with spice and savory licorice and tobacco flavors. On the lean, sinewy side, yet intense and persistent. Best from 2017 through 2026."

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - February 28, 2014

90 Points The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is especially evocative of the vintage with evolved notes of dried rose petal, dark cherry spice and cola. The wine is supple and large, but not exaggeratedly so. Ruby highlights emerge from a dark garnet color and earthy endnotes are followed by dried tobacco and leather. It is best suited for near-term consumption and should already come into its own within the next year or two. Drink: 2015-2020.

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - February 13, 2014

90 Points A leaner style of 2009 Brunello but with very pretty plum, dried-strawberry and light-caramel character. Medium body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.

Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Archived REVIEWS

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - January 10, 2014

91 Points This is a delicate, fruity wine with dried strawberries and flowers. Medium body with fine tannins and a clean finish. It’s so delicious. Drink or hold.

Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Ian D'Agata - July 17, 2013

91+ Points "This bright red wine features captivating aromas of candied red cherry, dried redcurrant, cinnamon and faded flowers. it is rich and dense, with flavors of superripe red cherry, sweet spices and sweet oak. the finish is peppery, clean and long. This is a very impressive wine, and so well balanced that you won't even notice the 15% alcohol."

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 06, 2013

90 Points "A modern style, offering flashes of vanilla and toast balanced with rich cherry and loamy earth flavors."

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - May 01, 2013

92 Points "This beautiful wine presents the round and velvety side of Sangiovese Grosso, with lingering tones of dark fruit, prune, chocolate and spice. The wine shows structure and acidity at the back for long aging potential and sports a modern, soft personality overall."

Brunello di Montalcino 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - October 15, 2012

91 Points "A modern style, laced with vanilla, toast, cherry and mineral flavors. This wine has a moderate length, but also juicy acidity, so give this some time. Best from 2014 through 2024."

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - May 01, 2012

92 Points “Smoke and dark fruit, with a touch of drying mineral and softer background tones of chocolate and rum cake. There’s a very polished, dry feel to this wine. The oak notes are still integrating, and the finish is tight and firm.”

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - April 01, 2012

90 Points The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino sweeps across the palate with layers of soft, textured fruit. Sweet red cherries, licorice, leather, flowers and tobacco are all woven together nicely. The 2007 should be approachable pretty much upon release given its voluptuous, caressing personality.

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - April 2012

90 Points "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino sweeps across the palate with layers of soft, textured fruit. Sweet red cherries, licorice, leather, flowers and tobacco are all woven together nicely. The 2007 should be approachable pretty much upon release given its voluptuous, caressing personality."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - January 25, 2012

92 Points Aromas and flavors of plums, lemon rind and hints of pie crust. Full and velvety, with lovely fruit and a clean fresh finish. Juicy and fruity, yet balanced. Drink now or hold.

Campo del Drago Brunello

Campo del Drago Brunello 2012

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 14, 2017

93 Points “Shows some power, yet stays on the elegant side, offering cherry, tobacco, spice and leather flavors. Solid and long, with dusty tannins lining the finish. Best from 2020 through 2033.”

- Monica Larner - February 28, 2017

94+ Points "The single-vineyard 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago is a beautiful wine with immediate and contemporary appeal. The wine sports a darkly concentrated color with pretty saturation and density. This is a modern Brunello that will appeal to those who appreciate a soft and more approachable style. That said, the wine does a great job of offering complexity and nuance as well. Don't underestimate Campo del Drago. It offers a formidable presentation that is infused with dark cherry, spice, leather and balsam herb. Honestly, I can't help but find it irresistible. Give it another two or three years to flesh out from cellar aging."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - February 19, 2017

94 Points "A soft and silky red with plum, chocolate and lemon-rind aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm and focused tannins and a long finish. Very precise. Drink or hold. Better in 2020."

Campo del Drago Brunello 2011

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - November 21, 2016

93 Points "Bright and fruity yet I like the rich and decadent palate of chocolate and berries. Medium to full body and silky tannins. Savory finish. Drink now."

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 15, 2016

90 Points “Cherry and strawberry flavors are framed by oak spice in this polished red. Bright and well-proportioned. Needs a little time to integrate.”

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - March 03, 2016

91 Points "The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago is more immediate and fleshed out compared to the same wine from the previous vintage. Warm summer temperatures have contributed to the wine's openness and its generosity. It offers a succession of red cherry, sweet spice, leather, cola and balsam herb aromas. It also shows an evident dose of oak spice and toast that still needs time to integrate. Campo del Drago requires an additional two to four years of bottle aging."

Campo del Drago Brunello 2010

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - March 04, 2016

94 Points "Sweet cherry, blackberry, exotic spice and barbecue smoke play supporting roles on the bouquet of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago. This is a broad and richly extracted Tuscan red that shows soft tannins, beautiful smoothness and rich consistency. This vintage also shows an impressive level of power and intensity that adds muscle, but that also shows good balance and integration. It makes sense to hold off from drinking this wine for the next five years."

Campo del Drago Brunello 2010 Archived REVIEWS

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - January 21, 2015

96 Points "A very perfumed, sexy red with blueberry, dark chocolate, walnut skin, cedar and hints of mahogany. This is very deep and dense with a wonderful core of ripe fruit and freshness. Some new wood showing now, giving it a vanilla undertone. Wonderful finish with a toasted-coconut and berry character. Single-vineyard Brunello."

Campo del Drago Brunello 2009 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - February 28, 2014

92 Points You’ll recognize the estate’s aromatic signature, thanks to those supple tones of vanilla and sweet baking spice back by black fruit, grilled herb and chopped mint. There’s a note of something sensual and wild in the bouquet. Drink: 2017-2022.

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - February 08, 2014

92 Points An elegant, refined young Brunello with cherry, chocolate and delicate balsamic character. Full body and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.

Campo del Drago Brunello 2008 Archived REVIEWS

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - January 10, 2014

92 Points Aromas of walnuts and dark berries with hints of flowers and smoked meat. Full body with chewy tannins and delicious fruit. This is a wine that needs another year or two but it’s already so delicious.

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 15, 2013

90 Points A rich, muscular style, with vanilla-tinged cherry and plum flavors. The tannins are dense and unrelenting now, around a core of sweet fruit and ample spice on the finish. For fans of the modern style. Best from 2016 through 2030.

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - June 2013

92 Points "The estate’s 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago is materially more interesting and complex than the straight bottling. Freshly cut flowers, tobacco, mint, dark raspberries and smoke aromas jump from the glass as this vibrant, beautifully delineated wine shows off its class. The 2008 impresses for its vibrancy, nuance and detail. It can be enjoyed upon release, although the firm tannins require some aeration to soften. This is a terrific showing from Castiglion del Bosco and a major step up from the straight bottling."

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - May 01, 2013

91 Points Cherry cola and licorice open the nose of this dark, brooding Brunello. At this young stage, the wine feels slightly sharp and raw in the mouth and it definitely needs another three to five years of cellar aging. Brambly oak and spice give it a zesty and spicy finish.

Campo del Drago Brunello 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - February 01, 2014

93 Points A full, rich, sumptuous red, featuring cedar, incense, cherry, tobacco and earth flavors. Fresh and lively, displaying warmth and hints of wild Mediterranean scrub. The lingering aftertaste echoes the wild herb and tobacco notes. Best from 2016 through 2027.

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - May 01, 2012

93 Points "Youthful, bright and direct in its bold cherry and blueberry aromas. Vinous, chewy and raw with more evolution ahead. Chewy density with bold concentration and ripe fruit."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - January 25, 2012

93 Points A wine, with a solid core of fruit and lots of chewy tannins. Plenty of new wood here, giving it a coffee undertone. Full and intense. Give it two to three years to soften.

CdBianco

CdBianco 2012 Archived REVIEWS

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 23, 2013

91 Points This is dense and rich yet bright and fruity with lemon and mango character. Hints of toasted oak and nuts. Full body. Beautiful finish. Drink now.

Dainero

Dainero 2015

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - August 28, 2017

93 Points "A firm and silky wine with berry, hazelnut and walnut character. Some orange peel. Full body, polished tannins and a juicy finish. Drink now."

Dainero 2013

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 19, 2016

92 Points "A silky and very fine red with currant, berry and sandalwood character. Medium body, fine tannins. Subtle, fruity finish. Drink now or hold."

Dainero 2012 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - July 24, 2015

90 Points "Offering a combination of richness and elegance, this red offers black cherry, black currant, bitter chocolate, spice and tobacco notes, married to a solid structure. Austere on the finish, yet long. Best from 2016 through 2023."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - October 20, 2014

92 Points "Graphite, crushed rock, spices, root beer and black cherry. Medium-bodied plus, with gripping tannins on the finish. Drink in 2016."

Dainero 2011 Archived REVIEWS

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 03, 2013

92 Points "This is really beautiful with gorgeous sexy ripe fruit and chocolate character. It's a beautiful combination of fruit and wood. Full and velvety textured with a rich and intense finish. Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Sangiovese. ...From a top Brunello producer."

Dainero 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - October 15, 2012

90 Points "Plum and blackberry flavors show herb and spice accents in this firmly structured red. The tannins dominate the finish now, yet there's plenty of sweet fruit. Best from 2014 through 2022. 7,500 cases made."

Millecento Brunello

Millecento Brunello 2011

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 30, 2017

92 Points "Black cherry, black currant and plum flavors are shaded by leather and tobacco notes in this opulent red. Well-integrated and long, fading gracefully, with accents of iron, leather and earth. Best from 2018 through 2030."

Wine Enthusiast - Kerin O'Keefe - May 01, 2017

90 Points "Mature black plum, roasted coffee bean, sunbaked earth and vanilla aromas emerge in the glass. The structured concentrated palate offers dried cherry, raspberry jam, espresso and clove alongside fine-grained tannins. A touch of cinnamon closes the finish. Enjoy 2018–2024."

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - February 28, 2017

94 Points "The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Millecento sees fruit sourced from a vineyard of that same name that was planted in 1998. The castle that dominates the Castiglion del Bosco property was once an military fortress built to defend Montalcino against its rowdy neighbors in Siena and Florence. This wine is aged in large oak casks for three years. Only 6,000 bottles are made. The bouquet offers enticing tones of spice and dark fruit with rustic garden herb and wild mushroom thrown into the mix. The mouthfeel is extremely polished and fine. This is a very elegant wine that drinks beautifully right now."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - November 21, 2016

92 Points "A ripe and succulent red with chocolate and dried berry character. Medium to full body, soft tannins and a tangy finish. Delicious now."

Millecento Brunello 2010

Wine Enthusiast - Kerin O'Keefe - April 01, 2017

90 Points “This opens with ripe black plum, vanilla and new leather aromas. The concentrated, full-bodied palate offers mature black cherry, clove, tobacco and black pepper flavors over a matrix of assertive, close-grained tannins. Drink 2018–2025.”

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 30, 2016

94 Points "Austere and monolithic, with new oak framing the cherry and blackberry fruit. Shows an element of ripe fruit sweetness midpalate, finishing with a solid structure and excellent length. The oak integrates with aeration, but this remains a thoroughly modern style of Brunello. Best from 2018 through 2032."

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 30, 2016

94 Points "Austere and monolithic, with new oak framing the cherry and blackberry fruit. Shows an element of ripe fruit sweetness midpalate, finishing with a solid structure and excellent length. The oak integrates with aeration, but this remains a thoroughly modern style of Brunello. Best from 2018 through 2032."

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - March 03, 2016

94+ Points "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Millecento shows a level of extreme elegance and harmony that I did not find in the 2008 vintage of this same wine. The fact that 2010 is a better vintage is an obvious asset, but I believe that the folks at Castiglion del Bosco have generally switched to a more streamlined wine style across their entire portfolio. This is a very welcome change. The bouquet opens slowly to reveal wild berry, balsam herb and pressed flowers. The wine is more vertical in approach than it is horizontal. In other words, the aromas lift gracefully with balanced intensity and buoyancy. I also suspect that this wine will promise a much longer aging potential compared to past incarnations."

Millecento Brunello 2008 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Kerin O’Keefe - May 01, 2015

91 Points “This opens with aromas of spiced plum, oak, vanilla and leather. The smooth, concentrated palate offers ripe black cherry, juicy raspberry, mocha, clove, tobacco, black pepper and licorice alongside velvety tannins. Drink 2015–2023.”

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 30, 2014

91 Points "A good lashing of new oak lends vanilla and resinous aromas and flavors to this red. Given some air, floral, sweet berry, mushroom and woodsy notes emerge along with an elegant, vibrant core. Fine length. Best from 2016 through 2025."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - February 01, 2014

90 Points "Dried fruits and menthol on the nose with a full body, silky tannins and a medium-fruity finish. It's a little austere but shows outstanding character. Tasted from magnum. Drink or hold."

Millecento Brunello 2005 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - Stephanie Johnson - April 01, 2015

91 Points "Scents of dried black fruits, medicinal herbs, black tea and smoke indicate an evolved wine, the maturity reflected in balsamic notes and flavors of bitter chocolate, licorice, rum and kirsch. Complex and savory, it would make a compelling match with Peking duck."

Millecento Brunello 2004 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - October 15, 2012

92 Points A powerful red, sporting charred plum, black cherry, balsamic and earth flavors. Still resolving the oak with dense tannins. This is long, and needs a grilled steak. Best from 2014 through 2028.

Prima Pietra

Prima Pietra 2013

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - September 20, 2017

93 Points “Packed full of plum and black cherry flavors, with hints of chocolate, wild herb and tar. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.”

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - August 28, 2017

93 Points "Plenty of ripe fruit and black olive character. Full body, chewy and powerful. This is a little overdone but there's plenty through the walls of tannins. Drink in 2011."

Prima Pietra 2012

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 19, 2016

93 Points "Solid core of fruit in this wine with cherry, blackberry and lemon character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Direct and focused young red. Bordeaux blend. Better in 2018."

Prima Pietra 2011

Wine & Spirits - Stephanie Johnson - April 01, 2016

90 Points Best Tuscan Reds "Brunello producer Castiglion del Bosco owns the 25-acre Prima Pietra estate in Riparbella, where a vineyard of densely planted Bordeaux varieties grows on a hillside facing the Tyrrhenian Sea. Aged 18 months in French oak barriques, it's intensely concentrated, the purple fruit flavors edged in vanilla, anise, cedar and black spices. The oak flavors and alcohol are prominent now, but the fruit shows good purity and verve that will reward a few years of cellar time.”

The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner - March 04, 2016

90 Points "The 2011 Prima Pietra is comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine offers bold spice aromas with generous layers of black fruit and plum at the back. The results are opulent and lush. This is a big wine with broad shoulders, a soft personality and integrated tannins."

Prima Pietra 2011 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - October 31, 2015

93 Points RECOMMENDED "A polished style, whose creamy texture envelops the plum, black cherry, tar and spice flavors. An element of bitter chocolate chimes in as this glides to the long, palate-saturating finish. Muscular and well-integrated overall. Best from 2017 through 2026."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - August 05, 2015

95 Points "Wonderful purity of cabernet sauvignon fruit to this wine with blackcurrants, wet earth and pomace undertones. Full body, velvety and softly textured tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A wonderfully balanced Bordeaux blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot from the Tuscan hillside coastline. Drink or hold."

Prima Pietra 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - February 01, 2014

91 Points This is fragrant, with black currant, herb and cedar flavors, turning leaner and tighter on the palate. Hints of black olive and tobacco linger on the persistent finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2023.

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - July 03, 2013

93 Points "This is complex and complete on the nose with blackberries, minerals and currants. Full body, with chewy tannins and a lightly toasted, berry and vanilla undertone. A beautiful Bordeaux blend from the hills overlooking the Tuscany coast."

Prima Pietra 2009 Archived REVIEWS

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - August 29, 2012

96 Points Aromas of currants and raspberries with hints of licorice and mint. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins and wonderful length. This is very, very classic. Goes on for minutes on the palate. Stunning third edition bottle of this Bordeaux blend from Massimo Ferragamo from his vineyards in Ripabella. Try in 2015.

Prima Pietra 2008 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - April 2013

92 Points "...the tannins are velvety, firm and do a great job of supporting the bright flavors of black fruit and spice.”

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - September 12, 2011

93 Points Gorgeous blueberry and lavender, with hints of other flowers and also rosemary. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins. A tiny bit reserved now, but will come out beautiful with bottle age. From Massimo Ferragamo's wine estate in Riparbella. Best in 2014.

Rosso di Montalcino

Rosso di Montalcino 2015

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - September 20, 2017

90 Points "Fresh wild strawberries, roses, elderberries and some light dust. Medium body, medium chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now."

Rosso di Montalcino 2013 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - January 01, 2015

89 Points "Bright and cherry-flavored, with an elegant profile. This is fresh and balanced, delivering fine length and hints of black pepper and earth. Drink now through 2018."

Rosso di Montalcino 2011 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - October 01, 2013

91 Points "With a mouthful of juicy raspberry, this red also evokes spice and mineral flavors. It is harmonious and ready to enjoy, with fine length and hints of licorice and tobacco on the finish."

International Wine Cellar - Ian D'Agata - October 01, 2013

90 Points Bright red-ruby. Pungently fruity aromas of raspberry, red cherry jam and balsamic spices. Rich, ripe and pure, offering balsamic dark cherry and aromatic herb flavors. Finishes with a cola-like note, delicately peppery, noble tannins and plenty of ripe fruit. This lovely Rosso di Montalcino offers more fruit and less herbs and spices than does this producer's Brunellos.