2016 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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WA 95 VN 95 JS 94 WS 94 DC 92
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2020

The Castello Romitorio 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a classic expression of the vintage, showing lots of ripe fruit, crushed mineral, herbal nuances and varietal-driven purity. This wine nails that sweet spot between...
VN 95

Vinous, December 2023

Darkly floral and with a mentholated lift, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino slowly blossoms in the glass with a blend of stone dust, dried cherries, pine shavings and sweet smoke. This is softer and more supple than...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, November 2020

A well structured red with lots of dried mushrooms, oysters and crushed stones. Dried blueberries and herbs, too. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins. A little dusty on the finish. Let it soften. Drink after 2024.
WS 94

Wine Spectator, March 2021

A core of pure black cherry marks this compressed red, which is fresh and balanced in its rigid way, with wild thyme, rosemary, iron and tobacco flavors. The aftertaste lingers with the fruit and balsamic elements. Best...
DC 92

Decanter, March 2021

Renowned Transavantgarde artist, Sandro Chia purchased Castello Romitorio in 1985. Today his son Filippo manages the estate and gives much credit to father and son cellarmasters, Franco and Stefano Martini who have been...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino is a captivating red wine from the esteemed region of Tuscany, Italy. With a deep, ruby red color that shimmers in the glass, this wine is a true representation of the Sangiovese Grosso varietal.

On the nose, this Brunello di Montalcino opens with an intriguing bouquet of dried mushrooms, oysters, and crushed stones. As the aromas develop, notes of dried blueberries and herbs emerge, adding layers of complexity to the wine. It is a well-structured red, showcasing firm tannins that provide a solid backbone.

The palate is treated to an array of flavors that mirror the nose, with wild cherry, forest floor, and crushed clove taking center stage. The wine strikes the perfect balance between elegance and power, a characteristic that is not easily achieved. It boasts a plump density and a velvety texture, enveloping the mouth in a luxurious embrace.

The 2016 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino is a wine that will benefit from some additional cellaring. While it can certainly be enjoyed now, it is recommended to wait until after 2024 to fully appreciate its potential. As the tannins soften, the wine will evolve and reveal even more layers of complexity.

Renowned critics have recognized the excellence of this wine. James Suckling awarded it an impressive score of 94 points, noting its structure and recommending it for future consumption. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate was equally impressed, awarding it a score of 95 points and praising its ripe fruit, varietal purity, and velvety texture. Wine Spectator also awarded it 94 points, describing it as fresh and balanced with a lingering aftertaste. Decanter gave it a score of 92 points, highlighting its youthful energy, elegant profile, and refreshing juiciness.

Overall, the 2016 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino is a remarkable wine that showcases the best of Tuscany. With its depth of flavors, firm structure, and potential for aging, it is a true gem that will undoubtedly delight wine enthusiasts for years to come.