2016 Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino Vigne Vecchie
Sangiovese - 750ML
2016 Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino Vigne Vecchie
  • JD 98
  • WA 98
  • DC 97
  • VN 96
  • JS 95

$169.94

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ETA: Dec. 2021

$169.94

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 10 btls
ETA: Dec. 2021

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JD 98
jebdunnuck.com, March 2021
98+ The Le Ragnaie V.V. (Vigna Vecchia) is sourced from their highest elevation site of their oldest vines, planted in 1968. The aromatics of the 2016 Brunello Di Montalcino Ragnaie V.V. are lifted with pine, bright...   98+ The Le Ragnaie V.V. (Vigna Vecchia) is sourced from their highest elevation site of their oldest vines, planted in 1968. The aromatics of the 2016 Brunello Di Montalcino Ragnaie V.V. are lifted with pine, bright cherry fruit, rosehip, and orange zest. Of the single vineyards, it has the most tension-packed structure, with angular tannins and linear drive. The palate is fresh with crisp cherry fruit, licorice, and a stony mineral feel. This is a wine that certainly needs time to unfold and express its character. It would benefit from at least five years or more in the cellar before checking in. 2027-2042.  
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2020
Le Ragnaie farms some of the highest-elevation vineyards in the appellation, and this wine gets its fruit from the site that is the highest of all. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Ragnaie V. V. offers an extremely...   Le Ragnaie farms some of the highest-elevation vineyards in the appellation, and this wine gets its fruit from the site that is the highest of all. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Ragnaie V. V. offers an extremely chiseled and sharp bouquet as a result. Wild berry, blue flower, balsam herb and crushed stone emerge with intensity. The tannins are firm and tight, and given those high altitudes, the wine's extra crispness comes as no surprise. The fruit is harvested from old vines, 60 years old or more. This is a small 4,470-bottle production. - ML  
DC 97
Decanter, March 2021
From a 50-year-old site at 600 metres, Le Ragnaie’s Vigna Vecchia is among the estate’s last to be harvested. In 2016, Riccardo Campinoti had to finish quickly in mid-October as he could see the weather turning. Irony...   From a 50-year-old site at 600 metres, Le Ragnaie’s Vigna Vecchia is among the estate’s last to be harvested. In 2016, Riccardo Campinoti had to finish quickly in mid-October as he could see the weather turning. Irony, savoury and mineral-led, this is thrilling and intense but needs time to open up. Despite its youthful austerity, there is significant depth and a citrussy zestiness. The tannins are effortlessly refined, dissolving slowly across the palate in a tactile caress. Excellent.  
VN 96
Vinous, November 2020
96+ The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino V.V. is more of a whisper than a shout, impressing with a wonderfully floral display, as crushed stone and smoke gives way to bright cherries and strawberries, then dried roses and...   96+ The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino V.V. is more of a whisper than a shout, impressing with a wonderfully floral display, as crushed stone and smoke gives way to bright cherries and strawberries, then dried roses and incense. It’s silky yet lifted but also youthfully compact, ushering in tart red fruits wound tightly in a mix of minerals and fine tannin. There’s a purity here that is otherworldly, even as this finishes classically dry and austere. The V.V. is sourced from the original vineyard and vines of Le Ragnaie at 600 meters. It will need many years to fully blossom and broaden out its textures, but it is worth waiting for. -- Eric Guido  
JS 95
jamessuckling.com, October 2020
Beautifully ripened sangiovese here with cherries, orange peel and flowers. It’s so perfumed. Full-bodied, very tight and reserved with fine, intense tannins and a long, linear finish. Really takes you deep and long into...   Beautifully ripened sangiovese here with cherries, orange peel and flowers. It’s so perfumed. Full-bodied, very tight and reserved with fine, intense tannins and a long, linear finish. Really takes you deep and long into the center of the wine. Try after 2024.  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Closure Cork

Winery

Le Ragnaie

Le Ragnaie winery extends over 28 hectares in Montalcino in the Tuscan province of Siena. The land is cultivated with both vines and olive groves, grown according to the guidelines for organic agriculture. The vineyards are divided into three distinct parcels of land throughout Montalcino which allows them to produce three diverse terroirs of Brunello: Le Ragnaie, Petroso, and Castelnuovo dell'Abate.

Riccardo and Jennifer Campinoti purchased the Le Ragnaie property with a mix of old vines and younger plantings. The estate spreads across 42 acres, 12 acres of which are in the zone where the cellars are based, Le Ragnaie itself. The vines are the highest of any in Montalcino, some reaching 1,960 feet above sea level, in the south-facing central zone over Soldera di Case Basse. As one of the highest points in the region, it became famous for bird catchers, and in fact the traditional bird catchers' net features on the label as part of the winery's logo. The estate takes its name from the fact that this net looked rather like a spider's web (Ragna, in Italian.)