2016 Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino
Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
2016 Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino
  • WS 96
  • JS 94
  • WA 94
  • JD 94
  • DC 94

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WS 96
Wine Spectator, April 2021
A firm, linear style, featuring black cherry, black currant, licorice, iron and spice aromas and flavors. Though firmly structured and compact, there's an energy here and an overall balance that makes this red compelling...   A firm, linear style, featuring black cherry, black currant, licorice, iron and spice aromas and flavors. Though firmly structured and compact, there's an energy here and an overall balance that makes this red compelling. Ends with a terrific finish, evoking fruit, spice and underbrush accents. Best from 2025 through 2048. — B.S.  
JS 94
jamessuckling.com, November 2020
Orange peel scents to the aromas of cherries, mahogany, wet earth and cedar. It’s full-bodied, yet rather tight and reserved with pretty, dusty tannins that are fine-grained. Lots of citrus and red fruit at the end. From...   Orange peel scents to the aromas of cherries, mahogany, wet earth and cedar. It’s full-bodied, yet rather tight and reserved with pretty, dusty tannins that are fine-grained. Lots of citrus and red fruit at the end. From organically grown grapes. Better after 2023.  
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2020
The only new releases from Le Ragnaie fitted with a white label instead of a black one, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is the most accessible and near-term in the portfolio. This is a very elegant and perfumed expression...   The only new releases from Le Ragnaie fitted with a white label instead of a black one, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is the most accessible and near-term in the portfolio. This is a very elegant and perfumed expression of Sangiovese with lifted floral aromas that recall blue flower and wild rose. Beyond those delicate tones, you get cherry, cassis and other classic aromas linked to Sangiovese. This wine draws on a blend of fruit from various vineyard sites with high and low elevations. Production is 27,700 bottles.- ML  
JD 94
jebdunnuck.com, March 2021
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is perfumed with high-toned aromatics of fresh rosehip, fresh red cherry, and anise. The palate is crisp and energetic with cherry pit, dried red plum, and fresh tomato leaf, with...   The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is perfumed with high-toned aromatics of fresh rosehip, fresh red cherry, and anise. The palate is crisp and energetic with cherry pit, dried red plum, and fresh tomato leaf, with fine-grained tannins with linear acidity. A vibrant wine to enjoy 2023-2033.  
DC 94
Decanter, March 2021
Blended from Le Ragnaie's scattered vineyards, this provides a wide-angle snapshot of Montalcino’s varied territory, violets and Mediterranean scrub meeting wild strawberry, stone and an intriguing earthiness. It also...   Blended from Le Ragnaie's scattered vineyards, this provides a wide-angle snapshot of Montalcino’s varied territory, violets and Mediterranean scrub meeting wild strawberry, stone and an intriguing earthiness. It also encapsulates Sangiovese’s buoyancy, coming across as mid-weight at first then building with power as firm, dusty tannins wrap around a tangy core. The finish is energetic and uplifting - an elegantly sculpted Brunello. As with the estate’s single-vineyard bottlings, fermentation is spontaneous, macerations are a lengthy 45 to 50 days, and ageing is in large Slavonian oak casks.  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML

Label

The fruit for La Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino hails from three organically farmed vineyards within the Ragnaie estate, which together comprise 50% of the blend. The other two sites are Fornace, which brings richness and suppleness and Petroso, a vineyard next to the famous Soldera, which adds structure and texture to the final assemblage.

The juice sits on its skins for 40 days in concrete fermenters before being racked to 25hL and 50hL Slavonian casks for 36 months of aging. The resulting wine is one that Burgundy and Barolo lovers may fall in love with before many Sangiovese lovers but make no mistake - this is Brunello. The profile is the super-classic mix of sweet red cherries, smoke, tobacco, cedar and wild herbs that lift from the glass in a perfumed, silky Brunello that captures the essence of Sangiovese Grosso.

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.)