2016 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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JS 94 JD 94 WS 93 VN 92 DC 91
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, November 2020

Dusty notes with crushed gravel and dried tea leaves are a prelude to aromas of fresh button mushrooms and hints of fennel. Savory mushrooms and olives, followed by firm, fine-grained tannins. Structured and full-bodied...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino has aromatics of menthol and medicinal herbs, brushed leather, and black cherry. The palate is dark fruited without weight, marked with dried blackberry, black tea, dried herbs, and...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, June 2021

Aromas of iron, blood and cherry lead off in this smooth and vibrant red, with a well of dark fruit—black cherry and blackberry—settling in on the palate. Offers a dusting of dark chocolaty tannins on the finish. Best...
VN 92

Vinous, November 2020

There's something savory and slightly rustic about the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino that I find quite attractive. Baked black cherries, balsamic spice and hints of animal musk form up to create a beguiling display. The...
DC 91

Decanter, March 2021

Bringing together grapes from diverse vineyards throughout Montalcino, this midweight, almost-approachable Brunello is focused and vibrant. It takes a bit of coaxing on the nose then divulges sage, orange rind and fennel...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Introducing the 2016 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino, a captivating and elegant red wine hailing from the renowned Tuscany region in Italy. Crafted with Sangiovese Grosso grapes, this vintage showcases the exceptional quality and character that has made Brunello di Montalcino famous worldwide.

In the glass, this wine exhibits a deep and inviting red color that hints at its complexity and depth. The nose opens gradually, revealing enticing aromas of sage, orange rind, and fennel. With a bit of coaxing, the bouquet blossoms, exuding an alluring fragrance that captivates the senses.

On the palate, this midweight Brunello is focused and vibrant, with brisk acidity and chalky tannins that provide a refreshing and cleansing sensation. Flavors of crisp red currant and cranberry dance on the tongue, offering a delightful balance of fruitiness and acidity. The palate is further enriched by notes of dried blackberry, black tea, and dried herbs, adding layers of complexity and depth.

Esteemed wine critics have acknowledged the excellence of the 2016 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino. Decanter awarded it a score of 91, praising its vibrancy and the winemaker's dedication to refining their single-vineyard offerings. James Suckling bestowed a remarkable score of 94, highlighting the wine's structure, fine-grained tannins, and savory nuances. Jeb Dunnuck echoed this sentiment, giving it the same score of 94 and commending its balanced structure and dark-fruited profile.

Vinous also recognized the allure of this wine, awarding it a score of 92. Their reviewer was captivated by its savory and slightly rustic nature, the baked black cherries, balsamic spice, and silky-smooth textures. Finally, Wine Spectator praised its smoothness, vibrant acidity, and well-integrated dark fruit flavors, awarding it an impressive score of 93.

With an alcohol percentage of 14.0, this Brunello di Montalcino is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for further development. It is recommended to drink after 2024 for those seeking optimal enjoyment. However, if you can't resist the allure of this wine's youthful structure, it can be savored now and will continue to evolve gracefully over the next 15 years.

The 2016 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino is a testament to the exceptional winemaking tradition of Tuscany. With its captivating aromas, vibrant palate, and accolades from esteemed critics, this wine is a true gem that exemplifies the elegance and sophistication of Brunello di Montalcino. Pour a glass, savor every sip, and allow yourself to be transported to the picturesque vineyards of Montalcino.