2018 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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KO 97 WE 97 TWI 96 DC 95 WA 95 VN 95 JD 94 JS 93
KO 97

kerinokeefe.com, November 2022

This fragrant, gorgeous red opens with enticing scents of rose hips, new leather and forest berries. Showing the house style of extreme elegance and vibrancy, the focused, racy palate features juicy red cherries, white...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, December 2023

The nose seems like a dreamy island getaway, with passion fruit for breakfast, prickly pear cocktails by the pool, violets on the dinner table, and rosewater candy waiting on the nightstand. The palate brings candied...
TWI 96

The Wine Independent, February 2023

This 2018 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino has lifted, bright, floral aromas of crushed roses and balsamic notes. It is much more fragrant than the 2017 for example. The nose is hedonistic and intoxicating with lifted...
DC 95

Decanter, November 2022

Il Marroneto’s 2018 Brunello personifies elegance, ease and prettiness without being banal or superficial. Harvested from 5 October, there's sweetness to the red berry core that provides a backdrop for cinnamon stick...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2023

Alessandro Mori's Il Marroneto 2018 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a spicy bouquet with hints of cumin and white pepper that fold seamlessly into bright cherry, blueberry and cassis. The trick to this wine is balance, as...
VN 95

Vinous, December 2022

There's a radiance to the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino that makes it a total pleasure to taste today, as sweet exotic spices come together with dried black cherries, dusty flowers and hints of clove. This is pure pleasure...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

The 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino pours a deep and youthful ruby hue. It is highly expressive with medicinal herbs, sour black cherry, leather, clove, and burnt orange. Medium to full-bodied, with tangy acidity and ripe yet...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, December 2022

Fresh, red fruit character with cherries and red plum as well as hints of gun powder, coffee beans, spices and dried orange peel. Medium- to full-bodied with firm tannins and a supple, velvety core of fruit on the...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Il Marroneto is regarded as one of ten historic companies of Montalcino. Purchased in 1974 by Giuseppe Mori, a lawyer and father of the current owner of the company, Alessandro Mori, he decided to make Brunello, “a little for fun and a bit for passion”. Together with his two sons, they began their wine adventure using two small rooms in one of the estate’s historic buildings dating to 1246, previously used for drying chestnuts.

The vineyards of Il Marroneto extend on the north slope of the hill, about 350m high, in the immediate vicinity of the walls of the town of Montalcino. The first 3,000 meters of vineyard were planted in 1975, the rest in 1979 and finally 9,000 meters were planted in 1984.

Vineyard management is based on a traditional and minimalist philosophy, treating the vines as little as possible, avoiding excessive production, and following the practice of using natural grasses between vine rows. Great attention has been paid to the vineyard’s ecosystem, allowing the Sangiovese to have space to develop excellent roots. The result is a very elegant wine, rich in aromas, classic, and worthy of contemplation.

Il Marroneto’s classical Brunello, from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, is made in the traditional style - elegant and at the same time, structured. It results from a vinification whose aim is to show as much as possible the wonderful aromatics of the varietal and allow the terroir of the vineyard and the region to shine.

The 2018 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino is a distinguished red wine from Tuscany, Italy, produced by Il Marroneto. This vintage is composed of Sangiovese Grosso grapes and is sealed with a cork closure. The wine has garnered significant acclaim from various professional reviewers, with scores predominantly in the mid-90s, indicating high quality and exceptional craftsmanship.

Jeb Dunnuck's Audrey Frick awarded the wine a score of 94. She described it as "highly expressive with medicinal herbs, sour black cherry, leather, clove, and burnt orange." Frick noted its medium to full-bodied nature, with "tangy acidity and ripe yet angular tannins" that contribute to a complex profile. She emphasized that the wine has potential for aging, projecting enjoyment over the next 20 years (jebdunnuck.com, 3/6/2023).

Decanter offered a slightly higher score of 95, praising the wine's elegance and accessibility. The review highlighted the "sweetness to the red berry core" and accented flavors of cinnamon stick, sarsaparilla, and violet. The tannins were described as "fine-grained and enveloping," with appetizing acidity that "begs another sip" (Decanter, 11/10/2022).

James Suckling gave the wine a score of 93, noting its "fresh, red fruit character with cherries and red plum" along with hints of gunpowder, coffee beans, spices, and dried orange peel. He found the wine to be medium- to full-bodied with "firm tannins and a supple, velvety core of fruit" (jamessuckling.com, 12/11/2022).

Vinous also scored the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino at 95, with Eric Guido describing it as having a "radiance" and "opulence of fruit" balanced by "juicy acidity." He noted that the wine "tapers off with rounded tannins" and has the structure to mature beautifully (Vinous, 12/1/2022).

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, through Monica Larner, provided another 95-point review, emphasizing the wine's "spicy bouquet with hints of cumin and white pepper" and its balanced nature. Larner noted that the wine still possesses "life and vibrant energy" despite 39 months of aging in oak casks (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 3/10/2023).

Kerin O'Keefe rated the wine at 97, highlighting its "extreme elegance and vibrancy" and a palate featuring "juicy red cherries, white pepper, and dark spices." She found it to be "absolutely fantastic," recommending it be enjoyed between 2026 and 2043 (kerinokeefe.com, 11/1/2022).

Wine Enthusiast's Danielle Callegari also gave the wine a score of 97, describing it as "poised and elegant, yet also exciting." She noted the nose's "dreamy island getaway" qualities and a palate with "candied cherries and strawberries" (Wine Enthusiast, 12/1/2023).

Lastly, The Wine Independent's Susan Hulme rated it at 96, praising its "lifted, bright, floral aromas" and "vivid acidity on the finish." She noted the wine's "fine backbone" and "beautiful range of aromas and flavors" (The Wine Independent, 2/23/2023).

Overall, the 2018 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino is a highly acclaimed wine known for its elegance, complexity, and potential for aging.