Top-Scoring Brunello

March 17, 2021 3 min read

Legendary Producer from a Spectacular Vintage!

The producers of Brunello di Montalcino have been blessed with several incredible vintages over the past 15 years. No doubt, those of you who drink and collect these wines, probably have some of the 2006, 2007 or 2010 vintages in your cellar. You might even be enjoying older wines from this DOCG in southern Tuscany, as top vintages will last twenty-five plus years. Today we are featuring the Brunello di Montalcino 2015; this is another vintage you should stock up on and stash away! James Suckling calls 2015 a “Fairy-Tale Vintage” and the Wine Advocate says it was a “Picture Perfect” year. Most of the 2015’s are now in the market and we are pleased to have one of my favorite producers, Mastrojanni on the shelves now.

Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, a specific clone unique to the region, Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy's more sought-after and sometimes most expensive wines. The wines require patience, as great wines often do. Most are not even released until five years after the harvest. The Mastrojanni estate is located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, in the southeastern corner of Montalcino. It was established in 1975, but since the purchase of the estate by the famous Illy Cafe family in 2008, quality has skyrocketed. They kept Andrea Machetti on as Managing Director which was essential as he knows this land better than anyone. In an era when Brunello has seen many changes in winemaking techniques, Machetti keeps with tradition.

Everything at Mastrojanni is done with as little intervention as possible as Machetti believes the Sangiovese needs to speak for itself. The vines here grow in soils rich in gravel, clay and limestone with the inactive Mount Amiata in the distance. They believe this large structure helps protect the vineyards from large storms and hail by drawing the storms close to it. Machetti is a firm believer in the practice of biodynamics in the vineyard. The wines here are bottled and grapes are harvested based on the lunar cycle choosing the optimal time. When the new cellar was built, they used wood and terracotta with as little cement as possible and zero iron to limit static electricity and magnetic fields.

This is one of the best producers in one of the greatest wine growing regions in the world. This is shipped in six packs. I would certainly recommend buying one or more to cellar. This vintage has perfect balance making the wines enjoyable at a young age but will certainly develop in the bottle over the next fifteen years. We have some in stock with more arriving next week, please let us know what you would like and we will gladly set aside for you.

Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 750mL

97 Points - James Suckling

“Wow. What a gorgeous Brunello with complex and beautiful aromas and flavors of cherries, flowers, walnuts and berries. It's full-bodied, yet so polished and refined with soft, creamy tannins that are long and linear at the end. It goes on for minutes. Drinkable now..” – James Suckling (7/2020)

94 Points - Wine Advocate
“The Mastrojanni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino has a succulent or meaty quality that adds to the overall intensity of the wine. You get rich fruit, baking spice and even a touch of rum cake. The wine is dark and velvety in appearance, and the mouthfeel is robust and concentrated. I love the full-bodied appeal and power of this wine. It has seamlessly captured the spirit of the vintage. Its approach is immediate, and you can enjoy this wine without waiting too much longer. The mouthfeel is lean, snappy and smooth. Fruit comes from a 14.4-hectare vineyard with south-facing exposures and clay soils with lots of broken rock shards.” – Monica Larner (1/2020)

94 Points - Vinous
“Mastrojanni's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino presents a complex, dark, and earthy display of ripe black cherries that gives way to dusty, dried florals, spice box, crushed stone and hints of animal musk. On the palate, silky textures and pure Sangiovese fruit collect beneath resonating earth tones, all supported by a web of minerals and tannin. The finish is long and youthfully structured, yet the wine maintains terrific freshness..” – Eric Guido (4/2020)

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