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Producer Wine Vintage Publication Date Score Detail
Supremus Supremus Toscana IGT 2017 Wine Enthusiast 01/04/2023 93

Savory, sweet and perfumed, the nose on this wine gives dark chocolate, dried figs and old leather. Juicy and berry rich, the palate conveys strawberries, cherries, more figs and more chocolate. Tannins make themselves felt and an acid kick is here, for a wine that’s lush but not spineless. – Danielle Callegari

Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018 Wine Advocate 09/03/2023 94

The Castello Romitorio 2018 Brunello di Montalcino shows crisp and tart fruit with cherry, cassis and wild plum. This mid-weight wine offers a lot of freshness and brightness in a vintage that posed challenges for many. This expression is unique thanks to the inner energy displayed here; the red fruit is front and center and the wine’s balanced acidity seals the deal. It ages in oak for two years. Some 46,000 bottles were made. – Monica Larner

Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta DOCG 2018 Wine Advocate 09/03/2023 95+

This wine is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting vineyard selections to emerge from the Montalcino appellation thanks to the cool microclimate and black slate-like soils of the site. The Castello Romitorio 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta is a wine of unique dimension and depth. It shows tart, almost crunchy red fruit and cassis, with background notes of cola, balsam herb, crushed stone and pencil shavings. The tannins need another two or three years to become silky. The wine ages in oak for 30 months, and production is limited to 7,300 bottles in this vintage. – Monica Larner

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018 09/03/2023 93

This wine displays a dark garnet color that suggests a robust and savory wine to follow. Indeed, the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino does reveal a rather austere approach with dried fruit, blackcurrant and fig. I wish there was just a hint more fresh fruitiness to those aromas, but the wine has already veered toward an evolved stage. This prompts me to suggest a shorter drinking window. There is a hint of dryness to the tannins, and the acidity is welcome.

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018 Wine Advocate 09/03/2023 95

The Fuligni 2018 Brunello di Montalcino stands out for its smooth integration of aromas and the carefully balanced intensity achieved here, which shows momentum but also remains very fine and nuanced. There are many sides to the bouquet with wild fruit, cassis, crushed stone, candied orange and fresh herbs or rosemary. A floral note also appears that suggests rose or iris root. The tannins are very well managed and silky. You hardly feel them, yet the wine offers firm structure throughout. This is a production of 35,000 bottles and one I am happy to recommend.

Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018 07/03/2023 94

A wonderful energy seams through the 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino, with layered aromas of cherry licorice, leather, spice box, and dried flowers. Medium-bodied, with vibrant tension driving the wine forward through its linear profile, it has fine tannins, with a refreshing edge of acidity and notes of dried cranberry, orange peel, and salty earth. It is a stellar wine to cellar for a couple of years and drink over the following 10-15. Drinking Window: 2015 – 2040. – Audrey Frick

Marcarini Barbera d’Alba Ciabot Camerano DOC 2020 Wine Enthusiast 01/03/2023 90

This Barbera flips the script and shows its savory side first. Aromas of thyme, bay leaf and fennel seed meld perfectly with ripe and forward red cherry notes. The palate has hints of cedar and dried herbs and you can sense some blueberry on the finish. The wine’s bright acidity and supple tannins make this wine a crowd-pleaser with your next meal.

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Greco-Fiano Basilicata IGT 2020 Wine Enthusiast 01/03/2023 90

Intense reduction and some smokiness on the nose brings to mind bouncy balls and gasoline before turning over to citrus, flowers and sea air. The palate also plays well in the space between floral and savory, first with honey, tangerines and almond flowers and then bringing in toasted pumpkin seeds, wild herbs and seashells. Well integrated acid creates enjoyable depth and length.


Boscarelli Rosso di Montepulciano “Prugnolo” DOC 2021 Vinous 07/02/2023 90

Sweet herbs mix with plum and wild strawberry notes as the 2021 Rosso di Montepulciano Prugnolo opens in the glass. It’s juicy and round in style, with a stimulating core of bright acidity that enlivens its tart wild berry fruits. This finishes wickedly fresh yet potent, leaving a liquid floral staining that lingers on and on. The Prugnolo is a wonderfully zesty blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Mammolo. Drinking window: 2023 – 2026

Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2019 Vinous 07/02/2023 91

The 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Selezione pulls me close to the glass with a dusty mix of dried rose and violets that gives way to dried black cherries. This is a soft and pure expression of Sangiovese fruit, swaying between savory and sweet with salty mineral tones but also vividly ripe red berries. While structured and classically dry, the 2019 remains incredibly finessed and fruit-focused, making for a gently grippy yet still satisfying sip today, but also with medium-term cellar potential. Nice. Drinking window: 2023 – 2027

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