This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Eric Guido’s article 2015 Brunello di Montalcino: The Vintage We Have Been Waiting For? . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Montalcino is in a constant state of flux. Recent years have brought scandal, a division between traditional and international styles, various efforts to organize and define vineyard sites and repeated battles to change the guidelines of the producers' consortium, all accompanied by a series of fair vintages consumers have often snubbed. You can imagine the happiness 2015 brought winemakers. But is it the vintage consumers have been waiting for?" --Eric Guido, 2015 Brunello di Montalcino: The Vintage We Have Been Waiting For?, April 2020 1. Altesino 2015 Brunello di Montalcino 2. Antinori - Pian delle Vigne 2018 Rosso di Montalcino 3. Argiano 2015 Brunello di Montalcino 4. Caparzo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino 5. Casanova di Neri 2015 Brunello di Montalcino 6. Il Marroneto 2015 Brunello Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie 7. Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino 8. Mastrojanni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino 9. Renieri 2015 Brunello di Montalcino 10. Siro Pacenti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne

Altesino

Brunello di Montalcino 2015

Delectable Wine
9.3

Altesino's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers a rich yet classic expression of Sangiovese fruit, showing ripe red berries coated in dusty earth tones, with hints of leather and dried florals completing the picture. On the palate, brisk acids frame silky textures, creating a polished expression of red and black fruits, savory spice and saline-minerals. The finish is long yet fresh, as cooling mint and licorice tones carry remnants of red berry fruit hovering above a core of fine tannins. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020)
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Il Marroneto

Madonna delle Grazie Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Delectable Wine
9.7

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie is showing a much darker and more backward bouquet, as earth tones and smoky minerals give way to woodland berries, white smoke, crushed fall leaves, worn leather, and a hint of licorice. On the palate, I’m finding soft textures with depths of dark red fruits and spice, as savory herbs and mineral tones come forward, overlaying fine tannins. The finish is long, showing its powerful structure, as dried black cherry and inner florals resonate over a core of grippy tannin. Hands off the 2015 Madonna delle Grazie for at least the next three to five years; it’s an epic wine in the making. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020)
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Tenuta di Renieri

Brunello di Montalcino 2015

Delectable Wine
9.2

The Renieri 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is dark and intense in its aromatics, displaying a mix of earthy mineral and soil tones, offset by crushed black cherry, savory herbs, leather, and spice. On the palate, soft, fleshy textures usher in ripe cherry fruits, offset by a mix of brisk acids and saturating minerals, as hints of exotic spice buzz upon the senses, leaving a coating of fine tannin in their wake. The finish is long and structured, flexing its hulky tannins, as only a hint of dried black cherry, minerals, and spice linger. The 2015 Renieri needs time and lots of it, but I believe its primary fruit and acids will one day tame the massive structure that is currently dominating the wine’s personality. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020)
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Marchesi Antinori

Pian delle Vigne Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

The aromatics are dark at first, showing crushed black cherry and plum, yet opening to reveal sweet herbs and tobacco, with moist soil and hints of worn leather. On the palate, silky textures flood the senses with a mix of black and red berry fruits, enlivened by brisk acids, as sweet spices and minerals settle in. The finish is long, with a dark, alluring sweetness, as notes of spiced-black cherry and sweet floral tones slowly fade. There is a balance and sheer enjoyability factor to the 2018 Pian delle Vigne Rosso that’s impossible to ignore. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020)
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Tenuta Caparzo

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is remarkably pretty, showing rosy florals with pretty red fruits, cedar dust, and crushed stone minerality. On the palate, soft textures give way to zesty red berry and mineral tones, as savory spices and fine tannins settle upon the senses, and the 2015 Caparzo gains volume and sweetness in the glass. The finish is long yet fresh, with a blend of acid, fruit, and tannin which leaves a truly balanced impression. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020)
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Tenuta Il Poggione

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Delectable Wine
9.7

Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers up a dark, earthy, almost animal-like expression, showing black soil and undergrowth, giving way to crushed black cherry, dusty spice, and dried florals which lift the experience. On the palate, soft, fleshy textures usher in fresh cherry and strawberry, as brisk acids add energy, with savory herbs and minerals saturating, as the 2015 Il Poggione’s fruit nearly masks its structural core. The finish is long yet fresh, with classic, fine tannins, dried red fruits and pretty inner floral tones lingering throughout this perfectly balanced expression. The 2015 s pure class and built for the cellar. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020)
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Siro Pacenti

Vecchie Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne presents an extroverted mix of both red and blue berry fruits, complemented by notes of sweet spice, milk chocolate and plum. On the palate, silky textures play host to ripe red and black fruits, laced with savory herbs, hints of olive, and saline-minerals. The finish is long and structured, resonating on zesty acids and spice, as notes of dried cherry and dark inner florals slowly fade. To be honest, I didn’t expect such a brilliant and balanced showing on the palate, and I believe that once the Vecchie Vigne sheds some of its sweet fruit on the nose, it will show beautifully from start to finish. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020)
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Argiano

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows dusty black cherry, complemented by sweet spices and herbs, as hints of dried orange, leather and dusty earth that forward. On the palate, I find velvety textures, ushering in ripe red and black fruits; yet there’s a wonderful balance here, as the wine is lifted by brisk acids, and a mix of savory, spice and minerals notes. The finish is long and structured, buzzing with mouthwatering acid and spice, as dried cherry lingers amidst a coating of youthful tannin. The 2015 Argiano is just a baby, slowly shaking off the wood it was aged in, and it is perfectly balanced. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020)
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Casanova di Neri

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino from Casanova di Neru is very pretty, showing bright cherry and strawberry tones, as red florals and dusty spices that rise up from the glass, with just a hint of forest floor. On the palate, silky textures give way to red berry fruits and sweet spices, given lift through vibrant acids, as saline-minerals and hints of fine tannin saturate the senses. It finishes long, juicy, and fresh, with savory spice and residual acids buzzing on the senses while dried red fruits and florals slowly fade. The 2015 Casanova di Neri doesn’t succeed through power; instead it’s a feminine beauty of a wine. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020)
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Mastrojanni (Poderi Loreto e San Pio)

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Delectable Wine
9.4

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, Vinous, April 2020)
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