Elegant 2016 Brunello di Montalcino – Il Colle

Elegant 2016 Brunello di Montalcino
Il Colle

2016 is a fresh, aromatically intense, elegantly structured vintage for Brunello di Montalcino. In the past, the region has received highest praise for those years – like 2015 – that are warm and powerful. But growers and consumers are appreciating the qualities of cooler, more refined, less alcoholic years more and more. For Caterina Carli of Il Colle, the less intensely hot 2016 growing season was a nerve-wracking one, even though the ample water allowed for the parched aquifers from the previous year to be replenished. The sunny, dry summer allowed the Sangiovese grapes to ripen steadily, with light rainfall from 17th-19th September providing a longer ripening season than usual, with all-important diurnal temperature variations intensifying the flavour profile of the grapes.

“I love this vintage for its acidity, lifted fruit and accurate frame,” says Caterina. “It is fresh but classic Brunello – it has the hallmarks of a year that can keep for a long time.”

We are delighted to offer, below, the 2016 vintage from this little-known Montalcino gem. With her light hand, Caterina has once again created a crystal-clear expression of her vineyards and the vintage. In addition, we highly recommend her excellent value, 2018 Rosso di Montalcino, which will accompany our Brunello shipment.

These wines are offered in bond, for delivery this winter.

Orders can be placed online or via our shops.

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