After a few weeks of travel through New York City, Connecticut, Paris and the eastern side of France, I’ve finally made it to my beloved Italia. A quick night in Turin, then another in Asti, and now here, in Montalcino for the past three days, attending the new release of the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino, 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, and the very fine 2016 Rosso di Montalcino wines.
I’m not a fan of labels/tags, of generalizations – a lot gets lost. But, people like generalizations, or other tools of convenience, like points/scores, for example. Well, I don’t use points, as you already know, and I tend to shy away from generalizations as I prefer stories over blurbs, and facts over opinions. So, where does that leave me? It leaves me in love with the 2013 vintage for Brunello wines, and very much in love with the Rosso wines from 2016 vintage, too. Given the many, and in some cases extreme, challenges of 2012 vintage, I’m less in love with the Riserva wines of 2012, though several have really stood out, as expected; most will be drinking well in their youth, I think.
- All of my notes are linked/posted here, it may be easier for some to view it this way: Four days of tasting notes, the new releases
The event is held inside the Museo Civico e Diocesano, a large stone building (aren’t they all in Montalcino center?) that’s able to fit the nearly 200 producers, and guests, better than I’d imagined, though at times, it can be quite crowded. But, with some patience, the experience is good overall, as long as one expects to wait at nearly every producer’s stand for a minute or two.
There are two main tasting areas, each a rather large square room, each housing approximately 80+ producers, plus room for the crowds, support staff, etc. In general, I’d say it works very well, with the added bonus that the wines (mostly) held a good service temperature, and therefore had a lot to say.
OK, that’s probably enough about the setting/location, on to the tasting notes; I hope you find them useful.