San Felice Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino Il Quercione Riserva 2015
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino|
"Intense aromas of dark cherries, oak bark, black truffles and violets. It’s full-bodied and chewy with firm, silky tannins and beautiful length and focus. Dark-chocolate and forest-floor flavors with just a hint of toasted oak and smoke. Really attractive. Try after 2022, but already a beauty." James Suckling 96 points Drink 2023-43
An oaky style, this red evokes resin, vanilla, cherry, currant and earth flavors, riding on a base of dense, dusty tannins. There is an element of bright fruit, freshness and fine complexity, but the new oak elements need to be resolved. Best from 2024 through 2043. 550 cases made, 120 cases imported.
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Il Quercione seduces with a wonderfully vibrant and fruity expression. Sweet spice mixes with ripe cherry and strawberry, complemented by nuances of cinnamon, cloves and red florals. It's a silky expression of Sangiovese with a juicy, high- energy and almost-autumnal personality. You don't even notice the mounting tannins, which are slowly clenching down on the experience with each sip, until the very end. The single- vineyard Il Quercione spent twenty-four months in 500-liter tonneaux, yet it speaks of purity above all else. That said, even with its Riserva status, I don't see this as a wine to lose in the cellar. It should be hitting its stride in just a few years' time.