Mocali Brunello di Montalcino 2016
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino|
"Complex aromas of cherry, mint, camphor, leather, vetiver, iron and cigar box draw you in, while the flavors repeat these themes. Firmly structured, with a dense matrix of tannins and lively acidity for support. Best from 2025 through 2050." Bruce Sanderson Wine Spectator 94 points Drink 2023-50
The Mocali 2016 Brunello di Montalcino offers good value in a great vintage. I don't think you'll find this level of Brunello quality at this price from any other producer in the appellation. This expression shows soft and dark fruit with plum, black cherry, balsam herb and dried lavender flower. The vines are harvested from a site with Galestro and gravel soils, and you get plenty of Sangiovese purity in this wine.
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a pretty and fruit-forward expression of the vintage. Ripe strawberry and cherry waft up from the glass, complemented by notes of mint and a hint of pine. It's soft and focused on purity with a charming inner sweetness, cooling acids and minerals. Although nuanced and feminine, and finishing quite fresh, there's still enough underlying tannin to carry the 2016 Mocali through medium-term cellaring.