This is the Sangiovese that most wine critics cite to be the best in all of Italy. Brunello di Montalcino is made with a local Tuscan type of Sangiovese called Brunello. Some also call it Prugnolo Gentile.
Return to All Regions. Vintage ratings:classic;outstanding;very good;good;mediocre;not recommended. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.
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While each wine is absolutely individual, and good winemakers manage to keep the consistency in good vintages and in bad vintages, so-called Vintage Charts, generalized ratings of the wines in the specific region and specific year, provide good insight into what to expect from the wines on average. A vintage rating allows you to set the expectations as to what to expect from the average wine, and for how long that individual wine might last in your cellar. There are many vintage charts available from many different sources.
First of all, though, wine is made to be drunk, and even the most important vintages - those better evaluated - evolve and live their peak quality, within which it is a good idea to uncork the bottles and taste them at their top quality level. The Chart very briefly retraces the evaluations of the last 25 years of production of the most important wine-growing regions in the world. According to the Chart, looking at the great Italian wines, for instance, the vintages currently at their peak quality and therefore ready to drink, are: for Barolo, and for Barbaresco, for Amarone della Valpolicella, and vintage also for Brunello di Montalcino, for Bolgheri, and for Chianti Classico, to give some examples of the most significant Italian red wines.
Vintage Charts should be used for a generalized guide in lieu of specific knowledge about a bottle or producer. The better wines from a vintage will generally have longer lives and cellar better. The ratings are as follows:.
As with so many other regions, the combination of frost, drought and heat resulted in a small crop with fruit that often suffered from shrivelling and overripeness. While that should result in a good level of concentration, there may be stark tannins, especially in Sangiovese. Another good vintage in Tuscany has produced wines with deep colour and impressive fragrance.