2018 in Montalcino is a total contrast to the vintages that precede it. After a series of very dry and very hot growing seasons, winemakers enjoyed winter rains, a cool spring and a warm, rather than torridly hot, summer.
As is so often the case with this complex region, this isn’t a vintage to buy blind. The successes are many though have to be sought out. Walter Speller writes “Like 2013, this vintage is about skill as much as terroir. What counted in 2018 was talent (and risk-taking) in interpreting this cool year. More than a handful did a splendid job, but just like the 2013 vintage, 2018 separates the wheat from the chaff, and revealed a hierarchy of estates that cannot easily be ignored.” He notes that the vintage’s successes “show great purity of fruit, muscular tannins that will require prolonged bottle-ageing, and spectacular balance”.
Eric Guido of Vinous writes that “At the top level, many of the 2018 Brunellos come across as quite Burgundian in nature”, whilst Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate notes “There is a tight-knit group of a dozen or so exceptional wines to cellar and collect from this storied Tuscan appellation”.
As such, our selection of 2018 Brunellos is a tight one; an offer which captures the best of this intriguing vintage.