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Padelletti, Brunello di Montalcino, 2018


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The village of Montalcino is one of the most spectacular sites in a region famous for its postcard ready beauty. Perched atop a hill in Southern Tuscany, it perfectly encapsulates the iconoclastic look that visitors have enjoyed for centuries. And as a bonus it is surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the world’s most noble and elegant wines from Sangiovese.

There are many dozens of wineries and castellos that dot the hills in all directions, but today there is only one that still makes their wine entirely in the heart of the village: Padelletti. The family has been making wine in their ancient cellar beneath the villa for at least 450 years, located on Via Padelletti, an honor given to the family for helping to construct the wall that surrounds Montalcino.

The family’s vineyards are located Northeast of the village on the slope of the hill facing east. This spot is a bit cooler and allows for excellent balance of power and finesse. The farming has been organic for many years and the Brunello vines are 30-50 years old.

In the cellar little has changed in many generations. The fermentation occurs with natural yeast in glass lined cement tanks and maceration lasts about 3 weeks. Then everything ages in large, Slavonian oak (ok, they do have one, 30 hectoliter, old French barrel just because) for 2 years, and an additional year plus in bottle before release.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 94
"What a darling; the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino from Padelletti seduces with vivid black raspberries, wild blueberries and sweet roses forming its bouquet. It envelopes the palate with ripe red fruits and exotic spice, all energized by a core of vibrant acidity, as saline-minerals add a crunchy sensation. Its tannins are round and sweet, gently tugging at the cheeks, as hints of hard candy and licorice fade. At times, tasting the 2018 is more like eating perfectly ripe fruit off the vine than sipping wine, and I mean that in the best possible way. Give this beauty a couple of years of cellaring, and then enjoy it with abandon." -Vinous


D 94
"Claudia Padelletti has been running this historic property for decades. Since joining in 2008, her son Silvano has made small tweaks without forsaking the staunchly traditional approach - and the wines have gained in purity and precision. The 2018 is another admirable example: a beguiling interplay of flint, balsamic herbs and fragrant lilac lace though juicy red berries. Light on its feet, this Brunello has a lovely, elegant flow. The gracious structure makes it immediately approachable but there are depths and layers that will keep giving for another decade or so."


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  • Style

    Juicy , Rich , Spicy

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Full Bodied

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