Padelletti, Brunello di Montalcino, 2015

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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 92
"The bouquet on the 2015 Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino shows a refined mix of ripe strawberry with hints of cedary spice, lifting florals, peppery herbs and dusty earth tones. Soft, cool-toned textures offset by saturating ripe red berry fruit, with saline minerals and vibrant acids carrying it across the senses with grace. The finish is long, leaving the palate drenched in mineral-laden red fruits and spice, while a twang of youthful tannin punctuates the experience. The 2015 is so easy to like already, yet has the structure to carry it over the medium term in the cellar."

Robert Parker

RP 94
"The historic Padelletti family is one of the first producers of Brunello, starting back when this appellation was founded. Their newest release, the Padelletti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino, is perhaps the darkest and most robust expression I have seen from this estate that always prizes traditionally made wines. The wine sports a firm frame of dark fruit, and you really taste the richness and concentration associated with this growing season. Fruit comes from a four-hectare plot with Alberese limestone rock. Dark cherry and blackberry cede to potting soil and ethereal balsam herb. The wine takes a little while to open in the glass. Give it another 10 years of cellar aging. Some 9,000 bottles were released in January 2020." -Robert Parker


D 97
"Padelletti's 6ha, located to the north of the town of Montalcino, are contained in one single plot called Rigaccini. The Brunello is crafted from approximately 30-year-old vines while the older ones go into the Riserva (in the years one is made). This is a transparent and elegant wine that soars in 2015. Fragrant violet, lavender and mint blossom lead the way to a complex palate of succulent red berries, mineral and sous-bois. There is lovely focus, fluid and smooth with fine, powdery tannins that will lend effortless support for at least a decade."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 95
"Aromas of wild berry, underbrush, dried herbs and leather shape the nose. It's medium in body, with tension and structure that support flavors of pomegranate, red cherry, licorice and tobacco. It's still young thanks to taut, refined tannins and fresh acidity, but will blossom into a beauty. Drink 2023–2035." -Kerin O'Keefe


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