Dark, brooding and geared for the cellar, the 2016 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino takes its time opening up in the glass, yet patience is rewarded, as a mix of blackberry and cherry further blossoms, adding crushed stone minerality with hints of sage, lavender and violets. It’s silky and textural upon entry, yet it firms up quickly through a mix of vibrant acids and saturating fine tannin. However, there’s plenty of density to its primary fruits, feeling almost weighty in this youthful state yet perfectly balanced all the same. Savory herbs and spice linger along with tart red berries on the long, structured and dramatic finish. The 2016 is full of potential yet needs time in the cellar to show its best. 95/100 – Vinous, Eric Guido 2024 – 2036
Producer Information: Castello Romitorio
Since 1984, the Castello Romitorio winery has been committed to the study, exploration and promotion of top Brunello di Montalcino wines. This has been possible thanks to the work of Italian artist Sandro Chia, and his bond with Franco Martini, a Brunello di Montalcino expert and the cellar master of Castello Romitorio. This bond now continues between Sandro’s son Filippo and Franco’s son Stefano, the next generation. Their team has an intimate knowledge of the land and an immense respect for their local heritage and traditions, which allows Castello Romitorio to express the essence of Brunello di Montalcino. Their agricultural practices are low impact and take into consideration the nature that surrounds them as they interact with the indigenous flora and fauna in order to capture and develop the subtle nuances that exist in both the land and the vines they cultivate.