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Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2016

Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2016

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The 2016 Pian delle Vigne is the stuff that Montalcino legends are made of. It highlights everything that is perfect with Sangiovese, and amps it up a few notches that only the Antinori family is capable of. Brunello of the highest order, this has been an Antinori staple for quite some time, and even though there are wines that are more expensive, we’d argue this is one of the greatest values in the entire Antinori portfolio!

Let’s take note shall we?

  • One of the most distinguished and oldest families in wine has delivered 
  • a cellar treasure for the ages
  • one of the best vintages Tuscany has seen in decades
  • We’d say just skip to the bottom and click buy, but if you need more, we’re here for you.

    In the glass, the dense ruby color grabs the eye and draws you in with ease. Complex aromas of spiced cherries, warm plums, blood orange, forest floor, violets, chocolate, tobacco, cloves, incense, and espresso are simply the beginning, as an elegant mid-palate full of Tuscan energy cascades over the palate and engulfs the senses. Fine-grained tannins present a firm backbone showcasing this wine has a long life ahead of it, yet is also amazingly accessible in its youth. 

    There is something about Montalcino that just makes us smile. There’s a power and grace to the wines that will please any enthusiast, and the 2016 Pian delle Vigne delivers in spades. Oh yeah… and a few more things.

    Scores!

    95 from Wine Enthusiast and 93s from Parker, Spectator, Galloni & Suckling!

    Whoa! That’s some serious firepower and you know they mean serious business.

    Liquid Tuscan supremacy from one of the greatest producers of all time and a vintage for the ages.

    It’s an easy choice…


    Wine Enthusiast

    This has an expressive nose offering aromas of ripe red berry, violet, star anise and coffee bean. Elegantly structured, the linear palate features mature black cherry, blood orange, ground clove and espresso alongside taut, fine-grained tannins that leave a firm finish. Give it several years to fully develop. Drink 2026–2036.

    Wine Spectator

    A mix of cherry and berry fruit and wild herbs mark this red, whose texture starts out smooth before tannins turn aggressive on the finish. There is a lingering aftertaste of cherry, iron, earth and tobacco. Best from 2024 through 2042.

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    This is a wine to watch, thanks to some exciting new changes to come. The Antinori family purchased new vineyards located at the highest point in the appellation at the romantically named Passo del Lume Spento (Pass of the Extinguished Lantern) where higher altitudes make for cooler growing conditions. This new acquisition complements the estate's current holdings in Pian delle Vigne (translated as the "flatlands of vines") located at much warmer lower elevations with heavier reddish soils. That means future vintages (wines to come after the 2018 Brunello that is already in bottle as I write this) may see a blend of fruit from the two sites, giving the winemaking team much more latitude to blend from both cool and warm parcels. Or the Passo del Lume Spento fruit could end up in its own single-vineyard bottling. It will be interesting to see how the estate uses its new fruit and its new winery.

    James Suckling

    Cherry, plum and cedar aromas follow through to a medium to full body with integrated, polished tannins that are fine and pretty. Not the biggest Brunello from this vintage, but shows interest and focus. Try after 2023.

    Enter the 2018 Herdade de Sao Miguel Reserva: an absolute marvel of a red blend with all the outlandish indigenous grapes that make Portugal, well, Portugal, but with just enough familiar faces to keep things interesting. A blend of Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, and other varieties, with an intensely gothic color that delivers a smooth, rich, and dense wine with dark berries and spice, considerable depth, and a super silky texture.