Brunello di Montalcino 2017 – Fanti.
In this review we are discussing one of Italy’s and Tuscany’s super stars, the Brunello di Montalcino. The mountain town Montalcino, with their own take on Sangiovese, has a unique place in the heart of many wine lovers through their Brunello wines.
The Brunello di Montalcino consortium has strict rules towards their wines, which ensure a high-quality level but also a recognisable character to the wines being produced in the DOCG. Today we are reviewing the 2017 vintage, the last one released, produced by Tenuta Fanti.
About the Winery
Tenuta Fanti is owned by the Fanti family since the early 19th century and owns 50 hectares of vineyards, planted with different varieties. They produce 3 Brunello’s, being their Riserva Le Macchiarelle, the Brunello Fanti and the Brunello Vallochio. For today’s Brunello Fanti the vines are planted in different vineyards on the slopes of the Castelnuovo dell’Abate area. The average age is 20-30 years.
About the Wine
In the glass a ruby red colour followed by a nose of ripe fruit and herbal notes and balsamic. We gave the wine some time and air to open up a bit after which we encountered complexity and strong tannins up until the aftertaste. Mid-palette the secondary notes gained ground, with typical tobacco, vanilla, coffee and pepper. All in all, a full body combining sweetness and bitterness with strong persistency.
2017 was a dry and difficult vintage for Montalcino. Keeping this in mind, and the time this wine will need to evolve (about 5-8 years) we have to say that this Brunello is built up in a nice manner, and at the current price it surely deserves a place in your cellar.
Robert Parker score 92/100.
This wine is available online at Best of Wines for a price of €35,09. You can find it through this link.
Price: ~ €35
Taste date: July 2022
Score: 92/100 DWA Score
Website: Tenuta Fanti