Padelletti - Brunello di Montalcino 2018


‘In Montalcino, there are traditionalists and there is Padelletti.’ An icon of the appellation, the cellar is right in the center of Montalcino; the wine made there shows the classic Sangiovese red fruit herbal notes, supported by the supple texture and fine leather notes that come from aging in the traditional larger barrels. This ages beautifully, but we sometimes drink it young with grilled rib-eye steak, Brunello and grilled beef being one of Italy’s best culinary combinations.' - Kerin O’Keefe

'The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino wafts up with a classic bouquet of dusty dried cherries, rubbed sage and hints of underbrush and worn leather. It’s elegant yet light on its feet, presenting a pure display of bright red berries and savory spices, as an air of balsam herbs forms toward the close. The tannins are surprisingly well-rounded for this vintage, as the 2017 tapers off lightly structured with rosy florals, minerals and a lovely freshness that makes it very easy to return to the glass for more. While Sara Rossi of Padelletti spoke of the difficulties of the vintage and the work done in the vineyards and winery to counteract it, she also explained that production was average, which makes me wonder just how much fruit Padelletti doesn’t use in a normal year. That said, this is a total success for the vintage.' - Eric Guido - Vinous

Producer: Padelletti

Country: Italy

Region: Tuscany

Varietal: Sangiovese

Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino

Vintage: 2018

Size: 750ml