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2012 Brunello - First Tranche Pricing On The Region’s Most Coveted Bottlings - 04/14/2017 - Italy

There’s been some great hype surrounding the 2012 Brunello vintage and for good reason, as it was a year that made for wines of impeccable harmony and poise. For Brunello traditionalists 2012 is a vintage to go long on as the wines offer terrific fruit tones, subtle spice, and that wonderful rustic touch that’s so unique to this historic region. Listed below is our first offering of some of the very top wines of the vintage at their first tranche pricing, which means it’s you likely won’t find these gems for less going forward. All with scores that climb into the high 90s they represent the cream of the crop and are guaranteed to sell in a flash. 2012 will be a great vintage to load up on as the wines will offer great near-term drinking, but also have the stuffing to cellar for decades. Don’t miss out as open and expressive vintages like this one don’t come along often.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2012 Abbadia Ardenga "Piaggia" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 >48 $39.99 View
2012 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 >36 $39.99 View
2012 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 >60 $44.99 View
2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 >36 $47.99 View
2012 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 >36 $57.99 View
2012 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino "Pianrosso" (Pre-Arrival) 97 >60 $64.99 View
2012 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 98 >60 $64.99 View
2012 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 >36 $91.99 View

2012 Abbadia Ardenga "Piaggia" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Editors' Choice* Here's a delicious red that opens with appealing ripe plum, blue flower, tobacco and baking spice aromas. Velvety tannins and fresh acidity provide structure and balance, while while juicy black cherry, raspberry compote and licorice flavors envelope the palate. Drink 2019-2032. (KO)" (04/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "I like the dried fruit to this red with blueberry and cherry undertones. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Polished and pretty. Very well done. Drink or hold." (02/2017)

2012 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Beautiful clarity on the nose with lavender, raspberry and violet aromas. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, fresh and simply fantastic finish. Best ever. Better in 2021." (11/2016)

2012 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dark spice, ripe berry, forest floor, Mediterranean brush and new leather aromas lead the nose on this powerfully structured wine. On the full-bodied palate, baking spice, licorice and pipe tobacco notes accent a juicy black cherry core while firm, velvety tannins provide the framework. Drink 20202030. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (04/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Wow. I love the texture and beauty of this young Brunello. Medium to full body with a dense and tightly compacted palate. Dried cherry light cedar and chocolate. It goes on for minutes. Gorgeous now. Excellent acid fruit balance, but will improve with age." (12/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully finessed and elegant wine. It offers a very pleasing sense of balance in which no one characteristic overpowers the next. A dark ruby appearance gives the wine an open and inviting personality. The bouquet produces a subtle medley of wild berry, blueberry, underbrush and toasted almond aromas. The mouthfeel is lean, but it also shows polished and silky persistence. If you don't have the patience to wait, it tastes great even at this early stage. (ML)" (02/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Good full red. Youthful, concentrated aromas of saline red berries and orange blossom. Then sweeter, with densely focused flavours of red cherry, smoky plums and milk chocolate, complicated by a strong mineral nuance. Displays noteworthy savory nuances on the finish and puts on considerable weight in the glass. (ID)" (03/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A tight, leafy, balsamic style, delivering strawberry, cherry, underbrush, wild sage, tobacco and iron flavors. Though tannic, this is more fluid than its peers, with a lingering aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2033. (BS)"

2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($47.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Cherry, leather and iron notes mark this suave, elegant red. A bit reticent now, but the fruit is fresh and long on the finish. The dense tannins leave a mouthcoating impression, but this opens up beautifully over a few hours. Best from 2021 through 2035. (BS, Web-2016)"

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Marking the winery's 40th harvest, this vintage offers classic Sangiovese fragrance: wild berry, blue flower, baking spice and a whiff of new leather. The palate is sleek and elegant, doling out juicy red cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and star anise, framed by lithe, polished tannins and fresh acidity. It's loaded with finesse and tempting now but will be even better with a few more years in bottle. Drink 20192026. (KO)" (04/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "A juicy Brunello with plum and dark-chocolate character, yet this always remains subtle and fresh. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold." (11/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Altesino is now celebrating the release of its 40th harvest. In fact, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is inscribed with the words 'our 40th Harvest' in gold letters on its front label. This is a truly delicious wine that exceeds my expectations. I love the way it takes full command of the slightly bolder and more opulent dark fruit aromas produced in this hot vintage. Black cherry, plum and crème de cassis converge on the bouquet. Grilled herb, forest floor, licorice and exotic spice play supporting roles. The finish offers moderate acidity on the Sangiovese scale. This means the wine is mush fresher and more tonic than most Tuscan reds. The finish is long and silky. (ML)" (03/2017)

2012 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($57.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I am always such a big fan of Andrea Cortonesi's work. Like his previous releases, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino shows an uncanny sense of continuity and consistency with past releases. This steady stylistic focus is one of the best reasons to buy Uccelliera Brunello. The wine is dark and rich in appearance. Fruit from this vintage was smaller than usual and Andrea jokes that during the 2012 growing season you could hardly call it "Sangiovese Grosso," the name of the Sangiovese clone used in Montalcino. It is normally characterized by larger berry size, but not in this warm and dry vintage. Fruit was concentrated and smaller instead. The wine's explosive flavor profile demonstrates this fact. Blackberry and dark fruit segues to spice, tobacco and balsam herb. (ML)" (03/2017)

95 points James Suckling: "Aromas of walnuts and ripe fruit such as mature plums in combination with undertones of cedar. Full body, chewy tannins and spicy finish. Intense dried lemons. Burning spices. So much going on here. Such a complete and complex wine." (11/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Exudes a ferrous aroma and flavor, with cherry, currant, tobacco and spice flavors adding depth and interest. Taut and almost racy, with a long, sinewy finish. This will be interesting when it unfolds. (BS)" (04/2017)

Wine Enthusiast: "Earthy truffle, porcini mushroom, herb and game scents fill the glass. The palate is robust with rustic appeal, offering dried cherry, cured meat, sage and a salty finish. (KO)" (04/2017)

2012 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino "Pianrosso" (Pre-Arrival) ($64.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is all about finesse and beauty with such great length and polish. It literally melts in your mouth. Full-bodied yet agile and vivid. So many undertones of cedar, berries, cream and light toffee. Fabulous. Contender for the wine of the vintage." (12/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona is one of the headline estates of Montalcino and the Pianrosso single vineyard is known for its consistency and the steady grace of its performance. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso does not quite reach the heights of the outstanding 2010 vintage. This release comes near in terms of power and purity, although it bears some of the weight of the hot vintage. The darkness of fruit is more pronounced and the tannins are a bit softer. Make no mistake, the thick soils of the Pianrosso site have helped to achieve impressive balance. The long finish offers tobacco, balsam herb and dried fruit. (ML)" (02/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This red balances juicy cherry and plum fruit, tobacco and leather accents, and firm yet pliable tannins. As a result, this is vibrant and long, with earth and iron elements emerging on the aftertaste. (BS)" (04/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Good full red. Captivating nose combines dark red berries, sweet spices, botanical herbs and licorice. Sweet and sappy but still youthfully closed, his conveys a more powerful mouthfilling saline impression of extract than the Brunello classico. Finishes suave and rich, but with a strong underlying acid-tannin spine providing support. (ID)" (03/2017)

2012 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($64.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Immensely inviting, this opens with fragrant pipe tobacco, crushed berry, new leather and pressed violet aromas. On the palate, firm, refined tannins underpin juicy black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon flavors, while orange zest accents and an energizing mineral note lift the finish. It's beautifully balanced with bright acidity and will reward a bit of cellaring. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (04/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Vivid dark red. Ripe aromas of red cherry, blood orange and stone fruit. Smooth, dense and juicy, with flavors similar to the aromas but complicated by notes of fresh herbs, sweet spices and hints of flint. Long and suave, with noble but youthfully chewy tannins providing support. Knockout classic Brunello, in fact, one of the years best. (ID) 94+" (03/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Conti Costanti 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sure bet even if you are a Sangiovese novice. This is a richly extracted and beautifully layered red wine that imparts generous fruit tones supported by ample spice and tobacco. The effect is supple and round, especially with regards to the bouquet. I am perhaps a little more hesitant when it comes to the mouthfeel. I tend to notice the overripe fruit here and there is a sour cherry flavor that reinforces this impression. The wine is soft and supple in texture, so basically it offers a mixed bag of mostly positive vinous sensations that make it attractive for near-term consumption. (ML)" (02/2017)

90 points Decanter: "A touch closed yet refined and complex with aromas of black fruit, dried herbs and tar. Full-bodied, still reticent and tight yet clean and long. Needs time to show its best." (08/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Healthy, concentrated ruby. Firm, but closed nose and tannic, concentrated fruit on the palate. Really gripping, unpolished and youthful. Long, chewy finish. Grows on you. (WS) 17+/20 points" (01/2017)

2012 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($91.99)

96 points James Suckling: "I like the ripe-fruit and smoked-meat aromas to this. Subtle and complex. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Very structured for the vintage." (11/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Valdicava represents its own school within the greater Brunello philosophy. This estate (under proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese) crafts contemporary and modern wines with noticeable density and ever-present aromatic intensity. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark and inky appearance with bright ruby highlights that break through the background darkness with brilliance. The nose is generous and robust with dark cherry fruit, plum, Indian spice, mocha and espresso bean. These elements are stitched together with seamless transitions. Despite that grand approach, Sangiovese's prickly and often nervous personality shines through nonetheless. The variety adds delicate berry nuances and bright acidity that give this wine profound depth. This is a very well-made wine that promises a long aging future. (ML)" (02/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, dense and muscular version, this reveals plum, black cherry, leather and tobacco notes, with a hint of chocolate on the finish. The assertive tannins need time, but already, with air, this is pulling together. (BS)" (04/2017)