2016 Le Ragnaie "Casanovina Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1511452 98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The immediate impression of this Brunello showcases its harmony and charm, evoking black cherry, blackberry, violet, mineral and woodsy flavors. Iron and tobacco accents emerge as this builds on the palate to the long aftertaste, with well-integrated tannins. Concentrated, yet never heavy or imbalanced. (BS) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The flowers, dark mushrooms, forest floor and black cherries are impressive on the nose. Full-bodied with ultra fine and intense tannins that are refined and polished. Very long and polished at the finish. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Casanovina Montosoli is one of those wines that the first time you put your nose to the glass, you know you’re in for an experience. Like picking wild strawberries from the vine, I’m finding crushed red fruits, stems, seeds and the dark soil tones from the earth beneath them. It’s somehow remarkably fresh and lifted but also rich and exotic, coasting silky textures across a medium-bodied frame with tart woodland berries, savory herbs and the slightest hint of balsamic spice. Inner rose, violets, lavender and sour citrus - this is remarkably layered with unseen depths. The balance of vibrant acids versus mounting tannin keeps the experience lively, even as the palate begins to dry under its youthful structure. (EG) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

97 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark In 2014, Riccardo Campinoti purchased close to 2.5 acres of vines on the Montosoli hill just north of Montalcino's village walls, and the second vintage of his single-vineyard Montosoli bottling is simply gorgeous. It exhibits the energetic character of all of his 2016 Brunellos, balancing impressive concentration of red-berry and cherry flavors with high-toned accents of thyme and orange peel. It feels more sensuous than his linear V.V. bottling, with some savory undertones that provide a darker dimension. Inner quote mark (4/2021)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark In 2015, Le Ragnaie purchased this parcel of the Motosoli vineyard just below the historic site of Altesino’s property. The 2016 Brunello Di Montalcino Casanovina Motosoli reveals forward fruit aromas of cherry liquor, cinnamon, fresh leather and forest floor. The palate offers fresh ripe cherry fruit, bitter herbs, and black tea, with more angular tannin, while still having fresh acidity. (AF) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Le Ragnaie 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Casanovina Montosoli shows the same level of dark fruit intensity that we saw in the other new releases from this estate, however I get more toasted nut and crushed stone in this wine. Like the others, it sees an extended fermentation lasting 45 days or more (with indigenous yeasts). Dark berry fruit and cherry are followed by crushed stone and slate. This expression has an extra layer of elegance and finesse, with only 3,800 bottles produced. (ML) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Le Ragnaie is among about 10 producers now making a separate Montosoli bottling. Riccardo Campinoti purchased a one-hectare plot on the lower part of this revered hill at the end of 2014, and this second vintage is a beauty. Plum and earth give way to scents of smoky incense and lilac. Initially tight, it becomes more yielding as it sits in the glass, demonstrating some roundness to the fruit. Fine, silky tannins frame the palate while succulent acidity keep it fresh. The finish lingers with an explosion of crushed flowers. (MM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

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