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2016 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1514350 97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Focused and loaded with finesse, this opens with enticing aromas of menthol, graphite, rose and forest floor. Full bodied and delicious, the linear, energized palate features ripe Marasca cherry, licorice, mint and vanilla before a coffee-bean finish. Firm, polished tannins and fresh acidity provide support. *Editors’ Choice* (KO) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is supple and round, evoking macerated cherry, plum and licorice flavors, framed by accents of iron, tea and wild herbs. Solidly built, with a dense matrix of tannins enforcing the finish. Shows fine overall balance. (BS) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark With varying altitudes and soils, Talenti’s diverse vineyards are dispersed through the southern area of Montalcino. Making the wine since 1999, Riccardo Talenti amasses the different components to achieve an overall balance of ripeness, acidity and alcohol. The 2016 is less immediately expressive and effusively fragrant than previous vintages. Nevertheless, its discreet charms are apparent. There's an earthy, nutty tug underneath spiced red fruit, and it demonstrates Sangiovese’s weightlessness and tactile powdery tannins. Tangy and mineral-driven on the finish. (MM) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Talenti 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a balanced and symmetrical wine with bright red cherry on the one hand and pretty spice and balsam herb on the other. The wine pours from the bottle with dark color saturation and ruby highlights. It shows no signs of fading, and that bright color intensity is a common thread in this vintage. There is a good amount of Sangiovese acidity that reinforces the lifted and buoyant style achieved here. It ages in both tonneau and botte for 30 months. (ML) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino boasts a striking display of balsamic-tinged cherry and autumnal spice with a twist of sour citrus really appealing to the senses. It’s silky and pliant with a gorgeous display of ripe red and hints of black fruit. There’s a sweet and sour element here that I find quite attractive, as the 2016 gains a tactile feel toward the close through a mix of brisk acids and rounded tannins. The length and classic structure on the finish completes the expression, leaving dark florals and mineral earth tones. Talenti remains one of the best values in age-worthy Brunello in the market. That said, it’s also worth checking in on a bottle early to enjoy all of its primary intensity. (EG) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A pretty and solid 2016 Brunello with cherry, orange-peel and walnut aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with chewy tannins and a walnut and berry aftertaste. (JS) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

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