Best of the Boot
It’s no small business narrowing down the top 100 Italian wines of 2015, a list distilled from tastings of close to 3,000 of the country’s vintages, from superb 2010 Brunello di Montalcinos, 2011 Barolos and Super Tuscans to sparkling wines and other whi
100 points Livio sassetti Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Crazy aromas of dried lemon, sea salt, cherry and delicate rose petal. A full body and ripe fruit. It works from the inside out, showing an amazing centre palate and bright acidity and tannin structure. Goes on for minutes. Redefines Brunello. Drink now but better in five years. The greatest wine ever from here. 100 points For more wine recommendations, visit hongkongtatler.com/wine and jamessuckling.com
siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Complex aromas of walnut, dark fruit, stone, oyster shell, chalk and dried fruit. Shows fabulous intensity and balance, with layer upon layer of fruit and polished tannins. Builds on the palate and goes on for minutes. Better in 2019. 100 points
Fattoria Le PUPILLE toscana saffredi 2012 The greatest Saffredi ever. So much structure and length. Full-bodied yet agile. Aromas and flavours of currants, mint and wet earth. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot. This has a special label celebrating the 25th anniversary of the production of this wine. Needs at least five years in bottle but it’s entrancing to drink now. A must-buy for Super Tuscan lovers.
Luce della Vite Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Powerful aromas of blackberry, fresh mushroom, iron, spice and lightly grilled meat. Full body with layers of fruit and earth character. Decadent and intense. A phenomenal wine. Incredibly layered and muscular. Better than the legendary 2006? Built for ageing. Better in 2018.