Brunello: know your vin­tages

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2016

(re­lease 2021) small vin­tage of 5-star qual­ity. Pow­er­ful but bal­anced; good acid­ity.

2015

(re­lease 2020) hot sum­mer saved by september rain. Five-star vin­tage, per­haps a lit­tle less bal­anced than 2016.

2014

(re­lease 2019) cool, wet, prob­lem­atic. Wait and see, but it would be un­re­al­is­tic to have high ex­pec­ta­tions.

2013

(re­lease 2018) Good over­all, al­though pos­si­bly mixed due to har­vest time rain. 2012

(cur­rent) hot, dry sum­mer, record high tem­per­a­tures mit­i­gated to an ex­tent by september rain. Pow­er­ful, tan­nic wines. of­fi­cially 5-star vin­tage, but in­con­sis­tent.

2011

Very hot in the run-up to har­vest; led to con­cen­trated wines with low acid­ity and a raisiny char­ac­ter in some cases. Prob­a­bly not for long age­ing.

2010

Great vin­tage for long age­ing. top qual­ity wines com­bin­ing power and el­e­gance.

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