Brunello: know your vintages
(release 2021) small vintage of 5-star quality. Powerful but balanced; good acidity.
(release 2020) hot summer saved by september rain. Five-star vintage, perhaps a little less balanced than 2016.
(release 2019) cool, wet, problematic. Wait and see, but it would be unrealistic to have high expectations.
(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.
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.
Great vintage for long ageing. top quality wines combining power and elegance.