Published on April 30th, 2020

Grab a Hold of a Real Life Fairytale from the Fields: 2015 Brunello

DEP’s is proud to offer 2015 Brunello di Montalcino: A Fairytale Vintage

2015 Brunello di Montalcino will go down in history as one of the most consistent, high-quality vintages producers have ever seen. Andrea Mantengoli, winemaker and owner of La Serena, called 2015 “A vintage made by God…everything fell perfectly into place, all there to do was sit back and watch.” Many others agree they have never seen more perfect-looking grapes in their lifetime.

 

And the critics agree!

Monica Larner of The Wine Advocate: “Ask anyone who farmed Sangiovese that year. They will tell you: Fruit has never been more beautiful than it was in the picture-perfect 2015 vintage. As a whole, the wines are homogenous and uniform in terms of their intensity, depth and generosity. House styles may differ from producer to producer, but these wines are united by the energy, exuberance and radiance that come naturally to a beautifully warm and sunny vintage like 2015. That distinctive vintage signature is applied evenly across the board, leaving no wine untouched by its magic.”

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James Suckling: “The 2015 vintage is a historical year for Brunello di Montalcino that nobody should miss. The wines show impressive precision of vivid fruit, fine tannins and freshness in acidity despite their ripeness and richness which makes them some of the most exciting in years.”

 

And so do we!

The producers on offer here are among the best in the region. They are available at a fraction of the price of top California Cabernet, Bordeaux and Burgundy.  These wines are approachable now and will offer plenty of decadent drinking pleasure over the next 5-10 years. In most of these instances, there were less than ten total cases that came into the state of Kentucky. This is a rare opportunity to own an assortment of these exceptional wines. Here are our top picks of the vintage:

 

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2015 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino

“The Gianni Brunelli team is on a roll, and these last few vintages have really hit it out of the ballpark. Their latest release, the charming 2015 Brunello di Montalcino, is one of the stars of the vintage. This wine exudes the warmth and sheer exuberance of the growing season, which was beautifully warm and sunny. Yet it also stays true to the promise of Montalcino that strives for elegance, poise and longevity. This is a classic interpretation that offers a very precise and pure window onto the Sangiovese grape, with its tight aromas of wild cherry, medical herb and pressed blue flowers. The wine is a blend of fruit from both sides of Montalcino, the north side and the southeast. Between the two sites you get a mix of schist, sand, clay, tufo and Galestro soil. That’s pretty much the whole rainbow from the appellation. Some 16,846 bottles were made (not including large-format bottles), and the wine was released in January 2020.”

96 points, Wine Advocate – 95 points, James Suckling

 750ml: $65.99

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2015 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino dark and rich, showing ripe black cherries and plum, with layers of haunting florals, exotic brown spice and smoky mineral tones. On the palate, a wave of polished textures wash across the senses, ushering in juicy black cherry with sweet herbal and floral undertones, with zesty spices and vibrant acidity adding a refreshing quality. The finish is long and remarkably fresh, an example of how the warmth of Sant’Angelo in Colle can be tempered by a deft hand, as fine tannins come forward, balanced by mouthwatering acidity and punctuated by residual pure red berry fruit. It’s a wine that’s very easy to love, with near term appeal and potential for the cellar.”

94 points, Vinous – 94 points, Wine Spectator

750ml: $54.99             

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2015 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

This 2015 Brunello di Montalcino captures the exuberance and the ebullience of this sunny and warm growing season. However, the wine remains orderly, precise and very elegant nonetheless, with a pretty succession of aromas that play cautiously forward, building in intensity along the way. Dried currant and cherry cede to moist earth, rose petal and balsam herb. The wine’s medium-weight body is supported by fresh acidity and well-managed tannins (with 36 months of oak aging). All of these moving pieces work in harmony.”

97 points, Wine Advocate – 96 points, Vinous – 95 points, James Suckling

750ml: $64.99

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2015 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino

Extremely perfumed and decadent with dried flowers and spices and fresh mushrooms. Cherries,too. Full body. Solid core of fruit, yet ever so fine tannins. Goes on for minutes. Such beautifully crafted tannins. Drink after 2021.”

98 points, James Suckling – 97 points, Wine Enthusiast – 95 points, Wine Advocate

 750ml: $53.99

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2015 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino “Pianrosso”

“Lots of ripe and rich fruit with a decadent undertone of meat and spice that turns to pure fruit and licorice. Medium to full body, refined tannins and a fresh and bright finish. All about harmony. Better after 2021.”

100 points, James Suckling – 98 points, Wine Enthusiast – 96 points, Wine Advocate

750ml: $74.99

1.5L: $165.99

 

 

 

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To place an order please email mike@depsfinewine.com. Please include the Brunello you would like to purchase, the quantity and the store you would like to pick up your order. Requests will be filled in the order they are received. Limited supply available.

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