2015 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli

Year: 2015
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Effusive aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry, plum and spice mark this generous, polished red. Well-structured, picking up earth and iron accents for good measure. Shows terrific balance and a long finish. Best from 2022 through 2042. 1,900 cases made, 680 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"The Siro Pacenti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli is a rich and pleasing wine with very nice aromatics. Of these two new releases, the Pelagrilli is more characteristic of Tuscany and Sangiovese. The Vecchie Vigne expression tastes far more international or contemporary (read: it has more oak flavors) in comparison. I tend to prefer this wine especially in a vintage like 2015 that is so naturally expressive and powerful to begin with. The bouquet opens to dried cherry with dusty mineral notes and dried Mediterranean herb. On the the finish, you taste some of that sweetness that comes with aging in French barrique. Some 23,000 bottles were released in January 2020.

During my visit to the Siro Pacenti winery last year, I tasted a few future releases including the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva PS. I will have an official review of that when we are closer to its 2021 release." (WA)

"Medium dark bright red. Brooding nose hints at tar, earth, menthol and tobacco complicating medium-ripe red cherry and blood orange aromas. Very clean and long, with lively red cherry strawberry jelly, botanical herbs and a hint of chocolate on the long youthfully chewy and delicately peppery finish. Outstanding young Brunello that is marked by the clay notes of the soils of the Pellagrilli zone of Montalcino. This strikes me as one of the best young Pellagrilli Brunellos ever. Made from 25-35 years old vines and spent 24 months in 50% new oak barriques. The name Pellagrilli appears on the label for the first time with the 2006 vintage." (VM)

"Such lovely aromas of flowers and red fruit with some cedar and spice. Hot terra cotta. Full-bodied, very round and soft textured with beautiful fruit and balance. Fresh and vivid. Such balance and beauty. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Baked plum and camphor aromas form the subtle nose while the rounded full-bodied palate offers prune, cherry extract, licorice and a hint of espresso. Fine-grained tannins lend support and leave a rather drying finish. Drink 2022–2027. Kerin O’Keefe" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Giancarlo Pacenti is one of the most progressive winemakers of Brunello di Montalcino. His fame has been steadily growing over the last two decades. Pacenti, who took over his family’s estate in 1988, ages his wines entirely in barrique, with the aim of making clean, rich and intense wines. His fruit is sourced from two family-owned vineyards in very different areas of Montalcino: one to the northeast of the town, Pelagrilli, where the wines show great fragrance, silkiness and relatively soft tannins, and one in the hotter southwest area near Sant’Angelo in Colle, known for full-bodied, powerful, and structured wines. His ‘Pelagrilli’ Brunello, though a single vineyard, is his entry level cuvee, and one of the best values in all of Montalcino. Coming from slightly younger vines than Giancarlo’s Brunello “Classico,” the ‘Pelagrilli’ is a more approachable wine. His 2010 Brunello Riserva “PS” was awarded 97 points by James Suckling. Pacenti’s bold style and commitment to excellence puts his wines among the best of Italy.

100% Sangiovese from 25 year old vines on the northern side of Montalcino. Hand-harvested and rigorously selected by hand both before and after the destemming. Aged 24 months in French oak barriques.