Mastrojanni 2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Loreto, DOCG

Mastrojanni 2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Loreto, DOCG

Item Number: 15467

UPC: 8-023952016037

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub Region: Montalcino
Appellation/AVA: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Vigna Loreto
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork

Vintage Notes by Wine Spectator 7/2021: "Montalcino has been on a hot streak in recent years. With the exception of the difficult 2014 vintage, a string of outstanding to exceptional harvests since 2010 is capped by the best of the decade so far--the dream vintage of 2016. Simply put, the '16s are the most compelling young examples from this Tuscan region since the 1990s."

Vineyard Notes: Vigna Loreto was planted in 1999 with Sangiovese clones that produce much smaller berries than Sangiovese Grosso. The result is a combination of primary fruit and structural firth that results in perfect balance.

Winemaking Notes: Vigna Loreto matures for 36 months in Allier oak barrels of 16, 25, and 54 hectoliters in size. The Brunello ages between 6 and 8 months in bottle before release. The wine is not filtered.

Tasting Notes: The nobility and purity of the Sangiovese grape are enhanced by the stone and tuff of the Loreto Vineyard. 2015 is an extremely seductive wine with fruity notes and spicy hints admirably fused in a harmonious whole, in perfect balance between power/strength and elegance/fragrance.

Terroir Notes: It rains very little during the summer in central Italy. Montalcino might get two consecutive months without any rain. Therefore, the vines have to dig deep into the soil for water. Continuous sea breezes known as the Maestrale and the Libeccio keep the vines dry and the insects and plant diseases under control. In addition, Mastrojanni is located near Mount Amiata, a volcano which became extinct 700,000 years ago and which is 1,738 meters high. This mountain determines the Mastrojanni microclimate because at night cold winds come down from the mountain causing a large diurnal temperature change that refreshes the vines from the summer heat. When a storm is close by, curiously, this mountain often diverts it thanks to its rising currents. Mastrojanni is therefore better protected from hailstorms, for example than other areas of Montalcino.

Reviews

  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94 (6/30/2021)

    This suave and velvety red boasts cherry, leather, earth, tobacco and woodsy aromas and flavors. Verging on creamy, the texture showcases the ripe, macerated cherry fruit, ending with a dusting of tannins. Offers fine overall balance and length. Best from 2024 through 2045.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (11/15/2020)

    The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto wafts up with a gorgeous display of crushed stone, graphite and exotic savory spices before giving way to citrus-tinged cherries, cinnamon and clove. It’s silky-smooth and medium in body with a weighty density to its polished yet compact dark red and black fruits, all perfectly framed by juicy acids. Minerals, spiced orange and purple inner florals amass toward the close, as fine tannins slowly saturate, creating a dry yet wonderfully balanced expression through the finale.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 97 (11/30/2020)

    The Vigna Loreto, located on the slope in front of the Mastrojanni winery, is the estate's showpiece vineyard, not only because it is positioned in full view of incoming visitors but also because of its ideal southeast-facing exposures. It is 1.58 hectares in size and has pebbles and tufo. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto (with 8,000 bottles produced) is awash in sunlight and Tuscan luminosity, resulting in a ripe and fruit-forward Brunello that never shies away in terms of richness or intensity. Indeed, the wine delivers a special level of power that transcends the bouquet and the palate, resulting in dark fruit, spice, leather, cured tobacco and rosemary essence. The tannins are firm but integrated and otherwise tucked into the ample flesh of the wine.