Trade for the newly released vintage is off to a hot start
Brunello di Montalcino 2016 needs little introduction. The wines were commercially released 2nd January 2021 and quickly established active secondary markets. In just the first two weeks of 2021, trade of the 2016 vintage is already far outpacing the 2015 vintage, compared to the equivalent period in 2020.
If there is any question as to why such excitement surrounds the 2016 vintage, just look at what major critics had to say:
“They are like a well-muscled black stallion in its prime. They are dark yet radiant, expressive, nearly explosive at times, yet pure, poised and structured. These are wines that capture your imagination; and no matter how youthfully tense they are today, you simply can’t help but revisit a glass over and over again; because in many cases, the aromatics alone are intoxicating.[…] finding a solidly performing bottle of 2016 Brunello di Montalcino won’t be difficult for any consumer.”
-Eric Guido (Vinous, 2020)
“I learned a long time ago as a wine critic that great years are years when everything is outstanding from the lesser-known properties to the most prestigious ones. The 2016 and 2015 vintages certainly achieved this, making this pair of years the greatest ever for Brunello di Montalcino.”
– James Suckling (JamesSuckling.com, 2020)
“I see the 2016s as long-term and cellar-worthy thanks to their balanced acidity and more pronounced tannic backbone.”
-Monica Larner (RobertParker.com, 2020)
“I found the Brunello 2016s typically rich in fruit but without any overripeness, the acidity and tannins both contributing to a freshness that balanced that fruit.”
-Julia Harding MW (JancisRobinson.com, 2020)
Attached below are all active markets of Brunello di Montalcino 2016.