93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Montiano is and always has been the Cotarella family pièce de résistance. The 2015 Montiano (100% Merlot from Lazio) is a deep and richly textured wine with thick layers of dark fruit and sweet spice. The wine ages in Nevers and Tronçais oak barriques for 12 months. The 2015 vintage was warm, and that extra heat adds to the power and the softness of the wine.
It has a wonderful, deep, ruby red color, a wide aromatic range of scents in which delicious vanilla notes, small red fruit, layers of jam and sweet spices combine. The taste appears to have a full aristocratic roundness and softness, typical of Merlot, with quite elegant, agreeable and lingering flavors.