Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino 2015 - 750ml

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95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

One of three single-vineyard expressions, the Val di Suga 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Spuntali is the most representative of the estate philosophy and the Sangiovese grape. This classic Brunello shows the thick lines and ripe fruit that this vintage is known for, but it also offers mineral notes or crushed stone and iron ore that add contours and framing to the fruit. There is an almost saline or salty note on the close that you don't get with the other wines in this series. Some 12,000 examples of this lovely cru were bottled in early April 2019.

94pts Wine & Spirits
Vigna Spuntali led the way among Val di Suga's three single-vineyard Brunellos from the 2015 vintage (all recommended here). Spuntali is situated in Montalcino' s southern sector on limestone-clay soils, with southwestern exposures that bring cooling breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its juicy dark-cherry flavors are laced with notes of licorice and dried herbs, the fruit gliding over smooth, polished tannins. Fleshy and balanced, it feels the most complete of the three wines, with plenty of aging potential.
93pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino is more introverted on first opening, with notes of black plum, licorice, dried Mediterranean herb, and sun-baked earth. On the palate, it offers a tart dried fruit character, with a building tannin structure that finishes with tomato leaf, and bitter herbs. The most rustic and burly of the wines in the lineup of the 2015 Val di Suga vintage, it will benefit from allowing some time in cellar to see how this matures and its tarriness develops. Drink 2026-2036.
93pts James Suckling
Wet-earth, oyster-shell and dark-berry aromas follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs a year or two to soften. Try after 2022.
92pts Wine Spectator
Earth, leather, almond, macerated cherry and sanguine flavors mark this taut, dry style. The tannins have energy, but border on being astringent, leaving a dusty feel on the savory aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2042.
90pts Wine Enthusiast
This opens with aromas of mature dark-skinned fruit, espresso and toasted oak. The dense palate offers sour cherry, ground clove and roasted coffee bean alongside close-grained tannins.

Winemaker Notes
Ruby red with garnet reflections, it presents itself to the nose with the unmistakable orange note that is typical of Spuntali. The scent is completed with hints of black cherry, blackberry and candied fruit, accompanied by sweet notes of vanilla and white chocolate. In the mouth the tannins are soft and velvety, the structure is important; indicative of a wine of great personality. Its expression magnifies the Mediterranean character of this part of Montalcino.