Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2016
95 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2020
The Mastrojanni 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is dark and velvety in appearance, boasting rich fruit concentration. The bouquet shows dried cherry, blackberry, spice, leather, tar and all the good things you get when Brunello lives a trouble-free childhood in the winery. I recall the 2015 vintage showing enhanced density and richness, and this wine unfolds in a very similar manner. Perhaps the difference between the two vintages is more clearly enunciated in terms of mouthfeel. This 2016 vintage gives the impression of being more linear, tight and structured. Elegant mineral tones define the long and polished finish of this 55,000-bottle release.
Andrea Machetti is the dynamic leader of team Mastrojanni, an estate in perpetual forward motion and change. Its owners, the Illy family of coffee fame, have spared no expense and have made very clever investments over the years. In 2018, they acquired 12 new hectares of land (with both vineyards and forest), and in 2020 the winery unveiled a new bottaia, or cellar room, with traditional oval and circular aging casks. They have also built a special library that will house vintages dating back to 1978. I recently reviewed their newest wine, Ciliegiolo (the 2018 vintage was released in 2020), which shows pure and naked fruit flavors and is fermented in cement. - Monica Larner
Reserve your Brunello 2016 today! Late January release, delivery as soon as weather allows.