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2016 San Filippo Le Lucere Brunello di Montalcino

Tuscany, ITALY
$210. 00
$2520.00 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 10 Years (2021-2031)
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Cork

Deep dark red black colour with a dark red hue. The nose offers up enticing aromatics of red to dark currants and red cherries which are married to a whiff of rose petal, earthy cedar, tobacco, dried herbs and hints of spicy leather. Refined and supple on entry the mid weighted palate carries a delectable flavour profile of ripe red currants and red cherries infused with a mix of tobacco and dried herbs. Notions of spicy cedar, earth and traces of leather linger on the finish. Fabulous power and depth with polished yet engaging tannins lending a structural firmness. Vibrant acidity with an exceptionally long, slightly grippy conclusion.
Drink over the next 8-10 years.
Alc. 14.5%

Other Reviews....
This special selection of fruit from San Filippo is characterized by more intensity and concentration compared to the estate's classic Brunello. In this vintage, I also discovered a greater level of Sangiovese purity and direction, thanks to tight berry tones, dusty mineral, spice and balsam herb. To the palate, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino le Lucére delivers succulent fruit and even a touch of sweetness, all powered by tannins, clearly driven by both the oak and the fruit itself. This wine ages in a combination of barrique, tonneau and botte grande for two years. This 14,000-bottle release will hit the market in January 2021.
94+ points
Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)

This is rich and very linear at the same time, with cherry, tile, walnut and light chocolate aromas. Some mahogany. Very complex. Full-bodied, yet tight and reserved with a very, very long finish. Really gorgeous.
98 points

This red is laden with balsamic aromas and flavors of juniper, rosemary and rose, plus black currant and raspberry fruit. There's an underlying mineral element, along with firm, mature tannins that enhance the overall elegance and finesse. Best from 2024 through 2045.
98 points
Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator