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The triumph of Brunello 2019: Wine Spectator celebrates “a phenomenal vintage”

“A plethora of impressive bottles, a phenomenal vintage.” Thus, in the June issue of Wine Spectator, the magazine’s senior editor, Bruce Sanderson, celebrates the latest commercial vintage (2019) of Brunello di Montalcino, on the market since last January. The “Brunello’s 2019 triumph”, this is the title of the wine report of the prince of Tuscan wines by the American newspaper, is certified by over 125 tastings (including around twenty 2018 Riserva) all resulting with a rating of 90/100 and above. “This is important news from a market perspective”, commented the president of the Brunello di Montalcino wine consortium, Fabrizio Bindocci, “because it comes from the reference wine media in the United States and around the world. We knew, already from the last Benvenuto Brunello, that the critical approval of the 2019 was practically unanimous; now this recognition, which once again rewards a community of producers who are excellent in their work and fortunate to be able to do it in Montalcino”.

The triumph of Brunello 2019 di Montalcino: Wine Spectator celebrates "a phenomenal vintage" awarded 98/100 and certified by over 125 tastings

“A phenomenal vintage”: Brunello di Montalcino 2019 awarded 98/100 by Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator’s endorsement of the 2019 vintage of Brunello is also certified by its success on the stars and stripes market: according to the calculations of the Uiv Wine Observatory based on Sipsource, in the first four months of this year the reaction of the trade and consumers has in fact translated into a trend growth in off and on trade sales of 17%, in clear contrast to the general consumption of wine in the US.

In the article, Sanderson evaluates the 2019 with a ranking of 98/100, one of the best ever achieved by the Denomination and comparable to cult vintages such as 2010 and 2015, while in the opening editorial, Marvin Shanken notes a “surge of popularity” of the DOCG in the US.

The June issue represents only the latest recognition of Brunello by Wine Spectator: in its Top 100 of the best wines in the world, the Tuscan Denomination is in fact the most awarded among the Italian denominations. Since 1988, the year the magazine’s ranking was established, 15 Ilcinese labels have placed in the top 10 positions, in two cases on the top step of the podium.

A virtuous relationship, that between Montalcino and the States, which is also reflected in wine tourism. Americans represent by far the most numerous guests, with around a quarter of the total presence in the village and in the countryside of the Sienese municipality.