Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2015

96 Decanter | 94 Wine Spectator | 94 Robert Parker

$49.97

Description

Country: Italy

Region: Tuscany

Variety: Sangiovese

Terroir: 300 to 350 meters in elevation; southern exposition; vineyards open to sea currents–no fog and reduced rainfall

Winemaking: sustainable farming; vinification in glass-lined cement tanks with skin contact for 20-26 days; aged in 20-52 hectoliter casks for 42 months; 6 to 8 months of bottle age prior to release

There are few other estates in Montalcino with roots as deep as Lisini. The Lisini-Clementi family has owned lands in Montalcino since the sixteenth century, and the historic tower and loggia on the property has its beginnings in the 1300s. The first vines were planted here in the 1930s, well before the international craze for the area’s wines. And Lisini wasn’t just one of the founding members of the consorzio di Brunello in the 1967: The late Elina Lisini, the head of the family until her passing in 2009 was its first and only female president in 1970! Today, the estate totals roughly 150 hectares that surround the ancient farmhouse and winery, and brothers Carlo and Lorenzo, along with cousin Ludovica, continue the traditions of their forebearers.

Skurnik

Decanter 96
With vineyards between Sant’Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate on the inner edge of the Sesta district, Lisini’s vineyards are cleansed by constant breezes from the Tuscan Coast. Stony soils with an important underpinning of limestone as well as elevations over 300 metres help preserve freshness in their wines. The 2015 is beautifully fragrant, almost exotic in character. Plump red fruit and sweet summer herbs fill the mouth but rather than being heavy, this is poised and transparent. Ample powdery tannins are fine and lead to a tangy marine finish.

Wine Spectator 94
A serious, brooding red, with ripe cherry and strawberry flavors offsetting the beefy tannins. Loam, iron and almond notes chime in. Balanced and long overall. Best from 2023 through 2042.

Robert Parker 94
The Lisini 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows muscle and brawn, filling out its full-bodied frame with plenty of dark fruit, spice, tar and smoke. If you like a more concentrated style of Sangiovese, this is your wine. It offers seamless harmony and sun-drenched intensity that all work very nicely in this classic and warm vintage. You can wait, or drink it in the near-term with a rack of lamb.

Wine Enthusiast 93
Subtle aromas of forest floor, woodland berry, wild herb and camphor aromas shape the nose. On the firmly structured palate, tightly knit noble tannins support dried cherry, pomegranate, licorice and tobacco. It’s still young so give it a few more years to fully develop. Drink 2023–2033.

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