Now with vineyards in the top three spots of Montalcino, Val di Suga blends elements of each into their flagship Brunellos– continuously making some of the most interesting Sangiovese in the region. This wine, the 2013 Val di Suga Brunello is particularly exceptional– a result of near perfect growing conditions that allowed for a beautiful garnet colored wine with richness and complexity. Bursts of flavor reveal dark cherry, orange and violet notes with a savory vanilla tobacco and cinnamon finish.
Much like the 2010 Brunellos, the 2013 vintage boasts a similar “can’t miss” feel. This one is simply one of the better ones I’ve tasted in a while. The finish alone is savory and smooth, making this a great after dinner wine to sip slowly while you watch your kids self-destruct at night.
93 Points from James Suckling, Robert Parker’s former Italian Wine editor-in-chief, and a 92-pt score from Vinous who called this baby a “lovely, classic Brunello” that finishes “long and clean.” Grab a few bottles– one or two to enjoy now and one or two to lay down and check back on in 5-10 years time.
93 Pts, James Suckling
Cedar, red licorice, tar, Christmas pudding, orange peel and dried plums. Full body, chewy tannins, driven acidity and a medium-long finish.
92 Pts, Vinous
Good medium red-ruby. Musky aromas of ripe red cherry, spicy dark plum, tobacco, cedar and menthol. Then lively and perfumed but tight on the palate, showing lovely energy and focus to the flavors of cherry, spices and cedar. Finishes long, clean and youthfully imploded, with a firm tannic spine and enough fruit to stand the test of time. Lovely classic Brunello.
92 Pts, Wine Spectator
Elegant, balanced and shows a nice mix of berry fruit, with savory underbrush and mineral elements. This is firm and fresh, with a lingering aftertaste on the salty side. Not imported into the U.S. Best from 2021 through 2033.
Grab a few bottles– one or two to enjoy now and one or two to lay down and check back on in 5-10 years time.