2010 Brunello: The vintage of a lifetime

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There is now little doubt that 2010 was the Brunello di Montalcino vintage of a lifetime. With the 2010 riservas on the brink of release, this is a great time to take some of these excellent wines into stock.


Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most famous and exciting wines. The very best Brunellos can sit at the high table in terms of the world’s greatest. The 2010 vintage shows Brunello at its very best – these are wines to fill the cellar with.



One of the first to publish was James Suckling who called 2010 Brunello “the greatest modern vintage of Italy’s most famous wine region”, and “a new benchmark for Tuscany’s icon wine”. 


The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner was similarly enamoured, writing that “This is shaping up to be an iconic vintage” whilst Walter Speller, Italian expert for jancisrobinson.com, writes: “In Montalcino 2010 is truly an excellent vintage.” 


Finally, Antonio Galloni described the vintage as "superb", with the best wines offering "gorgeous Sangiovese purity, tons of site specificity and high quality across the board".



We were so confident here at FINE+RARE of the quality of the 2010 vintage that in February 2015 we played host to what Jancis Robinson has highlighted as “the only major tasting of Brunello di Montalcino to take place in the UK for the last nine years.63 Brunello 2010s were opened in our offices and the quality across the board was magnificent.




With this in mind, buying up 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a no-brainer.  These reds are drinking beautifully already but will yield huge rewards for years to come – perfect for uncorking or future cellaring. Demand for these wines has been unprecedented – stocks of 2010 Brunello are not hanging around for long – so those looking to snap up what availability they can find should not hesitate. And, with the 2010 Riservas also being released, the time to own Brunello has never been better. 



To read Jancis Robinson's report on 2010 Brunello, click here