Brunello 2016 – the stars, and why

Canalicchio's holding in Montosoli in Montalcino

In the second half of his report on a keenly awaited vintage, Walter identifies the top performers. See also Brunello 2016 – outstanding, in parts. Above, Canalicchio di Sopra's holding in Montosoli in Montalcino. For tasting notes, see Brunello A to L and M to Z.

If the definition of a great vintage is 'the rising tide lifts all boats', then this cannot unanimously be applied to 2016, although in Montalcino it is widely considered the best vintage in a decade and probably two. In 2010, another outstanding Brunello vintage, but now talked down by those blinded by...