Brunello 2018 Riservas

Vineyards in Montalcino's south towards Monte Amiata

Following on from his report on the just-released 2019 Brunellos, Walter revisits 2018. Above, vineyards in Montalcino's south towards Monte Amiata.

Back in 2022 when I wrote about the just-released 2018 Brunellos, I characterised the wines as ‘ready or not’. In general, most of the 2018s could be approached upon release while only a handful needed extended bottle age.

This difference between the two styles is, of course, down to the skill and competence of each producer, and, not least, the lure of the market: wines that are ready upon release are easier to enjoy and are...