Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Spuntali — 2016
- Grape Source: 100% Sangiovese Grosso "Vigna Spuntalli" vineyard
- Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
- Size: 14 ha (35 acres)
- Vine Age: 23 years
- Soil: Of marine origin containing sand and a mixture of fossil debris and lapilli
- Elevation: 300 meters (984 feet) above sea level
- Orientation: On the southwestern slope, the warmest in Montalcino
- Density: 5,050 vines/acre (7,143 vines/hectare)
- Training: Spurred cordon
The 2016 vintage started out with a large amount of precipitation from January through February, which helped to build water reserves. March was cooler than normal, with budbreak starting around the middle of the month, leading into a temperate yet dry April. However, water reserves from the winter months maintained homogenous growth throughout.
The end of April into May was rainy followed by June, which continued to be wet yet more in line with an average year. Luckily, temperatures were cooler than usual, which slowed growth of the vines. Combined with good ventilation (for both northern and southern slopes), this mix kept the production of rot at bay. Ultimately, these conditions were the key to balancing the warm and dry summer months. Warm but never hot, 2016 is often described as having very even temperatures and no dramatic swings, other than the strong diurnal shifts between day and night, which helped in the healthy maturation of fruit. The autumn months and into harvest continued this theme, with temperate and dry conditions.
- Harvest Date(s): October 03, 2016
Fermentation and maceration take place at a controlled temperature of 25˚–30˚C (77˚-80˚F) in concrete for 20 days. 100% malolactic fermentation.
- Aging: 12 months in 300L French Oak barriques and 1 year in 25hl casks, no filtration, followed by at least 24 months in bottle
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- TA: 5.43 g/L
- p H: 3.4
VIGNA SPUNTALI is one of the oldest Brunello made with the concept of the single vineyard Spuntali expresses the nature of the sandy soils and Mediterranean climate. Here Sangiovese ripens very well and reaches outstanding levels of generosity. On the nose it shows combination of candied orange note with spices and Mediterranean herbs (thyme mint rosemary). The palate shows supple fruit wrapped tannins with creamy long savory texture.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Spuntali — 2016 – Wine Spectator – 95 Points
Full of ripe cherry, plum and floral aromas and flavors, this red delivers plenty of energy and focus. Backed by a dense swath of tannins, this remains balanced and elegant through the lingering finish. The fruit element is the lasting impression.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Spuntali — 2016 – Wine Enthusiast – 95 Points
Blue-flower, baking-spice, new leather and ripe black-skinned berry aromas are front and center on this fragrant, full-boded wine. Polished and elegantly structured, the savory palate features ripe Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, cinnamon and licorice framed in firm, fine-grained tannins. It's already tempting but give it time to develop even more complexity.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Spuntali — 2016 – Jeb Dunnuck – 96 Points
The 2016 Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino is the most brooding of the lineup from Val di Suga and is sourced from the southwest of the region on sandy soils. There are aromatics of black raspberry, licorice, menthol, sage, cinnamon, and iron-rich earth. Its Mediterranean influence is felt on the palate with ripe black cherry, dried herbs, and sun-baked earth. This is the fullest bodied and most savory of the Val di Suga lineup, with more roundness and grip.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Spuntali — 2016 – Vinous – 95 Points
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Spuntali from Tenimenti Angelini - Val di Suga opens up slowly in the glass. Its understated bouquet focuses on bright red fruits and florals with hints of cedar and a dusting of confectioners’ spice. Silky in texture, cast upon a medium-bodied frame, the 2016 impresses more on purity than power, with a display of wild strawberry and salty minerals which pepper the senses. Tension builds, as crystalline tannins penetrate deeply, clenching the palate in youthful poise yet with a coating of concentrated primary elements here that tempt the imagination.