Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia Lisini 2016

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2016
  • ABV: 14,5%
  • Origin: Montalcino/Tuscany/Italy
  • Grapes: 100% Sangiovese


Brunello of the highest class. The history of Lisini dates back to the Medicis; this is one of Montalcino’s oldest estates and a founding member of the Consorzio del vino Brunello di Montalcino. Lisini is one of the most traditional and respected producers in the region.

One of the few producers in Sant’Angelo in Colle, in the southwest of Montalcino. Woodland and wild scrubs surround the 20 hectares under vine here; it’s a rural haven of the region’s finest terroir. Altitude and soil play a leading role in the personality of Lisini’s wines. Eocene sand, clay and iron-rich soils, paired with altitudes of 300 to 400 metres, yield wines of rare expression. Winemaker Filippo Paoletti does not fall prey to modern trends or intervention in the cantina; he chooses to showcase the naked perfection of his vineyards. Opting to use traditional long fermentations and botti grande, he produces classic.

The Lisini 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia is focused and precise, and yet it also shows a layered and very generous display of dark blackberry fruit and summer ripe plum. It delivers good contouring with a frame of spice, cedar and sweet tobacco around a soft and supple core. However, if I describe this wine as rich and concentrated, I don't want to get ahead of myself because, in fact, the end result is quite streamlined, tight and even dusty. Ugolaia has a few surprises up its proverbial bottle sleeve in this 8,000-bottle release. 94pts Monica Larnar, Wine Advocate