Antinori Brunello di Montalcino 'Pian delle Vigne' 2016
Pian delle Vigne is an intense ruby red colour. On the nose, complex aromas of ripe red fruit blend with light floral notes. Its bouquet is completed with hints of chocolate, tobacco, cloves and balsamic herbs. This vintage expresses great elegance, giving the wine excellent freshness with soft tannins and a lengthy finish.
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This has an expressive nose offering aromas of ripe red berry, violet, star anise and coffee bean. Elegantly structured, the linear palate features mature black cherry, blood orange, ground clove and espresso alongside taut, fine-grained tannins that leave a firm finish. Give it several years to fully develop. Drink 2026–2036.
93 Points - Wine Spectator
A mix of cherry and berry fruit and wild herbs mark this red, whose texture starts smooth before tannins turn aggressive on the finish. There is a lingering aftertaste of cherry, iron, earth and tobacco—best from 2024 through 2042.
93 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a wine to watch, thanks to some exciting new changes. The Antinori family purchased new vineyards at the highest point in the appellation at the romantically named Passo del Lume Spento (Pass of the Extinguished Lantern), where higher altitudes make for more excellent growing conditions. This new acquisition complements the estate's current holdings in Pian delle Vigne (translated as the "flatlands of vines"), located at much warmer lower elevations with heavier reddish soils. That means future vintages (wines to come after the 2018 Brunello that is already in bottle as I write this) may see a blend of fruit from the two sites, giving the winemaking team much more latitude to blend from both cool and warm parcels. Or the Passo del Lume Spento fruit could end up in its single-vineyard bottling. It will be interesting to see how the estate uses its new fruit and its new winery.
93 Points - James Suckling
Cherry, plum and cedar aromas follow through to a medium to full body with integrated, polished tannins that are fine and pretty. Not the biggest Brunello from this vintage, but shows interest and focus. Try after 2023.