Armilla Brunello di Montalcino 2015 / 750 ml.

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WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2020
From one of Montalcino’s under-the-radar gems, this is a fantastic effort for the hot vintage, opening with classic varietal aromas of underbrush, leather, wild berry and a balsamic whiff of camphor. Smooth, full bodied and enveloping, the delicious palate combines finesse, great fruit and balance, doling out crushed raspberry, cherry compote, licorice and baking spice. It’s already almost accessible but offers years of drinking pleasure. Drink 2021–2030.
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2020
A lush, mouthfilling style, featuring cherry, strawberry and rose flavors, accented by balsamic notes of juniper, rosemary and thyme. Dense tannins gird the finish, yet this feels balanced overall and built to age. Best from 2023 through 2040. 75 cases made. (Bruce Sanderson)
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, September 20, 2020
This has a beautiful, burnt, lightly mossy character to it, reminiscent of caramelized oranges and billiard table. Behind that are the Brunello hallmarks — glazed cherries and dried red plums. The ripe citrus and red fruit is deeply set on the full-bodied palate, anchored to layers of grippy tannins that keep this savory and mouthwatering through the medium-long finish. Drink from 2024.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Jan 2020
The Armilla 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a ripe and fruit-forward bouquet. This wine makes you aware of the sunny and warm conditions of the vintage, thanks to its soft layers and rich fruit tones of dried cherry and plum. However, in classic Brunello fashion, the wine also offers medicinal, earthy and spicy notes that add to the complexity and general depth of the finished product. You get the sophistication of Brunello with the good cheer and exuberance of the vintage. The tannins show a firm bite that holds the mouthfeel tightly together. Fruit comes from a two-hectare property positioned some 300 meters above sea level with calcareous, siliceous and arenaceous soils that are rich in mineral content. The soils are embedded with layers of sand for easy water drainage. Armilla corked some 9,000 bottles of this wine in June 2019, and it hit the market in January 2020.

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WE96 96 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (5/1/2020)

From one of Montalcino’s under-the-radar gems, this is a fantastic effort for the hot vintage, opening with classic varietal aromas of underbrush, leather, wild berry and a balsamic whiff of camphor. Smooth, full bodied and enveloping, the delicious palate combines finesse, great fruit and balance, doling out crushed raspberry, cherry compote, licorice and baking spice. It’s already almost accessible but offers years of drinking pleasure. Drink 2021–2030.

SP94 94 pts. / Wine Spectator (Jun 30, 2020)

A lush, mouthfilling style, featuring cherry, strawberry and rose flavors, accented by balsamic notes of juniper, rosemary and thyme. Dense tannins gird the finish, yet this feels balanced overall and built to age. Best from 2023 through 2040. 75 cases made. (Bruce Sanderson)

JS94 94 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Sunday, September 20, 2020)

This has a beautiful, burnt, lightly mossy character to it, reminiscent of caramelized oranges and billiard table. Behind that are the Brunello hallmarks — glazed cherries and dried red plums. The ripe citrus and red fruit is deeply set on the full-bodied palate, anchored to layers of grippy tannins that keep this savory and mouthwatering through the medium-long finish. Drink from 2024.

RP93 93 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (31st Jan 2020)

The Armilla 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a ripe and fruit-forward bouquet. This wine makes you aware of the sunny and warm conditions of the vintage, thanks to its soft layers and rich fruit tones of dried cherry and plum. However, in classic Brunello fashion, the wine also offers medicinal, earthy and spicy notes that add to the complexity and general depth of the finished product. You get the sophistication of Brunello with the good cheer and exuberance of the vintage. The tannins show a firm bite that holds the mouthfeel tightly together. Fruit comes from a two-hectare property positioned some 300 meters above sea level with calcareous, siliceous and arenaceous soils that are rich in mineral content. The soils are embedded with layers of sand for easy water drainage. Armilla corked some 9,000 bottles of this wine in June 2019, and it hit the market in January 2020.

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There are few regions as picturesque as Italy's Tuscany. And there are few regions that produce finer wines, either. Tuscany is home to legendary wine regions Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti, among others, where the red wine grape Sangiovese is king. It's also home to "Super Tuscans," a category of Tuscan wines that don't officially fall within the Italian wine classification system.

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Italy is famous for its powerful, sleek, and elegant reds wines from ancient growing areas with legendary names such as Chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco, Montepulciano. Italian white wines are also gaining popularity: Orvieto, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon are excellent examples of Italian white wines.

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SKU 94483
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Armilla Brunello di Montalcino
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Product Location - Location-Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Armilla
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2015
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Sangiovese
Primary Grape Sangiovese
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2021
A rich, harmonious red, displaying cherry, raspberry, iron, leather and earth aromas and flavors, with a hint of caraway. Sleek and succulent, shows a well-integrated structure and a flight-to-Mars-and-back finish. Best from 2024 through 2046. 600 cases made, 300 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020
The 2015 Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva mixes rich plum sauce and brown spice with lifting notes of wild herbs and white smoke. There’s an earthy, flowery undergrowth component that comes forward with time and really completes the expression. It’s deeply textural with a salty, savory persona, as flavors of cherry sauce and sage give way to baker’s chocolate and hints of tobacco. The finish is structured yet maintains balance, coming across as youthfully tannic but also clean and fresh. There’s a bit of a rustic feel here, yet it only serves to further accentuate the experience.

Italy | Tuscany | Brunello di Montalcino

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SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2020
Cherry, berry, mineral and tobacco flavors hold court in this well-defined red. Borders on racy, courtesy of the vivid acidity, with well-mannered tannins running underneath. Shows terrific balance and complexity, featuring a long, savory aftertaste. Best from 2022 through 2039. 200 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2020
Aromas of grilled herb, graphite and wild berry take center stage along with whiffs of rose and exotic spice. On the full-bodied polished palate, fine-grained tannins lithely frame red cherry, pomegranate, coffee bean and orange zest while fresh acidity keeps it bright. Drink 2022–2027.

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JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Sweet berries and dried flowers with cedar and hints of cigar box. Medium-to full-bodied with firm, creamy tannins and a fresh, vivid finish. A rather linear and polished 2015. Structured. Better after 2022, but already beautiful.
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
The rose is dark and rich, showing ripe black cherry and sweet herbs, with notes of tobacco, hints of mocha, and brown spice. On the palate, soft textures give way to sweet red fruits, showing wonderful purity and finesse, which was completely unexpected following the powerful bouquet that greeted me, as the 2015 Sesti becomes even more savory in the glass. The finish is long, energetic yet clean, with brisk acids making the mouth water, and remnants of red berry fruit and inner florals echoing throughout. The longer I spend with the glass, the more I like it. (Eric Guido)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 15th Oct 2020
The Sesti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers rich texture and shapely fruit flavors with plenty of forest berry, cherry, spice and potting soil. This Brunello opens to a very smooth, almost glossy texture with tannins that have already integrated at the five-year point following the harvest. That aged smoothness and silkiness gives this wine immediate appeal. The oak feels well integrated within the more opulent texture of the fruit. Some 180,100 bottles were released, but only 360 cases were shipped to the United States. (Monica Larner)

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SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2020
Silky and elegant, revealing cherry, plum, tobacco, earth and iron flavors. The vibrant structure keeps this red pulsing through the long, mineral-infused finish. Shows fine balance and complexity. Best from 2023 through 2042. 3,000 cases made, 1,250 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
Carpineto’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino rises from the glass with an intense display of orange-tinged strawberry, cedar box, a dusting of spice, animal musk, and dark earth tones. On the palate, velvety textures are contrasted by vibrant acidity, giving lift to its tart red and black berry fruit, as a host of sweet and savory spice develop, and fine tannins slowly mount. It finishes firm yet refined, with cool-toned red berry lingering over saline-minerals and a coating of dry tannins.
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 15th Oct 2020
Carpineto is a dynamic estate with property in Chianti Classico and Montepulciano in addition to Montalcino, where the fruit is grown on a dry-farmed outcropping at over 500 meters in elevation, sloping gently northward. It is one of the coolest climates in Montalcino, and in fact, it is one of the last vineyards to be picked. Their 2015 Brunello di Montalcino opens to fresh berry aromas with forest floor, wild cherry and cassis, with a good amount of the proverbial red fruit energy in this wine to keep it lively and vivid. Subtle layers of spice and smoke are intermingled at the back. It’s a nice Brunello for a sirloin and mushrooms. Some 30,000 bottles were made.

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RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Jan 2020
Here’s a confident and genuine expression of Sangiovese that manages to be both accessible and complicated at the same time. Brunello is one of the few Italian wines to bridge the gap between those two extremes. The Voliero 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers a steady stream of small berry fruit and cherry aromas. But there is width to this bouquet and deeper layers of spice, tar and licorice also play important roles. This Brunello ages in oak for 36 months in order to find harmony and balance. Some 7,866 bottles were made. Those bottles were filled in July 2019 and the wine hit the market in January 2020.
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
Here I’m finding a spicy display of Sangiovese fruit, as dusty dried florals give way to mineral-laced bright cherry, with hints of cedar, leather and white smoke. On the palate, soft textures wash across the senses, ushering in pure red berry fruits, as brisk acids firm up the experience, leaving saline-minerals and fine tannin in their wake. The finish is medium in length and a bit angular, resonating on savory spice with licorice, dried black cherries, inner florals, and a lingering twang of acid. The Voliero needs time to fully come together, yet it is likely to always remain a spicy, acid-driven effort.
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - May 7, 2020
Light-weight, exuding cherry, plum, leather, earth and saline flavors. The ripe fruit gives way to boisterous tannins, staying within bounds but leaving an astringent feel on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2036. 655 cases made, 150 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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