Lisini San Biagio 2018 / 750 ml.

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VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2021
The 2018 San Biagio, a 100% varietal Sangiovese, balances tart cherry, peppery herbs, leather and dark earth tones to create a savory and wonderfully inviting display. The textures are soft; yet its fruits are ripe and fleshy, with notes of sour citrus and juicy acids maintaining freshness while keeping the energy high. This is dangerously delicious, finishing long with echoes of blackberry and spice. While I wouldn’t hold the 2018 too long in the cellar, it will make a lot of people very happy over the next few years. (Eric Guido)
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2021
Lavender, juniper and eucalyptus aromas add balsamic elements to the sour cherry and currant fruit in this red, which is lively and firm, with iron and tobacco gracing the long, dry finish. Needs some time, but the length reveals its potential. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2028. 1,500 cases made, 715 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
RP8787 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 17th Feb 2022
The Lisini 2018 San Biagio is a pure expression of Sangiovese made only in steel vat and cement tanks, and it opens to a compact appearance and a slightly darkened garnet hue. The wine is simple and one-dimensional at the end of the day—and on the watery side—but it does deliver the varietal freshness, with wild cherry and rose, that could stand up to a classic pizza margherita. Some 17,600 bottles of this well-priced bottle are on the market now. (Monica Larner)

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VN91 91 pts. / Vinous (Jan 2021)

The 2018 San Biagio, a 100% varietal Sangiovese, balances tart cherry, peppery herbs, leather and dark earth tones to create a savory and wonderfully inviting display. The textures are soft; yet its fruits are ripe and fleshy, with notes of sour citrus and juicy acids maintaining freshness while keeping the energy high. This is dangerously delicious, finishing long with echoes of blackberry and spice. While I wouldn’t hold the 2018 too long in the cellar, it will make a lot of people very happy over the next few years. (Eric Guido)

SP89 89 pts. / Wine Spectator (Oct 15, 2021)

Lavender, juniper and eucalyptus aromas add balsamic elements to the sour cherry and currant fruit in this red, which is lively and firm, with iron and tobacco gracing the long, dry finish. Needs some time, but the length reveals its potential. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2028. 1,500 cases made, 715 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

RP87 87 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (17th Feb 2022)

The Lisini 2018 San Biagio is a pure expression of Sangiovese made only in steel vat and cement tanks, and it opens to a compact appearance and a slightly darkened garnet hue. The wine is simple and one-dimensional at the end of the day—and on the watery side—but it does deliver the varietal freshness, with wild cherry and rose, that could stand up to a classic pizza margherita. Some 17,600 bottles of this well-priced bottle are on the market now. (Monica Larner)

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Region / Tuscany

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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 98576
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Lisini San Biagio
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Product Location - Location-Appellation Toscana
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14%
Wine/Spirit Brand Lisini
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2018
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 100% Sangiovese
Primary Grape Sangiovese
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Same Region, Same Vintage, Same Grape
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2023
A dark, brooding 2018, with accents of smoke, vanilla, iron and tar surrounding a core of cherry and plum flavors. Reveals balsamic elements of eucalyptus and wild herbs on the lingering finish. On the austere side now, with a core of fruit and mineral. Best from 2025 through 2043. 150 cases made, 150 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2022
The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille keeps me coming back to the glass again and again to take in its spicy yet also wonderfully lifted bouquet, as shavings of cedar and pine evolve to reveal mentholated herbs, flinty stone and dried black cherries. This is deeply textural, soothing with its combination of ripe red fruits and juicy acidity, as sweet spices and mint nuances resonate toward the close. The Sugarille doesn’t miss a beat, tapering off with impeccable balance and regal structure, while allowing remnants of ripe wild berries and plum to linger on and on. The Gaja family has really outdone themselves in this idiosyncratic vintage. (Eric Guido)
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JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/6/2023
The 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino is expressive with brooding aromas of dried cherry, polished leather, shitake, and menthol. Pure, with a lovely concentration of fruit, it is medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a gorgeous arch of fresh acidity balancing it the whole way through. Through the palate, it offers notes of pure raspberry liqueur, pressed roses, blood orange, and crushed saline earth. This is a beautiful wine, with a lot of complexity and elegance. Drink 2024–2034. (Audrey Frick)
JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, December 11, 2022
A juicy Brunello with aromas of dried flowers, blueberries, cherries and hazelnuts. It’s medium- to full-bodied, with fine-grained tannins and a creamy, inviting palate. Succulent fruit throughout. Drink or hold.
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 9th Mar 2023
There is a sweet side to the Fossacolle 2018 Brunello di Montalcino with candied cherry and cinnamon stick. This is a mid-weight Brunello that opens to a dark garnet color with crimson highlights that are typical of aged Sangiovese. The bouquet is rather subdued and advanced with dried cherry, redcurrant, licorice stick, pressed rose and caramel cola. The wine’s intensity is moderate, and it follows through to the palate with silky tannins and a thin, medium-long finish. Some 16,000 bottles are made. (Monica Larner)
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JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, December 1, 2022
Intense aromas of black cherries, lavender and spice, such as nutmeg. Some sandalwood and bark, too. Full-bodied with a solid core of fruit and tannins for the vintage. Rather chewy, suggesting that additional bottle age is needed. Try after 2026. (James Suckling)
VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2022
Depths of dark, balsamic-tinged black cherry, plum sauce and autumnal spice make the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino impossible to ignore. This is velvety to the core, nearly opulent in feel, with a dense wave of ripe red fruits complemented by nuances of sweet lavender and tobacco. It leaves the palate clenched with fine tannins and primary concentration, creating a classic sensation that transcends the vintage. Nearly a minute goes by, and hints of cocoa and sweet herbs continue to resonate. Wow! Production at the Pertimali estate was down by 20% due to the spring frost, and the decision was made to place all of the juice usually intended for the Riserva into the straight Brunello, the result being one of the top wines of the vintage. (Eric Guido)
JD94+94+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/6/2023
Rich with compact and velvety layers, the 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino offers fleshy aromas of fig, black licorice, mocha, and roasted sage. It is full-bodied and displays more freshness and transparency on the palate, although it remains fully ripe, with black cherry, plum, turned soil, and macerated violets. It has full and present ripe tannins, a hint of crushed rock, and a saline, savory finish. With its liqueur-like richness throughout, this is a fantastic expression, but it needs a couple of years in the cellar before drinking over the following 10. (Audrey Frick)
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2023
Ripe and juicy, this red reveals plum, cherry, earth, tobacco and menthol aromas and flavors. Well-structured, delivering dense, dusty tannins and ample fruit to match, with a long, complex finish. Best from 2025 through 2042. 4,000 cases made, 1,250 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
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SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2023
Rich and deep, with base notes of plum and loamy earth offsetting cherry, hibiscus and eucalyptus flavors. Dense, with muscular tannins and lively acidity lending support. The long aftertaste evokes earth and Mediterranean brush. Best from 2026 through 2045. 3,300 cases made, 900 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 9th Mar 2023
The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is a wine of medium-soft volume and intensity with dark fruit, ripe cherry, black plum, spice and sweet potting soil. That theme of sweetness continues to the plush, lightly textured palate. The wine is ready to drink in the near or medium term; the tannins are round and ready, and it concludes with bright acidity. This is a release of 40,000 bottles. (Monica Larner)
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