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2016 La Fiorita Brunello Italy

2016 La Fiorita Brunello Italy

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95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Enticing aromas of menthol, ripe dark-skinned fruit, new leather and sandalwood lead the way. Boasting a heady combination of power and finesse, the full-bodied palate doles out ripe black cherry, raspberry jam, licorice and tobacco framed in firm, velvety tannins. Fresh acidity keeps the richness in check. Drink 2024-2036. KERIN O’KEEFE Inner quote mark (3/2021)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a full-bodied, juicy red with ripe plums, dried cherries, cedar and a touch of milk chocolate. Dried roses and leather. Silky tannins and a long, focused finish. Some tile undertones. Drink after 2022. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The La Fiorita 2016 Brunello di Montalcino unfolds to dark fruit, cherry, tobacco and sweet spice. This wine shows very nicely, thanks to the balance of its fruit, and is characterized by a delicate sweet note that recalls cassis and wild raspberry. The wine is open and accessible from the start, and that bodes well for those who don't care to wait and age their Brunello too long. Indeed, I could see this wine matched up nicely to a wood-oven flatbread with shaved truffles layered generously on top. This wine draws its fruit from two sites, Poggio al Sole and Pian Bossolino, and ages in Slavonian oak casks for 24 months. Production is 21,500 bottles. Natalie Oliveros and the team at La Fiorita are almost ready to break in their new winery. In fact, 2020 was supposed to be their first vintage in the structure, but COVID-19 delays mean they will wait another year. In addition to a classic Brunello and a Riserva, the estate added a new Brunello called Fiore di No that we saw in 2015 and now again in 2016. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The elegant 2016 Brunello di Montalcino boasts a beautiful blend of pure fruits and perfumed aromatics. A dusty mix of wild strawberries, cherries, sage and cedar makes for an understated yet pretty display. It’s medium in body, and the textures are creamy in feel, with a polished display of red and black fruits offset by a twang of sour citrus, as inner florals build toward the close. The tannins here are sweet and nuanced, even as they create a classically dry expression; yet there’s plenty of residual energy to make this a knockout Brunello to enjoy over the medium term. -- Eric Guido Inner quote mark (11/2020)

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