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Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2018: 20 recommendations

Michela Morris finds some ‘stunning surprises’ among the variable 2018 Riservas. See her 20 recommendations below.

Tasting Brunello’s 2018 Riservas alongside new releases from 2019 required a conscious palate recalibration. The good news is that vintage variation – which is genuinely one of the appeals of fine wine – is alive and well in Montalcino.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 20 top Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2018 wines


In 2018, cool temperatures in August and recurring rainfall in the weeks before harvest challenged ripening and yielded thin-skinned grapes. The resulting wines were fine in frame, slim in textures and moderate in concentration.


Michaela’s 20 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2018 recommendations:

Plus one late-release 2016


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