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Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2016

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Rich and structured, with aromas of savory mushroom, balsamic, ripe blackberry, and tastefully integrated oak spice.


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Siro Pacenti, the highly rated and reviewed estate in Montalcino is a perfect example. They are not classically “traditional” for a couple of reasons. First the estate is relatively new, founded in 1970 just as Brunello was finally beginning to shake off the damage of 2 world wars and a long economic recession. And second, Siro’s son, Giancarlo, was trained in Bordeaux and has from the time he took over in 1988 insisted on using winemaking methods that are clearly more, well, French.

What this boils down to is a choice of barrels for aging the wine. Giancarlo has always used French oak instead of Slavonian, and he adds new barrels every year into the mix in order to maintain strict standards of cleanliness. But that’s about it. The estate itself is run very much in line with tradition, having only about 20 of the 60 hectares planted to Sangiovese (yes, just Sangiovese) and the rest is olive groves and cereal grains.

Giancarlo is very much focused on the farming, and has been using biodynamic principles along with organic practices for many years. Clean, ripe, healthy fruit is the key to producing wines of transparency and terroir, which is the only goal in the cellar. There is nothing “international” at all in this pursuit of producing the finest wines of Brunello.

So where should we place Siro Pacenti on the spectrum between modern and traditional? I don't think it matters. What does is that wines are poised, elegant, powerful and delicious. And purely Montalcino.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 95
"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne from Siro Pacenti is dark and youthfully folded in upon itself. This pulls you closer to the glass, as it slowly reveals a nuanced display of olive-tinged blackberry and plum, with hints of mocha, balsamic spice and tanned leather. It’s deeply textural, with velvety waves of ripe black fruits laced with tactile minerals, propelled by vibrant acids which carry its medium-bodied weight with ease. Youthfully dense, poised and geared for the long term, the 2016 Vecchie Vigne will require a good amount of cellaring to show all of its charms. Hints of licorice and violet florals echo throughout the long and structured finale. (EG) " -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 94
"I tasted this wine from barrel a few years back, and it's great to follow up on its evolution. Looking back at my notes, I remarked on the generosity, depth and fruit-driven bounty of the Siro Pacenti 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne. Those are the same words I would use to describe the wine today. Indeed, they could sum up the house style that underlines concentration, careful berry selection and an elaborate oak regimen with new French barrique. Fruit from old vines represents a blend of two sites, one with rocky soils to the south and another with clay soils to the north. This wine opens to a nicely saturated appearance with dark berry, spice and tobacco. The wine is structured and firm, owning its tannins to both the fruit and the barrique. I do find the tannins to be astringent at this young stage, so I would hold off from opening this 25,000-bottle release for a long while. Like many of the other producers in Montalcino, Giancarlo Pacenti has captured the linearity and focus of the vintage, but his house style ultimately leaves a bigger mark on the fruit." -Robert Parker

Wine Enthusiast

WE 95
"Menthol, new leather, French oak and spiced blueberry aromas come to the forefront. Full bodied and concentrated, the firmly structured palate delivers dried cherry, grilled Porcini, vanilla and licorice set against assertive, close-grained tannins before closing on a coconut note. Give it time to flesh out in the bottle." -Kerin O'Keefe


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  • Style

    Earthy , Rich , Spicy

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied