The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is not as dense or rich as the two previous vintages released. This wine offers a subdued and streamlined personality that pegs it closer to classic Sangiovese without the exuberance – and irresistible controversy – that we can expect from this talented Tuscan winemaker. In fact, the wine shows little of Carlo’s personal style that prizes density, opulence and concentration. Wild berry, pressed violets and spice rise from the bouquet. The wine is firm, delineated, muscular and powerful in terms of textural finesse. I feel confident of its aging potential. The mouthfeel will flesh out further with more time in the bottle. That said, I admit to feeling nostalgic for the grandeur and opulence that I associate with Carlo’s vast portfolio of great wines. Go for it Carlo! Show us your stuff. This is a bashful vintage that I don’t associate with your signature style.
Wine Advocate 94pts