Brunello di Montalcino 2018: full report plus top-scoring wines

Brunello di Montalcino 2018
Looking north from the town of Montalcino in November 2022.

Brunello di Montalcino 2018 vintage rating: 3.5/5

Cooler than average with rain throughout and showers close to harvest. Quality and style vary but wines are generally mid-weight with slender structure offering near to midterm ageing. The best are elegant, fresh and expressive.

‘Although location was certainly a factor, the vintage really came down to producer.’

What a difference a year makes! Entering Montalcino’s medieval Sant’Agostino Cloister for Brunello’s annual release, my sense of déjà vu quickly disappeared as I tasted through the 2018s. These wines are nothing like the brawny 2017s – Brunellino (‘little Brunello’) was the expression being bandied around by the Italians.

2018 vintage explained

Brunello di Montalcino 2018: full report plus top-scoring wines  
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