🎖️James Suckling 97 pts
What a nose of dried meat, tar, tobacco, dried boysenberries, red licorice and baking spices. Hearty tannins surround the full-bodied palate from every side, wringing bursting acidity from a full-throttle core of ripe, chewy fruit. The power and intensity are undeniable, but as you seep in the rich dried spices and died meat on the finish, you catch a glimpse of crystalline acidity through the looking glass.
🎖️Wine Advocate 94 pts
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vallocchio shows depth and a more sophisticated approach with ample textural richness and more evident spice and smoke from its oak aging. However, the style fundamentally embraces the same lithe and lifted elegance that we saw in Fanti's classic Brunello. The color saturation of the Vallocchio is a degree or two darker, and the bouquet reveals dark cherry, tilled earth, cola and smoked cedar wood. Give the wine a few more years in your cellar to flesh out.
🎖️Vinous 93 pts
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vallocchio is dark and floral, leading off with exotic spices and white smoke, then giving way to crushed black cherry, hints of violet, crushed stone, and sweet balsamic notes. On the palate, I find velvety textures, complemented by ripe black cherry and sweet spice, as zesty acids pinch at the senses and red inner florals resonate throughout. The finish is long and youthfully angular, while fine-grained tannins saturate under a mix of tart red berry fruit and lingering acids.
🎖️Wine Spectator 92 pts
A broad, powerful version, featuring black cherry, plum, tar, iron and underbrush flavors that mingle with the thick, pointed tannins. Ripe fruit occupies the center, offsetting the muscular structure, while the finish lingers, picking up a salty element.
🎖️Wine Enthusiasts 90 pts
Balsamic aromas of menthol mingle with new leather, underbrush and steeped prune. The big brawny palate offers dried cherry, orange zest, licorice and tobacco alongside assertive, close-grained tannins that grip the close. You'll also notice the heat of evident alcohol.