Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne DOCG 2016 (Tuscany, Italy) - [RV 99] [JS 97] [JD 96] [WE 95] [VM 95] [WA 94] [WS 94]
Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne DOCG 2016 (Tuscany, Italy) - [RV 99] [JS 97] [JD 96] [WE 95] [VM 95] [WA 94] [WS 94]

Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne DOCG 2016
(Tuscany, Italy) - [RV 99] [JS 97] [JD 96] [WE 95] [VM 95] [WA 94] [WS 94]

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About this winery:

Siro Pacenti bought his estate and planted his first vines in 1970, all of which still thrive today. The property is north of Montalcino, in Pelagrilli, and overlooks Siena with 22 hectares of Sangiovese in fresh, clay soils. In 1988, Giancarlo Pacenti took over operations at the winery, producing the first Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino that same year. 

His two vineyards lie in two very different areas of Montalcino: one to the northeast of the town, where the wines develop full, ripe qualities; and one to the hotter southwest area near Sant’Angelo in Colle, which produces a more powerful, minerally wine. Here's what Vinous Media's Antonio Galloni had to say about this winery:

"Giancarlo Pacenti is one of the few producers who blends wines from the northern and southern zones in Montalcino for most of his wines, which is one reason he is so consistent from year to year. Eric Boissenot, one of Bordeaux's top wine minds, is the consultant. As always, the Pacenti Brunellos are distinguished by their sleek, modern contours."


Technical Data

Grapes: Sangiovese 100% coming from our vineyards of over 35 years old
Harvesting: Only by hand on a production for strain of 800/1.000 g., manual sorting of grapes on appropriate tables before and after the destemming
Wine-Making: In steel at controlled temperature
Aging: In french oak by 225 lt. for 24 months and then in bottle

Main data analysis:
Alcohol 15,5 %
Dry extract 33,6 gr/lt
Total acidity 5 gr/lt
PH 3,5


Tasting Notes

Structured and elegant, with silky tannins and a long finish. This wine comes from two vineyards with vines over 35 years old; annual production is around 30,000 bottles.

Ratings & Reviews:

99 Points - Raffaele Vecchione -
“Precision of execution and futuristic vision of an essential beauty make this incandescently pleasurable on the nose. The scents of red prunes blend with notes of hibiscus, geraniums and salted caramel. There is more in the background with notes of lavender and blueberries blended into the three-dimensional matrix which recollects hints of balsamic. Full bodied, tannins incredibly blended into the matrix which caress the palate and describe a growing parable of luminous essence. The finale is rich in pulp and juicy, centred and perfectly balanced. Better from 2022.”

97 Points - James Suckling:
”Such wonderful opulence and beauty. The nose shows dried flowers and minerals with blackberries and black cherries. Purity is the word. Full-bodied with incredible depth and structure and polished, silky tannins that envelop your palate. The length is really impressive.” (11/2020)

96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2016 Vecchie Vigne Brunello is introspective and complex on the nose, with tobacco, baked earth, dried black plum, cedar, and lavender. The palate is concentrated and brooding, with cola, balsamic black fruit, and tea leaf, and the wine is full-bodied, with chiseled structure, powerful tannin, and balanced acidity. Spending two years in French oak of 225 liters, the oak influence is present but has finesse and is well-integrated for the style. This wine warrants time in the cellar and will be fantastic drinking for those who gravitate to a more polished, modern style. 2025-2040." - Audrey Frick (3/4/2021)

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"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. Drink 2026–2036." - Kerin O'Keefe (5/1/2021)

95 Points - Vinous Media:
“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.” - Eric Guido (11/2020)

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"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." - Monica Larner (11/2020)


94 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Broad and dense, this red reveals power behind the plum, cherry, earth, leather and underbrush flavors. Will need time to shed its beefy tannins, but the fruit keeps pace on the long finish. Best from 2025 through 2047. 1,800 cases made, 700 cases imported." — BS (Jun 30, 2021)