2017 Brunello di Montalcino, Giuseppe Tassi, Tassi, Tuscany, Italy

2017 Brunello di Montalcino, Giuseppe Tassi, Tassi, Tuscany, Italy

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2017 Brunello di Montalcino, Giuseppe Tassi, Tassi, Tuscany, Italy

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The vintage’s heat gave intensity to the grapes, but the vines’ proximity to the river and cold mountain winds retained freshness and phenolic maturity. Wild fermentation in concrete, 10% whole-bunch and 25 months in botti grande make for a stylish Brunello. Dense, dark fruit, earthy detail and floral highlights melt into a firm frame with juicy velvet tannins.

Drink 2024 - 2032

Davy Żyw, Senior Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Feb 2022)

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Eric Guido, Vinous92/100
A beguiling mix of crushed stone, black currants, wild herbs and hints of animal musk smolders up from the 2017 Brunello di Montalcino. This is deeply textural and velvety in feel, but with energizing acidity to balance, as ripe wild berries and exotic spices cascade across a core of saline-minerals. There’s simply so much power and intensity within that you barely notice the grippy tannins that are slowly clamping down on the experience. A hint of balsamic-tinged cherry lingers on and on. Wow; give this a year or two of cellaring, and then enjoy it with abandon.

Eric Guido, vinous.com (December 2021) Read more
James Suckling95/100
Lots of sweet berries with plum and cherry aromas that follow through to a full body with plenty of ripe tannins, yet they are polished and savory. Very juicy. Bright and tangy finish. Balanced and fresh. From organically grown grapes. Drink after 2022.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (November 2021) Read more
With vineyards at various altitudes and expositions in Montalcino’s southern reaches of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Tassi proposes three Brunello. In 2017, the estate bottling combines freshness with lush ripeness as scented garden herbs and baked flint permeate prune plums and glazed cherries. Upfront robust tannins give plenty to chew on in this full-figured Brunello, smooth and velvety right through to the warming finish. Drinking Window 2022 – 2028.

Michaela Morris, Decanter (November 2021) Read more

About this WINE



The Tassi family have deep roots in Montalcino. They have a legacy of working the vineyards of Biondi Santi and then as beekeepers, before turning their attention back to wine. Owner Fabio Tassi is a restaurateur, running the town’s flagship Drogheria Franci restaurant, and he owns its most prolific wine shop. His exposure to, and understanding of, Brunello’s wines, vintages and vineyards are greater than most – as are his relationships with many of the great winemaking families of Italy.

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A black grape widely grown in Central Italy and the main component of Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as being the sole permitted grape for the famed Brunello di Montalcino.

It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.

It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.

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