Like a savoury holiday feast, the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Franci boasts a rich mix of plum sauce, cranberry, savoury herbs and autumnal spice. This is texturally deep and potent, with mineral-tinged red fruits and clove nuances.
A fine tannin coating is left to linger, along with a bump of stimulating citrus, as the 2018 tapers off long and elegantly perfumed. Very nice, and while this may not have the power of the best years, fans of Tassi will not want to be without it.
Eric Guido, Vinous.com (October 2022)
Maturing ruby with bricky rim. Shows definitely a little more oomph on the nose than the straight Brunello. Sappy, soft fruit and already very accessible, but overall seems a tiny bit simple.
Walter Speller, Jancisrobinson.com (November 2022)
Walter Speller, Jancisrobinson.com, November 2022
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.
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.