Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 1999

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

Item No. 116721
  • red wine
  • WS95
  • WE95
  • RP92
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2007
  • RP94
  • WS91
  • 2004
  • WS95
  • WE93
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Winemaker's Notes

This Brunello is a blend of different vineyards from both the south and north sides of the Montalcino hill, giving them great richness and structure as well as freshness. They are aged in French oak barrels yet show very little wood character, and their crystal clear style is one that ages extremely well.

Critical Acclaim

"Offers mushroom and blackberry, with hints of prune and spices. Full and soft, with dense fruit and a soft, velvety tannin structure. Caresses every inch of the palate. Beautiful all around. So good now.—'99 Brunello blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 2,000 cases made."
95 Points

"The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino is Pacenti’s best to date, quite dark in its ruby-garnet tonality and with ample sensations of cloves, vanilla, and sandalwood, though better integrated with the plum and raspberry fruit than in the past. The intense and powerful palate, concentrated, solid, and dense, is sweet and richly fruity and the depth and energy of the flavors indicate a significant life span ahead, a good fifteen years. Only a rise in the level of the oak on the finish keeps the score from going higher."
92 Points

"Good medium ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of dark berries, nuts and menthol. Dense, thick and powerful, with a lovely penetrating sweetness. Still a bit dominated by its structure and showing limited complexity today. Finishes with big tannins that are chewy, lush and sweet. I'd give this one six years in the cellar, at which point it may well merit an even higher score.
Rating: 94(+?)"
91 Points

Learn About Siro Pacenti Map ItMap It

Giancarlo Pacenti is one of the leaders of the younger generation of innovative Montalcinesi who take inspiration and new ideas from outside of the zone and often beyond Italian borders. 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...

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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Sangiovese

Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...

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