Wine Advocate 93+ points! Vinous 92 points! James Suckling 94 points!
Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful red wine gem from the heralded 2013 vintage. First a temple, then a fortress and a monastery, then a castle, a manor house, a shelter for shepherds and their flocks, and, finally, an art workshop and winery. From the Etruscans to the Romans, through the turbulent Middle Ages, abandonment and then restoration by Sandro Chia in the eighties, Castello Romitorio is a place where time has a physical, tangible dimension. It is a place where wine is an intrinsic part of the history. The vineyards of the Castello Romitorio winery capture the multi-faceted beauty of two of the best micro-climates in the windswept hills of Montalcino: Castello Romitorio in the northwest and Poggio di Sopra in the southeast.
"Castello Romitorio's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a dark ruby color with beautiful garnet-like intensity. The bouquet offers similar stamina and vigor, with thick layers of dark cherry and blackberry. Spice, tobacco and cola also play big roles in this ensemble. The bouquet ultimately offers more immediacy than the mouthfeel, which is still tightly wound and compact at this young stage in the wine's life. This tells me that the wine has plenty of wiggle room for a successful aging future." Drink 2020-2030-Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 93+ points!
Enjoy Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino with grilled sirloin, lasagna, and aged cheeses.