Brunello Vintage 2015: “A Historical Year”

Brunello 2015We’ve been hearing “buzz” about Brunello’s magnificent 2015 harvest pretty much ever since the grapes came in off the vines. The wines won’t be released until January and most wine critics wait until the official Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino in mid-January to make pronouncements on the finished wines.

But former Wine Spectator Senior Editor, now independent critic, James Suckling managed to persuade 40+ top producers to show him the wines in October. His take:

“2015 is a great vintage. It will rank among the best recent vintages in the region, and will be compared to the likes of 2010, 2007, 2006, 2001, and 1997.”

“So many of the wines we tasted showed a beautiful depth of fruit and endless length. They are dense and rich wines, structured with masses of tannins yet finely textured and comprehensive in the mouth. The tannins seem to melt into the wine. I have never seen this before in a young vintage of Brunello and few other sangiovese-based wines.”

“The 2015 vintage is a historical year for Brunello di Montalcino that nobody should miss. The wines show impressive precision of vivid fruit, fine tannins and freshness in acidity despite their ripeness and richness which makes them some of the most exciting in years.”

In short, everything we expected and hoped for based on the brilliance of 2015 in nearby Chianti and other top Tuscan DOCs. If you love the majestic blend of power and vibrancy Sangiovese achieves in the Montalcino hills and want to stock you cellar with wines that will be a delight to taste young and shine across a couple of decades…well, Brunello 2015 is for you.

Tariffs???
There’s really only one fly in the luxurious ointment of 2015 Brunello: the threat of 100% tariffs imposed on European wines by the US government. This issue is complex, and we don’t do politics here. For now, we’re cautiously optimistic that Italian wines will continue to escape punitive tariffs (they were not impacted by the October tariffs related to the Boeing/Airbus dispute). But please note that all pricing and availability in our 2015 Brunello offers are contingent on no new tariffs being implemented.

Join the Brunello 2015 List!
We’re hoping to do around a dozen 2015 Brunello di Montalcino pre-arrival offers. If you’d like to be included in all of them, email wineteam@cbcwine.com and we’ll add you to our Brunello 2015 Offer list.

Reserving your 2015 Brunello on pre-sale ensures that you’ll get the wines you want at the very best prices we can offer. We receive better pricing when we purchase on pre-sale and we pass those savings along to you along with lower mark-ups based on our reduced inventory risk. Some offers will go to our full email list, but many will be too limited to offer broadly. Signing up for the Brunello 2015 Offer list ensures you see them all!

How the Market Works. Will these be the very lowest prices you’ll see in the USA? Sometimes, and they’ll always be competitive with the best prices we can find at the time we make the offer. But lower offers could emerge. There are retailers in the national market that are comfortable buying wines from brokers and other third-parties in Europe and then importing the wines directly. These “Gray Market” wines avoid the mark-ups charged by US-based importers. But they also avoid the assurance that the wines are what the label says they are and that they were kept in perfect condition from winery to distributor to us and to you.

And different retailers have different strategies. There are plenty out there that offer wines at one price to their “online” customers and at a different, higher price to folks who shop in their store. Or offer wines they may not really have access to at super-low prices, planning to “bait” customers into contacting them and then “switch” them to another, more profitable, product.

Our Approach. We’re taking an approach that makes sense to us and, we think, to you. We’ll invite you to reserve your favorite 2015 Brunello knowing that we’re sourcing them from quality importers/distributors and that the wines will arrive in impeccable condition. We’ll confirm your order within a week or two of receiving your request and make sure we have accurate payment info on file. But, you won’t pay for the wines until they are here and ready for pick-up – a big departure from the normal “futures” approach you’ll find most other places.

And, we’ll only offer you wines we’re certain you’ll love. We hope you think that’s a pretty good deal all the way around!

Again, to join the Brunello 2015 Pre-Sale List, email us at wineteam@cbcwine.com. And if you have any questions, feel free to email or call us at 703-356-6500.

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