Le Sommelier presents the lauded 2015 Brunello di Montalcino and other Tuscan gems…

2015 was a highly lauded vintage for Brunello di Montalcino, with many hailing it the top vintage of recent decades, and a few wines garnering 100 points from various critics. It’s a vintage of power and purity, thanks to a long growing season, with no extreme climatic events. 
According to James Suckling:

“2015 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. Nearly all the 2015 Brunello shows complex and beautiful aromas. It is not just ripe fruit when you stick your nose in the glass. The palates of the best show such fine-grained tannins. This wonderful harmony in the nose and palate makes the wines so approachable that you want to drink them now. However, these are Brunellos that will age beautifully for decades ahead making them historical in every sense of the word.”

We are fortunate to work with a few select Montalcino producers, showing diversity across region and styles. The one thing all of our producers have in common, however, is the utmost understanding and respect of their lands, and the unwavering commitment to quality.

We brought in a number of Brunello di Montalcino for the LCBO’s annual spring tasting event, and in light of its cancellation, we’re able to offer these very special wines directly to you.

Below are all of the wines we have in stock from the Montalcino area, listed in alphabetical order by producer.

Canalicchio di Sopra (sustainable)
Rosso di Montalcino 2018, $39.95 (6/cs) –  93 Vinous, 92 Wine Advocate

Donatella Cinelli Colombini (organic)
Leone Rosso DOC Orcia 2016, $23.95 (12/cs)
Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Toscana Rosso 2016, $35.95 (12/cs) – 93 Wine Advocate
Rosso di Montalcino DOCG 2017, $32.00 (6/cs) – 90 James Suckling
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013, $73.95 (6/cs) – 92 Wine Advocate
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015, $74.95 (6/cs) – 95 James Suckling, 94 Wine Advocate

Fanti (sustainable)
Poggio Torto IGT Toscana Rosso 2018, $22.95 (12/cs) – 90 Michael Godel
Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2018, $29.95 (12/cs)
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015, $78.95 (6/cs) – 95 James Suckling
Vin Santo Sant’Antimo DOC 2011, $62.95 (6 x 375mL)

Le Ragnaie (organic)
Troncone IGT Toscana Rosso 2016, $25.95 (12/cs) – 93 James Suckling
Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2016, $49.95 (6/cs)
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015, $121.00 (6/cs) – 96 James Suckling, 94 Vinous
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Vecchia 2015, $174.00 (6/cs) – 96 Wine Spectator, 96 James Suckling

Sesti (biodynamic)
Grangiovese IGT Toscana Rosso 2017, $30.95 (12/cs)
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2014, $117.95 (12/cs) – this is the best Brunello from the 2014 vintage that I have tasted.

These wines, especially the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino, are in demand around the world, and will sell out quickly. If you are interested in purchasing some of these historic wines, please contact me.

Most of our producers are small, independently owned and operated businesses, like ours. You can view our complete portfolio here. Thank you for letting us share these producers and wines with you.


Bernard Stramwasser

Le Sommelier

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