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2012 Brunello di Montalcino: A “Rockstar” Vintage and “A Return to Finesse”

Over the last decade Zachys has become America’s Premier Brunello Destination as a result of regularly getting our clients into the best vintages early on with unrivalled diversity of selection and great pricing. There can be no better example than the 2010 vintage in which we sold THOUSANDS of cases of great Brunello. It's time again people!! On February 1st the newest vintage, 2012, was released from Montalcino, and has the wine world taking note:

“A ROCKSTAR 2012 VINTAGE FOR BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
Fans of Brunello di Montalcino are in for a treat with the 2012 vintage. I tasted about 100 wines in October in a blind tasting in Tuscany and was impressed with their beautiful aromas, vibrant fruit, lively acidity, and ultra-fine tannins. These sangioveses are much more precise and finer than the bolder and riper 2011s. They have more in common with the legendary 2010 vintage and are most like the 2004s, a harmonious and gorgeous year for Brunellos.…“I am really, really happy with the quality,” said one of Italy’s leading consulting enologist Carolo Ferrini, who also makes his own tiny and excellent quality Brunello, Giodo. “The wines are superior to 2011.”…Indeed, that’s what I love about the 2012 Brunellos I’ve tasted so far. They show beautiful perfumes of ripe fruit and hints of earth with a mandarin and orange highlight. The palates are rich and dense, with an underlying crispness and linear thread from start to finish…” —James Suckling, CEO/Editor 11/2016

Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast) – “The 2012 Brunello Vintage is a Return to Finesse: If you love elegant, age-worthy Sangiovese, then stock your wine cellar with 2012 Brunello di Montalcino...Defying the intense heat of the growing season, many 2012 Brunellos have the vibrancy usually found in cooler vintages. They boast juicy red berry, noble tannins and impeccable balance that will allow them to age well for years. This vintage marked a return to finesse, enticing aromas and generally lower alcohol levels when compared to other recent releases...The 2012s even have more consistent quality across the denomination than the highly acclaimed 2010s...” 1/17

In January, on www.jamessuckling.com was a video interviewing top producers of the region who feel the 2012 vintage is:

Giancarlo Pacenti (Siro Pacenti)
“Fantastic…elegant, very long with good acidity and fantastic balance….Incredible character…”
Vincenzo Abbruzzese (Valdicava)
“Aristocratic…slightly closed at first…great velvet and balance…will give great pleasure…”
Giacomo Neri (Casanova Di Neri)
“Very high quality…close to 2010 or 2006 vintage…”
Paolo Bianchini (Ciacci Piccolomini)
“Delivers similar pleasure as the 2010 vintage…”

2012 was a challenging growing season with a very hot Summer and some rain in August. Everybody was in agreement that the best wine produced came from thorough work in the vineyards as yields were down pretty significantly.  The end result, however, was some pretty great Brunellos.

The only negative I am seeing as a buyer right now is the reduced yields have created very limited availability. We are not seeing anywhere near the same quantities offered to us as we did with the 2010 vintage. We have now curated one of the most varied and in-depth selections of Brunellos from the standout 2012 vintage, outside Montalcino itself, and Zachys is the only place to find them.

The energy and excitement around this vintage is truly exciting and very reminiscent of the 2010 campaign. Zachys will continue to be in the forefront of this vintage/region solidifying its place on top as America’s Premier Brunello Destination. Brunello di Montalcino continues to be a HUGE part of our Tuscan business and we look forward to delving into the 2012 vintage with our clients.

All my best,
Andrew

Montalcino, 2012

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Brunello di Montalcino Argiano 2012 (96JS) (750ML)

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Brunello di Montalcino Argiano 2012 (96JS) (750ML)
96 Points, James Suckling: `Fantastically complex aromas of spices, dried flowers and plums follow through to a full body, integrated and polished tannins and a superb finish. This is a 2012 Brunello with it all. Drink in 2018.` 11/16. . 94+ Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:… more >
Bottle Price: $57.99 Sale Bottle: $47.99
Case Price: $695.88 Sale Case: $575.88

Brunello di Montalcino Costanti 2012 (98WE) (750ML)

SKU #418248
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Brunello di Montalcino Costanti 2012 (98WE) (750ML)
98 Points - Kerin O'Keefe ~ Wimne Enthusiast: `Immensely inviting, this opens with fragrant pipe tobacco, crushed berry, new leather and pressed violet aromas. On the palate, firm, refined tannins underpin juicy black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon flavors, while orange zest accents and an… more >
Bottle Price: $79.99 Sale Bottle: $64.99
Case Price: $959.88 Sale Case: $779.88

Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie Il Marroneto 2012 (99WE) (750ML)

SKU #418543
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Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie Il Marroneto 2012 (99WE) (750ML)
99 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: `Alessandro Mori is the Sangiovese whisperer: l'uomo che sussurrava il Sangiovese. I need to say it in Italian, too, because it sounds so beautiful. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna Delle Grazie is a phenomenal wine that speaks so… more >
Bottle Price: $199.99 Sale Bottle: $174.99
Case Price: $2,399.88 Sale Case: $2,099.88

Brunello di Montalcino Campogiovanni San Felice 2012 (750ML)

SKU #420653
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Brunello di Montalcino Campogiovanni San Felice 2012  (750ML)
96 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator: `In a traditional style, showing beefy tannins and savory earth. notes, with a core of leather and cherry flavors. Shows some sweetness midpalate and picks up energy on the long finish. Hangs together, ending in an uplifting, resonant manner. Best from… more >
Bottle Price: $64.99 Sale Bottle: $44.99
Case Price: $779.88 Sale Case: $539.88

Brunello di Montalcino Costanti 2012 (1.5L)

SKU #418249
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Brunello di Montalcino Costanti 2012 (1.5L)
98 Points - Kerin O'Keefe ~ Wimne Enthusiast: `Immensely inviting, this opens with fragrant pipe tobacco, crushed berry, new leather and pressed violet aromas. On the palate, firm, refined tannins underpin juicy black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon flavors, while orange zest accents and an… more >
Bottle Price: $189.99 Sale Bottle: $149.99
Case Price: $1,139.94 Sale Case: $899.94

Brunello di Montalcino Ciacci Piccolomini 2012 (95WE/94JS) (750ML)

SKU #417164
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Brunello di Montalcino Ciacci Piccolomini 2012 (95WE/94JS) (750ML)
95 Points - Cellar Selection, Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast:` Dark spice, ripe berry, forest floor, Mediterranean brush and new leather aromas lead the nose on this powerfully structured wine. On the full-bodied palate, baking spice, licorice and pipe tobacco notes accent a juicy black cherry core… more >
Bottle Price: $56.99 Sale Bottle: $44.99
Case Price: $683.88 Sale Case: $539.88

Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Ciacci Piccolomini 2012 (97JS) (1.5L)

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Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Ciacci Piccolomini 2012 (97JS) (1.5L)
97 Points, James Suckling: `This is all about finesse and beauty with such great length and polish. It literally melts in your mouth. Full-bodied yet agile and vivid. So many undertones of cedar, berries, cream and light toffee. Fabulous. Contender for the wine of the vintage.` 12/16. more >
Bottle Price: $151.99 Sale Bottle: $139.99
Case Price: $911.94 Sale Case: $839.94

Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Ciacci Piccolomini 2012 (97JS) (3L)

SKU #418089
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Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Ciacci Piccolomini 2012 (97JS) (3L)
97 Points, James Suckling: `This is all about finesse and beauty with such great length and polish. It literally melts in your mouth. Full-bodied yet agile and vivid. So many undertones of cedar, berries, cream and light toffee. Fabulous. Contender for the wine of the vintage.` 12/16. . . 95… more >
Bottle Price: $341.99 Sale Bottle: $319.99
Case Price: $1,025.97 Sale Case: $959.97

Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Ciacci Piccolomini 2012 (97JS) (5L)

SKU #418090
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Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Ciacci Piccolomini 2012 (97JS) (5L)
97 Points, James Suckling: `This is all about finesse and beauty with such great length and polish. It literally melts in your mouth. Full-bodied yet agile and vivid. So many undertones of cedar, berries, cream and light toffee. Fabulous. Contender for the wine of the vintage.` 12/16. . . 95… more >
Bottle Price: $542.99 Sale Bottle: $519.99
Case Price: $542.99 Sale Case: $519.99

Brunello di Montalcino Banfi 2012 (93JS) (750ML)

SKU #418574
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Brunello di Montalcino Banfi 2012 (93JS) (750ML)
93 Points, James Suckling: `A sleek and pretty red with plum and light chocolate character plus hints of walnuts. Medium to full body and fine tannins. Shows the ripe balance of the 2012 vintage for Brunello. Drink or hold.` 11/16.. . 92 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:… more >
Bottle Price: $74.99 Sale Bottle: $57.99
Case Price: $899.88 Sale Case: $695.88

Brunello di Montalcino Capanna 2012 (94JS) (750ML)

SKU #418271
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Brunello di Montalcino Capanna 2012 (94JS) (750ML)
94 Points - James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com: `Aromas of dried berries, strawberries, smoke and hints of mushroom. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Subtle and order. Why wait? Drink now.` 2/17. . 91 Points, Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast: `This opens with… more >
Bottle Price: $59.99 Sale Bottle: $47.99
Case Price: $719.88 Sale Case: $575.88

Brunello di Montalcino Our 40th Harvest Altesino 2012 (96WS) (750ML)

SKU #417163
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Brunello di Montalcino Our 40th Harvest Altesino 2012 (96WS) (750ML)
96 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator: “Red Cherry, leather and iron notes mark this suave, elegant red. A bit reticent now, but the fruit is fresh and long on the finish. The dense tannins leave a mouthcoating impression, but this opens up beautifully over a few hours.” 02/17. . 93 Points,… more >
Bottle Price: $59.99 Sale Bottle: $47.99
Case Price: $719.88 Sale Case: $575.88

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