One of the old estates of Montalcino, Fanti has been around since 1800, but it wasn't until the early 70s when the still current owner Filippo Fanti decided to stop selling grapes and use them to make his own wine. Now joined by his daughter Elisa the two continue to lead this great estate, and the 2016 is one of the best vintages to ever come from this Address. Fanti has many vineyards spread throughout the region with different exposures, elevations, and this bottle is a selection of some of the best vineyard sites. It's the most complete look at the wines of Fanti and draws on the aspects of the different vineyards, whether it be terroir, fruit, acidity; it all shows here in one bottle. It's a fantastic Brunello and another highly recommended buy for the 2016 vintage. Make sure to check out the great note by Eric and Monica below.
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 94+ points! "The Fanti 2016 Brunello di Montalcino comes roaring out with terrific intensity and balance. This vintage certainly marks a landmark for the Fanti family as I don't remember a new release as confident and impactful as this. The wine is round and smooth, with layers of dark fruit, cherry and spice. These various aromas blend nicely, showing the right contrasts where necessary. This is a classic expression of the vintage with some of the extra texture and power (a shorter aging is done in a combination of barrique and botte, with the rest in bottle) that defines this estate located in the Castelnuovo dell'Abata area. Production is 45,000 bottles."
Vinous (Eric Guido) 93 points! "The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is sweetly spiced, hauntingly floral and seductive from the first tilt of the glass. A dusting of confectioners’ sugar gives way to bright cherries, candied orange, mint leaf and lavender to form an extroverted yet delectable display. It’s seamless and silky in the mouth, with a subtle twang of citrus and vibrant acids that energize the expression, ushering in ripe red hints of herbal-tinged black berries. Rounded tannins come forward through the close under an air of licorice and violets. The 2016 is already so easy to like for its primary intensity, yet it should really be cellared for three to five years for maximum effect