On the southern side of the appellation in a relatively warmer zone at 900 feet of elevation , 10 to 12 days of maceration followed by three years in large slavonian oak
 
Old wood and sour berries layered over tarry earth, forest floor, coffee and a little minty greets the nose.A bit austere smelling and spicy on the nose which turns rather tobacco scented with air. Just a hint of fruit sweetness on entry is joined by some sweet oak and high acids on the palate. There's attractive fruit here, cherry and strawberry toned and a bit austere. Finishes modestly with the acid driving the fruit. Simple and open. 88pts
 
 
The furthest south of these wines, also at about 900 foot elevation, 18 to 20 day maceration, highest alcohol of the bunch
 
Perfumed and gently spicy on the nose with an accent of oak and sweetness layered over strawberry and mineral fruit, turning a bit smoky with nutty oak. Smooth and polished in the mouth with nice strong strawberry fruit on the palate. The tannins are rather soft here with good acids supporting this modest wine. The backend shows some hints of jammy wild strawberry fruit. Gentle and small but rather attractively fruit driven right through the modest finish. 89pts
 
 
high vineyards at 1600 feet
 
Good depth on the nose with some pencil lead and wild cherry aromas. This smells fairly modern though with good intensity. Ripe and moderately full on entry with lots of rather bold and intense raspberry fruit. Theres plenty of tannin here, lending some focus to the palate and driving the rather long, sweetly fruited finish. Ripe and slightly modern in style but quite successful for the vintage 91pts
 
 
Located at 1050 ft with a  southeast exposure,
 
Leathery and a little bretty on the nose with lovely aromas of old wood, dried tart cherry fruit, moss and minerally earth. Perfumy and attractive. Lovely texture in the mouth with ripe tannins, nice depth to the palate, and incipient complexity under the small strawberry and raspberry fruit flecked with mineral notes and laid over a base of savory old wood and prosciutto flavors. The Brett will turn many off but this lovely, if slightly rustic. 90pts
 
 
North of the village of Montalcino at 900 ft of elevation
 
Tight on the nose and quite floral with a bit of milk chocolate and a hint of nutty oak. A bit sweet smelling and matte on the nose. Round and a bit plump in the mouth with nice acids supporting lingonberry and wild tart cherry flavors. There's some complexity here but this is rather straightforward with a hint of oak on the palate and woody tannins on the finish. Smells of flowers and herbs, just doesn't follow through on the palate. 90pts
 
 
A blend of fruit fromt he northwest (Casale del Bosco) and the southeast (manachiara). Typically a blend from 20 vineyard plots
 
Tight and focused on the nose.  Reticent but with lovely hint of sour cherry and a tight little herbal notes over some gentle raw wood tones.  Bright and vinous on the palate with lots of austerity and minerality adding detail to the tart cherry and raspberry fruit. There's some oak here and gentle floral accents to the red fruit with a moderately long, simple yet attractively fruited raspberry finish. Tart and mineral with a hint of oak makes for a nice blend of modest richness and structure. 91pts
 
 
West of San Angelo, slight west of Capanne Ricci
 
Sweet, rich and powerful on the nose with deep leathery, slightly jammy wild cherry fruit, hints of flowers, wood spice and a bit of pork sausage. Very nicely done. Moderately rich and ripe on entry with lovely density and ripeness to the tannins. The core of fruit is a bit chunky and darker than most of the wines in the lineup. Finishes a bit short but this has the potential to age well with very nice acid drive and fine tannins, supportive but supple. 92pts
 
 
From the far south east just east of Casale Nuove dell'Abate
 
Sweetly oaky on the nose with somewhat spicy dark raspberry and cherry fruit on the layered over clay earth and streaked with vanilla.  Rounded and polished on entry with cherries in alcohol on the palate, this freshens up a bit on the midpalate with slightly candied cherry flavors. The tannins are a bit on the soft side and the acid nicely present within the cherry fruits. 89pts