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1999 Valdicava - Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva

ITALY / TUSCANY /
abv 13.5%
  • 97 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 91 JS
  • Variety
    Sangiovese
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SKU: 73924-1999-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Mature but not declining, offering a bouquet of spice, chocolate, plum, cherry confit and tobacco. Elegant and complex, with the essence of ripe cherry, berry, leather, tobacco and iron, revealing a hint of flowers. Silky and harmonious. Terrific aftertaste.--Non-blind Valdicava Brunello vertical (July 2017). Drink now through 2032.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a stunning and superb wine that will simply blow you away. This Riserva is at its prime so you should not miss the opportunity to taste it soon (within the next two to three years) if you have a bottle in your cellar. Aged aromas of old spice and leather are creeping forward, but there's plenty of kirsch, cherry liqueur, cola, mocha, prune, licorice, menthol, bramble and rosemary twig to keep those tertiary aromas from taking over completely. In fact, there's loads of life still packed within the brooding, thick texture you behold before your eyes. The tannins are fine and smooth. It's a beauty now, and although I'm assigning a longer drinking window because that's what it merits, I also think it's too good to pass up now. Decant four hours prior to serving. Drink: 2014-2024.
    Author: Monica Larner
  • Rating: 91

    This is powerful stuff, super silky with notes of fresh herbs, dried berries, and black licorice. The finish is a little rough, but the nose is great.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Rating: 96

    The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is everything a great wine should be. This is an expansive, spectacularly ripe wine endowed with layers of perfumed dark fruit, sweet tobacco, new leather and spices. A brooding, structured beauty, the wine needs some serious bottle age to show at its best, but it is already pretty stunning. According to Abbruzzese 1999 represents another step up in quality as the estate's vineyards had begun to acquire some age at this point. Certainly this seems true in the Riserva, but I don't perceive as marked a difference from previous vintages in the regular Brunello (see below). - Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Thor
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Dan McD
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: RWG III
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2007 - 2018
    Author: Erin OD
  • Self | Rating: 97

    999 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano isa stunning, fantastic wine! Ready to drink now. Must decanter for 3-4 hours. No tannin. Enjoy!
    Drink Dates: 2017-2025
    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Astonishingly smooth and delicious. Dark cherry nose that turns to silky fruits on the palate. The rare combination of strength and smoothness. A clear step up from the wonderful 99 Valdicava
    Drink Dates: 2008-2015
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 96

    fantastic. strong impression of raspberries. wine of the year candidate.
    Author: calzoneous

The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to ancient vines that grew wild long before modern times. Sangiovese is the variety of the region's best-known wines, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti. In recent years, “Super Tuscans"—blends including non-native Bordeaux varieties—have gained in popularity and acclaim. The region's Mediterranean climate, with its warmer average temperatures, provides ideal conditions for the development of rich, structured, and age-worthy wines. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1115 bottles owned
  • 136 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 136 collectors)