Notes on the 2013 harvest in Montalcino: A “classic” acidity-driven vintage

A mild winter, warm spring, and cool temperatures and light rain in late summer and fall created the perfect conditions for classic-style Brunello in 2013. See Stefano’s vintage notes below.

“The 2013 vintage represents the first opportunity, in the last two years, to add classically-styled Brunello to our cellars,” wrote top American taster and buyer Eric Guido in a blog post earlier this month. The vintage “is our best bet to secure wine that will age, and we will easily enjoy over a decade or more.”

As winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini was preparing for the Benvenuto Brunello tasting in Montalcino this weekend, he prepared these vintage notes for the 2013 harvest. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is just being released now. Click here for Eric’s tasting notes on the wine (“a perfect balance of earth, spice and minerality… 94 points”).


The winter was very humid and rainy, with relatively mild temperatures for the season.

These conditions continued into the spring but they alternated with days marked by nearly summertime temperatures, which helped the vegetative development of the vines.

The first part of the summer was cool and wet while the second part saw temperatures return to normal.

The end of the summer and the beginning of the fall were marked by warm temperatures. But short spurts of rainfall cooled thing off and this resulted in excellent diurnal shifts.

The combination of these elements allowed the vines to develop their vegetation in ideal conditions for the ripening of the grapes.

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  1. Pingback: Wine Spectator’s Bruce Sanderson on Barbi’s classic Brunello 2013: “cherry, leather and spice,” 92 points | Montalcino Blog

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