Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie 2016 – Robert Parker 100


Wine Advocate Robert Parker (100/100):

“There it is: that Il Marroneto magic. To my palate, Alessandro Mori’s 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna Delle Grazie best captures the soaring spirit and ambition of Brunello, made in its purest and most naked form. This vintage is a twin sibling to the 2010 that I awarded a perfect score. Whereas that wine surprised me, appearing with so much unexpected radiance and brilliance, this wine won me over in a more careful, less emotional, and more contemplative manner. Having now tasted the 2010 vintage multiple times, I better know what to expect in terms of the near-term aging evolution of the 2016. I know that the laser-sharp purity of the fruit will soften, leading to more nuanced and finessed tones of underbrush, lilac, iron ore, and candied orange peel over the next five years. This wine unfolds to show deep complexity upfront with buoyant and jovial red fruit at its core. It vibrates with electric energy and charm.”

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Il Marroneto is one of the few older estates in Montalcino having been established in 1974 by Giuseppe Mori. Il Marroneto takes its name from an old tower dating back to the 13th century. Mori’s sons Alessandro and Andrea showed great interest in winemaking. Alessandro, an artisan in his own right, would continue on as a winemaker, turning his passion for Brunello and the estate into a philosophy of life.

Mori’s practice of minimal intervention in the vineyard, eschewing the use of chemicals, allowing only native yeast ferments, and traditional cask aging in the cellar are principles of his philosophy that underscore his mission to create wines “derived strictly from nature.” Mori’s insistence on transparency at each step of the winemaking process is only matched by his no-nonsense approach in creating singular Brunellos that demonstrate their sense of place.


The northern zone of Montalcino is characterized by high elevation, steep slopes, and cool temperatures. These conditions are ideal for creating Brunellos of significant aging potential, showing complexity, increased aromatics, classic tannic structure, and nervy acidity.

The estate’s 5.8 hectares have been planted in stages. Elevation of the vineyard sits at 400 meters above sea level, and soils are an intricate mix of mostly sand large stone of limestone, and galestro. Vines are planted with ample spacing in mind so that Sangiovese thrives in nutrient-rich topsoil that encourages good rooting. In the north, cooler weather turns out more distinctive Brunellos of precision, elegance, and aromatics.


Wine type



DOCG Brunello di Montalcino




0,75 l Standard

Country, Region, Location

Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino (SI)


100% Sangiovese


Aged in oak barrels for 41 months from 25 quintals. Brunello becomes after 5 years, considering 10 months of aging in bottle.

Production year

7,040 bottles

Storage Potential



Strong / spicy / earthy