Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva represents the highest possible level in terms of quality and excellence, which Allegrini pursues with an absolute respect for the environment. Lengthy ageing and skillful use of wood lend further elegance to this wine, which is adored and sought after by the greatest wine connoisseurs in the world.


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In vintage 2010, the first phase of growth was accompanied by frequent rainfall, which continued until mid-June, with spring temperatures that were slightly below average. The next phase, starting from the last 10 days of June was very dry and hot. Rain then held off until the beginning of September. During September, daytime temperatures were stable while the nights were rather cool, providing the very favourable gap between day and night temperatures needed to foster ideal ripening. The various phases of vegetative development were rather late and slow, but steady and continuous and, from the last week of August onwards, the ripening of the grapes evolved perfectly. The wines produced in this vintage exhibit extraordinary characteristics for Sangiovese, in terms of both nose and palate, as well as composition. In addition to an excellent alcohol content, total polyphenols, anthocyanins and extracts are very high and rarely found in this grape varietal.

Vintage rating

Grape varieties

Grape varieties

Sangiovese 100%



San Polo


Grapes are hand harvested in small 17 kg crates on September 16th. Our Riserva is made with the very best grapes from the estate



750 / 1.5 lt / 3 lt



Soft crushing of the grapes after careful selection of the berries


36 months in new medium-toasted 500/600 L tonneaux and 1000 L oak casks, 8 months in bottle.


In concrete tanks

Malolactic fermentation

In new medium-toasted 500/600 L tonneaux and 1000 L oak casks



Wine Spectator

Aromas of ripe plum, underbrush, eucalyptus and star anise emerge in the glass. Polished and firmly structured, the palate delivers fleshy black cherry, strawberry jam, licorice and tobacco set against a backbone of youthfully assertive fine-grained tannins. Drink 2022–2030. (Kerin O'Keefe)

Wine Enthusiast

Deep ruby with bright bricky tinges. Concentrated nose of ripe, sweet red fruit. Compact, ripe and well-balanced fruit with a perfect dose of coating tannins. Lots of potential. (Walter Speller)

Wine Advocate

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is an ambitious wine with a clear message that underlines a quality winemaking philosophy. The wine boasts a plump and rich personality that is flanked by a generous bouquet of dark fruit, spice, leather and tobacco. This is a standout Brunello from a classic vintage. That sense of fullness continues to the palate where the wine reveals especially firm tannins and extra fruit extraction. It will be fascinating to revisit this wine in ten years' time.


Senza dubbio la migliore prestazione di sempre per San Polo, che piazza in finale il brunello riserva 10. Frutti neri, coloniali, tocchi di cacco, si sviluppa dolce e rotondo in una bocca che si fa più arcigna in chiusura per gli apporti boisè.
Gold Medal

The WineHunter Award

“Licorice, toasted oak, espresso and mature plum aromas lead the nose on this structured, elegant wine while the concentrated palate offers mature black cherry, blackberry, licorice, coffee and star anise. Fine-grained tannins offset the chewy fruit.”

James Suckling

A mix of power and finesse, this offers black currant, cherry, licorice and tobacco flavors, backed by a lively structure. Shows a bit of heat on the finish.
3 stelle, 93

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

This is a darkly saturated Sangiovese with a very etched and precise fruit profile. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva offers immediate aromas of black cherry liqueur and pressed blackberry. Those berry notes are followed by spice, cinnamon and toasted coffee. This Riserva hits the palate with direct force and precision. It does not show the jammy or cooked notes commonly found in Sangiovese made in this hot vintage. Only 5,000 bottles were produced.

Degustazione Gilbert & Gaillard

5 Grappoli


Reserved and cool for this opulent vintage with red fruits and delicate herbal notes. This is a concentrated and deep wine with a ton of dry tannins. Great balance, too. I love the long finish with its minty freshness. Drink or hold.
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