Kerin O’Keefe

Italian Editor

Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Prior to her appointment with Wine Enthusiast, O'Keefe, who moved to Italy in 1991, wrote regularly on Italian wine for Decanter, as well as for World of Fine Wine and on WineSearcher.com. She is a former contributing editor for Wine News magazine, and is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (Veronelli Editore, 2005), a recipient of a Gourmand Wine Book Award. She also won the Premio Consorzio Brunello di Montalcino in 2008 for her cover article "Brunello de-con-structed" which appeared in the Oct-Nov 2007 issue of Wine News. Her latest book, Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines (University of California Press, 2012), was shortlisted for the André Simon Award.

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Il Marroneto 2010 Madonna delle Grazie Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $110

Beautiful aromas of violet, rose, pressed powder, perfumed berry and refreshing mint mingle in the glass. The focused palate boasts power and finesse, and delivers a great depth of flavors including ripe black cherry, licorice, tobacco and mineral. It’s still young, with youthfully austere tannins and bright acidity, but this has the fruit richness and structure…

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
97
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Il Marroneto 2010 Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $75

Multifaceted fragrances suggest violet, rose, red berry, baking spice, savory herb and a balsamic note. Elegant with great intensity, the radiant palate delivers juicy wild cherry, crushed berry, cinnamon and a note of star anise alongside a backbone of assertive, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. It’s a gorgeous wine with breeding and class that needs time…

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
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Poggio di Sotto 2008 Riserva Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $360

Full bodied and silky, this fragrant wine conveys violet, perfumed berry and baking spice. The smooth, pristine palate delivers juicy, bright cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and cinnamon alongside supple tannins and fresh acidity. It already boasts remarkable depth and a luminous quality that will gain in complexity with more aging. Drink 2018–2038.

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
96
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Biondi Santi 2010 Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $180

This radiant wine is loaded with finesse, opening with an alluring fragrance of rose, violet and a whiff of pressed powder. The firm, linear palate offers bright cherry, crushed red berry, white pepper and a hint of tobacco alongside a backbone of fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. It’s impeccably balanced but youthfully austere and needs to open up. Drink…

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
96
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Conti Costanti 2010 Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $84

Aromas of menthol, leather, pressed violet, forest floor and woodland berry lead off this intense Brunello. The firm, delicious palate offers dried red cherry, crushed raspberry, ground white pepper and licorice alongside a backbone of assertive but fine-grained tannins and racy acidity. It’s impeccably balanced and elegant but still young, so give it time to…

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
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Fuligni 2010 Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $86

This opens with aromas of blue flower, red berry, menthol and baking spice. The delicious palate delivers juicy red cherry, crushed plum, cinnamon, white pepper and mineral. Impeccably balanced with polished tannins and freshness, it impresses for its combination of intensity and elegance. Drink 2018–2028.

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
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Biondi Santi 2008 Riserva Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $600

Impeccably balanced and loaded with finesse, this subtle stunner opens with aromas of blue flower, forest floor, truffle, moist soil and bright berry. The delineated palate offers juicy red cherry layered with white pepper, cinnamon and mineral alongside brisk acidity and firm but elegant tannins. It already has great depth but it’s still young and austere so give…

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
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Canalicchio Franco Pacenti 2010 Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

  1. $90

Violet, rose, pressed powder, perfumed berry and forest floor are some of the aromas offered by this stunning wine. The palate is still tightly wound, but delivers juicy black cherry, white pepper and licorice alongside youthfully assertive but fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Drink 2018–2030.

 — K.O.  (5/1/2015)
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