Ben says

★★ Great Wine It’s very hard for any wine to live up to its label when it says Brunello di Montalcino on it. My expectation is that it’s going to be good, especially when it has had some time like this one. It doesn’t disappoint; the nose is almost ethereal with dried berries and floral aromas. It is medium-full bodied on the palate but somehow brimming with luscious cherry fruit and notes of clove and cedarwood. It is slightly sweet on the finish with vanilla, that then morphs into an earthy, savoury and tannic note. Very enjoyable!

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Sangiovese with 14.5% abv. Aged for 3 years in Slovenian oak barrels and another year in bottle before release.

Grown in: Tuscany, ITALY.

Food Pairing

I drank this with steak when I wrote my note – which was a shame really as the steak wasn’t particularly good and its grilled charcoal notes took away some of the wine’s charm. I would go for something like lamb or gamier meats. It would also do well with earthy vegetarian stews or tagines.

Disclosure & Price

Purchased in a restaurant in Gloucester at list price. Find in the UK for circa 2017 available from Davy’s for £45.00. 2016 appears in some auction lots/indies.

Reviewed and tasted: 03/02/2024

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Jeanneth, Stephania, Azzurra and Vanessa Angel’s winery is based in the south of Montalcino in Sant’Angelo, Tuscany. The team source their wines from three vineyard sites at Lavacchio, Montosoli and Pietrafocai, all of which are estate-owned. The winery was started in 1989, now managed by the three sisters in the second generation, and oversees production from 20 hectares of vines.