James Suckling: 96pts
A seriously floral Brunello that combines rose petals and raspberry essence with more intense dried strawberries, chocolate shavings, herbs and cedar. The palate doesn't hold back but is still extremely well balanced and refined with tight, grainy tannins and a long, succulent finish. Drink in 2020.
International Wine Report: 93pts
The 2013 'Pelagrilli' is a fantastic Brunello which instantly impresses with its inviting aromas of dried cherries, sweet red berries, leather, orange peel, wild herbs and exotic spices that all come together beautifully in the glass. This possesses a gorgeous medium body which is beautifully strucuted with silky tannins. It goes on to display excellent overall balance and a lovely finessed mouthfeel leading into the long, grippy finish. While this is simply fantastic now, it also possesses the characteristics to indicate a drinking window that will span close to two decades.
Wine Advocate: 92pts
Siro Pacenti's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli offers a terrific package of intensity, freshness, firmness and complexity. It delivers generously on all fronts. The bouquet peels back to reveal wild cherry, rose hip, dried herb and toasted almond. The fruit tastes less ripe here (compared to wines from the southern parts of the appellation), and you do feel that acidic pinch on the close. This wine should flesh out and grow in volume with a few more years of bottle aging.
Wine Spectator: 92pts
The rich plum, cherry, leather and graphite aromas and flavors are matched by dense, mouthcoating tannins in this intense red. Balanced and long, with hints of menthol and earth. If you like beefy reds, this is for you. Best from 2023 through 2036. 1,660 cases made.
Bright red. Spicy dark berries, flint and brown spices on the aromatic nose. Supple and broad but youthfully reticent; intriguing suggestions of spice and orange peel complement the flinty red cherry and dark berry flavors. Finishes with substantial but polished tannins. This really needs some time to expand in the bottle.
Wine Enthusiast: 91pts
Underbrush, menthol, star anise and plum aromas mingle with a whiff of exotic spice. The aromas carry over to the austere, firmly structured palate along with espresso, toasted oak, sour cherry and licorice. It's still tight and primary, with firm acidity and youthfully bracing close-grained tannins that grip the finish. Drink after 2025.