International Wine Report: 96pts
The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino 'Vecchie Vigne' from Siro Pacenti is simply outstanding. As this begins to unwind in the glass it releases gorgeous characteristics of dried cherries, exotic spices, smoke, crushed wildflowers and hints of wild herbs that form the beautifully nuanced aromatics. Medium to full-bodied and remarkably structured, this goes on to impress with outstanding concentration and balance, leading to core of beautifully pure red and dark fruits which are underlined by a lovely streak of acidity that provides wonderful freshness heading into the finish. While this will require a bit more time than the Pelagrilli to hit its stride, the quality is certainly evident, as this is an absolutely fantastic Brunello that will have a brilliant future ahead.
James Suckling: 95pts
The nose is decadent but not overdone with plum liqueur, Christmas cake, cedar, Chinese spices, licorice, tea leaves, tar and hot stones. Full and very dense with mouth-coating tannins but also attractive fresh fruit, pretty acidity and a long finish. Rather chewy and needs time, but a beautiful follow-up to the 2012.
Wine Advocate: 95pts
Showing more oak definition, texture and overall fruity richness, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne benefits from the concentration and complexity you get with old vines. The wine wraps thickly over the palate, imparting luscious aromas of dried cherry, exotic spice, pressed rose and scorched earth along the way. This is a wine for the cellar. The bouquet has a lot to give, but this will require some extra time. All the elements are there for an excellent aging future. Some 27,000 bottles were produced.
Wine Spectator: 93pts
Bright and bursting with cherry, currant and berry flavors, this also has a tannic edge, along with tobacco and leafy underbrush notes. The two camps need to reach some sort of détente before this really sings. Best from 2022 through 2035. 2,250 cases made.