Montalcino, 2000 vintage: Comments apply to all wines coming from the town of Montalcino, not just Brunello. However the star ratings from one to five given below are those given by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino specifically for Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
2000 *** (three)
2000 Vintage: ‘A lot of Brunellos produced in this vintage can be quite cooked, as there were very hot winds just before the harvest. As the grapes started to shrivel, Lisini began harvesting early, and worked day and night until it was finished,’ (Katie Rodway: May 2005). ‘Very hot, dry year,’ (Kerin O’Keefe: 2012, p.276). ‘Overrated millennium vintage of generally warm weather wines,’ (Ian D’Agata, Decanter 2016 Italy supplement). ‘Not exactly memorable, few producers came up with anything interesting,’ (Gambero Rosso: 2003, p.515, 516).
2000 Wine style: ‘Warm, forward wines, especially exagerrated in the south. Not for ageing,’ (Kerin O’Keefe, 2012, p276). ‘Tough tannins, lacking complexity and precision of the best vintages,’ (Ian D’Agata, Decanter 2016 Italy supplement).
2000 Production: The vineyard area comprised 1,414 hectares for Brunello and 139 hectares for Rosso producing 68,632hl of Brunello and 6,127hl of Rosso respectively.
Kerin O’Keefe, Brunello di Montalcino (University of California Press, 2012).