Montalcino, 2002 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.
2002 ** (two)
2002 Growing season: ‘Terrible vintage, torrential rains at harvest time. Higher reaches close to Montalcino fared the worst,’ (Kerin O’Keefe, 2012, p.276). ‘Wet, miserable year,’ (Ian D’Agata 2016 Decanter Italy).
2002 Production: The vineyard area comprised 1,635 hectares for Brunello and 180 hectares for Rosso producing 72,225hl of Brunello and 9,179hl of Rosso respectively.
Ian D’Agata, 2016, Decanter Italy Supplement 2016, p98, ‘Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Rufina & Chianti Classico’.
Kerin O’Keefe, 2012, Brunello di Montalcino (University of California Press, 2012).