Mastrojanni’s great Tuscan reds: Including “Rock Star” 2012 vintage Brunello di Montalcino

Mastrojanni, an Arrowine favorite, just keeps getting better. They are now firmly considered a Top 10 producer in Montalcino. Fans and collectors of Tuscan wines should not miss Mastrojanni’s Brunello di Montalcino from the “Rock Star” 2012 vintage. This is a great vintage and a top collectible Brunello di Montalcino at a sensational price. And there’s more! You can also order Mastrojanni’s exceptional cabernet-sauvignon based Super Tuscan red called “San Pio” (the new 2013 vintage is the best San Pio I’ve tasted, and it isn’t close). We even have the 2015 vintage of their sought-after Rosso di Montalcino. Supplies are limited. Order these top Tuscan reds soon!

2012 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (Tuscany, Italy)
Reg. $79.99
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $63.99
6-11 bottles (mix or match): $59.99 per bottle
12+ bottles (Case)(mix or match): $57.99 per bottle


2013 Mastrojanni “San Pio” Toscano IGT (Tuscany, Italy)
Reg. $39.99
E-mail Sale!  1-5 bottles: $32.99
6-11 bottles: $29.99 per bottle
12+ bottles (Case): $27.99 per bottle


2015 Mastrojanni Rosso Di Montalcino DOC (Tuscany, Italy)
Reg. $32.99
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $27.99
6-11 bottles: $25.99 each
12+ bottles (Case): $24.99

  • To order please call Arrowine.  We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
  • You can mix or match the three wines for best pricing (for example an order of four bottles of each wine would mean you’d get the best (case) price for each wine.
  • These star Tuscan reds arrive tomorrow, Friday, May 26th, 2017.
  • Sale prices are good for one week or while supplies last.

2012 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino DOCG:

Tuscany’s Montalcino zone makes some of the world’s greatest wines. Almost every Brunello di Montalcino vintage produces highly-rated, critically-acclaimed Wine of the Year candidates. Great vintages provide benchmark wines that can age and evolve for many years (or even decades) and merit cellaring and revisiting over and over again.

The 2012 vintage Brunellos are amazing. Collectors are going crazy for this vintage. And critics are raving. And for good reason– the 2012 Brunellos are age-worthy, yet they’re also some of the most opulent and expressive Brunellos ever. Vintage ratings from various critics range from 92-96 points, making it one of the top vintages of this century alongside previous greats like 2010, 2006, 2004 and 2001.

Here’s the first paragraph of the very first article we saw about the great 2012 vintage for Brunello di Montalcino. Montalcino’s growers rated the vintage a rare 5 Stars (out of 5). Yes, it’s even better than the 4-star 2011 vintage. The article compares 2012 to the top vintages of 2010 (an all-time great) and 2004 (the first vintage to earn 5-Stars after 1997):

“A ROCKSTAR 2012 VINTAGE FOR BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO (Wednesday, November 30, 2016): Fans of Brunello di Montalcino are in for a treat with the 2012 vintage. I tasted about 100 wines in October in a blind tasting in Tuscany and was impressed with their beautiful aromas, vibrant fruit, lively acidity, and ultra-fine tannins. These sangioveses are much more precise and finer than the bolder and riper 2011s. They have more in common with the legendary 2010 vintage and are most like the 2004s, a harmonious and gorgeous year for Brunellos.” —James Suckling, CEO/Editor,

Suckling awarding this Mastrojanni Brunello a rating of 94 points. Here are some additional reviews of the 2012 Mastrojanni Brunello Di Montalcino from top critics:

“($125) Luminous red. Highly complex nose offers aromas of red cherry, raspberry, flint and violet, plus a touch of beef bouillon; this is a candidate for the most complex nose of the vintage. Then textbook Sangiovese flavors of flinty red cherries, licorice and minerals. Long and clean on the perfumed, highly mineral finish. Drink: 2024-2038. 93+ points.” Ian D’Agata, Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Mar. 2017.


“It has been a pleasure to watch the many new investments and additions made to the historic Mastrojanni brand since it was bought by the entrepreneurial Illy family some ten years ago. Besides a beautiful new winery and refurbished vineyards, a boutique hotel was finalized last year…

Beautifully saturated and dark, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino ($125) offers a distinctively sophisticated personality. There’s an air of nobility that is natural to Brunello, but that comes in limited supply in this warm vintage. You definitely get it here. The wine’s bouquet offers a compelling medley of dark fruit tones that shift into savory spicy and balsam herb. Those automatic transitions are smooth and seamless. Another nice quality of the wine is that no one element overpowers or overshadows the other. It offers a great sense of balance. This wine has many cards to play and I am confident it will play them well over the next ten years of its evolution. Drink: 2018-2030. 94 points. Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #229, Feb. 2017. 

Order this important and age-worthy 2012 Brunello today at a terrific price. This is a gorgeous Brunello from an excellent vintage that should be in the cellar of every Brunello collector and Tuscan wine fan. Drink it or cellar it; it is a great Brunello. Abput 2,500 cases were produced.

To make this offering even more exciting, we are offering two other outstanding reds from the same great Mastrojanni estate. You need to try these wines too! To prove to you just how good they are we’re offering terrific deeply discounted sale pricing! Here are the two additional wines:

2013 Mastrojanni “San Pio” Toscano IGT:

This is the best vintage of “San Pio” I’ve had yet, and it isn’t close. “San Pio” is the Mastrojanni estate’s stellar Super Tuscan Red made from 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% brunello (a.k.a. sangiovese grosso).  Absolutely everything about the “San Pio” is impressive.  The moderate (not too hot) 2013 vintage allowed a long growing season (well into October) so the cabernet could ripen slowly and fully. This preserved aromas, freshness, and complexity while allowing the wine to develop full body and elegance.

The 2012 vintage earned 91 points from the Wine Advocate and this is significantly better (though not yet rated).

2013 was a great growing season in Tuscany and this wine is grown in exceptional estate vineyards on the Mastrojanni property.  Like many great cabernet vineyards around the world the Mastrojanni estate has some excellent volcanic soils thanks to their proximity to Mount Amiata (an extinct volcano). Very few properties anywhere in Tuscany have these soils, and nobody makes a cabernet-based Super Tuscan quite like San Pio. At a case price as low as $27.99 per bottle, this is a remarkable value. You can even mix or match with the other two wines in this offering to build a case (12+ bottles) for best pricing.

Not all great wines from Montalcino are labeled “Brunello” and the 2013 “San Pio” proves it.  This outstanding Super Tuscan red is a blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% sangiovese grosso (the Brunello grape). It was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, both tonneau and barrique. Then it was refined in the bottle for six additional months before release. Fewer than 700 cases were produced. This broad red clearly reflects the Mastrojanni style. It is big and full, yet even more so it is pure, complex and elegant.  It whispers that it’s made from cabernet but it sings that it’s made by Mastrojanni!  This is pure Tuscany. It’s also a wonderful expression of the long and moderate 2013 Tuscan vintage. It’s stunning cabernet, but you won’t mistake it for cabernet from California or Bordeaux.

Here’s my tasting note:

This has deep ruby color. It has aromas of fresh  black cherries, black currants and plums with complex savory notes of tobacco leaf and Tuscan spices (like fennel, rosemary and oregano). The palate has bright, ripe black cherry, currant and plum fruits and a sunny, spicy Tuscan personality. The finish adds in a touch of mineral (crushed stones) and subtle hints of mocha and vanilla from the oak. This is an outstanding full bodied wine with intensity and freshness. The long, persistent finish is fresh, vivid, and not at all heavy.  This is already great, but get enough to enjoy it as it evolves and harmonizes. It will reward cellaring until it is at least 8 -10 years of age. This is just beautiful.  Pair it with grilled meats, smoked brisket or other robust dishes.

And here’s the review of the 2012 from the Wine Advocate (again this 2013 is better, but has not been reviewed yet):

“A blend of 20% Sangiovese and 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 San Pio is a hearty and approachable red wine that would taste great next to a succulent cut of beef. The wine ages in oak for 18 months and consequently delivers a full offering of aromas that spans from bright cherry fruit to exotic spice. There are some budding tertiary tones of cola and crushed mineral as well that add complexity. The finish is firm and long-lasting. 91 points.” Monica Larner, (the website for The Wine Advocate) #223, Mar 2016.

Order this Super Tuscan Red wine today. It’s as expressive and excellent as other top Super Tuscan reds. It just costs less!

2015 Mastrojanni Rosso Di Montalcino DOC:

This is the excellent “baby brother” to the Brunello di Montalcino. It’s not as big or powerful as the Brunello di Montalcino. It IS a charming and food friendly expression of the Brunello (also called sangiovese grosso) grape variety! It drinks beautifully on release (now!) and will for the next 4-5 years. The 2015 Mastrojanni Rosso di Montalcino is among the very best Rossos di Montalcino made in exciting 2015 vintage and one of Mastrojanni’s finest Rossos yet. It was aged for about 7 months in large (54 hl) Allier oak barrels. It was then refined in the bottle for over 3 months before release.

Heres ‘s how it tastes:

This Rosso is bright ruby red in color with purple highlights. The aromas are classic sangiovese, with red cherries and berries complemented by sweet spices and fragrant flowers. The palate features red fruit, herbs and a savory spice finish. This is a fresh and vibrant expression of sangiovese  grosso with fine structure. Wonderfully food friendly, it will drink beautifully for 3-4 years. This is an excellent wine to pair with stews, roasts, meat pastas, and more.

This Rosso is a true value and a first class wine.

More on the Mastrojanni Estate:

The Mastrojanni estate, founded in 1975, is one of the finest in Tuscany and enjoys an exceptional location southeast of the city of Montalcino. With 24 hectares of vineyards (and over 60 additional hectares, many still wooded), the estate has long been great. It has gotten considerably greater in recent vintages! It was purchased in 2008 by the Illy family (of the world-famous Illy coffees, the “kings of espresso”). The Illy family selected Mastrojanni for the estate’s limitless potential. They brought their passion for quality as well as an infusion of capital and resources. Immediately the already renowned wines improved. Over the last nine years, Mastrojanni’s wines have continued to improve rapidly. The wines are world class. And they’re getting noticeably better each year. In recent years they’ve been consistently recognized as one of Montalcino’s top 10 estates for international quality reputation.  For more on Mastrojanni, see their website.

Mastrojanni is located in a prized corner of the Montalcino zone. Their vineyards grow on a primarily south-east facing slope just over a mile from (and 600 feet above) the Orcia river. The soils and climate of this great estate are influenced by the nearby Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano.  The soils are largely clay, volcanic “tuff”, sandstone, and ancient limestone river pebbles.  The southeast exposure is perfect for lots of ripening in the morning sun.  The cool air flowing off the mountain is perfect for cooling the vines each evening after Montalcino’s famously hot days.  The unique and special soil and climate conditions combine with their 40+ year old vines to produce truly exceptional fruit, and flavorful and finely structured wines. This estate’s unique location makes it a special spot for growing grapes and making wine of the very highest quality.

I’ve tasted many vintages of wines from Mastrojanni. These tastings included an unforgettable and eye-opening vertical tasting with Riccardo Illy. The quality is thrilling and always getting better. The style is all class–the wines are big, bold, pure, focused, and balanced. They use clean new oak. They carefully select barrels of varying sizes, though. Many of the barrels are larger. These larger barrels are more neutral and impart less oak character and wood tannin to the wine. This allows the wonderfully complex and concentrated flavors of their first-class fruit to show through in the wines while still enjoying the enhanced texture that can only come from aging in quality barrels.

I’m also impressed with the progression that is obvious from vintage to vintage. Each vintage, even the more difficult years, seem a better and purer reflection of the style and potential quality than the previous vintage. If you have any previous Mastrojanni wines in your cellar, open a bottle and see just how gorgeous they are.  And know that the wines you can order today are still better! Don’t wait. Pick up the phone and order these before they disappear. All the vintages and wines available today are great.


Again, to order please call Arrowine.  We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. You can mix or match the three wines for best pricing (for example an order of four bottles of each wine would mean you’d get the best price, the 12+ bottle case price, for each wine). These star Tuscan reds arrive tomorrow, Friday, May 26th, 2017. Sale prices are good for one week or while supplies last.

Thank you for taking the time to read about Mastrojanni and these three excellent red wines.

Jim Cutts


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Posted On: 25 May 17