93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The Le Macioche 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Cotarella opens to a classic interpretation of the vintage, with a pure and pristine quality of fruit that shines especially bright in this warm and sunny vintage. The best Brunellos capture that proverbial red fruit energy and crunchiness that is natural to Sangiovese. This carefully crafted wine easily achieves that level of purity. This vintage was bottled and crafted (but not harvested) by the Cotarella family, the current owners of Le Macioche since 2017, a boutique estate at the heart of Montalcino."
93 points Wine Spectator
"Packed with ripe cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors, this red is charming and harmonious. Already approachable, with refined tannins that should be absorbed in the short term. Fine length. Best from 2022 through 2038."
93 points James Suckling
"Extremely floral with dried-tea, strawberry and cherry aromas. Full-bodied and chewy with a flavorful finish. Bitter orange at the end. Needs time to open. Better after 2022."
"Tasted blind. Just mid ruby. A little stalky and closed on the nose. Supple palate with marasca cherry and hints of marzipan. Concentrated yet elegant and with plenty of juicy acidity and soft, bitter-sweet, clinging tannins. Can be approached now but has potential to improve in bottle. 17+/20 points. (WS)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Brunello di Montalcino from Le Macioche is a singular wine. Produced from 100% organically managed mature Sangiovese vines planted in the early 1980’s, Le Macioche Brunello is fermented by indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wine undergoes malolactic conversion and ageing in 30HL Slavonian oak casks before being bottled unfiltered. With a brilliant ruby core, and exceptional elegance complementing its ample power, this is as close to a Burgundian expression as Montalcino gets. Le Macioche sits in the center of the Montalcino appellation, just about 5 minutes due southeast from Montalcino. Nestled in a prestigious neighborhood among such prominent addresses as San Polo and Fattoria dei Barbi, Le Macioche is unique in that its four sections of Brunello vineyard, spread over 7.5 acres, are all exposed to the Southwest. This, along with the elevation of roughly 1,400 feet above sea level, ensures both exceptional ripening and constant ventilation throughout each growing season. Such auspicious conditions have enabled Le Macioche to safely exercise organic farming practices with the 2018 vintage marking the estate’s full organic certification. Tasting Notes: Brunello di Montalcino from Le Macioche is ripe and supple. Aromas of dried berries, plum, and sour cherry mix with hints of oak, sweet spice, and leather. This powerful red wine is held in perfect harmony by an undercurrent of brilliant acidity and a structure of firm yet ripe tannins paired against. A substantial wine without ever feeling heavy. The finish is long, balanced, and complex. Food Pairing: Brunello di Montalcino is a wine that may be best enjoyed on its own as an object of contemplation and pleasure. Of course, it will also pair exceptionally well with a variety of hearty main course dishes ranging from the rustic to the refined. Meat is not mandatory, but wild game and fowl are traditional.