“Il Marroneto's 1980 Brunello di Montalcino is a revelation. Remarkably fresh for a wine of its age, the 1980 is everything a mature Brunello should be. Beguiling scents of tobacco, orange peel, sweet herbs, licorice and dried cherry are laced together in a vibrant, salivating Brunello endowed with class. Powerful, incisive and utterly compelling, the 1980 is simply magnificent today. I don't imagine there are too many bottles lying around in cellars today, but readers lucky enough to still have the 1980 should be thrilled."
Mastroberardino - International Wine Cellar
“Amber-tinged red. Very reduced, earthy aromas of dark fruits, toffee, shoe polish and spicy oak. Slightly drying and a bit simple, showing moderate concentration and definition to the evolved flavors of red cherry, dark plum, underbrush and game. Finishes with somewhat tough tannins and flinty, raw meat nuances. Seems a bit generic and could use more sweetness and pliancy.”
Mastroberardino - JancisRobinson.com
“The craziest vintage of these 40 years. They had an earthquake on November 23, right in the middle of winemaking. For five days the winery became like a Red Cross point. They were distributing clothes and food. So for those five days there was no control of the ferments. A bit of oxidation. Very dusty nose but the fruit came out on the palate. Definitely a mature wine! But then it is 17 years older than the 1997…! Still very firm and no obvious sweetness. Some dustiness and slightly old-fashioned. Acidity coming through.” (17.5 out of 20 points)
Zenato - Vinous
“The estate’s 1980 Amarone Riserva has held up beautifully. The 1980 isn’t Zenato’s most refined wine by any means, but it has developed into a gorgeous, complex Amarone with tons of personality, no doubt helped by the bright, vibrant acidity that underpins the mid-palate and finish. Some slightly rustic elements remain, but not enough to detract from the wine’s overall pleasure. This is a terrific showing for the era.”
The 1980 I Sodi di San Niccolò is bright, perfumed and beautifully focused. The weight of the fruit has dropped out, and what remains is a very pretty, feminine wine that impresses for its grace. Bright red cherries, kirsch, flowers and spices wrap round the pointed, high-toned finish. This is a solid effort for what was a challenging vintage. Heavy rain in the spring caused an irregular flowering. The end of the growing season, September and October in particular, were quite warm. In 1980 Castellare introduced French oak for the first time, 50% new in this vintage.
Mastroberardino - Wine Advocate
The 1980 Taurasi Riserva bears the challenge of following the profound 1982, but it proves more than capable of the task. The 1980 is built on a core of rich, dense fruit that impresses for its depth and staying power. The firm Aglianico tannins are present, but they are totally buried by the sheer lushness of the fruit. This is one of the most famous wines in the estate's history as a devastating earthquake struck the region in November of that year, while macerations were still under way, damaging many cellars, including those of Mastroberardino. Now, thirty years later, I think it is pretty safe to say the wine has turned out better than anyone might have reasonably expected.