In an orchestra our Brunello di Montalcino Riserva would be the cello, deep, resonating and powerful. Produced only in the best years.
South facing vineyard at 450 metres. Sandy loam and volcanic soil mix, with marl veins.
The winter saw cold night-time temperatures but rarely below freezing. This was followed by an early spring with many days of bright sunshine interspersed with at least 7 days rain per month, very good for the soils and replenishing water for the vines. Summer started early with a warm June, hot July and August following through to the end of September. Luckily at San Polino we caught the few storms that there were, with no hail damage. The rain bought relief to the vines, giving them strength for their last lap before harvest.
spontaneous, on indigenous wild yeasts, in tronic oak vats
3 days at 12°C pre-fermentation, 50 days post-fermentation
6 months in french barriques followed by 4 years in large Slavonian oak barrels
The beauty and balance of this Brunello is wonderful, offering blueberry, black-cherry and violet character. It’s full-bodied, yet so layered and refined with and ultra fine palate of silky tannins. A joy to taste. From organically grown grapes. One both to drink and for the cellar.cod. 65-100
Deep ruby red in colour. Black fruits and berries abound under a fragrant canopy of violet florals. Juicy. Exceptionally elegant with soft finesse. Utterly beguiling. Balanced with sheer appeal. Mid palate has depth of clarity and precision.cod. 72-40