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.
Although the winter was particularly harsh, the vineyards did not suffer from any frost damage, and the sping started with fcool temperatures and abundant precipitations. As summer drew closer, the temperatures rose above average values. Summer of 2017 was very hot and dry. Whilst the plants did suffer slightly, our high altitude ensured constant ventilation and the all-important fresh night temperatures. Rain finally arived in September, allowing the grapes to ripen under near optimal conditions.
spontaneous, on indigenous wild yeasts, in tronic oak vats
2 days at 12°C pre-fermentation, 38 days post-fermentation
6 months in french barriques followed by 4 years in large Slavonian oak barrels
Sour cherries, licorice, lemon verbena and balsamic on the nose. There’s lavender and sandalwood, too. So much pure sangiovese character with tangy acidity and juicy sour and savory hints carrying this wine long. Firm, grippy tannins that are at the forefront for now. Give it a few years.cod. 88-60
Very dark ruby with narrow, bricky rim. Quite closed on the nose with just noticeable sweet cherry touches and a little lift. Massive, monolithic cherry fruit on the palate with tangy acidity creeping up on the finish. Bags of gravelly tannins that need the polish of time. Lots of potential, but still embryonic. (WS)cod. 91-60
Medium ruby red in colour. Lifted elegance on the nose with red rose petal, violet and broom aromatics. Red cherry, wild strawberry, plum, pomegranate, feverfew and a hint of pipe tobacco.
Difficult to pull away from this exquisite bouquet. Secondary nuances of ginger and clove. Showing ripeness, structure and flavour vary. Hint of a citrusy shadow on the close.