Beautiful aromas of ripe red and black cherries, cassis, plum with some smoke and vanilla on the nose. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh and clean finish. One of the best Brunello's made in outstanding 2010 vintage. It is strong and muscular. Needs some time to breathe, at least a couple of hours decanting before drinking.
Highly acclaimed, great Brunello.
Drink now - 2030
Brunello di Montalcino, located in Tuscany, is one of Italy's most famous and prestigious wines.
The first recordings of red wines from Montalcino date back to the early 14th century and gained a reputation as one of Italy’s finest by the end of World War II.
Traditional Brunello di Montalcino winemaking methods involve ageing the wine for a long time in large oak vats, which results in particularly complex wines, although some consider this style too tannic and dry. Modernists set the ball rolling for a 'fruitier' style in the 1980s, when they began to shorten the barrel-maturation time and use smaller barriques (225 litres French oak barrels).
In keeping with the regulations of Brunello's DOCG classification, the vineyards must be planted on hills with good exposures at altitudes not surpassing 600m above sea level. This limit is intended to ensure the grapes reach optimal ripeness and flavour before being harvested despite the climate in Montalcino is one of the warmest and driest in Tuscany.
Brunello must be made from 100% Sangiovese and aged for at least four years (five for riserva wines). Two of these years must be spent in oak, and the wine must be bottled at least four months prior to commercial release. The elegant, age-worthy wine which results from these strict laws is known for its brilliant garnet hue and its bouquet of berries with underlying vanilla and spice. A hint of earthiness brings balance to the finest examples.