Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA

Vineyards: North-East side of Montalcino hill in the Canalicchio area, 300 mt altitude above sea level.

Soil: strong clay composition, rich of nutritive elements, as Magnesium, Potassium, Boron and Manganese.

Grape variety: Sangiovese.

Training system: spurred cordon with 4.000 vines/ha.

Sustainability: green manure to improve soil structure, compost with pruned shoots to keep soil fertility, mating disruption to prevent the spreading of the vine moth.

Vinification: stainless steel tank with temperature controlled with pumping over and délestage, followed by long maceration on the skins.

Ageing: 36 months in big Slavonian and French oak barrel, followed by a bottle ageing longer than 6 months.

View: intense ruby red color turning to garnet.

Bouquet: fruity, toasted and mineral; very intense, nice complexity and fine.

Taste: great structure, harmonious, very intense and persistent.

Service temperature: 18-20 °C

Food pairing: rich dishes like stew red meats and game. Recommend with dark chocolate.

First vintage: 1988

Sizes: 0,75 l – 1,5 l

Vintages

2015
vintage notesThe perfect climate, an excellent vintage in terms of quality and quantity. A rainy spring gives the vines the perfect amount of water to face the summer and its high temperatures without being in stress. Some rainfalls arrived, just in time the end of July and August. In September a good temperature range between day and night, that reached extremely elegant scents. A great vintage to remember.

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2012
vintage notesAn unusual vintage for Brunello, a very warm winter compared to local average and lot of snow at the end of the winter season, that risked to freeze the buds. The spring was constant with good trends, but the vines suffered in summer, too hot and dry, and no rain until August. This was less dramatic than expected thanks to the snow of February, which permitted water reserves. Late August registered drop in temperature and good temperature range, the harvest was in time at late September in ideal conditions.

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2010
vintage notesA perfect climate with snowy and rainy winter and spring lead to water the ground deeper. Thanks to that the vines did not suffer a lot during the really hot July. After a great temperature range in September, we do assist to a rarity, because grapes reached ripening while the vines were still in vegetation. This allowed us to harvest in the beginning of October and high quality grapes with a perfect phenolic and technological ripening - values not easy to find in Sangiovese varietal, an unforgettable vintage.

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2007
vintage notesDry and warm winter anticipated the vegetative development. The rainfalls of the end of May and beginning of June helped the vines. Later, particularly in July, we had hot and dry times, alternated with cooler days but with few rainfalls. Since August the temperatures decreased with some rains, that brought a regular development of the phenological phases. Harvest started earlier, with slight advance, compared to standard.

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2004
vintage notesDuring the whole period of the development of the vine – from April to the end of August – the weather was excellent. Marked by alternating sunshine and rain, in the exactly right moments for the needs of the vineyards. The persisting spring showers brought a considerable accumulation of water in the land and this reserve helped the plants overcome the summer heat. July and August were hot and sunny but there were days of cooler temperatures and even some rain. A balanced weather condition that brought to a great harvest.

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2001
vintage notesA rainy winter allowed water stored for the next summertime. In the middle of April, temperatures dropped with even snowfall. Weather condition in summer were normal, with temperatures and rains in the average of the season. Thanks to the water storage of the winter-spring period, development of the vines was optimal. The late cold in April influenced the whole vegetative period and the ripening as well so the harvest started a little bit late compared to the last years.

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1998
vintage notesWinter rather normal of rainfall and fairly cold spring, slowed down the vegetative growth phase, that started in May, when temperatures raised up. July and August were without rainfalls, very hot and dry temperatures. The grapes ripened a few earlier, allowing to start the harvest in mid-September.

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