Country: Italy Region: Toscana
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Grape Variety: Sangiovese Grosso 100%
Aging: 20 months in Slavonian large barrels & 4 months in French barriques
Soil: Marl and limestone Altitude: 300 m.a.s.l
Aging potential: 10 to 15 years
Serving Temperature: 61 to 64 °F
Clonal diversity and geographical designations have resulted in a profusion of synonyms for the grape known as Sangiovese in Italy. The two main sub-types are Sangiovese Grosso and Sangiovese Piccolo. Sangiovese Grosso is mainly synonymous with the wines of Montalcino. Where the grape is also referred to as Brunello.
It is a grape of very high quality, it has strong features and is able to produce high quality wines, among the best in Italy and the world.
The grapes are hand-picked in early Fall (usually October). Maceration on the skins is followed by fermentation in medium and small stainless steel vats for 10-12 days at a controlled temperature, with frequent pumping over. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. Each plot is harvested and vinified separately before creating the final blend. The wine ages for 20 months in 25hl oak barrels, 4 months in barriques, and 6 months in the bottle. Before bottling, the wine is stored at a controlled temperature, and 5 years after the harvest it’s finally released to the market. Wines are aged in 3- to 5-year-old used Slavonian oak.
Dense, dark red in the glass and powerful, round notes of licorice and ripe black cherry on the nose. The palate is juicy, spicy, and full of dark fruit notes. The tannins are smooth and elegant and the finish is enduring and structured.
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