La Serena Rosso Di Montalcino 2018 TuscanyLa Serena Rosso Di Montalcino 2018 Tuscany
La Serena Rosso Di Montalcino 2018
Harmonious and elegant wine with intense, fragrant, fresh fruit aromas. Dry, with vigor, freshness and a good persistence. An excellent pairing with Tuscan food.
This is from vines at 300 metres’ altitude grown on tuffo, sand and mineral-rich galestro. Picked in the last week of September, fermentation in steel is followed 12 months in mixed barrels. With rose, balsamic and wood spice on the nose, the palate is plump, cherry-like and glossy. Supple, chewy tannins lead to a mineral bite; it’s stunning. Drink 2021-2028
Pietroso Brunello di Montalcino 2017Pietroso Brunello di Montalcino 2017
Pietroso Brunello di Montalcino 2017
Expressive aromas of blueberry, nutmeg, flowers and herbs, with an undertone of graphite, bright and subtle, with stone fruit and spice flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Elegant, with a suave, classically dry finish.
Pietroso is a family owned winery operated by Gianni Pignattai and his wife Cecilia located on the southern slopes of Montalcino at about 400 metres. Ideally situated with viticulture references dating back to the 14th century it is now one of the pre-eminent producers of Brunello di Montalcino. Ian D’Agata from Vinous says “I can’t think of a single Montalcino estate that has improved more over the last 15 years than Pietroso” The Montosoli wine is made from a single vineyard on the famous Montosoli hill of Montalcino.
Querce Bettina Rosso Di Montalcino 2018 ItalyQuerce Bettina Rosso Di Montalcino 2018 Italy
Querce Bettina Rosso Di Montalcino 2018
Ruby red in colour, with plenty of red flowers and berries on the nose. Good body, rounded and harmonious, with a long finish. This wine is not filtered, and can therefore give rise to slight sediment.
Querce Bettina is a family owned and run farm on the southwest slopes of Montalcino at an altitude of around 440m above sea level. Husband and Wife team Sandra Barenghi and Roberto Moretti bought the 29ha estate in 1990 and following years of research into the terrain they planted 2.4ha of precious Sangiovese in 1999.
The name Querce Bettina comes from a local legend dating back to the late 19th Century telling of a kind old lady who sat under an imposing oak tree (Querce) spinning wool and telling eccentric stories of witches and wizards to young shepherds that passed by. The lady’s name was Bettina, she was elusive and nobody knew where she lived or came from; she just used to appear and disappear at will leaving a wake of mystery behind her. Everybody used to say they had met Bettina at least once, but if asked where exactly, they would say ‘oh, you know, near Querce Bettina’.
Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2017Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2017
Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2017
Elegant, yet powerful and structured. Spice, smoke, chocolate and dark red fruits. Silky, sweet tannins. Earthy, red fruit concentration and depth with balance.
Uccelliera is the name of an old homestead laid on the hillslope of Castelnuovo dell’Abate overlooking the ancient volcano of Mount Amiata. Some Middle Age papers report of the existence of this place, called Uccelliera (aviary), near Sant’ Antimo Abbey and the alabaster quarries, attributing the origin of its name to the use of raptors for hunting. Andrea Cortonesi is the only son of a family of sharecroppers and has been working in the vineyards and in all the related activities of the farm since his childhood, when he started helping his father. Both his passion and the mentorship of some of the most respected wine personalities sharpen his skills as a winemaker and entrepreneur so that in 1986 he acquires the farm with century-old olive trees, pastures and a small vineyard. Andrea grew up in that culture of farmers made of sacrifice and hard work where you learn to have deep respect, love and humility for the land.
“l became a farmer by deliberate personal choice. Although I come from an agricultural family, I could have chosen a different path. I was in time to catch only the last, setting rays of the “old-styIe” farming, when one still heard little of Brunello. Then everything changed. But I nevertheless learned that world’s essential theme: love for the earth of which we respectfully ask its fruits for our life. When I began to work the land that was now mine, I realised that I was perhaps seeking to live a relationship with this earth that went beyond simple business principles. Whatever I am creating that is new will have roots as deep as my olive trees, almost a millennium old. I found an ancient farm, almost a ruin, a land that had always been fertile, a landscape familiar to the many generations who preceded he here; I want my labour to enrich this heritage, and I shall be able to say that I have preserved it as a living thing for the future.”
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2015Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2015
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2015
An intense ruby-red colour with garnet highlights, it opens immediately rich and complex on the nose, with notes of black cherry, myrtle-leaved orange and violets. In the mouth it proves fresh, silky and elegant, with a precise tannic structure. Very long, with a pleasant aftertaste of cherries and chocolate.
The history of Val di Suga began in 1969, when a company owned by Aldo Moro bought farmland to the north of Montalcino and built a production and sales unit. That land, used for producing fodder at the time, was gradually converted to vineyards and underwent several changes in ownership. In 1982 Val di Suga started to produce wine and created a winemaking cellar. The first vintage to be sold was the “Val di Suga Brunello Riserva 1977”. Right from the start, there was a rapid growth in vinegrowing and winemaking. The early 1980s saw the start of the success and expansion of the Brunello di Montalcino designation. Thanks to this and the constant efforts and commitment, both in vinegrowing and winemaking, Val di Suga began to stand out in the Montalcino winemaking scene. A few years later, in 1994, the Gruppo Angelini came along and gave Val di Suga new drive, which was already winning awards and recognised on an international level for its high quality wines. But the strength and unique nature of the winery were decisive through the years, right from the start of production in the three vineyards located on the three slopes of the Montalcino hill, in the most suitable Brunello di Montalcino production areas.