- Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino 2011 Product #28102 (In Stock)
The Losappio family makes its Rosso from three different estate vineyards. Two lower down the hill that deliver ripe fruit flavors and body to the wine and one at the top of the hill that adds oodles of perfume and fresh acids. The grapes are all hand-harvested and fermented in tank before aging one year in large (500 liter) neutral French oak casks.
That’s the objective, technical, stuff. What you really need to know, though, is that this is a breathtaking, dazzling, perfumed beauty of a Rosso. Fragrant aromas of tender red cherry, ripe strawberry, and a big bouquet of spring flowers burst joyfully from the glass. The flavors stay pretty and pure, with a very attractive intensity of cherry/strawberry fruit with floral overtones and savory, earth, notes underneath. The length here is simply amazing – you’ll taste these flavors from the inside of your bottom lip to somewhere back behind your tonsils (if they’re still there). A delicious, lingering, mouthwatering finish of strawberry pie and rose petal delights and brings you back for more. Irresistible and delicious now and for 3-4 years.
- Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Product #28103 (In Stock)
Everyone – really, without dissent – agrees that 2006 is a great Brunello vintage characterized by dense, muscular, wines with deep minerality and powerful tannins that will need a decade to resolve. Well, this Brunello is certainly “great,” but otherwise not a very typical 2006. The fruit all comes from the original 3 small vineyards planted by Mairaluce Losappio in the early 1990s. Her daughter, Benedetta, loves elegance and purity more than dark, dusky, power, so they seem to crop a little higher than some neighbors to achieve ripeness without over-concentration. Winemaking is gentle and relaxed – 20 days fermentation in steel tank, 1 year aging in new and used French oak 500l barrels and then 1 year more in 30 hectoliter Slavonian oak cask.
The result is a Sophia Loren of a wine – certainly feminine, beautiful and even seductive, but with lacking nothing in character, substance or strength. There’s a captivating transparency to the flavors of ripe berry and cherry and accents of fresh leather and tobacco and – as with the Rosso – the palate length here is superior. The ripe, almost chalky, tannins don’t get in the way of the fruit flavors pumping out on the generous finish. Drink right now for the fruit or give it a while for the earthy, leather, notes to expand.
“Full of floral, raspberry, cherry and tobacco aromas and flavors, this red also shows savory and mineral elements. Sinewy and taut, offering a silky texture and firm tannins. This shows fine length, with a sweetness that lingers. Best from 2013 through 2025. 400 cases made.”Wine Spectator 94 points