- Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino Tirso 2012 Product #29553 (In Stock)
Opens with classic Sangiovese aromas of dark cherry, strawberry, leather and violets. You can taste the warmth of the vintage on the palate with deep flavors of black cherry, raspberry, crushed flowers and a hint of mocha coating your palate. With a little air, attractive notes of clean leather and fresh earth emerge to add complexity. This is a bigger, richer, more darkly-fruited Rosso than we’ve seem from the women of Villa le Prata in the past, but a nice squirt of cranberry acidity keeps things fresh all the way through the gently tannic finish. It’s bright and clean enough to enjoy with lighter foods or even dishes with a little tomato (pizza, anyone?) but enough depth and heft to handle an herb-crusted pork chop. Delicious now and built to improve steadily over the next 3-5 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
- Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 1.5l Product #29555 (In Stock)
Even better in big bottle! As always, there’s something a bit feminine about this Brunello created by a remarkable trio of Italian women, but in 2010 it’s a bit more voluptuous than in the past. The aromas are compelling and sultry, dark and spicy, while the palate shows a plush sexiness. At this early point in development, it’s still pretty stern and brooding, but – as Wine Advocate notes – it gets much friendlier and more approachable with air. You’ll get 15 years of pleasure from this powerful wine with everything from grilled Bistecca alla Fiorentina to roasted lamb or stews.
“Incredible aromatics here with smoked meat, toffee, light prune, dried cherry, and dried flower. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a long, sexy finish. Wonderful depth and intensity. Big wine from a little producer. Try in 2017.” James Suckling 94 points
“The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino shows smooth lines and a curvaceous figure. Soft aromas of cherry, Spanish cedar, licorice, dried rosemary and roasted almond rise from the bouquet. I tried this wine during two phases, once shortly after the bottle was opened and a second time 24 hours later. The evolution and softening of the wine was remarkable and is very encouraging in terms of its potential longevity. Yet, you never lose sight of that characteristic Sangiovese tartness and freshness. Drink this elegant Brunello after 2017.”Wine Advocate 92 points