- Voliero Rosso Di Montalcino 2012 Product #29123 (In Stock)
From Ucceliera's Andrea Cortonesi, Voliero reflects the more purfumed, elegant, style flowing from northern Montalcino's sandier soils. In the hot 2012 harvest, the Rosso has a touch more Brunello-like heft and is nicely rich but with silky tannins and a finish that won't quit. A great companion for winter soups, roast pork, or even just a nice spread of salami and cheese. It will get better over the next few years, but I can’t imagine anyone letting a case last beyond 2015; it’s just too delicious right now.
"Without a shadow of a doubt, Andrea Cortonesi of Uccelliera lands high on my list of favorite Brunello di Montalcino producers. His Casato 1 project is a relatively new winemaking venture that pairs with a gorgeous Eno-Ristorante that Andrea has opened at the heart of Siena not far from the romantically shell-shaped Piazza del Campo. The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino Voliero is an impeccable expression with great precision and energy loaded deep within the inky consistency of the wine. Black cherry and blackberry stand to immediate attention and segue gradually to earthy tones of leather and spice. There’s a level of intensity and sophistication that is rare to find in Rosso di Montalcino. The wine ages in oak for ten months. Drink: 2014-2019."Wine Advocate 90 points
- 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
- Lisini Brunello Di Montalcino 2009 Product #28913 (In Stock)
Always a favorite for early drinking and cellaring, the 2009 Lisini us bolder and richer than some vintages, but it's sill poised, elegant, and very long.
"A rich, layered wine for the vintage, with dried berry and hints of cocoa and earth. Full-bodied, balanced and succulent. Delicious already." James Suckling 91 points
"This red bursts with cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors, married to a firm structure. Elegant, with vibrant acidity driving the flavors to a lingering aftertaste of fruit and mineral."Wine Spectator 91 points
- Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino 2009 Product #28252 (In Stock)
Like 2011, the 2009 harvest was quite warm, yielding softer wines than in 2004 or 2006. While this 2009s won’t go the 20+ years in cellar that Valdicava usually will, it compensates by being much more open and accessible today. It’s a rich, deeply flavored, wine that shows the dark fruit, fresh floral, and dark chocolate flavors Valdicava is known for, but in a more silky, elegant, package than usual. Marvelous wine.
“A silky, fine 2009 Brunello with light berry, chocolate and prune character. Medium to full body. Ultra-fine tannins. A wonderfully crafted Valdicava along the same lines as the excellent 2004. Drink or hold.” James Suckling 94 points
“Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a dense and full-bodied rendition that delivers an enormously floral bouquet of crushed rose petal and dried potpourri with background tones of cinnamon stick, root beer and caramelized brown sugar. Past vintages of this wine have shown great power and structure in the mouth, but the 2009 vintage is veiled and nuanced instead. There’s a silky and tight quality to the tannin backed by a long, polished feel. The wine never feels bulky or dense. It will be interesting to see how it evolves, but if you don’t want to wait, it can also be consumed in the near-term. Drink: 2016-2024.”Wine Advocate 92+ points