A selection of 100% sangiovese grapes grown in estate-owned vineyards located on the south-easterly and south-westerly slopes of Montalcino, at an altitude from 250 to 400 m MSL. The soils are made up of sandy loam, with clay and Galestro marl. The wine ages in 500-litre French oak tonneaux and 15/25-Hl Slavonian oak barrels for at least 24 months, followed by a period of ageing in bottle.
We hand pick the best grapes and place them in small containers to preserve their integrity. Later, the bunches and individual berries undergo further selection to obtain the best of every harvest. We think that the birth of a fine wine also depends on constant research into new technologies. During fermentation in steel tanks we personally check every process, from pumping over to punching, every phase being temperature-controlled. In the barrel cellar there is a strong link between tradition and a continuing effort to improve
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Trentennale is a delicate and graceful wine with a dusty veil of dried fruit aromas, followed by pressed violets and rose petal. Red currant, wild berry and forest floor emerge from the bouquet and are soon followed by toasted almond, spice and even a touch of wild mushroom. This wine (that celebrates a 30th anniversary this year) does not meet the impressive levels seen in 2010. Yet the wine presents a very faithful interpretation of Sangiovese, nonetheless. Anticipated Maturity: 2017-2027
Chopped herb, forest floor, leather, espresso and a balsamic note are some of the aromas that waft out of the glass. The powerfully structured palate delivers prune, dried cherry, tobacco, and roasted coffee bean framed in firm fine-grained tannins. Give the tannins a few more years to unwind then drink to capture the fruit richness. Drink 2018–2023. -K.O.