Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Uccelliera [wood]
- 100% Sangiovese from the iron-rich soils of Castelnuovo dell’Abate
- First planted in 1975
- Multiple exposures
- Fermentation and maceration occurs over 20-25 days in temperature-controlled vats
- Aged in Slavonian and French oak barrels for 36-42 months before resting in bottle for 18 months prior to release
- 800 cases produced annually
Brunello di Montalcino
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Press & Reviews
Dense aromas of ripe berries, dried cherries, spicy bark and hints of orange rind follow through to a medium to full body with fine, firm tannins that are coated with fresh, spicy and citrusy notes that linger long. Well balanced acidity provides even greater length. Best after 2023.
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows the sun-kissed nature of the vintage in its bouquet, wafting up with masses of ripe cherry, strawberry and sweet spice. However, it takes on a much more austere character from there on out. It’s silky and refined, boasting wonderfully pure red berry fruits and pretty inner florals; yet it quickly firms up, flexing its structural muscle with cheek-puckering tension. Subtle hints of balsamic, cedar and wild herbs linger on the long and almost-chewy finale. While I love the 2015 Riserva for its upfront personality, the extended time spent in wood takes away some of the magic found in the straight Brunello. That said, give this a few years to unwind in the cellar, and enjoy it over the short term.