BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
|Sub-district||Brunello di Montalcino|
Higher toned nose, some sweetness to the fruit, cherries and raspberry, liquorice, a really attractive, enticing entry. On the palate there is good bite, tightly wound, not as open as the nose, there's a lovely touch of grip, bright acid, dark fruit, spice and liquorice. Ripe tannins to the fore at the moment, this is a very complete very harmonious Brunello from Marcello. L&S (Apr 2016)
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The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino by Collemattoni offers a thick and dark interpretation of Sangiovese. This wine pulls out the smokey and resin-like character of the grape with dark fruit nuances that sit heavily next to exotic spice and wet earth. The wine is rich and savory and these qualities are evermore apparent in the toasty 2011 growing season. The wine is dense in terms of texture, but the tannins are soft. Drink this wine within the next five to ten years, but don't wait longer. Drinking range: 2016 - 2024 Rating: 88 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Aug 2016)
Tasted blind. Youthful, lustrous ruby. Deep strawberry and cherry nose. Gripping tannins framing ripe strawberry fruit. Well built and immediate and with plenty of structure and fruit. Drink: 2016-2028 Rating: 16.5+ Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com
This is a tiny seven hectare estate in San Angelo in Colle, on the southern side of the hill of Montalcino, nestling above the famous and rather larger Col d'Orcia vineyards (145 hectares). Marcello Bucci, who studied oenology under Signora Fuligni (Roberto Fuligni's aunt), is making wonderfully good wines which have rapidly increased both in quality and international recognition. A new winery finished in time for the harvest in 2015 has given Marcello greater control and flexibility with the wine-making - this is an estate going from strength to strength The wines from these vineyards are fuller and riper, though perhaps marginally less fine than, say, Fuligni's, but what they lack in finesse is more than compensated for in the pricing, making Collemattoni one of the best value wines of the region.
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