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Fattoria La Lecciaia
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva
Red Wine

Region/Appellation: Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Grape: Sangiovese
Style: Powerful

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Vineyard: 350m above sea level, on south-facing slopes, in ancient stony and galestro soils. Galestro is a schist-based soil that retains heat well, and is rich in magnesium and potassium.

Older vines planted at 3,700 vines per hectare; new vineyards 5,000 vines per hectare. Training system is spurred Cordon. Maximum production is 70 q. per hectare

Harvest: by hand, last week of Septmeber, first week of October.

Winemaking Process: Made from 100% estate-grown Brunello (Sangiovese Grosso) grapes. Fermentation in steel tanks with controlled temperature for 15-20 days.

By Consorzio rules, Brunello di Montalcino Riservas are released in January, the sixth year after the harvest. La Lecciaia’s Brunello Riserva spent over three years in botti (not barrique) and 16 months refinement in bottle before release. 19,000 bottles produced.

Alcohol Content: 13.74%

Tasting Note

Tasting Note: Intense garnet colour. Complex, earthy aromas of dark cherry, plum, and wild blackberry fruit with notes of dark chocolate, leather, cedar, and vanilla and sandalwood spice. Richly elegant, this wine is medium to full-bodied, and well structured on the palate. Rounded, even silky, on the finish; the fruit, acidity, and fine tannins are all well balanced, making this wine one of the best expressions of this classic vintage and the region.

Serving Temperature: Serve at 19ºC. Decanting is highly recommended.

Ageability: Porperly stored, this wine could age gracefully for 15-18 years.

About the Grape

Sangiovese: Italy's more planted red-wine grape and responsible for producing one of Italy's best DOCG wine -- Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. It is the main grape behind the Tuscany's Chianti DOCG and Morellino di Scansano DOC, and can be found in various forms and blends in neighbouring Marche (Rosso Conero DOC and Rosso Piceno DOC), Umbria, and Emilia-Romagna.

The literal translation of Sangiovese is "blood of Jove" which suggests very ancient origins, but it is generally accepted to trace back to the Etruscans who enhabited northern Italy from about the 8th century BCE until they were absorbed by the Romans Empire.

For the sake of simplicity, Sangiovese was commonly thought to come in two sizes -- small (piccolo), as in the Chianti version of the grape, and large (grosso), as in the Montalcino version of the grape -- but in fact there actually dozens of different clones/versions of the grape, and size, in reality, has no impact on the quality of the wine anyway. Sangiovese also has many synonyms including Brunello, Morellino, and Prugnolo Gentile.

Soils, yield, altitude, aspect, and location seem to have more impact on quality and taste of the Sangiovese wine. The stricter DOCG rules of Chianti and Brunello can produce spectacularly elegant wines, with deep, earthy, dark fruit aromas and flavours, fine tannins, and balancing acidity -- the best of which can age for decades. But it can also produce lively young, easy-drinking wines that are a delight to have over a plate of pasta or a pizza. One of our favouriate grapes, probably because of this versatility.

Fattoria La Lecciaia

La Lecciaia is situated in Vallafrico, bordering some of the oldest and most prestigious vineyards of Montalcino. The land extends to over 90 hectares: 16 hectares of which are under vine, and more than half of that is used for the production of Brunello.

Purchased in 1983 by Sig. Mauro Pacini, La Lecciaia was rebuilt and is now equipped with modern winemaking technology, yet the winery still adheres to the traditions of Brunello. The wines have excellent character and flavour thanks to the particular vineyard situation, soil structure, and the excellent climate.

Fattoria La Lecciaia
Loc. Vallafrico
53024 Montalcino (Siena) – Italy

Phone number: +390583928366

Email: lecciaia@pacinimauro.com

Website: http://www.lecciaia.it/

Visits: By appointment only.

Recognition: Vintage has a 5-star rating from Brunello Consorzio. This wine received scores of 92pts from Wine Enthusiast magazine; 93pts James Suckling; 93pts Vinous; and, 93pts in Robert Parker's "The Wine Advocate"

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