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Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2013

Case of 6 bottles.

Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes, hand-harvested on October 4th from the south-east facing Pian Bossolino (350m) vineyard; the oldest vines of the estate with primarily Galestro soils. The vineyard is cultivated with the spurred cordon method with a density of 7,000 plants per hectare. Yield is a maximum of 800 grams of grapes per plant. 2013 is considered a "classic" Brunello vintage.  

Maceration and fermentation take place in large Slavonian oak vats, where the must temperature does not exceed 25 degrees Celsius. The period of contact between must and skins in no longer than 14 days, with frequent pumping over and delestage. Yeasts are selected to respect the personality of the grapes and not to intrude.

The wine is aged for 24 months in French-oak barrels (5HL) - 30% new -  then 12 further in French-oak Botte (30HL).  Six months prior to bottling the wine is transferred to stainless steel tanks, then the wine remains in bottle for 20 months before release. 3,800 bottles produced. Alc./vol. 14%

Tasting Note: Deep-ruby colour. Aromas and flavours of dark cherry, raspberry jam, and black currant (cassis) with earthy/floral notes of liquorice, dried herbs, pepper, eucalyptus, leather, and vanilla spice. Elegant, with fine, round tannins, and a long, evolving finish. Decant for at least an hour, and if possible cellar for 10-15 years. 

Menu matches: Pair with medium- to full-bodied dishes, particularly grilled/braised red meat (beef or lamb), game, or classic pasta dishes with meat-based sauces.